04-21-2015 School Board Workshop

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in a Board workshop on Tuesday, April 21, 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, April 14, 2015. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 9:09 a.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy led the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the beginning of the Special School Board meeting on April 21, 2015.

Order of Business
4. Head Start Training and Community Assessment
Attachment: Head Start Board Member Training_April_2015_v5.pdf

Dr. Teresa Wright, director of Early Childhood and Title I, provided some data on Head Start and wanted to focus on the Board's role.  She then introduced Terri Barlow, principal of Head Start.  Ms. Barlow began by thanking Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations and her team for the beautiful pamphlet they designed. 

The Board had questions on Ms. Barlow's statement that selection for participation in Head Start is based on need, not first come, first served.  There was also discussion about students with disabilities and the waiting list.

Mrs. Belford asked if there is an opportunity to have a greater impact and serve more students. Dr. Wright explained that they were limited by funding for 624 children and also limited by space.

Dr. Binggeli provided a brief history of how BPS took on the role of overseeing the Head Start program and commended the team for the work they have done.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 10:00 a.m.
She reconvened the meeting at 10:11 a.m.

5. Superintendent Search Update


Chairman Kneessy introduced Allun Hamblett, consultant for Ray and Associates, the search firm hired to assist with finding a new superintendent.  Chairman Kneessy clarified that while an expedient search is necessary, the Board would take the time necessary to find the right candidate.  She asked for all information to flow through Pam Escobar, the administrative assistant to the School Board. 

Mr. Hamblett had with him the initial results of a survey that had been sent out to stakeholders.  The survey had 33 characteristics and participants were asked to identify the top 10 most important to them.  Included were areas for remarks and comments.  The survey results were differentiated by Board, Ad Hoc Committee and Community. The results of the top 10 from each subgroup were presented to the Board.  Board members went over each one and came to consensus on the most valued characteristics to place on a profile.

Those characteristics are as follows:

  1. Possesses the leadership skills required to respond to the challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally diverse community.
  2. Inspires trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance.
  3. Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening and writing.
  4. Is able to work cooperatively with the board and keeps members informed.
  5. Has successful experience in sound management practices, including appropriate participation of others in planning and decision-making.
  6. Is able to delegate authority appropriately while maintaining accountability.
  7. Has experience in the management of district resources and knowledge of sound fiscal procedures.
  8. Is capable of developing both short and long-range district goals.
  9. Is able to identify and select building and central office administrators who are capable of advancing the district vision.
  10. Makes recommendations and decisions that are data-driven.
  11. Is a traditional, non-traditional, or “hybrid candidate.”

Following the adjournment of the Board workshop, the Ad Hoc Committee members assembled, were greeted by Chairman Kneessy briefly and met with Mr. Hamblett who explained their role in the process. The Ad Hoc Committee members, selected by the organizations identified by the Board in the April 14, 2015 School Board meeting were comprised of the following:

Organization Representative Company/Title
Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce Linda Webster Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce/Chief Executive Officer
BASA Gary Shiffrin BASA/Executive Director
Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce Robert Salonen, CEcD Global Business Development at Florida Institute of Technology/Director
Eastern Florida State College Jack Parker Associate Vice President Public Safety Institute&Security/EFSC
Melbourne Regional Chamber Tim Hamilton CPA Payroll Inc./Partner
Titusville Chamber of Commerce Robert Jordan  Genesis VII/President & CEO
Military Reggie Logan USAF/School Liaison Officer
Parent Leadership Team Lisa Dobbs Parent - District 1
Parent Leadership Team Crystal Townsend Parent - District 2
Parent Leadership Team Les Hatter Parent - District 3
Parent Leadership Team Maria Parnell Parent - District 4
Parent Leadership Team Anne Schofield Parent - District 5
Local 1010 Debbie Legge  Tropical Elementary/Bookkeeper
EDC Debbie Goode Space Coast Economic Development Commission/Chair of the Board
BFT Richard Smith BFT/President 

Accomplished during this meeting:

  • Overview of Superintendent Search Ad Hoc  Committee Charter with School Board Attorney
  • Review of being members of an advisory committee that makes recommendations to a public board 
  • Including public records laws and emails
  • Review of the search timeline
  • Please note that the Board will extend the timeline in the event a suitable candidate is not found.
  • Review of survey results
  • Questions and answers
  • Application presented and process explained
  • Candidate Impression Form presented that will be used by the ad hoc committee during final interviews
  • Explanation about opportunity to provide the Board feedback about possible interview questions

*Timothy Hamilton was unable to attend.  He was contacted later by Mr. Hamblett with an update.


Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

Minutes: The Board had various questions for Mr. Hamblett of Ray and Associates on the processes to which explanation was provided.

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the workshop at 11:42 a.m.