03-25-2008 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 25, 2008, 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 20, 2008 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 Janice Kershaw called the meeting of March 25, 2008 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Larry Hughes, Janice Kershaw, Amy Kneessy, Barbara Murray, and Robert Jordan

A-3. Invocation (Herline Tervil, 6th Grade, Discovery Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Herline Tervil, 6th grade student from Discovery Elementary presented the Board with the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Andrew Nguyen, 5th Grade, Discovery Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Andrew Nguyen, 5th grade student from Discovery Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Discovery Elementary Chorale, Orff and Dance)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: Discovery Chorale, Orff and Dance, under the direction of Music Director, Cindy Dain and Rebekah Villanueva, who entertained the Board prior to the start of the board meeting, played one additional number.

A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of the Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda.

Consent Additions
F-33.   Satellite High School to attend Sanofi-Aventis International BioGENEius Challenge in Atlanta, GA

Consent Revisions
F-1.   Student Expulsions
F-24.   Titusville High School German Club Field Trip to Helen, Georgia
F-25.   Consultant Agreement: Oak Park Elementary - Julie Teague of Learning Wheels

Action Revisions
G-3.   Soft Redistricting
G-4.   Policy #7120 Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity.

Information Additions
H-9.   Audit Committee Meeting

Presentation D-2. Employee and Citizen Etiquette was added to the agenda at the request of Robert Jordan.



Motions:
Approval of the Adoption of the Agenda for the School Board Meeting of March 25, 2008 and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. District Communications

7. B-1. 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year Recognition

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced the 2008 Teacher of the Year finalists and congratulated them along with Chairman Janice Kershaw. District finalists are listed below.

Karl White, Kennedy Middle School; Sheri Snow, Sunrise Elementary School; Richard Regan, Stone Middle School; Ellen Lawrence, Titusville High School; Theresa Langley, Enterprise Elementary; Beth Cavallaro, Fairglen Elementary School and Sandra Blass, Suntree Elementary School.

Dr. DiPatri introduced Delilah Narvaez, the district winner for the 2008 Brevard County Teacher of the Year. Ms. Narvaez has been and advanced placement and honors chemistry teacher at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School for five years. She spent four of her 16 years as an instructor in Misawa, Japan teaching science and mathematics. She was chosen to participate in the Zero-G Microgravity flight and won the Exemplary Science Teacher Award for Brevard County in 2006. Dr. DiPatri and Chairman Janice Kershaw commended her for being chosen to represent her peers.

8. B-2. Recognize Assistant Principals for Exemplary Performance

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri and Chairman Janice Kershaw took this opportunity to recognize and thank the following group of outstanding Assistant Principals who did a superb job of filling in for their principals when circumstances dictated they be off campus for an extended period of time.

Doug Layne and Lena Wiebelt, Palm Bay High School; Catherine Halbuer, Merritt Island High School; Judy Olson, Madison Middle School; Laurie Hering, Ocean Breeze Elementary School; and Lori Migliore, Palm Bay Elementary School.

Additional Recognition:
As requested by Robert Jordan, the School Board recognized and thanked Kate Brennan of Florida Today for her coverage of the Board meetings and our school district for the past three years. Kate has accepted a new position and the Board wished her well in her new endeavors.

 


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Elementary Programs

9. C-1. Resolution to Recognize April as School Library Media Month
Attachment: Proclamation-508.pdf
Minutes: Wes Sumner, 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 School Library Media Month.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

10. D-1. Economic Development Update

Minutes: Lynda Weatherman, President and CEO of Space Coast Economic Development Commission, updated the Board on the economic development within Brevard County.
D. Additional Items

11. D-2. Employee and Citizen Etiquette

Minutes: 

Mr. Jordan requested item be added to the agenda. The purpose was to bring to the attention of the Board how about the employees and citizens relate to the Board.

Mr. Hughes stated that he voted against adding this item to the agenda since the Board had an agreement of only adding emergency items at the last minute. He also stated that he agreed with Mr. Jordan in that no one will ever earn respect by disrespecting others but the citizens and employees have a constitutional right to free speech.

Ms. Kershaw stated that the Board will draw the line at personal attacks, which are not accepted at the Board meetings.


E. Public Discussion
12. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

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

  1. Anne Spencer, BFT, Rockledge - MAP(Merit Award Pay)
  2. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Teacher Salary

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

13. F-1. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2008-97.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-98.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-99.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-100.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-101.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-102.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-103.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-104.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-105.pdf (Confidential Item)
14. F-2. First Amendment to the Superintendent's Employment Agreement
Attachment: Sch Bd 1st Amendment Superintendent contract.pdf
F. Accounting Services

15. F-4. Establish a Petty Cash Fund for Office of Area II Superintendent
16. F-5. Establish a Petty Cash Fund for Manatee Elementary Child Care Program
17. F-6. Public Sale of Series 2008 Revenue Anticipation Notes
Attachment: Working Papers RAN Agenda.pdf
Attachment: R-Note-Res.pdf
18. F-8. Warrants Written for the Month of February 2008
Attachment: Feb 08 warrants.pdf
F. Risk Management

19. F-9. Renew the School Boards Property Insurance and Boiler & Machinery Insurance Policies
Attachment: Property, Boiler & Machinery Insurance Supporting Documents.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

20. F-10. Surplus Property
Attachment: MAR_25_08.pdf
21. F-11. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: RFP 08007BM HVAC Mechanical Contractors II.pdf
Attachment: RFP 08008lH HVAC System Replacement at McNair Middle School.pdf
Attachment: 08-035LH Packaged Chiller Plants, Classroom Air Handlers, Cooling Towers.pdf
F. Human Resources

22. F-12. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-25-08.pdf
23. F-13. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-25-08.pdf
F. School Choice

24. F-14. Charter Renewal Recommendation for Educational Horizons Charter School
Attachment: Ed Horizons - District Analysis.pdf
Attachment: Ed Horizons Renewal Document.pdf
F. Elementary Programs

25. F-15. Consultant Agreement with Dr. Susan Hall - 95 Percent Group
Attachment: Susan Hall Resume Complete 9-19-062.pdf
Attachment: Consultant Agreement Summary - Title II 5.15.083.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

26. F-16. AIMS Staff Development Workshop
Attachment: AIMS Board item addendum 032508.pdf
Attachment: S EDrickson - Contract #373759 AIMS workshop 2008.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

27. F-17. Contracted Services Agreement With Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)/High Schools That Work (HSTW) ~ SREB Needs Assessment Exit Report
Attachment: SREB HSTW ~ Contracted Services Agreement ~ Bottoms.pdf
F. Alternative Sites

28. F-18. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds Youth Services
Attachment: Contract CWspace 07-08.pdf
29. F-19. Department of Juvenile Justice 2008-2009 School Calendar
Attachment: DJJ Calendar 08-09.pdf
30. F-20. Agreement between Child Care Association of Brevard County, Inc. and School Board of Brevard County
Attachment: Contract - CCA.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

31. F-21. Field Trip for Palm Bay High MCJROTC Cadet to Participate in 2008 Marine Corps JROTC National Championship Air Rifle Match at Ft. Benning, Georgia
Attachment: PBHS MCJROTC March 26-30, 2008.pdf
32. F-22. Field Trip for Palm Bay High School to Participate in the FIRST World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia
Attachment: PBHS FIRST Atlanta, GA April 2008.pdf
F. Area III Superintendent

33. F-23. Field Trip - Merritt Island High, Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Jefferson Middle School Robotics Team - FIRST Robotics Team Competition in Atlanta, GA
Attachment: Robotics_USFIRST.pdf
F. Area IV Superintendent

34. F-24. Titusville High School German Club Field Trip to Helen, Georgia
F. Facilities Services

35. F-26. Reappoint School Board Representatives to Two (2) Local Planning Agencies
F. Project Management

36. F-27. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design / Build Services for Additions and Renovations at Satellite High School
Attachment: Amendment 1.pdf
Attachment: Amendment 1 Attachment.pdf
37. F-28. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design / Build Services for Additions and Renovations at West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Attachment: Exhibit A.pdf
Attachment: Amendment No. 1 - West Shore.pdf
38. F-29. Amendment #3 to Agreement for Design / Build Services for Additions and Renovations at Palm Bay High School
Attachment: Exhibit A - PBHS.pdf
Attachment: Amendment No 3 - PBHS.pdf
39. F-30. Utility Easement - AT&T - Lockmar Elementary School
Attachment: Utility Easement - AT&T - Lockmar Elementary School.pdf
40. F-31. Utility Easement - FPL - Satellite High School
Attachment: FPL Easement- Satellite High School.pdf
41. F-32. Utility Easement - City of Titusville - Imperial Estates Elementary School
Attachment: City of Titusville Easement - Imperial Estates.pdf
F. Additional Items

42. F-33. Satellite High School Student to attend Sanofi-Aventis International BioGENEius Challenge in Atlanta, GA, April 17-20, 2008
F. Approval of Consent

43. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
A motion to approve items F-1 through F-2, F-4 through F-6, F-8 through F-24 and F-26 through F-33.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

44. F-3. Budget Amendment #5 for the Operating Fund, 2007-08
Attachment: Budget Amendment #5, 2007-08.pdf
Minutes: Mr. Kershaw requested this item be pulled to get further clarification on the reserve fund. She questioned whether this was a new reserve fund. Judy Preston, Assistant Superintendent of Financial Services, stated this was a new reserve fund, added at the request of the Superintendent so we could see the account grow as cuts were made in the district. Ms. Kershaw stated she does not object to the reserve fund but would like to see the reserve fund renamed and not called the Superintendent's reserve. Ms. Preston stated that this was a temporary holding account for the funds and by the next meeting the money will be expended.

Motions:
Approve resolution #5 to amend the Operating Budget as of February 29, 2008- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Janice Kershaw
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

F. Accounting Services

45. F-7. Financial, Operational and Federal Single Audit Report
Attachment: Financial, Operational, and Federal Single Audit.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kershaw requested this item be pulled to follow up on a request in regard to the healthcare trust fund and the progress the district is making. Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent, stated that Susan Standley, Director of Compensation and Benefits, is currently working with RSM to develop a plan.

Ms. Kershaw requested the district keep the Board up to date with a timelime for policy development around the healthcare trust fund.



Motions:
Accept the Financial, Operational, and Federal Single Audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007 as requested by the Auditor General - State of Florida.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Janice Kershaw
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

F. Area IV Superintendent

46. F-25. Consultant Agreement: Oak Park Elementary - Julie Teague of Learning Wheels
Attachment: Area IV-Learning Wheels.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Murray requested this item be pulled to discuss her concerns about the cost effectiveness of the funds from Title I being spent on workshops.

Ms. Kneessy concurred with Dr. Murray and stated she was concerned that in two years, some schools will not be receiving any Title I funds, by Board choice. Dr. DiPatri stated there is a certain percentage that schools must spend of Title I dollars on professional development. Teresa Wright, Director of Title I, stated that schools in corrective action and restructuring must spend 10% of the Title I budget on professional development. NCLB (No Child Left Behind) requires the district to provide assistance to the schools that are in corrective action and restructuring. It is specifically named in the law to hire an outside consultant to advise these schools.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board, Superintendent and staff in regard to paying staff for professional development and the cost of outside resources.

The Chair called for a BPS News video break at 6:54 p.m.

The meeting reconvened at 7:05 p.m.



Motions:
Approve the consultant agreement for Oak Park to sponsor Julie Teague's Learning Wheels Workshop for 40 teachers to be held on March 26 and March 27, 2008. Twenty teachers will attend each day. This training will support teachers in the areas of science, reading, and math. The cost is $7000. Teachers will complete an evaluation sheet in which they assess the effectiveness of the workshop and provide ways in which the information can be transferred to the classroom. All evaluations will be turned in to the Title I Committee and read by the members to assess the effectiveness of the workshop. Results will be shared with the faculty at a faculty meeting. - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Barbara Murray- Nay


G. Action
G. Financial Services

47. G-1. Update on Budget Outlook for Fiscal Years 2007-2008 and 2008-2009
Attachment: Recommendations for the 2007-08 Budget Reductions - email.pdf

Motions:
Approve recommended reductions to the 2007-08 Budget.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

G. Curriculum & Instruction

48. G-2. SOAR 2008
Attachment: SOAR Funding-deletions for 2008.pdf

Motions:
Approve the SOAR Program for 2008. This comprehensive summer program will require approximately $4,000,000 to implement.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Hughes requested an explanation relative to transportation. Dr. DiPatri stated that transportation for SOAR(summer school) has been eliminated for all elementary, middle and high school students with the exception of exceptional education students.

Ms. Kershaw requested information regarding how the remediation attendance faired in  comparison to last summer's attendance so we can see how transportation affected it.

G. Facilities Services

49. G-3. Soft Redistricting
Attachment: Area 1 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment: Area 2 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment: Area 3 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment: Area 4 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Minutes: 

Chairman Kershaw declared the public hearing open. The following persons addressed the Board.

  1. Mary Smithson, Merritt Island - Soft Redistricting
  2. Christina Fessner, Cocoa - Soft Redistricting (Declined to Speak)
  3. Cheryl Roe, Melbourne - Soft Redistricting

Ms. Kershaw closed the public hearing.

 

 

 



Motions:
Hold a public hearing to approve the following changes for the 2008-09 school year to reduce student enrollment at schools where student enrollment is projected to exceed permanent FISH capacity by 110% or more. Area I Recommendation #1: Discovery Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary and Lockmar Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #1. Area II Recommendation #2: Roy Allen Elementary and Meadowlane Elementary. Continue the "Cap and Bus" Policy currently in effect at these schools. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #2 (Revised 2-11-08). Recommendation #3: Suntree Elementary and Longleaf Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #3 (Revised 2-11-08). Area III Recommendation #4: Lewis Carroll Elementary and Mila Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #4 (Revised 2-1-08). Recommendation #5: Williams Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Quest Elementary and Andersen Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria and end the "cap and bus" policy from Manatee ES to Quest ES. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #5. Area IV Recommendation #6: Imperial Estates Elementary, Apollo Elementary, Coquina Elementary and Challenger 7 Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for Imperial Estates Elementary, Apollo Elementary, Coquina Elementary using "soft" redistricting criteria and limit out-of-area approvals for Challenger 7 Elementary students seeking a traditional calendar to Imperial Estates Elementary only. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #6 (Revised 2-1-08). - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Larry Hughes
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Murray questioned the district staff  in regard to students being bussed passed their closest school. Dr. DiPatri stated  transportation did a comprehensive study of every student and every bus and there was an absolute reason for every student to be on the bus they were riding. Mike Connors, Director of Transportation, stated that no student was being taken away from his or her local home school without a very good, positive, substantiated reason.

Discussion ensued between the Board, Dr. DiPatri and staff members about sibling preference and different scenarios that have arisen.

Ms. Kneessy stated, it was her opinion that Viera needed to be hard districted to satisfy the needs of the families to the facilities that are currently in place and not to what is coming in the future. She stated this plan is convoluted and confusing. Ms. Kneessy complimented staff on the many hours to formulate this plan. Dr. DiPatri questioned Ms. Kneessy on where this plan is convoluted. Discussion ensued between them.

Mr. Berry and Sandy Demmon, Area III Superintendent, responded to questions by the Board.

50. G-4. Policy 7120 - Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity
Attachment: Policy Change Sheet - 7120 1-9-08.pdf
Attachment: Policy 7120-Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity 2-18-08.pdf
Minutes: Chairman Kershaw declared the public hearing open. No one requested to speak. Chairman Kershaw closed the public hearing.

Motions:
Hold public hearing to approve/adopt new School Board Policy 7120 - Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity. - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: Mr. Hughes stated his concerns about employee preference. He did not recommend a change at this time but this needs to be revisited by the next Board.

H. Information
H. Labor Relations

51. H-1. Merit Award Pay (MAP)
Attachment: MAP Agenda Attachment.pdf
Minutes: 

This item was added at Mr. Jordan's request at the previous Board meeting (3/11/08). He asked Dr. DiPatri to find out what the effects would be if his vote was rescinded.

Mr. Jordan pulled this item to make it very clear to the Board why he wished to discuss this item again and stated that he should have listen to the 92% of the teachers who did not want the plan. He requested board discussion and suggested that the Board do something to enhance next year's plan.

Board discussion ensued in regard to the teachers' stance on the Merit Award Plan (MAP). Dr. DiPatri and Ms. Salamone answered questioned about MAP from the Board.

Mr. Jordan withdrew his request to have the Merit Award Plan move forward to the consent agenda.

H. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

52. H-2. 2008-2009 School Year Calendar
Attachment: Memo to Board re calendar issue and exams Feb 2008.pdf
Attachment: School Calendar 2008 Chart Bd Mtg 3 25 08 (1).pdf
Attachment: School Calendar 2008 3 25 08 (2).pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri requested from the Board that this item be discussed before the Board discussed their concerns on the Information Agenda.

Dr. DiPatri asked certain staff members to present information to the Board in regard to the school calendar for 2008-2009.

Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, gave a brief presentation on the background information on the school calendar that led us to the current issue. Bill Hall, Director of Professional Development, went through three viable options which would allow the district to hold exams prior to the winter vacation.  Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations, gave a brief presentation on the impact to the district and the teachers' contracts with Option 3.

Board members questioned the district staff in regard to the options and stated some of their concerns.

Ms. Kershaw requested the district send the calendar information to the Board by email and placed on the district website.

Dr. DiPatri requested the Board send him their suggestions to possible changes for the 2008-2009 school calendar by email for consideration since the item is coming back for consent on the April 22, 2008 Board meeting.

 

H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

53. H-3. Contract with The 95 Percent Group for Professional Development
Attachment: Susan Hall Resume Complete 9-19-062 (2).pdf
Attachment: 95% Group-final.pdf
H. Secondary Programs

54. H-4. Approval of Changes to School Major Areas of Interest
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ ALT Site ALC File.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ Comp HS File.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ MAI Additions 2008.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ MAI Deletions 2008.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

55. H-5. Field Trip for Palm Bay High School to Attend 2008 Vex Robotics World Championship at California State University
Attachment: PBHS FIRST University of California May 2008.pdf
H. Area II Superintendent

56. H-6. Eau Gallie High School AFJROTC Cadet Incentive/Orientation Flight Program Provided by F.I.T. Aviation, LLC
57. H-7. Viera High School DECA trip to Atlanta, Georgia, April 25-30, 2008
Attachment: Viera DECA.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kershaw asked about the accommodations for this field trip since there is only one student and one chaperone attending the trip. Mr. Berry stated there was another field trip for Satellite High School which was revised earlier in the day to have two chaperones and one student or two students and one chaperone. This item will be revised in the same manner.

Ms. Kershaw stated the district needs to have criteria for field trips when there is only one student attending a trip. Dr. DiPatri stated he would send the current criteria on field trips with a its modification in the administrative procedure and update the Board.

H. Project Management

58. H-8. Amendment #3 to Agreement for Construction Management Services for Meadowlane Intermediate School
Attachment: Amendment #3.pdf
H. Additional Items

59. H-9. Audit Committee Meeting

Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy requested to have this item added to the agenda. Her purpose was to recommend  the minutes for the Audit Committee meeting be added to the minutes of the Board meeting to open the lines of communication.

At Ms. Kershaw's request, Dr. DiPatri explained the process of the reporting mechanism the Audit Committee has available.

Ms. Kneessy discussed her concerns about the bookkeeper turnover rate and the communication between the Audit Committee and the School Board.

Dr. DiPatri mentioned another alternative would be to ask/direct the committee to state its recommendations directly to the Board. The whole idea is to have an open transparent process. Ms. Kneessy still felt there is a missing step.

Ms. Kershaw suggested that if it was a specific concern then it could be added to the School Board meeting agenda.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board about transparency and the process of the Audit Committee meetings.

Dr. DiPatri reminded the Board that the next special Audit Committe meeting is April 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
 


 

 


I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports
60. Board Report for Larry Hughes

Minutes: 

Mr. Hughes aked to no longer be hard copied with the policy and procedures updates to begin immediately as he does his electronically.

Dr. Dipatri asked if this was acceptable to all the Board Members. Ms. Kneessy will be the only Board Member recieving hard copies of the policies and procedures.

61. Board Report for Janice Kershaw
62. Board Report for Amy Kneessy
63. Board Report for Dr. Barbara Murray
64. Board Report for Robert Jordan

L. Superintendent's Report
65. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri reminded the Board and the public that there is a Board workshop on April 16, 2008 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. He stated that in his opinion that this is the most important workshop we hold all year in fact it will be televised. Leadership Team has been asked to stay in attendance.

Dr. DiPatri stated the Karen Shaw will be cross-training with Jackie Joy so that we can have back up for the Board Assistant.

Ms. Kershaw questioned whether this was due to the eAgenda issue. Dr. DiPatri stated for the Board and the public that last year the Board reduced positions in the Board Office by one and Jackie Joy, Karen Shaw and Gail Oliveto will be cross-trained in all areas.


M. Adjournment
66. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of March 25, 2008 was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.






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