03-31-2015 Special School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 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


Karen Henderson chaired the March 31, 2015 Special School Board meeting.  Ms. Kneessy attended via telephone conferencing.

Ms. Henderson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Misty Belford, John Craig, Amy Kneessy (via telephone), Karen Henderson and Andy Ziegler

A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Ms. Henderson led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of Agenda

Adopt the March 31, 2015 Special School Board Meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- 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


Public comment was only being accepted in relation to consent agenda item: F-6. Agreement for Superintendent Search Services. There were no speakers who wished to address that item.


F. Consent
F. School Board Attorney

6. Agreement for Superintendent Search Services
Attachment: Agreement For Superintendent Search Services.pdf

There was Board discussion regarding this matter.  Mr. Craig said that he did not feel it was prudent business practice to expend monies for a national search firm without first using a community-based 'blue ribbon' team to vet local candidates (to include Brevard and Central Florida). He further commented that he did not feel that the Board had to "rush" the process.  He said that we should already have a succession plan of who could be the interim superintendent in the event a suitable replacement is not found before Dr. Binggeli leaves.  This brought up more discussion about a succession plan and the Board determined to discuss further the person who would be acting superintendent in the event that no one was hired before Dr. Binggeli left. 

Board members who had been through this selection process in 2009 agreed that there certainly may be local candidates who end up being the best qualified nominee, however, they didn't want to be restricted by hiring someone locally if a better candidate exists outside. They felt that the expenditure for the search firm benefits the district in the long run.


Approve the Agreement For Superintendent Search Services between Ray & Associates, Inc. and the School Board of Brevard County, Florida.

Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
John Craig- Nay
Misty Haggard-belford- Nay
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- 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

Minutes: Ms. Henderson adjourned the meeting at 9:28 a.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).