04-10-2012 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, April 5, 2012. 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

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting 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. Murray called for a moment of silence for Brandon Fritz, 9th grade student from Eau Gallie High School; Jeffery Bush, Teacher of Palm Bay Elementary; Diane Okoniewski, former teacher of Brevard Public Schools for 32 years; and Max Snider, Foundation Board Member, who passed away unexpectedly.


A-3. Invocation (Dana Alward, 6th Grade, Sea Park Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Dana Alward, 6th grade student of Sea Park Elementary School, gave the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Abigail Sams, 5th Grade, Sea Park Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Abigail Sams, 5th grade student of Sea Park Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Sea Park Elementary Chorus)
5. Entertainment


Sea Park Elementary Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Kerry Knill, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Mr. Knill and his students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a brief recess at 5:42 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:46 p.m.


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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Agenda
F-14.   Audit Committee Representative
F-15   Student Expulsions

Approve the adoption of the agenda of April 10, 2012 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. District Communications

7. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli introduced Cindy Wilson, Sherwood Elementary's Principal; two fifth grade teachers of Sherwood Elementary, Debbie Mahl and Donna Vanaselja; and Chris Delory, Brevard Zoo Education Director. They informed the Board and the community about Sherwood Zoo School and its impact on the students in it's program.

Chairman Dr. Murray stated that the Zoo program is an outstanding program. She stated that she cannot thank Brevard Zoo enough and the teachers that make it possible for the students.

Dr. Binggeli thanked Brevard Zoo for all that they do for Brevard Public Schools and that it has been a phenomenal partnership. He also that the Ms. Wilson and the teachers for their dedication to the Zoo School program.


B. Middle School Programs/K-12

8. K-12 School Board Student Art Show Recognition


Dr. Binggeli noted that the School Board Art Show is an annual K-12 event for all the Brevard Public Schools and student's artwork would be displayed in the School Board lobby until May 4, 2012.

Dr. Binggeli introduced Christie Berrier, President of the Brevard Art Educators Association, who will present the Brevard Art Educator's Association (BAEA) award, along with Bridget Geiger, K-12 Visual Arts Resource Teacher and School Board Art Show Coordinator.

Ms. Berrier stated that along with the School Board Art Show recognitions, the BAEA will present the 2012 Outstanding Principal Supporting the Arts Award.  She went on to explain the criteria for being nominated as an Outstanding Principal.

The following 2011-2012 nominees were honored with a certificate for their dedication to the arts:

Eric Fleming, Principal of West Shore Jr./Sr. High School; and Art Teachers: Jim Finch and Annamarie Zink
Elaine Passanisi, Principal of Westside Elementary School; and Art Teacher, Carline Caesar-Campbell
Sherry Thomlinson, Principal of Atlantis Elementary School; and Art Teacher, Christie Berrier

The selected BAEA Outstanding Principal  Supporting the Arts for the 2011-2012 is Todd Scheuerer, Principal of Southwest Middle School.

Ms. Janet Tucker, Art Teacher for Southwest Middle School, presented her Mr. Scheuerer with a framed student art award created by Scarlette Pizzaro.  Ms. Pizzaro received a $50 token of appreciation from BAEA for the donation of her original artwork for this award.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray and Dr. Binggeli congratulated the principals, art teachers, and students that were honored during these art awards.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Elementary Programs

9. School Library Media Month
Attachment: dps-2012-29a.pdf

Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming the month of April as School Library Month.

Adopt the Resolution stating that 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: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
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: Child Abuse Month Proclamation.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the resolution proclaiming the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Proclaim the month of April 2012 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. North Area Superintendent

11. Resolution - Harry T. & Harriette Moore Week
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_2592_001.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the resolution proclaiming the week of April 16 through April 20, 2012 as Harry T. & Harriette Moore Week.

Proclaim April 16 - April 20, 2012 Harry T. & Harriette Moore Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. School Food & Nutrition

12. New Meal Pattern Overview
Attachment: Final Board Meeting - New Meal Pattern April 10 2012.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services.  She mentioned that at a previous Board meeting Kevin Thornton, Director of Food Services, gave a brief staff report on the New Meal Pattern.  Mr. Thornton gave a presentation on the new Federal Law Requirements and the compliance regulations for the school lunches.

Dr. Krupp questioned whether the senior cafeteria position would be a one or two year position that would be required for training.  Mr. Thornton stated that position would be phased out at some point in time.

Dr. Krupp stated that in the report it said proposed regulation on the a-la-carte. He questioned when the district would get the regulations in writing.

Mr. Thornton stated that there was a mention in the Healthy Hunger Free Act that they will develop nutrition standards for a-la-carte and all foods on campus.

Dr. Binggeli clarified that the positions there were mentioned are covered under the federally funded budget.

Discussion ensued on the cost of the lunches, which was being forced on the district by the new federal regulations, and the cost of its implementation. Ms. Preston stated that Brevard is one of the few districts in the state that has a self sustaining lunch program including breakfast. She stated that our goal is to keep it that way and not to increase for 2012-2013.  Ms. Preston noted that the district has not raised lunch prices in the last 19 years.

Ms. Kneessy questioned who finances the upgrades to the schools in the cafeterias.  Ms. Preston stated that Food Services has been funding the upgrades in the schools to the tune of $20 million over the past few years since there is no money in the capital budget.

Dr. Krupp asked how many lunches are served in a given year. Mr. Thornton stated that is was around 5 million. Dr. Krupp noted, take that number and multiply that by .25 cents and you have your cost answer.


E. Public Discussion
13. 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 this evening but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

1. Carol Romer, Melbourne - School Bus Rezoning
2. Dr. Kenneth Romer, Melbourne - School Bus Rezoning

Dr. Murray thanked the speakers for their willingness to speak before the Board.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

14. Audit Committee Representative
Attachment: Milucky bio 4-4-12.pdf
15. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 4.10.2012 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Accounting Services

16. Issuance of Series 2012 Revenue Anticipation Notes
Attachment: R-Note-Res (Bank Placement).pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

17. 2012-2013 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant
Attachment: FFVP 2012-13 Application.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Property Disposal
Attachment: Apr. 10 Board Run Mar. 9.pdf
Attachment: April 10, 2012 Board Letters.pdf
F. Transportation

19. Isolated Transportation 2012, T.S.
F. Human Resources

20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 04-10-12.pdf
21. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 04-10-12.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

22. Teaching American History Grant Teachers' Curriculum Institute Workshops
Attachment: TCI contract 03.13.12.pdf
F. Career & Technical Education

23. 2012-2013 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV) Grant Application
Attachment: 2012-13 Perkins Agenda Summary.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

24. Heritage High School Blue Thunder/NASCAR STEM Challenge Team Trip to Kannapolis, North Carolina
Attachment: Heritage High NASCAR STEM Challenge Team to Kannapolis, NC - May 2012.pdf
25. Contracted Services Agreement between Eau Gallie High School and Tagas Event & Production Services
Attachment: Eau Gallie High Prom - DJ and Lighting 5-5-12.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

27. Titusville High School German Club Trip to Helen, GA
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_2578_001.pdf
28. Request a More Restrictive Dress Code at Central Middle School
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_2608_001.pdf
29. Field Trip for Satellite High School AF JROTC Students to Fly Aboard USAF HC-130
30. Request a More Restrictive Dress Code at Johnson Middle School
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_2621_001.pdf
31. Space Coast Junior Senior High School FIRST Robotics Field Trip to St. Louis, MO
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_2623_001.pdf
32. Contracted Services Agreement between five (5) North Area Schools for DJ and Venue Services
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_2783_001.pdf
F. Facilities Services

33. 2012-13 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: 2012-13 Student Accommodation Plan.pdf
34. Food Services Capital Projects
F. Approval of Consent

44. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda with the exception of the item pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Central Area Superintendent

26. Cocoa High School - Wounded Warrior Project Football Game


Dr. Krupp pulled this agenda item to discuss his concerns in regard to raising the price of a ticket by $2.00 and feels that all donations should be voluntary not mandatory. He feels that this would be setting a precedence.

Mr. Ziegler agreed with Dr. Krupp. He mentioned that although he agrees with raising money for good causes, this is not how it should be implemented.

Ms. Henderson stated that she agrees and feels that there would be more money brought in for the cause if you let it be voluntary.

Ms. Kneessy stated that Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Principal at Cocoa High School, would be the last person that would ask for extra money.  She has shown time and time again, what has been done for the students and the community without extra cost to anyone.  Ms. Kneessy stated that she will put her trust in Dr. Soliven and what she feels right for her school. She will support the recommendation.

Dr. Murray stated that she has received nothing but support on this from the community. She will also support the recommendation.

Chairman Dr. Murray requested that Dr. Soliven come to the podium and answer questions from Ms. Henderson.

Ms. Henderson asked why the school is not having a bootdrop and raising the ticket price instead.  Dr. Soliven stated that every year since she has been an administrator, she has received fraud alerts and issues with cash handling. A cash gather is one of great concern especially when monitoring funds for a specific organization.  She stated with ticket sales, the district already has a stringent accountability in place to be able to monitor and track every ticket.

Mr. Ziegler questioned whether Dr. Soliven felt whether this would have any negative impact on the community of Cocoa. Dr. Soliven stated that she very confident in serving the Veteran's.

Mr. Ziegler requested that Mr. Bistline check into whether someone could opt out of the donation portion of the ticket sale.

Mr. Bistline stated that it is the high school donating to the Wounded Warriors and does not see this as an issue.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board as it relates to the gate reciepts, and donations. Dr. Soliven stated that she did not make any plans, even with the Rockledge High, till she received Board approval. 

Approve the increase in ticket price by $2 for Cocoa High School for the November 9, 2012 home football game.  The additional $2 per ticket will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: The Board agreed to forgo the scheduled break.

G. Action
H. Information
H. Risk Management

35. School Board Property Insurance Policy Renewal
H. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

36. School Board Policy Revision - Information
Attachment: Policy 8210.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change to Policy 8210 2012.pdf
Minutes: Mr. Ziegler requested to speak on this item because it related to pulling the calendar standards out of policy.  He stated that pulling the standards out of policy, makes approving the calendar more efficient.  Mr. Ziegler mentioned if there is a possibility to remove the moving parts to make the approving of the calendar more timely.
H. Exceptional Education

37. Approve the New Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Policies and Procedures (SP&P) Effective 2011-2012 through 2012-2013
Attachment: October 2011 SP&P (Brevard).pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

38. Field Trip - Satellite High School AFJROTC to Washington, DC

I. Staff Reports
39. Staff Reports
Attachment: Board Meeting Pages 10Apr12.pdf
Minutes: Dr. Binggeli introduced Ms. Preston who updated the Board and the community on the budget outlook. Dr. Binggeli wrapped up the presentation to the Board on the potentional outlook of the upcoming school year.

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

Minutes: There are no additional public presentations.

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


Dr. Krupp had no report.

Ms. Henderson had no report.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she attended the Brevard Schools Foundation's Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day which was a successful event.

Ms. Kneessy noted that participated in the Jefferson Award Presentation judging. She congratulated Eau Gallie High School who will be representing Central Florida in Washington, D.C. for the Jefferson Awards.

Ms. Kneessy noted that the Board approved a dress code change for Johnson Middle School that involved spacers. She reminded that the Board has every intention to make the change permanent in the policy for all schools.

Ms. Kneessy brought up an item of concern in regard to the BSO.  Discussion ensued between  Dr. Binggeli, Ron Bobay, North Area Superintendent, and the Board as it relates to the Administrative Rules for the use of our facilities.  The Board unanimously gave direction to Dr. Bobay and his staff to all the Brevard Symphony Orchestra to move forward and book the event.

Ms. Kneessy mentioned that the first August School Board meeting is the evening of the primary.  She requested a change in the time.  Chairman Dr. Murray requested that the other Board Members think about it and they will discuss it at a later time.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated Jim Milucky for being appointed to the Audit Committee.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated Jupiter Elementary School for receiving the USDA Silver Award for healthy schools.

Mr. Ziegler visited the Meadowlane Lego Robotics team. He stated that they invited them out to thank his for his donation to the team after winning the Andretti's Thrill Park contribution back to the schools.

Mr. Ziegler gave an update on the FSBA meetings that he attended.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated, though prematurely, to Ms. Henderson on receiving the Certified Board Member recognition.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he had lunch at Holmes Regional with the administrators and students from Project Search.

Dr. Murray congratulated Jupiter Elementary School and their accomplishments. She noted that she had a lengthy conversation with Tim Moden of the USDA regarding some of the school lunch issues and nutrition.

Dr. Murray reminded the Board of the workshop on April 17, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. 

L. Superintendent's Report
42. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli echoed the congratulations to Eau Gallie High School for their accomplishment to attend the Jefferson Awards in Wachington, D.C.  The volunteer hours for Eau Gallie alone was 31,000 hours that those students have committed to serving their community.

M. Adjournment
43. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Murray adjourned the School Board meeting of April 10, 2012 at 8:08 p.m