03-28-2017 Special Meeting (General Counsel Interviews)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today on Tuesday, March 21, 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 Belford called the meeting to order at: 1:01 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

A. Moment of Silence
A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member Recognitions
A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of Agenda

Adopt the Special Meeting (General Counsel Interviews) agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
5. Public Comment

Minutes: There were no public comments.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

6. Interview/Deliberation of Final General Counsel Candidates


The Board held second round interviews in the following order:

  1. Amy Envall
  2. Brian Moes
  3. Molly Shaddock
  4. Vivian Cocotas

Following the last interview, Chairperson Belford called for a recess at 3:59 p.m.
She reconvened the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

Chairperson Belford asked for each Board member and Dr. Blackburn to identify their top two candidates.

  • Mr. Ziegler:  Envall and Moes
  • Mr. Susin:  Moes and Cocotas
  • Ms. Descovich:  Cocotas and Envall
  • Mr. Craig:  Envall and Moes
  • Ms. Belford:  Envall and Cocotas
  • Dr. Blackburn:  Envall, no second 

Ms. Belford felt strongly that Ms. Envall was above and beyond the other candidates, but said if she had to name a second choice that it would be Ms. Cocotas.

Dr. Blackburn commented that Ms. Envall was head and shoulders above the rest and did not name a second choice.

Ms. Descovich said that she typically like to "sleep" on things before she makes a decision and wanted to see if the other Board members felt the same.

There was consensus among the Board members to postpone their decision and determined the date and time of that special meeting would be April 5, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.




Postpone Item to recommend general counsel candidate to offer position to until  a Special Meeting on April 5, 2017.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
L. Superintendent's Report
M. Adjournment
7. Adjournment

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).