04-18-2017 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a School Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today newspaper on Friday, March 17, 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: 5:32 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 members of the BPS family who had recently passed away:  Ander Groom, a 4th grade student from Odyssey Charter School and Katie Duna-Murrish, a teacher from Columbia Elementary.

A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Matt Reed, assistant superintendent of Government and Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
5. Board Member Recognitions


John Craig

  • He gave accolades to the local chapter of Junior Achievement and the leadership at Endeavour Elementary.  They partnered with Eastern Florida State College and student teachers went into the classrooms and presented financial literacy.  Mr. Craig expressed appreciation to Junior Achievement and what it does for the community. 
  • He thanked Georgianna United Methodist Church for re-doing the landscaping at Cambridge Elementary. 

Tina Descovich

  • She gave a shout out to Teresa Bloom and the  Odyssey of the Mind Team at Sea Park Elementary who were awarded first place in Brevard County and also first place in the State of Florida and will be going on to World Competitions. They won a special award because it was so special.  The OM founder was on hand and said it was one of the most amazing performances he had ever seen.

Matt Susin

  • First he gave a shout out to Pennie Zuercher for putting together the amazing budget workshop they had earlier that day.
  • He commented that they are putting together an advanced manufacturing center at Cocoa High School and BRPH put together a  four hour presentation and pulled together community stakeholders.  They identified certain  problems and what they wanted the outcome to be.  He feels very positive.

Misty Belford

  • She gave a shout out to student Emily Oliver from Roy Allen Elementary.  Ms. Oliver did a science project on Styrofoam .  She has had conversation with Kevin Thornton about ways the district can reduce the use of our Styrofoam lunch products.  She has also spoken with the County Commission.
  • Jane Cline worked with representatives from the City of Titusville to coordinate the donation of a 3D printer to Imperial Estates and Ms. Belford attended the ceremony to present the printer to the students. Ms. Belford further commented that the printer came from a collaboration between various companies.

Desmond Blackburn

  • Dr. Blackburn wished "good luck" to Brevard's School Related Employee of the Year, Ms. Jamie Skinner, who has been selected as a state finalist.  The winner will be announced Friday, April 21, in Orlando.
  • He thanked Dr. Kindt and the 20  principals who are Level 5 Leaders for setting up our future principals for great success by contributing to building their capacity and creating a culture of trust.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda
Attachment: 2017-0418 Supplemental.pdf

Dr. Blackburn read the items on the Supplemental Agenda which are items that have been added or changed since the agenda was first released to the public on April 11, 2017.

Administrative Staff Recommendations Revision

Consent Revision

  • F-16 on the renewal of the Board's Property, Boiler/Machinery and Terrorism Insurance Policies

Consent Addition

  • F-21 on Field Trip for the Melbourne High School Crew Team

Action Revisions

  • G-28 on Department/School Initiated Agreements
  • G-29 on Purchasing Solicitations

There were no parent petitions received for the Elementary Music, K-12 Visual Arts and Secondary Theatre Instructional Materials Adoption; therefore the public hearing regarding the adoption was removed.

Adopt the April 18, 2017 School Board meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Rebecca L. Acuff, Assistant Principal  (12 month) at Cocoa High School, effective June 30, 2017.


Accept the retirement of John F. Shaughnessy, Assistant Principal (12 month) at Merritt Island High School, effective June 30, 2017.


Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Andrew Ziegler
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

8. Excellence in Physical Education Award

Minutes: Barbara Rodriguez, director of Secondary Leading and Learning, facilitated the presentation to Manatee principal, Carl Brown and physical education teacher, Tabitha Best for Manatee Elementary earning the 2017-202 Excellence in Physical Education Award.

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


Chairperson Belford reminded the speakers of the decorum that must be upheld and let them know that each person would only have three minutes.

Speakers in Order of Appearance:

  1. Gary Shiffrin - thanked Dr. Blackburn
  2. Anthony Colucci - bargaining
  3. Dan Bennett - annual contract appointments
  4. Chris Spinale - concern for application fee on Education Location Options
  5. Arthur Christensen - wasted dollars for corridor bussing
  6. Mike Bizzaro - child Safety and Islam

Following the public comments, Mr. Craig said he would like to add to the May 9, meeting agenda a discussion item regarding the application fee.  Chairperson Belford explained that Dr. Blackburn is already working on providing the Board that information.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

10. Meeting Minutes
Attachment: 2017-0324 Special Meeting General Counsel Finalists.pdf
Attachment: 2017-0328 Special Meeting General Counsel Interviews.pdf
Attachment: 2017-0328 School Board meeting minutes.pdf
11. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2017-12 Student Expulsion.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2017-13 Student Expulsion.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

12. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 04-18-2017 Consent.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters - 04-18-2017 Consent.pdf
13. Operating Fund Budget Amendment #5 and Capital Projects Fund Budget Amendment #2 for February 28, 2017
Attachment: Budget Amendment #6 - Feb 28, 2017.pdf
Attachment: February 2017 Operating Fund Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
Attachment: FY 2016-17 Capital Projects Fund Budget Amendment - Resolution #2.pdf
F. Human Resources

14. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 04-18-17.pdf
15. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 04-18-17.pdf
F. Employee Benefits and Risk Management

16. Renewal of the Board’s Property, Boiler/Machinery, and Terrorism Insurance Policies
Attachment: 2017-18 Property Boiler Machinery and Terroris Renewal Results chart.pdf
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning

17. Merritt Island High StangSat Club Field Trip to San Luis Obispo, California
Attachment: Merritt Island High StangSat Club Satellite Integration Activities and Itinerary.pdf
18. Field Trip - Palm Bay High's Speech & Debate Team to compete in the National Competition in Louisville, KY
Attachment: PBHS Speech and Debate Team Itinerary May 2017.pdf
19. Titusville High School NJROTC Cadets to attend Georgia Orienteering Advanced Training at Hard Labor Creek in Rutledge, Georgia on June 4-9, 2017
Attachment: orienteering camp Out Of State Permission Request 2017.pdf
Attachment: Georgia Orienteering Advanced Training, G.O.A.T. 4th Annual Orienteering Summer Camp 2017.pdf
20. Field Trip - Viera High School Ocean Sciences Bowl Team to participate in the 2017 National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals Competition in Corvallis, Oregon
Attachment: Viera HS - Ocean Bowl April 20-23, 2017.pdf
Attachment: 2017 NOSB Finals Competition Schedule of Events.pdf
21. Melbourne High School Crew Team to National Level Competition Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attachment: Melbourne Crew Team - Philadelphia, PA May 2017.pdf
F. Student Activities

22. Field Trip-International Future Problem Solving Competition to the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, WI
F. Educational Technology

23. 2017-2018 E-Rate Catergory 1 Expenditure Authorization
Attachment: Contract Attachments.pdf
Attachment: Contract Attachments (1).pdf
F. Project Management

25. Award of Bid - Port Malabar Elementary Building 2 Air Handling Unit - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Port Malabar AHU 2 attachment.pdf
26. Portable Classroom Air Conditioning Renewal - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Portable Air Conditioning Renewal Phase II Attachments.pdf
Attachment: Portable Classroom Air Conditioning Renewal Cost Analysis.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

27. Approval of Consent

Approve the April 18, 2017 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Facilities Services

24. Repair Educational Services Facility Dome Assembly
Attachment: ESF Dome Bids.pdf

John Craig pulled this item.  He said that he had a problem spending money on an item such as this when there are schools with much bigger problems.

Board members asked questions of Dane Theodore, assistant superintendent of Facilities Services, such as what would happen if the dome is not repaired or removed.

Mr. Theodore said that he could not recommend doing nothing, and it can be deferred; however he did not feel this was a good option.

Until, the Board can get further information, the vote to reject this item was unanimous.



Approve a total project cost for the repair of the ESF dome assembly for an amount not to exceed $98,300.87.

Approve a contract to Heard Construction, Inc. in the amount of $94, 300.87 under their continuing contract for General Construction Services for the repair of the ESF dome assembly, based on the design by A/R/C Associates, Inc.     

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

G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

28. Department/School Initiated Agreements
Attachment: a - CA 17-486-SH - Write Brain Books.pdf
Attachment: B -SSA 1106 CH - Excent Extension with cost analysis and amendment.pdf
Attachment: c- SSA #17-519-SH-InSciEd Out Foundation.pdf


Approve the Consultant Agreement (CA) below:

a - CA #17-486-SH - Write Brain LLC - Adult and Community Education - $2,000.00 - Operating Other

Approve the Sales and Service Agreement (SSA) below:

b - SSA #1106/CH - Student IEP Plans and Medicaid Reimbursement Processing - Student Services - $109,075.00 - Special Revenue Federal

c - SSA #17-519-SH - InSciEd Out Foundation - Equity, Innovation and Choice - $45,000.00 - Special Revenue Federal


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

29. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - PB #17-PB-075-WH FLDOE Bus Bid with cost analysis.pdf
Attachment: b - PB #17-PB-066-NC Office Supplies for the SE Florida with Cost Analysis.pdf
Attachment: c - PB #17-PB-067-NC Maintenance Repair Operations (MRO) Supplies with Cost Analysis (003).pdf
Attachment: d - RFP 17-P-057-WH - Wide Area Network Services - Agreement with cost analysis2.pdf


Approve the Piggybacks (PBs) below:

a - PB #17-PB-075-WH - FLDOE Bus Bid - Operations - $3,969,399.00 - Capital Projects

b - PB #17-PB-066-NC - Office Supplies for the SE Florida Governmental Purchasing Cooperative-Office Depot, Inc. - Operations - $493,793.00 - Operating Other

c - PB #17-PB-067-NC - Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Supplies & Related Services - Lowes Home Centers, LLC - Facilities Services - $493,783.00 - Operating Categorical - Other Sources

Approve the Request for Proposal (RFP) below:

d - RFP #17-P-057-WH - Wide Area Network Services - Information Technology - $6,720,000.00 - Operating Other

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

H. Information
H. Financial Services

30. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 04-18-2017 Information.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters 04-18-2017 Information.pdf
H. Adult/Community Education

31. 21st Century Community Learning Center Brevard After School Academy: Endeavour Elementary Grant FY2017-2018
32. 21st Century Community Learning Center Brevard After School Academy: East Grant FY2017-2018
33. 21st Century Community Learning Center Brevard After School Academy: West Grant FY2017-2018
H. Career & Technical Education

34. 2017-2018 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act Grant Application
Attachment: 2017-2018 Perkins EAgenda Item Summary March 2017.pdf
H. Exceptional Student Education

35. Title X, Part C Education for Homeless Children and Youth Competitive Grant, Year Three
H. Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources(FDLRS)/PreK

36. Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System(FDLRS/East) Project Application for 2017-18
Attachment: FDLRS-East Project Narrative for Board Meeting on 4-18-17.pdf

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


Andy Ziegler

  • He commented that there were two excellent presentations at the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition Meeting held on April 9. One was an initiative by school superintendents regarding a school rating system as opposed to a school grading system. Each district should be promoting itself with a  report card of sorts to give the community a better feel of what is going on with the schools as a whole, not just from grades. The second presentation was made by the Orlando Science Center.  Mr. Ziegler requests that we look into finding a teacher from Brevard to participate in the Science Center Advisory Board and to look into what programs we would be interested in bringing to Brevard.

Tina Descovich

  • She went to Tallahassee as part of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members. She met with several of our legislative representatives and discussed our legislative priorities as well as attended several committee meetings.  

Matt Susin

  • Mr. Susin said that Brevard Cultural Alliance is losing a lot of funding.   He mentioned that BPS may want to bring grant writing "in-house" to support some of the programs in our schools that will be lost.
  • He also said that he wanted to bring discipline to the May 9, 2017 Board meeting. 

L. Superintendent's Report
38. Follow-Up Audit Findings

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn said that the deadline to a response to the recent audit findings is April 23, 2017.  He let the Board know that the District had asked for an extension.
39. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Blackburn got to judge the Ann Owens Gordon oratorical competition. On April 3, he attended the "My Favorite Teacher" event at Barnes and Noble and on April 6, he got a chance to witness the One Million Dollar Moment at the Supply Zone.

M. Adjournment
40. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at 6:42 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).