03-28-2017 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for its School Board meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 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 16, 2017. 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: Chairperson Misty Belford called the meeting to order at 5:33 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, John Craig, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler

A. Moment of Silence
3. Moment of Silence

Minutes: A moment of silence was held for a member of the BPS family who had recently passed away: George Davies, a 12th grade student from Satellite High.

A. Invocation
4. Invocation

Minutes: Christine Rozal, sixth grade student from Roy Allen Elementary, read the invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Marissa Estrada, sixth grade student from Roy Allen Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
6. Entertainment


The Roy Allen Chorus, under the direction of music teacher Laura Lee, entertained the Board and viewing audience prior to the beginning of the meeting.  They played one additional number after the meeting was convened.

Chairperson Belford called for a recess at 5:41 p.m. so that the students could gather their belongings.

She reconvened the meeting at 5:46 p.m.


A. Board Member Recognitions
7. Board Member Recognitions


Tina Descovich

  • She visited the transportation department and thanked Mr. Creach for showing her around.
  • She attended the South Area Art and Science Fair Awards.  She was very impressed and thanked everyone who made it happen, in particular Mr. Barry Pichard, principal of Sunrise Elementary.

John Craig

  • He took a tour of Audubon Elementary and thanked principal Lisa Paniale.  He further commented that they are doing great work there.  He also got to visit his daughter's third grade teacher when she was at Gardendale, Lisa Loggins, whom he said is a phenomenal teacher. He brought a gift of socks to Dr. Blackburn from Audubon.

Andy Ziegler

  • He gave a "shout out" to his new favorite star at Runaway Country, Danny Craig (son of John Craig), student at Merritt Island High School, who got up on stage and sang with one of the performers.

Matt Susin

  • First he thanked Barbara Davis for putting on one the best employment fairs in the state.  He also thanked Arby Creach for helping us get bus drivers and thanked Kim Garton, social studies resource teacher for her work on the social studies textbook adoption process.   

Misty Belford

  • She gave a shout out to media and content coordinator Abby Rex. 
  • She thanked ET and ESE staff for helping with the issues on Enrich.
  • She thanked the administrators and crisis response teams for help with issues.


A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
8. Adoption of Agenda

Adopt the March 28, 2017 School Board Meeting Agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
9. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn welcomed and recognized the  administrative staff personnel and allowed them time to make some comments.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Rosette J. Brown, Principal at McNair Magnet School, effective June 30, 2017.

Accept the retirement of Joseph A. Loffek, Principal at Gemini Elementary School, effective June 30, 2017.

Accept the retirement of Donna C. Entsminger, Principal at University Park Elementary School, effective  June 30, 2017.

Accept the retirement of Barbara Scheuerer, Assistant Principal at Jefferson Middle School, effective July 31, 2017.

Accept the retirement of Kenneth Sackey, Assistant Principal at McNair Magnet Middle School, effective July 31, 2017.

Accept the resignation of Gary J. Preisser, Principal at Titusville High School, effective June 2, 2017.

The appointment of Rochelle Schwindt, to the position of Director of Compensation Services in Human Resources Services, on annual contract, effective April 3, 2017. Annual salary based on grade 29 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The reclassification of Jeffrey E. Coverdale from the position of Teacher on Assignment at Golfview Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Golfview Elementary School, on annual contract, effective March 29, 2017. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: John Craig
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Middle School Programs/K-12

10. Florida Music Educators Association Award Recipients

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn introduced Cindy Johnson, music resource teacher, who provided comments and made introductions.  Honorees were presented with a plaque by Dr. Blackburn and Chairperson Belford.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
11. Public Comment


Chairperson Belford reminded the audience of the allotment of three minutes per speaker and that appropriate decorum must be observed at all times. 

Speakers in order of appearance:

  1. Janice Kershaw- Audit in regards to Brevard Schools Foundation
  2. Mason Williams-Audit in regards to Brevard Schools Foundation
  3. Doug Murphy - F-18 Textbook Adoption 
  4. Vanessa Skipper- Teacher Evaluation
  5. Lee Boyland - F-18 - Textbook Adoption
  6. Anthony Colucci - Upcoming Contract Negotiations
  7. Dan Bennett- Audit Report and Best and Brightest
  8. Stephanie Connolly - Request to Fill Science Resource Teacher Position
  9. Rasha Mubarak - F-18 Textbook Adoption 
  10. Mohsen Alhaddad -F-18 Textbook Adoption 
  11. Daniah Jarrah - F-18 -Textbook Adoption and Response to Statement that Profit was a Pirate
  12. Carmel Alshaibi - F-18 Textbook Adoption .
  13. Raed Alshaibi- F-18 Textbook Adoption
  14. Nina Chamseddine -F-18 Textbook Adoption - Role of Islam Women
  15. Roger Gangitano - F-18 - Textbook  Adoption
  16. Mike Bizzaro - F-18 - Textbook Adoption

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Approval of Minutes
Attachment: 2017-0228 Sales Surtax and Discipline Plan Workshop Draft Minutes.pdf
Attachment: 2017-0308 Joint Audit Committee Meeting.pdf
Attachment: 2017-0314 Regular Meeting and PH Elem. Textbook Adoption.pdf
13. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2017-10.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2017-11.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

14. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 03-28-2017 Consent.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters - 03-28-2017 Consent.pdf
15. Financial Statements for the Period Ending January 31, 2017
Attachment: FY2016-2017 Financial Statements - January 31, 2017.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-28-17.pdf
17. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-28-17.pdf
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning

18. Secondary Social Studies Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: 2017 SS instr mat board agenda final.pdf
19. Field Trip - West Shore Jr./Sr. High Future Educators Rising National Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Attachment: WSHS FEA National Conference June 2017 Itinerary .pdf
Attachment: 2017 Educators Rising National Conference Agenda.pdf
20. Melbourne High Robotics Trip to World Championships in Houston, TX
Attachment: FIRST Robotics Competition Finalist letter.pdf
Attachment: 2017 Houston Itinerary.pdf
F. Student Services

21. Lease Agreement with Melbourne Auditorium
Attachment: Melbourne Auditorium Lease Agreement Brevard Schools Foundation October 2 2017.pdf
F. Students at Risk

22. District English Language Learner (ELL) Plan
Attachment: ELL.pdf
F. Head Start Program

23. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report for the month of January 2017
Attachment: GB and PC Monthly Report Jan 2017.pdf
F. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

24. Field Trip - Gemini Elementary Lego Jr. Robotics to FIRST Championship World Festival Expo in Houston, TX
Attachment: Gemini Lego Club Jr - Houston, TX.pdf
F. Facilities Services

25. DCR Storage Portable N-182 at Surfside Elementary School
Attachment: Surfside Site Plan.pdf
F. Project Management

26. Roy Allen Elementary School - Mechanical System Renewal SALES SURTAX - Close Out
Attachment: Roy Allen OEF 209.pdf
27. Student Accommodation Plan Portable Relocation - Design Build Services
Attachment: Portable Relocation Exhibit C.pdf
28. DeLaura Middle School - HVAC Renewal - Design Build Services
Attachment: DeLaura - Phase IV GMP Exhibit C.pdf
29. Certification of Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) Data
Attachment: FDOE Determination Letter.pdf
Attachment: FISH certification.pdf
30. West Melbourne Elementary School - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: West Melbourne GMP 1 w Attachments.pdf
31. District School Security - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Security GMP 1 attachments.pdf
32. Sherwood Elementary School - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Sherwood Phase II Attachments.pdf
33. Stone Middle School - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Stone GMP 1 attachments.pdf
34. Gardendale Education Center - Design Build Services
Attachment: Gardendale - GMP Attachments.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

35. Approval of Consent

Approve the March 28, 2017 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Tina Descovich
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

36. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - ITB 17-B-052-OC - Tree Trimming.pdf
Attachment: b - SC 17-SC-072-WH - Flooring Equipment, Supplies & Install.pdf
Attachment: c - SC 16-049-DK - Library Material.pdf


Award the Invitation to Bid (ITB) below:

a) ITB #17-B-052-WH - Tree Trimming Vegetation Removal & Stump Grinding - Facilities Services - $625,000.00 - Operating Other

Approve the State Contract (SC) purchase below: 

b) SC #17-SC-072-WH - Flooring with Related Equipment, Products, Supplies, Installation and Services - Facilities Services - $500,000.00 - Operating Other

c) SC #16-049-DK - Library Materials - Elementary & Secondary Leading & Learning - $336,807.00 - Operating Categorical

Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Tina Descovich
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

37. Department/School Initiated Agreements
Attachment: a) SSA #17-535-SH AVID.pdf
Attachment: b) SSA #17-429-SH Danny Brassell.pdf
Attachment: c) SSA #17-506-SH Meteor.pdf
Attachment: d) SSA #17-546-SH GeniusDV.pdf


Approve the Sales and Service Agreements (SSAs) below:

a) SSA #17-535-SH - AVID - Secondary Leading & Learning - $35,756.00 - Operating Categorical

b) SSA #17-429-SH - Danny Brassell - School Choice - $8,000.00 - Operating Other

c) SSA #17-506-SH - Meteor - Elementary Leading & Learning - $5,000.00 - Special Revenue Federal

d) SSA #17-546-SH - GeniusDV - Career & Technical Education - $5,000.00 - Operating Other


Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Project Management

38. 2017-2018 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: Draft 2017-2018 Student Accommodation Plan.pdf

Approve the 2017-18 Student Accommodation Plan- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Financial Services

39. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 03-28-2017 Information.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters - 03-28-2017 Information.pdf
H. Employee Benefits and Risk Management

40. Renewal of the Board’s Property, Boiler/Machinery, and Terrorism Insurance Policies
Attachment: 2016-17 Chart for Property, Boiler, and Terrorism Insurance Renewal - 3-8-2017.pdf
Attachment: Cost Analysis Property, Boiler-Machinery and Terrorism Insurance Policies.pdf

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


Tina Descovich

  • Reported that she had attended the Value Adjustment Board meeting

Andy Ziegler

  • Asked for a definition of retirement to be the same whether you are in the pension plan or the investment plan.  Ms. Zuercher, Chief Financial Officer, will look into it.
42. Discussion Point - John Craig on Enrich


Mr. Craig expressed appreciation to Student Services and to ET for work on the issues with the Enrich program, but had concerns over extending the contract for another year.

Dr. Thedy, assistant superintendent of Student Services, provided information to the Board about  what was being done to mitigate the issues. She said she felt the right thing to do is to extend the contract while they work through some of the factors and determine what exactly is causing the problems. 

Some interim solutions have been to bypass the load balancer, to stagger usage and the "time-out" function has been extended.  They are not certain if the problems lie with the vendor or with the District.

Mr. Craig expressed concern with the contract, if extended; he wanted to make sure it has provisions to make sure it has "some teeth in it" should the issues be with the vendor. 

Dr. Blackburn asked Dr. Thedy to reach out to School Board Attorney, Harold Bistline.

Mr. Ziegler suggested that staff  query other districts using the software to see if the problems we are having are occurring. 

43. Discussion Item - Misty Belford -2017-2018 Calendar


Mrs. Belford had asked to have this the 2017-2018 Calendar placed as a discussion item in response to a query from Mr. Craig.

Several school staff members had expressed to Mr. Craig that Spring Break came so late this year and will be late next year as well and students and teachers needed the break earlier.  He asked the reason.

Ana Diaz, director of Professional Learning and Development said that many factors went into determining a recommendation for a school calendar.  The committee felt that this window was the least impactful to testing.

Dr. Blackburn asked for BFT to have some input on the next calendar committee. He also asked for Ms. Diaz to provide the Board with a list that provides the reasons/rationale behind the reasons dates were selected.

Mr. Craig also brought up the dates that grades were due the night before teacher planning. He believed that had been addressed.

Also, Mr. Craig reported that kindergarten parent conferences were several weeks after report cards were issued; consequently, kindergarten teachers were having many conferences on their own time in order to address issues that students may be having.  He asked for the committee to look at the placement of some of those nights.

L. Superintendent's Report
44. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Blackburn thanked the administrators who presented to the Level 5 Leaders.

He also thanked Ms. Pennie Zuercher, chief financial officer, for the completion of the bond refinancing which will save the district an estimated 10.6 million dollars over the course of the loan.

Dr. Blackburn commented on the teacher fair.  He expressed gratitude to Dr. Carol Kindt, and her staff for their hard work as well as Viera High School for hosting and to the business partners: Tropical Realty, Sams Club, Grand Canyon University and Community Credit Union.

Dr. Blackburn asked for the Board to weigh in on responses to be provided to the auditor general on two of the findings on the operational audit.

  • Direct of support of Brevard Schools Foundation
    • Board consensus is the value the Foundation provides exceeds the amount the district provides in direct support
      • However, the district should clarify the services that are paid from this line item
      • Explain the ROI that these funds provide
    • Look at a process in the future that doesn't raise a "red flag"
  •  Overpayment of Best and Brightest funds to a few teachers
    • Consensus of Board not to make teachers pay back the funds as it was not though any fault of their own.




M. Adjournment
45. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at: 8:16 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).