03-26-2019 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 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 14, 2019. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Descovich called the meeting to order at: 5:30 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present:  Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell.

A. Moment of Silence
3. Moment of Silence

Minutes: There was no one for whom to hold a moment of silence.

A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Matt Reed, Assistant Superintendent of Government and Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
5. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions


Board members and Superintendent Mark Mullins recognized and congratulated various students, staff and community members as well as programs and acknowledged the impact each had on Brevard Public Schools.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda


Dr. Mullins read into record the changes on the supplemental agenda which are changes made to the agenda since it was first released to the public on March 19, 2019.


  • A-7. Administrative Staff Recommendations


  • C-11.  Resolution Vaping and its Dangers

Adopt the March 26, 2019 School Board meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Mullins welcomed and congratulated those administrative staff personnel in the audience.  Each were offered time for brief comments.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Barry K. Pichard from the position of Principal at Sunrise Elementary School, effective June 30, 2019.

Accept the resignation of Carl A. Hofmann, Jr. from the position of Director of Quality Control, effective March 24, 2019.

The transfer/reclass of Robin L. Novelli from the position of Director of Secondary Leading & Learning to the position of Chief Operating Officer, on annual contract, effective April 29, 2019, with an annual salary of $124,303.

The transfer/reclass of Karyle M. Green from the position of Principal at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School to the position of Director of Professional Standards & Labor Relations, on annual contract, effective June 3, 2019. Annual salary based on grade 29 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The appointment of Kristine L. Rodriguez to the position of Director of Purchasing and Warehouse Services, on annual contract, effective April 22, 2019. Annual salary based on grade 27 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. SLL Acceleration & Enrichment

8. Florida Music Educators Association Award Recipients

Minutes: Mollie Vega, Director of Secondary Leading and Learning, facilitated the presentation. 
B. Student Support Services

9. Recognition of Suicide Prevention Certified Schools

Minutes: Melissa Catechis, Director of Student Support Services, facilitated the recognition.
B. Student Activities

10. SGA Presidents Presentation to the Board


Dr. Mullins explained that four Student Government Association representatives were at the meeting to present the Legislative Priority  they wanted to champion when meeting with the Legislature in Tallahassee on April 4, 2019.  Their ask will be surrounding vaping and its dangers.

Student presenters were:

  • Liam Creswick - Melbourne High School
  • Ashley Copeland - Edgewood Jr/Sr. High
  • Cassie Ruiz - Space Coast Jr./Sr. High
  • Sydney Aitcheson - Titusville High 

Following the reading of the resolution, Board members joined the students for a photo.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Student Services

11. Resolution - Vaping and Its Dangers
Attachment: Vaping Legislation.pdf

Mr. Reed read the resolution.

Approve the resolution supporting the legislative ask by Brevard student government leaders concerning vaping and its dangers.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Katye Campbell
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

12. Check Presentation


Representatives from OneBlood, blood donation organization, presented the Board with a check for $14,060 for scholarships.  The organization donated $10 for each student who donates blood when OneBlood holds a drive on a high school campus.

Beth Juel, Central Brevard Community Relations Coordinator, facilitated the presentation.

E. Public Comment
13. Public Comments


Chairman Descovich reminded speakers that they would each have three minutes in which to make comments and of the decorum expected while speaking.

Speakers in order of appearance:

  • Anthony Colucci - Negotiations
  • Vanessa Skipper - Listening to Teachers
  • Ronald Bradley - Why is BPS Broke?
  • Elaine Kirk - Teacher Support



F. Consent
F. Board Office

14. Meeting Minutes
Attachment: 2019-0305 Board Retreat.pdf
Attachment: 2019-0312 Board Workshop.pdf
Attachment: 2019-0312 Draft Meeting Minutes.pdf
Attachment: 2019-0315 Joint Audit Committee Meeting.pdf
Attachment: Expulsion Hearing Minutes - 2019-29S.pdf (Confidential Item)

Attachment: Expulsion Hearing Minutes - 2019-32S.pdf (Confidential Item)
15. Student Expulsions
16. Amendment-Superintendent's Employment Agreement
Attachment: Mullins, Mark - Amendment 1 to Employment Agreement (draft with footnote) (2-7-19).pdf
F. Financial Services

17. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 03-26-2019.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 03-26-19.pdf
18. Financial Statements for the Period Ending January 31, 2019
Attachment: Financial Statements for January 31, 2019.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-26-19.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-26-19.pdf
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning

21. Field Trip - Viera High School National Ocean Science Bowl Team to National Championship in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Viera High's Ocean Bowl Tentative Team Schedule NOSB April 2019.pdf
Attachment: Viera High School's SB Agenda Info - Ocean Bowl April 11-14, 2019.pdf
22. Field Trip - Melbourne High School Robotics to FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas
Attachment: Melbourne High School - 2019 Houston Itinerary.pdf
Attachment: Melbourne HS - World FIRST Championship schedule of events April 2019.docx.pdf
F. Equity, Innovation & Choice

23. Fee Increase for Brevard After School (BAS)
Attachment: BAS Non-Employee Fee Increase Proposal.pdf
F. Head Start Program

24. Head Start Non-Competitive Continuation Application - 5 Year Grant - Intent to Apply/Write and Submit - Grant No. 04CH010481
Attachment: FGL - 04CH010481 School Board of Brevard County.pdf
F. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

25. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report for January 2019
Attachment: January 2019 Monthly Report_final.pdf
F. Project Management

26. Surfside Elementary School - Facility Renewal - Design/Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Surfside GMP Attachments.pdf
Attachment: Surfside CBA Form.pdf
27. Ralph Williams Elementary School - Technology Infrastructure - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Williams Design Build Preconstruction Attachments.pdf
28. Plant Operations & Maintenance Fuel Tank Replacement - Design Build Services
Attachment: POM Fuel Tank Upgrade GMP Attachments.pdf
Attachment: POM Fuel Tank Upgrade CBA Form.pdf
29. Certification of Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) Data
Attachment: Brevard OEF FISH CERT Form.pdf
30. Indialantic Elementary School - Facility Renewal - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Indialantic CBA Form.pdf
Attachment: Indialantic GMP Attachments.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

31. Approval of Consent

Approve the March 26, 2019 School Board meeting Consent Agenda with the exception of those items that were pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Cheryl Mcdougall
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Misty Belford- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

32. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - 19-545-B-NC - Physical Examinations for School Bus Drivers.pdf
Attachment: b - ITB 19-536-B-JE -Fire Alarm Systems, Installation, Maintenance & Repair - Agenda Item Re - Copy.pdf
Attachment: c - 19-505-PB-NC - Florida Sherriffs Assoc Cab & Chassis Trucks and Heavy Eqpmnt.pdf
Attachment: d - RFQ 18-Q-051-DR - Continuing Contract for MEP & Fire Protection Services - Agenda Item sh - Copy.pdf
Attachment: e - 19-661-SC-NC - Construction & Industrial Equipment.pdf


Approve the Invitation To Bid (ITB) Name Change below:

a - ITB 16-B-072-LU - Intercom Repair & Installation - Bid Assignment - Facilities Services - $N/A

Approve the Invitation To Bid (ITB) below:

b - ITB 16-B-072-LU - Intercom Repair and Installation - Facilities Services - $400,000.00 - Operating Other

Approve the Invitation To Bid (ITB) Rescind Award below:

c - ITB 19-443-B-SH - Paint Contractor Services - Rescind Award - Facilities Services - $N/A

Approve the Request For Proposal (RFP) Reject All Submittals below:

d - RFP 18-P-063-WH - Security Assessments - Reject All Submittals - Operations - $N/A

Approve the Request For Qualification (RFQ) below:

e - RFQ 14-Q-007-KR - Continuing Contract for Environmental Engineering Services - Facilities Services - $Various - Operating Other


Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

H. Information
H. Student Services

33. Board Policy 2461 Recording of IEP Meetings
Attachment: 2461 Executive Summary, Neola, New Proposed (3-11-19).pdf
H. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

34. Board Policy 2510 Adoption of Textbooks
Attachment: 2510 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline, Clean and Form (2-7-19).pdf
35. Board Policy 2520 Selection of Instructional Materials and Equipment
Attachment: 2520 Executive Summary Current Neola Redline Clean Forms (3-13-19).pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
36. Board Member Reports

Minutes: Ms. McDougall said she had been advised that the Health Advisory Committee was statutorily required to have a Board member serve.  She stated that she could do it if there were no objections.  Consensus was reached and Ms. McDougall will serve.

L. Superintendent's Report
37. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Mullins had nothing further to report.

M. Adjournment
38. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich adjourned the meeting at: 6:55 p.m.

For further details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).