03-24-2009 Special School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, March 19, 2009 and the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A-1. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Robert Jordan called the Special School Board meeting of March 24, 2009 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: 

Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Chairman Jordan requested a moment of silence for Shirley Williams, wife of Ralph Williams Jr and a retired  assistant principal from Gardendale Elementary and Barbara Diggs, a retired employee from Jackson Middle School.

Following the moment of silence, Ms. Henderson stated that Ms. Williams was her second grade teacher and was her favorite teacher. She will be sorely missed.


A-3. Invocation (Angelica Diaz-Rivera, 8th Grade, Madison MS)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Angelica Diaz-Rivera, 8th grade student from Madison Middle School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Rebecca Herbert, 8th Grade, Madison Middle School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Rebecca Herbert, 8th grade from Madison Middle School.

A-5. Entertainment (Madison Middle School Orchestra)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

The Madison Middle School Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director, Paul Jackson, entertained the Board and audience with a musical number. Mr. Jordan took this opportunity to thank Mr. Jackson and his students for entertaining the Board.

Dr. DiPatri also thanked Mr. Jackson and his assistant Dana Bertrand and that he was impressed that the students were only in 7th and 8th grade.

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The Chair called for a break at 5:43 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:47 p.m.
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A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Presentation Addition:
D-14.   Resolution in Support of Governor Charlie Crist's Position to Support Public Education through His Budget Proposal

Consent Revisions:
F-15.   Student Expulsions
F-19.   Option Provision on $56,000,000 Certificates of Participation
F-32.   Four DECA Student to Attend the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California
F-33.    Road Right-of-Way Deed to Brevard County at Eau Gallie High School

Consent Deletion:
Palm Bay High School FIRST Robotics team Trip to Atlanta, Georgia

Information Revisions:
H-44.   2009-2010 Student Accomodation Plan

Information Deletions:
Changes to School Major Areas of Interest


 

 



Motions:
Adopt the published agenda for the March 24, 2009 School Board meeting and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. District Communications

7. 2008-09 Teacher of the Year Recognition

Minutes: 

Ms. Davis introduced the 2009 Teacher of the Year finalists. Chairman Jordan and Dr. DiPatri congratulated them and presented them with an engraved clock for their accomplishments.

Lucy Haddock, 2009  Brevard County Teacher of the Year said a few words of thanks. Ms. Haddock has been a kindergarten teacher at Freedom 7 Elementary School for International Studies for three years. She is the sponsor of the school's Future Problem Solvers Team and the lead for her grade level team for the curriculum used as part of the school's IB Primary Years Programme. She also helped complete the school’s Blue Ribbon School application.  We commend her for being chosen to represent her peers. A round of applause was given for all of these exemplary educators!

 


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Elementary Programs

8. Resolution to Recognize April as School Library Media Month
Attachment: SLMM Contract.pdf
Minutes: 

Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming April as School Library Media Month.



Motions:
Adopt the Resolution stating that the School Board of Brevard County wishes to recognize and to endorse the observance of April as Library Media Month in Brevard County Public Schools.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Secondary Programs

9. Proclaim April 20-April 25, 2009, as Teenage Safe Driving Awareness Week
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ Teenage Safe Driving Awareness Week ~ 032409 ~ Attachment.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Davis, read the resolution proclaiming April 20 -25, 2009, as Teenage Safe Driving Awareness Week.



Motions:
Adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of April 20 through April 25, 2009, as Teenage Safe Driving Awareness Week.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

10. Proclaim April 2009 as Florida Service-Learning Month
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ FL Service-Learning Month ~ 032409 ~ Attachment.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read a resolution proclaiming April 2009 as Florida Service-Learning Month.

Motions:
Adopt a resolution proclaiming April 2009 as Florida Service-Learning Month.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

11. Proclaim April 2009 as National Poetry Month
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ National Poetry Month ~ 032409 ~ Attachment.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read a resolution proclaiming April 2009 as National Poetry Month.

Motions:
Adopt a resolution proclaiming April 2009 as National Poetry Month.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

12. Showcase of Service Presentation
Attachment: Showcase of Service ~ Price Presentation ~ 032409 Mtg.pdf
Minutes: 

Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, introduced Heather Price, Resource Teacher of SSNP Curriculum, Service Learning and Virtual School, along with Senior Class President of Westshore Jr./Sr. High School Banafsheh Sharif-Askary who provided the Board with an overview of Showcase of Service.

 

13. 2009-2010 Budget and Stimulus Package Update

Minutes: 

Ms. Judy Preston, Assistant Superintendent of Financial Services, updated the Board on the stimulus package and the holdback of funds for the remaining 2008-2009 school year.

Ms. Kneessy questioned if  the 15 percent was about the two percent we had earlier in the year. Ms. Preston answered in the affirmative and stated that it was 15 percent of the last quarter. She stated there is a possibility that since it is so late in the year we may have to ask the Board to go into the contingency fund because our obligations are completed for the year.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board whether this 15 percent would be a holdback or a cut. Ms. Preston is being led to believe this is a cut.

Dr. DiPatri gave an update on the 2008-2009 budget reductions. The revenues for Florida continue to decline which means that Brevard will be potentially reduced by an additional 34 million dollars bringing our estimated  total reduction 100 million dollars for the 2009-2010 school year.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board and Dr. DiPatri for clarification about the reduction amounts. Dr. DiPatri said that our position is to support the Governor. It is the Legislators that need to find other sources of revenue and fulfill its reponsibility which is to fund education as its paramount duty.

Dr. DiPatri is recommending that the Board adopt the resolution in support of the Governor's budget so it's clear where the Board stands on this issue. 

Dr. DiPatri gave the Board an estimated timeline of meeting and that the Board would have to vote on the reductions by June 16, 2009.

Dr. Murray questioned what the plan would be if the budget was not adopted by the Legislature until August as stated in a meeting in Tallahassee. Dr. DiPatri stated he does not know how we would begin to plan for the school year start in August without a budget.

Mr. Jordan made some final comments to the public on sticking together and doing the right things for our kids.

14. Resolution In Support of Governor Charlie Crist's Position to Support Public Education Through His Budget Proposal
Attachment: Govcristresolution2.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Davis read the resolution to support Governor Charlie Crist's position to support education through his budget proposal.



Motions:
To approve the resolution that supports Governor Charlie Crist's position supporting public education through his budget proposal.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy requested to amend the recommendation to add a section of Article IX of the Florida Constitution to the beginning of the resolution that supports Governor Crist's position supporting public education as stated below.

Whereas, the education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders.

Dr. Murray and Ms. Henderson agreed with the friendly amendment.



Motions:
To approve the resolution that supports Governor Charlie Crist's position supporting public education through his budget proposal and add the friendly amendment to add a section of Article IX of the Florida Constitution.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


E. Public Discussion
49. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

The Chair reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. He also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Marjorie Ebersbach, BASA, Merritt Island - Save Our Schools
  2. Laene Keith, Viera - Classrooms in Crisis
  3. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Save Our Schools
  4. Debbie Greco, Viera - Classrooms in Crisis
  5. Kathy Gulledge, Local 1010, Palm Bay - Save Our Schools
  6. Betsy Butler, BASA, Cape Canaveral - Save Our Schools
  7. Annette Costello, Morse Communications, Melbourne - Bid #09-0058/LH Telephone System Maintenance
  8. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - State Legislator's Constitutional Duty
  9. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Budget Reductions

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

15. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 3.24.09.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

16. Budget Amendment #5 for the Operating Fund, 2008-09
Attachment: Budget Amendment #5.pdf
Attachment: February 28, 2009.pdf
F. Accounting Services

17. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report - June 30, 2008
18. Warrants Written for the Month of February, 2009
Attachment: Warrants - February 2009.pdf
19. Option Provision on $56,000,000 Certificates of Participation
Attachment: 2008A COP Amend. School Board Res (incl. Exhibits.)3.24.09.pdf
F. Risk Management

20. Renew the 2009-10 Property Insurance Policies
Attachment: 2009-10 Property Renewal Chart.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

21. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant
Attachment: AnnouncementLetterMemo.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

22. Surplus Property
Attachment: MAR_24_09.pdf
F. Human Resources

24. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-24-09.pdf
25. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-24-09.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

26. Bayside High School NJROTC Trip to Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Bayside NJROTC - Washington, D.C. April 2009.pdf
27. Palm Bay High School MCJROTC Trip to Ft. Benning, Columbus, Georgia
Attachment: PBHS MCJROTC March 2009.pdf
28. Palm Bay High School Trip to VEX Robotics Competition of the Americas in Omaha, Nebraska
Attachment: PBHS VEX Robotics April 2009.pdf
29. Melbourne High School Robotics Team Trip to Atlanta, Georgia
Attachment: Melbourne High - Robotics Atlanta April 2009.pdf
30. Palm Bay High School VEX Robotics Team Trip to Dallas, Texas
Attachment: Palm Bay High Robotics - Dallas TX April-May 2009.pdf
F. Area IV Superintendent

31. Titusville High School German Club Field Trip to Helen, Georgia
Attachment: THS German Field Trip.pdf
32. Four DECA Students to Attend the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California
Attachment: Anaheim DECA trip.pdf
F. Facilities Services

33. Road Right-of-Way Deed to Brevard County at Eau Gallie High School
Attachment: Aurora Right of Way Deed 1.pdf
F. Project Management

34. Amendment #3 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Johnson MS, McNair MS and Stevenson ES
Attachment: Amendment #3.pdf
35. Reappointment of School Board Representatives to three (3) Local Planning Agencies
F. Approval of Consent

36. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
Approval of the March 24, 2009 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

23. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: ITB 09-005LH - Telephone Systems Maintenance & Installation Services.pdf
Attachment: ITB 09-025BP - Band Uniforms Heritage High.pdf
Attachment: RFQ 0903BP - Independent Evaluator Pool for Federal & State Grants.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0906CH - Educational Learning Systems.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0907CH - Digitial Quest.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler moved to recess before the consent items were discussed with a second by Dr. Murray. Motion passed unanimously.
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The Chair called for a recess at 7:14 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 7:21 p.m.
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Chairman Jordan stated that we needed to return to the Item D-14 which is the resolution that supports Govern Crist's position because it needed two votes according to Robert's Rules of Order.

Ms. Henderson  and Mr. Ziegler pulled this item to discuss and get further clarification on the five purchasing bids.
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The Special School Board meeting was suspended to call to order the 7:30 p.m. time certain Leasing Corportation meeting.
The Leasing Corporation meeting was adjourned at 7:31 p.m. and the Special School Board meeting was reconvened.

Discussion  and clarification from the district employees on the different bids continued by the Board.

Dr. Murray heavily cautioned the Board on micromanaging and not relying on our experts in the district. She stated that we are coming into some really tough times and tough decision making and we will need to rely on the experts in their field and not second guess all that they do.

Ms. Kneessy called for the question. 



Motions:
Call the question.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye



Motions:
Award the Purchasing Bids listed below:a)#09-005/LH - Telephone Systems Maintenance & Installation Services - Educational Technology b) #09-025/BP - Band Uniforms - Heritage High Award the Purchasing RFQs listed below: c)#0903/BP - Independent Evaluation Design Services for Federal & State Grants - Office of School Operations Award the Sales and Service Agreements listed below: d)SSA #0906/CH - Educational Learning Systems - Secondary Programs e) SSA #0907/CH - Digital Quest - Career Technical Education - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


G. Action
H. Information
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

37. Summer Fine Arts Theatre Licensing Agreements
Attachment: Miss Saigon SFA 09(MTI) Contract.pdf
Attachment: Once Upon a Mattress SFA 09 (RH) (2).pdf
38. AVID Letter Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and the AVID Center 2009-2010
Attachment: 2009 2010 contract Brevard-with-AVID-signature.pdf
H. Career & Technical Education

39. Agreement Between the School Board of Brevard and Project Lead the Way, Inc.
Attachment: School District of Brevard County ENG SDA_030209.pdf
H. Student Services

40. Agreement with Human Services Associates
Attachment: Mental Health Agreement.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

41. Naming the Melbourne High School Football Field/Gymnasium Area the "Dr. Thomas W. McIntyre Athletic Complex"
Attachment: MHS - McIntyre.pdf
H. Project Management

42. 2009-2010 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: Student Accommodation Complete 09.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri requested to be excused from the meeting at 7:50 p.m. to drive to Tallahassee. Leroy Berry, Deputy Superintendent, took over the meeting at that point.

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to ask if the Board approves the 2009-2010 Student Accomodation Plan and whether we arecommitting to do a hard redistricting next year. Dane Theodore, Director of Planning and Project Management answered in the negative.

Ms. Kneessy requested a cover sheet of the changes in the Student Accommodation Plan from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010 and Ms. Henderson requested a list of the capacity changes.

Ms. Henderson, Ms. Kneessy, and Dr. Murray questioned Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facility Services, and Mr. Theodore in regard to portables.

43. Amendment #2 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Attachment: Amendment No. 2.pdf

I. Staff Reports
44. Staff Reports

Minutes: There are no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
45. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There are no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
46. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the First Robotics Regionals at UCF and a VIP luncheon with Dr. DiPatri and Ms. Blackburn and was very impressed at how well rounded this competition is and will be attending the Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Ziegler reported that he went to the FSBA conference in Tallahassee and met with the Legislators.

Ms. Kneessy reported that she was in Tallahassee for the FSBA Board of Directors meeting. She mentioned they adopted the 2009 Legislative Platform in which there were five talking points due to the critical financial position that we currently are facing.

2009 Legislative Platform

  1. No more cuts or layoffs.
  2. Local control and flexibility.
  3. Flexibility on class size.
  4. No new programs.
  5. No limits on revenue or expenditure. (Which is in reference to the Senate Bill 1906 filed by Senator Haridolopos.) FSBA is taking a stand on SB 1906.

Ms. Kneessy gave the Board some information on the adequacy lawsuit and asked if we are in a position to file a suit against Tallahassee for not funding education adequately.

Ms, Kneessy stated that the most controversial item was gaming/gambling in the state of Florida and briefed the Board with some highlights of the conversation. 

Ms. Kneessy suggested that we send a letter to all the vendors that we have contracts with to see if they would accept a 10 percent reduction. Other counties have been doing this with success.

Ms. Kneessy encouraged all Board Members to attend the FSBA conference from June 10-12, 2009.

Ms. Henderson stated the she went to Tallahassee and met with several of the Legislators. She noted that the Senate side seemed to be more cohesive and the Representative side were more unfocused. Ms. Henderson also noted that the Legislators are working on Senate Bills they want their names on but not working on the what is important and that is funding education.

Ms. Henderson implored the public to keep sending letters and not to let it stop now. 

Ms. Kneessy stated that the district has opened its door to the Legislature since they are stating the we have money to be cut and to please show us where. The only request for information we have received is from Representative John Tobia to know how many district cars we have for our staff. Her concern was that out of all the items that we have to help education, they are focusing on cars for our administration. It is telling on the direction of where our delegation if going.

Mr. Jordan noted that he attended the First Robotics on Saturday, March 21, 2009 and has been a judge for the past four years.

Mr. Jordan requested the dates for Fired up Fridays by the Save Our School Coalition. He feels that it is imperative that the Board show their support by dressing in the colors on those dates.

Mr. Jordan commented that we are going to go through a major crisis as a Board. He stated that the focus should be well rounded kids and to maintain the standards for our students. He agreed that the comments made by Dr. Murray were appropriate. Mr. Jordan stated no comments made by other Board Members should be taken personally. He stated that the Board does an excellent job on getting information before the Board meeting and if it's felt that the information needs to heard collectively by the Board that you have a concern with, to please bring it forward. Mr. Jordan stated that due to the tough times ahead, he is mentioning this in the spirit of maintaining the consistency amongst the Board.

 

 


L. Superintendent's Report
47. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

Mr. Berry thanked Mr. Jordan for coming to ESF today. He made mention of the recognition  program at ESF were we identify an Employee of the Week and Dr. DiPatri has been chosen by the committee beginning March 30, 2009.

Ms. Kneessy had Mr. Jordan remind the Board to fill out the Board Assessment Survey.


M. Adjournment
48. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of March 24, 2009 was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.






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