04-09-2013 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 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, August 2, 2013. 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


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting of April 9, 2013 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Dr. Michael Krupp, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy. Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray requested a moment of silence for Angela Payne, 5th grade teacher at Golfview Elementary, who passed away unexpectedly.

A-3. Invocation (Beryl Carr, 12th Grade, Astronaut High School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Beryl Carr, 12th grade student of Astronaut High School, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Aaron Watson, 12th Grade, Astronaut High School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Aaron Watson, 12th grade student of Astronaut High School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Astronaut Chamber Choir)
5. Entertainment


Astronaut Chamber Choir, under the direction of Music Director, Michael Coppola, who entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Mr. Coppola and her students for entertaining the Board this evening. 

Chairman Dr. Murray called for a brief recess at 5:41 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:45 p.m.

Chairman Dr. Murray welcomed Boy Scout Giovanni Allen from Troop 757, who is working on his citizenship badge.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Presentation Deletions
School Closure Information Presentation

Consent Additions
F-16. Student Expulsions
F-33. 2013-2014 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act Grant

Consent Revisions
F-21. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales and Services Agreements
F-25. Instructional Staff Recommendations

Information Revision
H-44. Recommend the Approval of Odyssey Preparatory Charter Academy Charter Contract
H-45. Recommend the Approval of Odyssey Renewal Charter Contract
H-46. Recommend the Approval of Palm Bay Renewal Charter Contract 
H-52. Expanding Expressions Training and Presentation to District Speech-Language Pathologists

Information Deletion
Recommend the Approval of Sculptor Renewal Charter Contract 
2013-2014 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act Grant

Approve the School Board Meeting agenda of April 9, 2013 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Board Office/Superintendent

7. Check Presentation from Sam's Club to Five Brevard Schools


Dr. Binggeli introduced Tim Cook, General Manager and Ron Patchell, Team Lead, of Sam's Club of Cocoa, Florida.

Mr. Cook stated that he is a very competitive person and the objective for Sam's Club store in Cocoa is to be the biggest supporter for Brevard County Schools. He stated that, through a grant, they chose five schools to support through the schools with whatever they need. Whether is be supplies, funding, or volunteerism from now until January 2014.

The following schools were recipients of $1,000 grant:

Andersen Elementary - Denise Johnson, Principal
Creel Elementary - Roseann Bennett, Principal
Kennedy Middle School - Richard Myers, Principal
Longleaf Elementary - Marilyn Sylvester
Rockledge High School - Tony Hines, Principal (for Project Graduation)

Dr. Binggeli thanked Mr. Cook and Mr. Patchell for that they do for the schools. 


B. District Communications

8. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli introduced Principals, Tony Hines, Rockledge High School; and Richard Myers, Kennedy Middle School to provide an overview of the Chinese Language Program in their schools.

Mr. Hines stated that he since 2005 Rockledge High School has had that Cambridge program in his school. Every year they bring programs on to enhance the curriculum. He noted that during the summer of 2011, he received the opportunity from the College Board to go to China to pursue communications with China.  Mr. Hines stated that his overall mission was to bring the Chinese language not only to Rockledge High School but also Kennedy Middle School.  He turned the meeting over to Mr. Myers.

Mr. Myers gave a presentation on the effect of having Chinese at Kennedy and Rockledge and introduced students, Hannah Valez and Katia Carmichael. The students shared their Chinese language experience and sang Happy Birthday in Chinese to the Board Members.

Chairman Dr. Murray thanked that students for singing Happy Birthday since it was Ms. Kneessy's birthday yesterday (4/8/2013). 

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Elementary Programs

9. School Library Media Month
Attachment: School Library Month proclamation.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming April 2013 as School Library Media Month.

Adopt the resolution stating the School Board of Brevard County wishes to recognize and endorse the observance of April as School Library Media month in Brevard County Public Schools.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Middle School Programs/K-12

10. Child Abuse Prevention Month
Attachment: 2013 Child Abuse Month Proclamation.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Irwin read the resolution proclaiming April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

11. School Closure Information
12. Bond Rating and Other Financial Budget Process Opinions
Attachment: Strength and Transparency of Financial Practices.pdf

Dr. Binggeli and Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of  Financial Services, gave a presentation on the Bond Rating and other financial budget process opinions as shown on the attachment.


13. District Accomplishments Aligned with Brevard Public Schools Vision and Mission Statement
Attachment: District Accomplishments 4.9.13.pdf

Dr. Binggeli gave a presentation on the District Accomplishments which are aligned with Brevard Public Schools' Vision and Mission Statement (see attached).

Dr. Binggeli noted that the Vision Statement is just not words for Brevard Public Schools.  We try to live it and model it, every single day.  He read his final thoughts as it relates to opinions and facts in regard to the budget and that the district is being run efficiently and effectively.

Dr. Binggeli stated that there is one opinion that has been brought forth to this podium that he will not accept and that is the decisions we have made show a lack of committment to our Vision and to our Mission and service to our children.  Dr. Binggeli went on to say that when we say that we will serve our community, we mean it.  When we say we will help students understand that you serve something greater then yourself, we try to live and model that. When we commit to helping students learn 21st century skills and serve everyone with excellence as a standard, we work to develop and protect people and programs that serve that mission.  Dr. Binggeli stated that we are having to make very difficult choices, and we will make some that people disagree with and there is no way around that.  He stated that we will never stray from our organizational vision or belief and we will serve the children of this community to the absolute best of our ability. (Received standing ovation from the Board and the community).

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray expressed, on behalf of the Board, appreciation for his presentation. 

E. Public Discussion
14. Public Discussion


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes for each speaker.  She also stated that the Board will not respond to the comments or requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

  1. Julie Wales, Rockledge - Media Programs
  2. Debbie Little, Palm Bay - Contract
  3. Debra Greco, BFT, Cocoa - Ratification Vote
  4. John Pilley, Viera - Budget
  5. Richard Smith, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  6. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  7. Vida Escue, Titusville - Computer Lab Upgrades

Chairman Dr. Murray thanked this evening's speakers and mentioned that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

15. Approval of Minutes
16. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 04-09-13 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. District Communications

17. District Website
F. Financial Services

18. Financial Statements with Operating Budget Amendment for the Period Ending February 28, 2013.
Attachment: Financial Statements For Period Ending February 28, 2013.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #6 - February 28 2013.pdf
Attachment: February 2013 budget amend explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

19. Warrants for the Month of February, 2013
Attachment: Warrant List - February 2013.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

20. Property Disposal
Attachment: April 9 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: April 9 Board Letters.pdf
21. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a) BW 13-BW-086-CJ Curriculum and Instruction..pdf
Attachment: b) ITB 11-034BP Lawn Maintenance and Landscaping Services AHS Assignment Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: c) ITB 12-012LL - Kitchen Equipment and Refrigeration Parts Assignment Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: d) 13-PB-012-DR Food and Food Services Equipment and Supplies - Agenda Item A1.pdf
Attachment: e) SC 13-SC-080-LL Vehicles for Transportation - Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: f) SC 13-SC-082-LL Vehicles for Instructional Services - Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: g) SSA #13-009-PH - Educational Data Resources Agenda Item.pdf
F. Human Resources

22. Job Description - Producer-BPSTV
Attachment: Producer - BPSTV.pdf
23. Job Description - Specialist-Communications Technology
Attachment: Spec-CommTech.pdf
24. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 04-09-13.pdf
25. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 04-09-13.pdf
F. Labor Relations

26. Ratification of the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 78, Local 1010
Attachment: Board 1010 Language for vote 3.19.13.pdf
F. Elementary Programs

27. Elementary Mathematics Textbook Adoption
28. Elementary K-6 English/Language Arts (ELA) Materials Adoption
Attachment: Elementary ELA Adoption Timeline 3.pdf
29. Scholastic Mathematics Inventory
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

30. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report
31. Head Start Self-Assessment and Improvement Plan
Attachment: SBBC_SAIP_January_2013.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

32. Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant
F. Career & Technical Education

33. 2013-2014 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV) Grant
F. South Area Superintendent

34. Consultant Agreement between Harbor City Elementary and Learning-Focused
Attachment: Harbor City - Learning Focused - May 2013.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

35. Field Trip - Viera High DECA to Anaheim, CA - International Career Development and DECA Competition
Attachment: VHS DECA Memo 3-12.pdf
Attachment: VHS DECA Bd Agenda rev 3-12.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

36. Merritt Island High School Field Trip to San Luis Obispo, California
Attachment: StangSat field trip.pdf
37. Titusville High School German Club trip to Helen, Georgia
Attachment: Helen Georgia Trip.pdf
F. Educational Technology

39. Construction Management Agreement for Palm Bay High School Security Cameras
Attachment: CM PBHS Agenda Attach.pdf
F. Facilities Services

40. DCR Storage Portable T-033 at Croton Elementary School
F. Approval of Consent

41. Approval of Consent Agenda


Approval of the April 9, 2013  Consent Agenda with the exception of  those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Dr. Binggeli congratulated the administrative appointments listed under items F-24 and F-25.

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Educational Technology

38. Computer Labs Upgrades for 10 Schools
Attachment: 10 Lab Attachment.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this agenda item to follow up with the speaker as to why the emergency purchasing approval procedures were initiated on this item. Gino Butto, Assistant Superintendent of Information Technology Division, gave the Board and the community more information as it relates to the computer lab upgrades.

Mr. Butto stated that these labs are part of the unfunded mandates that fell upon us. We have been scrambling in terms of resources, facilities, and monies that were never provided from the State to fulfill these requirements for testing and virtual environments for our students. He noted that this was completed without violating any of our purchasing practices.

Chairman Dr. Murray stated that she had a request for Mr. Butto to address the Item F-21 on g) SSA #13-009-PH - Educational Data Resources, LLC - Amendment.

Mr. Butto explained the ten-year history the district had with the current vendor which was used for the financial and student system. He stated the time has come where the system needs to be upgraded, and there are a lot of complexities with this upgrade.  Mr. Butto noted that it is a small amount of money in terms of the value that the district will be receiving and the risk that we will be averting then staying with this particular product.  The EDR program has the database that houses all of our mission critical applications, human resources, payroll, accounting function and procurement to name a few.

Mr. Ziegler informed the Board that he was involved in an emergency meeting as it relates to the EDR program since it is what he does for a living.  He stated that he asked many relevant questions and did some research and noted that in comparison to other large public entities and what they pay for software, this is peanuts to what other school districts are spending.  Mr. Ziegler noted that the district is on a very old system in which we need to be proactive about before it causes us problems in many ways.  The expense is not for this year but will be over a five year period of time.  In his opinion, he stated that this is a great deal and feel comfortable moving forward.

Dr. Binggeli stated that we are spending much less because of the relationship the district has with the vendor due to the collaboration we have had over the years.

Approve construction management contract for $122,798.00 to upgrade ten computer labs to support mandated State end of course testing for the 2012-2013 school year.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: -----------------------------------
Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a BPS-TV Sound Bites Video Segment at 7:32 p.m.
The meeting was reconvened at 7:46 p.m.

G. Action
H. Information
H. District Communications

42. New Structure for Fees
Attachment: April 9, 2013 Fee Structure.pdf
H. Risk Management

43. School Board Property Insurance Policy Renewal
H. School Choice

44. Recommmend the Approval of Odyssey Preparatory Charter Academy Charter Contract
Attachment: Odyssey Prep Charter Contract -FINAL.pdf
45. Recommend the Approval of Odyssey Renewal Charter Contract
Attachment: Odyssey Renewal Contract FINAL.pdf
46. Recommend the Approval of Palm Bay Academy Renewal Charter Contract
Attachment: Palm Bay Academy Charter Renewal FINAL.pdf
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

47. AVID Letter Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and the AVID Center 2013-2014
Attachment: AVID Contract 13-14 Attachment A.pdf
Attachment: AVID Implementation Agreement 13-14.pdf
48. International Future Problem Solving Competition Field Trip to Indiana University
49. Request for New 8th Grade Physical Education Course: Multicultural Sports
Attachment: 2013 MS PE Course addition submission form.pdf
Attachment: 2013 MS Multicultural Sport Course Description.pdf
50. Request for Two New High School Physical Education Courses: Volleyball Leadership and Basketball 2
Attachment: 2013 bball 2 course addition request form.pdf
Attachment: 2013 Bball 2 course description.pdf
Attachment: 2013 Volleyball Leadership Course Addition request.pdf
Attachment: 2013 Volleyball course description.pdf
H. Secondary Programs

51. Brevard County Students to Attend the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Competition
H. Instructional, Behavioral and Psychological Services

52. "Expanding Expression" Training and Presentation to District Speech-Language Pathologists
Attachment: Expanding Expression 5-13-13.pdf
H. Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources(FDLRS)/PreK

53. Thinking Maps: A Language for Learning Training
Attachment: Thinking Maps Cons. Agreement and VITA for Gail Sansome.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

54. Contracted Services Agreement between Eau Gallie High School and Fun Fotos
Attachment: EGHS Prom and Fun Fotos - May 2013.pdf
H. Central Area Superintendent

55. Field Trip - Rockledge High JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl - Washington, DC
Attachment: JROTC - Leadership and Academic Bowl.pdf
H. Educational Technology

56. Technology Infrastructure Design Services for Southwest Middle School
Attachment: SCS Premier Attachment.pdf
57. Structured Cabling Infrastructure Upgrade Project for Challenger 7 Elementary School
Attachment: GMP Amendment #1.pdf

I. Staff Reports
58. Staff Reports


Ms. Kneessy requested Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, update the Board on how the new application process for choice and out-of-area applications has gone, the glitches we have had for people who have paid versus people who have not paid the fee, as well as the changes that can be expected for the coming school year.

Ms. Mace went through some of the difficulties and the successes they have seen in processing the online applications. 

Dr. Murray explained that this is an application processing fee not an attendance fee.

Ms. Kneessy asked how the other Board Members felt about having a hard and fast cut-off on April 29, 2013.  She stated that it is not fair for the parents who applied on time and paid their fees on time, if we keep extending beyond the acceptance letter date for the parents to get their fee in.  Ms. Henderson though that it is a reasonable request.  Dr. Murray clarified that if the parents don't pay, their application will not be processed.  Ms. Kneessy asked for those on the wait list to be included.

Discussion ensued as it relates to the confusion about the new process, the timeline and wait list.

Ms. Mace wished to publicly make clear, that all children were always going to be a part of the lottery.

Dr. Binggeli spoke about the students that met the Federal poverty criteria and that waiver process went well.  Ms. Mace noted that the vendor is waiving the $4 fee for those students.  She noted that it has been really positive to work with a vendor that understands and appreciates that we have students with various needs.

Dr. Krupp stated that we need a time certain cut-off for processing the applications.  Dr. Murray noted a consenus across the Board Members as it relates to the cut-off.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
59. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
60. Board Member Reports


Mr. Ziegler noted that the CEO Fred Maxik of Lighting Science, hosted a fundraising dinner for Children's Hunger project in which he raised $25,000.  Mr. Ziegler noted that the project is currently feeding 750 children  from 19 schools on the weekend.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he met with District 5 Student Advisory Committee. He thanked Congressman Bill Posey for speaking with the students.  Mr. Ziegler stated that he was informed by the students that the school spirit fundraisers have been discontinued due to Redbook Accounting requirements on what the schools are allowed to do for fundraisers.  Mr. Ziegler requested the district look into why the school spirit fundraisers have been eliminated and what we can do to correct it.  He noted that he does not wish to do anything to diminish school spirit.  Dr. Binggeli stated that he and senior staff are engaging in that conversation during their meetings.

Ms. Kneessy requested the end of the year activity list that is happening at all the schools.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she attended Satellite High School's ROTC Military Ball and Banquet.  She stated that the ROTC and the other programs are outstanding and she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

Ms. Henderson noted that the district has filled many administrative positions over the last few weeks and that she received phone calls relating to the hiring practices are unfair.  She noted that everyone in the organization should have the same opportunity to put in for open positions.

Ms. Henderson requested that the overall writing of the board agenda items to preclude some of the misinformation that gets out to the public because the agenda items are not written clearly.  She noted that people think that the district is doing things that we are not because the agenda did not say that the money being used was from a grant, for instance.

Ms. Henderson noted that she went to Tallahassee with Ms. Preston to meet with all of our Legislators. After being on the Legislative Committee for several years, this is the first time that she felt welcome and that they were listening to district needs and how we are being effected by their decisions.

Dr. Murray commented that some of the awareness of the Legislators has also come from citizen pressure (vocal groups and parents) even more so than the school districts.

Dr. Krupp had no report

Dr. Murray noted that she was interviewed by Nicholas Hibb for his Eagle Scout Merit badge.

Dr. Murray spoke with a group of students from Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School about the end of course exams.  They stated that they are not against them but they were concerned about the students that did not have the same opportunities as they have. She requested that information be put out to the students as it relates to the end of course exam since they are not clearly understanding how the exam is weighted, if there is an alternative tests, and if it is fair for all students across the board.  Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, noted that depending which year the student entered ninth grade, the rules are different.  She stated that there is current legislation changes being proposed for the end of course exams which could potentially impact our students starting next year.  Ms. Van Meter stated that they will share all the updates with the Board as they get them since it is changing weekly.  Dr. Murray asked how this information is getting to the students.  Ms. Van Meter explained that the information is given to the students through their guidance counselors, parent meetings, and through written communication.

Dr. Murray stated that the students were concerned about the quality of their teachers and that their fellow classmates might not get the information if  the teacher was not as effective.  Dr. Murray stated that she assured the students that the district has stepped up the quality control of the teachers.  Ms. Van Meter stated that the teacher appraisal system is really making a change. She noted that there is a big impetus on share lesson plans, collaboration, and learning and observing each other.  The teachers are coming away with ideas on how to do it better and what is more effective.

L. Superintendent's Report
61. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli noted that he attended the State Science and Engineering Fair Awards Program in Lakeland. He thanked the Science research teachers, who are second to none.  Dr. Binggeli stated that the commitment and the time that these teachers put into these program is astounding.  Dr. Binggeli stated that the students are phenomenal.  We had nine first place winners and one best in show.  He noted that our students conducted themselves like they have been there before. They are a class act. Dr. Binggeli congratulated the students for a great job.

Ms. Henderson noted that she was approached by Florida School Board Association as it relates to the Board's decision not to renew their membership for the coming year.

M. Adjournment
62. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board meeting at 8:20 p.m.