04-22-2008 Regular School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thurday, April 17, 2008 and the affadavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is file in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A-1. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Janice Kershaw called the meeting of April 22, 2008 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: 

Members Present: Larry Hughes, Janice Kershaw, Amy Kneessy, Dr. Barbara Murray, and Robert Jordan

Chairman Kershaw requested a moment of silence for Barbara Ferrante, former Assistant Principal of Eau Gallie High School, who recently passed away. She also mentioned that our thoughts are with Sable Elementary Principal, John Vaughn and his wife Shirley, who are recovering from a motorcycle accident that occurred over Spring Break.


A-3. Invocation (Mason Margut - 6th Grade, Surfside Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: 

Mason Margut, 6th grade student from Surfside Elementary presented the Invocation.


A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Tiffany Thibodeau - 6th Grade, Surfside Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: 

Tiffany Thibodeau, 6th grade student from Surside Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.


A-5. Entertainment (Surfside Elementary Ensembles)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

Searra Weeks, 2nd grade from Stevenson Elementary, sang the National Anthem as requested by Robert Jordan.

Surfside Elementary Ensembles, under the direction of Music Director, Barbara Berger,  entertained the Board prior to the start of the board meeting, entertained the Board and audience with one additional number.

 


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

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda.

Consent Revisions
F-1.      Student Expulsions
F-15.    Viera High School and Cocoa Beach Jr./ Sr. High School DECA Trip to Atlanta, GA

Information Revisions      
H-3.       Reaching All Learners Teacher's Curriculum Institute Training 
H-11.     Loan for Viera High School Consession Stand (Attachment)
H-14.     2008-A Spot Survery to the 2005 Educational Plan Survery and Update #1 to the 2007/08- 2011/12 Five-Year Facilities Work Program ( Attachments)    

 



Motions:
Approve the Adoption of the Agenda for the April 22, 2008 School Board meeting and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. District Communications

7. B-1. Recognize Outstanding School Volunteers

Minutes: Lynn Clifton, Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, announced the Outstanding School Volunteers in the Youth, Adult, Senior and Mentor categories.  The four district winners are Kyle Singleton, Youth Volunteer, University Park Elementary; Tehani Kisor, Adult Volunteer, Lockmar Elementary; John Strahle, Senior Volunteer, Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary; and Dorothy Watkins, Mentor Volunteer, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School.  Each of the four winners were presented with a plaque by Chairman Kershaw and Superintendent DiPatri.
B. Brevard Schools Foundation

8. B-2. Recognize Daniel J. Cox for School Supply Contributions

Minutes: 

Lynn Clifton, Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, recognized Daniel J. Cox, employee at The Boeing Company, for his generous contribution to the back-to-school supply drive. Mr. Cox spent thousands of dollars, of his own money, to fill his vehicle repeatedly with school supplies to help the students of Brevard Public Schools. Chairman Kershaw and Superintendent DiPatri awarded Deborah Kelly, employee at The Boeing Company, on behalf of Mr. Cox, a plaque for his efforts. Dr. DiPatri asked Ms. Kelly to convey to Mr. Cox how much Brevard County Schools appreciates his generosity.

Dr. DiPatri went on to explain to the Board that with the partnership that Brevard Public Schools has with the Brevard Zoo, next years school supply drive will be held at the zoo. The student's and their parents will be notified to pick up their backpack at the zoo and there will be different stations set up within the zoo to pick up the supplies to fill the backpacks.  

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

9. B-3. Recognition of the Principal Supporting the Arts Award in Brevard Schools

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced Christina DeLorey, President of the Brevard Art Educators Association,who announced the Principals nominated for the Principal Supporting the Arts Award.  Nominated were Janice Cline, Fairglen Elementary; Cynthia Harris, Jupiter Elementary, Elia Lea, Quest Elementary; Elaine Passanisi, West Side Elementary School; Jane Respess, Tropical Elementary. Ms. DeLorey introduced Sherri Snow, Art Teacher at Sunrise Elementary, who presented the Principal Supporting the Arts Award to Barry Pichard, Sunrise Elementary School for his support of the arts during the school year 2007-2008 and a student art work by Thomas Pastor, 3rd grade student at Sunrise Elementary.

10. B-4. K-12 School Board Student Art Show Recognition
Attachment: 2008 Sch Brd Art Show Prgm (2).pdf
Minutes: Dr. DiPatri introduced Peggy Nolan, Visual Arts Resource Teacher, who announced the winners of the 2007-2008 K-12 School Board Art Show.  Attached are a list of the winners and a copy of the Art Show program.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Labor Relations

11. C-1. Proclamation for Teacher Appreciation Week
Attachment: Teacher Appr Week Proclamation 2008.pdf
Minutes: 

Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming May 4-10, 2008 as Teacher Appreciation Week.



Motions:
Approve the Proclamation for Teacher Appreciation Week for May 4-10, 2008.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

12. C-2. Proclamation for Substitute Teacher Week
Attachment: Substitute Teacher Appreciation Proclamation 2008.pdf
Minutes: 

Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming May 4-10, 2008 as Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week.



Motions:
Approve the Proclamation for Substitute Teacher Week for May 4-10, 2008.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

C. Secondary Programs

13. C-3. Proclaim May 1st, 2008, as Florida Math Day
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ Fl Math Day Resolution ~ Attachment.pdf
Minutes: 

Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming May 1, 2008 as Florida Math Day.



Motions:
Adopt a resolution proclaiming May 1st, 2008, as Florida Math Day.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

14. C-4. Proclaim April 2008 as Florida Service-Learning Month
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ FL Service Learning Month ~ Attachment.pdf
Minutes: 

Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming April 2008 as Florida Service Learning Month.



Motions:
Adopt a resolution proclaiming April 2008 as Florida Service Learning Month.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

C. Student Services

15. C-5. Recognize May 6 - 12, 2008 as National Nurse Week
Attachment: RESOLUTIONNurse2008.pdf
Minutes: 

Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming May 6-12, 2008 as National NurseWeek.



Motions:
Adopt the Resolution stating that the School Board of Brevard County wishes to call attention to the important contributions of school nurses and to endorse the observance of May 6 - 12, 2008 as National Nurses Week in Brevard County Public Schools.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

C. Exceptional Education

16. C-6. Better Hearing and Speech Month, May 2008
Attachment: Hearing-SpeechMonth 2008.pdf
Minutes: 

Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming May 2008 as Better Hearing and Speech Month.



Motions:
Adopt the attached proclamation designating May 2008 as Better Hearing and Speech Month in Brevard Public Schools.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


D. Presentations
D. Accounting Services

17. D-1. Presentation of the Annual Report of the Audit Committee Activities for 2007
Attachment: Annual Audit Report 2007 4.22.08.pdf
Minutes: 

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services, introduced Mike Raphael, Audit Committee Chairman from RSM McGladrey, Internal Auditors for Brevard Public Schools.  Mr. Raphael introduced committee members Jennifer Meurtha and Andy Ziegler. Pursuant to Board Policy #6700, they presented the annual report to the Board regarding its activities and findings for 2007.

Dr. DiPatri extended his thanks to Mike Raphael and the audit committee team for their many volunteered hours and stated in his opinion, the work accomplished by the audit committee is truly a best practice. 


E. Public Discussion
18. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

The Chair reminded the public there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. She also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate your concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following persons addressed the Board:

  1. Le'Andre De'Reese, Titusville - Expulsion
  2. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Strategic Plan
  3. Dean Paterakis, Melbourne - Merit Award Pay (Merit Award Pay) for teacher
  4. Anne Spencer, BFT, Rockledge - Administrator Assessment
  5. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - School Calendar
  6. Kelleen Duncan-Neisler, Cocoa - ESE Transportation for summer school program

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

19. F-1. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2008-107.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-110.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-113.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-114.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-116.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-117.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-121.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-125.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-109.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-112.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-115.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-118.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-120.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-122.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-124.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-126.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-128.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-106.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-108.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-111.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-119.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-123.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2008-127.pdf (Confidential Item)
20. F-2. Approval of Minutes
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

21. F-3. Approve Yvonne McGuire-Ingrams as a Brevard Schools Foundation Board Member
F. Accounting Services

22. F-4. Warrants Written for the Month of March 2008
Attachment: MAR 08 warrants.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

23. F-5. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 08-031BM Painting Contractors.pdf
Attachment: 08-034BP Dental Aide Laboratory Equipment.pdf
Attachment: 08-039BM #57 Lime Rock For Melbourne High School Football Field.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0811CH - Educational Learning Systems, Lexia - Sec. Prgms. - 4.22.08.pdf
Attachment: 0816LH Test Adjust Balance Services.pdf
24. F-6. Surplus Property
Attachment: APR_22_08.pdf
F. Human Resources

25. F-8. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 04-22-08.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

26. F-10. Contract with The 95 Percent Group for Professional Development
Attachment: Susan Hall Resume Complete 9-19-062 (2).pdf
Attachment: 95% Group-final.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

27. F-11. Approval of Changes to School Major Areas of Interest
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ ALT Site ALC File.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ Comp HS File.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ MAI Additions 2008.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ MAI Deletions 2008.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

28. F-12. Field Trip for Palm Bay High School to Attend 2008 Vex Robotics World Championship at California State University
Attachment: PBHS FIRST University of California May 2008.pdf
29. F-13. Field Trip for Melbourne High School Robotics Team 386 to Participate in the FIRST Robotics Championships in Atlanta, Georgia
Attachment: MHS Robotics - Atlanta 4-22-08.pdf
F. Area II Superintendent

30. F-14. Eau Gallie High School AFJROTC Cadet Incentive/Orientation Flight Program Provided by F.I.T. Aviation, LLC
31. F-15. Viera High and Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School DECA Trip to Atlanta, GA, April 25-30, 2008
Attachment: DECA trip.pdf
F. Project Management

32. F-16. Utility Easement - FPL - New High School "CCC"
Attachment: Utiltiy Easement - FPL - CCC.pdf
33. F-17. Reappoint School Board Representatives to Three (3) Local Planning Agencies
34. F-18. Amendment #3 to Agreement for Construction Management Services for Meadowlane Intermediate School
Attachment: Amendment #3.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

35. F-19. Demolish 1 District Owned Portable
F. Approval of Consent

36. Approval of Consent

Minutes: 

Motions:
Approve Items F-1 through F-6, F-8, and F-10 through F-19.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Human Resources

37. F-7. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 04-22-08.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy requested this item be pulled to state her concerns about retraining another bookkeeper since this is a critical need position. She stated the district needs to do something with the position to encourage the employees not to change positions so frequently.

Dr. Murray stated she agrees with Ms. Kneessy that we need to initiate dialog between the bookkeeping staff and since the district has been sited on several audit reports  we need to pursue this with enthusiasm.

Dr. DiPatri stated the district now does quarterly training of bookkeeper's for professional development and will keep that Board Members informed of the turnover rate.

 



Motions:
Approve the routine support staff recommendations.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

F. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

38. F-9. 2008-2009 School Year Calendar
Attachment: School Calendar 2008 Chart Bd Mtg 3 25 08 jj.pdf
Attachment: School Calendar 2008 3 25 08 (6).pdf
Attachment: ProposedCalendar2008-09 jj.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Jordan requested this item be pulled and made several suggestions to option 3 being brought before the Board.

Discussion ensued between the Board, Superintendent and District Staff on the options presented for the 2008-2009 School Year Calendar.

Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations, requested more time to look over the changes being suggested, since contract language was used.

Ms. Kershaw requested a recommendation related to the calendar standards at the same time so we have an understanding of what it will look like next year and the year after.



Motions:
Table Item: Otion 3 of the 2008-2009 School Year Calendar- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Jordan took this opportunity to apologize to several of the district staff members but stated this is a very important issue.

Mr. Hughes requested Local 2098 be involved in the discussion of the school year calendar.

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to congratulate the administrator's listed under Item F-8, Instructional Staff Recommendations, for their promotions.

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The Chair called for a BPS News video break at 7:46 p.m.

The meeting reconvened at 8:02 p.m.
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G. Action
G. Human Resources

39. G-1. School Board Policy Revisions - 0000 - 9000
Attachment: 04.22.08 neola policy changes.pdf
Minutes: 

Chairman Kershaw declard the public hearing open. The following person addressed the Board.

  1. John Russo, BFT, Rocklege - Policy Revisions

Chairman Kershaw closed the public hearing.



Motions:
Hold a public hearing and adopt/approve the new/revised School Board Policies 0100, 0120, 0130, 0140, 0170, 1002, 1030, 1126, 1430.01, 1430.02, 1610, 2260, 2260.01, 2421, 3126, 3430.01, 3430.02, 3610, 4126, 4430.01, 4430.02, 4610, 5120, 5326, 5511, 5610.01, 6144, 6540, 7100, 7110, 7540.10, 8310, 8453, 8475, 9160. Approve amended changes to Policy 0140- Subsection 0145;Delete letter F pertaining to absences not approved by the Board, and remove all wording after Governor. Statement will then read: Vacancies shall be filled through appointment by the Governor.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Amy Kneessy questioned the Code of Ethics Policy 0123 which were clarified by Ms. Kershaw.

Dr. DiPatri stated the Board is not going to evaluate one another. The policy is not about ethical violations of the Board.

Ms. Kershaw proposed an amendment to Policy 0140-Subsection 0145: Delete letter F pertaining to absences not approved by the Board, and remove all wording after Governor, Statement will then read: Vacancies shall be filled through appointment by the Goveror.

The makers of the motion approved the amendment.


H. Information
H. Curriculum & Instruction

40. H-1. NCLB Consolidated Grant Application
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

41. H-2. AVID Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and the AVID Center 2008-2009
Attachment: AVID contract 032708.pdf
42. H-3. Reaching All Learners Teacher's Curriculum Institute Training
Attachment: TCI Academy contract 042208.pdf
H. Secondary Programs

43. H-4. Brevard Public Schools Advanced Placement (AP) Diploma Proposal
Attachment: AP Diploma Proposal.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Hughes requested clarification regarding the specified cluster of courses and if it implies that the cluster would be at every school that offer the Advanced Placement (AP) Dipolma or would the school be able to taylor according to their individual needs.

Dr. DiPatri stated the school would be able to taylor the courses according to the individual needs and was confirmed by Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

H. Career & Technical Education

44. H-5. Florida Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act 5-Year Strategic Plan
Attachment: BPS CAPE Act Plan.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

45. H-7. Approval of Multi-Agency Contracts for Adults with Disabilities Services
Attachment: Agency Comp Charts Grant Contracts 08-09.pdf
46. H-8. Approve the 2008-09 Cooperative Agreement with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
Attachment: RFB&D 2008.pdf
47. H-9. Approve Agreement with Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) to Serve Adults with Disabilities
Attachment: BAC Comparison Chart 08-09.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

48. H-10. Contracted Services Agreement between McAuliffe Elementary and Nancy Prizito Consulting, Inc.
Attachment: McAuliffe - Prizito 4-22-08.pdf
H. Area II Superintendent

49. H-11. Loan for Viera High School Concession Stand
Attachment: Viera Attachment_20080417114133.pdf
50. H-12. Sabal Elementary School's 6th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA - May 18 - 24, 2008
Attachment: Sabal Elementary.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Kneessy took this oppurtunity to compliment the teachers and mentioned some of the highlight's of this field trip and its connection to the standards. She was impressed with the amount of planning that went into this trip and stated this is a best practice and should be highlighted to the other schools.
H. Facilities Services

51. H-13. Appointment of Capital Outlay Committee Representative
52. H-14. 2008-A Spot Survey to the 2005 Educational Plan Survey and Update #1 to the 2007/08 - 2011/12 Five-Year Facilities Work Program
Attachment: FDOE 5 Yr Survey Rec.pdf
Attachment: FDOE 5 Yr Survey Table.pdf
Attachment: Update #1 to Work Program.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to get clarification on the information received.

Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, explained to the Board the process that needed to be taken to comply with Growth Management Legislation so the district can prepare a financially feasible plan which meets the 100% level of service for the next five years. The district had to change the way we project our membership to follow the Department of Education COFTE membership projections for the next five years.

Dane Theodore, Director of Planning and Project Management, explained how the district prepared the data for the Spot Survery.

H. Project Management

53. H-15. 2008-2009 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: Student Accommodation Plan.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy questioned information in the Student Accommodation Plan about the district not needing a school for the next 10 years.

Mr. Theodore stated that based on the State's data for the next five year's, the district does not need any student stations (State assumes rezoning)and for the second five year planning period, it shows a need for a middle school in the South area. He continued to explain how the data is used to get the reports the Board is viewing.

Mr. Hughes brought to the Board's attention several problems in the accommodation plan including his suggestion of hard redistricting of the elementary schools on the beach side. He stated he is not requesting any action be taken at this time but it is the right time to start the dialog to see what the ramifications of doing the hard redistricting in the out years might be.

 

54. H-16. Amendment #2 to Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School Agreement for Design / Build Services
Attachment: Cocoa Beach Amendment 2.pdf

I. Staff Reports
55. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports
56. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Dr. Murray thanked Brenda Slaven at Gardendale Elementary for the invitation to participate in the Young Author Conference. She stated there were a lot of excellent books written by student's from grades K-6 and it was a lot of fun.

Dr. Murray complimented Peggy Nolan on an outstanding Art Show presented today in the rooms adjacent to the Board room.

Dr. Murray noted that she attended a professional development council meeting last week. She took the opportunity to thank the instructional staff and administrator's that attended. She stated  they sent a very clear message regarding the staff development planners to look more at site based staff development and to use our own expertise for staff development.

Mr. Hughes stated he represented the Board at Dr. David Piccolo's Merritt Island Christian School workshop. He stated that is was outstanding. The speaker at the workshop had some very good points to make. As educators, we need to look at every child as though they had MMFI -Make Me Feel Important printed on their foreheads. One thing that was said almost in passing, he said that the teachers/guidance counselors are almost like talent scouts. They try to identify one thing the student is good at in order to connect with them.

Ms. Kershaw requested that the communication office could  put out a press release or make an appeal for volunteers to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board. She stated that she has two openings in her district; West Melbourne Planning and Zoning Board and the Melbourne Village Planning and Zoning Board. Ms.Kneessy said that she has two openings as well.

Ms. Kershaw reported the following:

  • Reminded the Board of the County, City School Board Summit on April 25, 2008 in Cocoa, Florida at the Ag Center.
  • Reported about her visit to Tallahassee for the FSBA Legislative Days. She and Judy Preston had the opportunity to meet with Senator Harridopolas, Representatives Altman, Poppel and Sasso and several of the Legislator's Aids to share their views.
  • She noted that FSBA had their Board of Directors meeting and went over a few highlights including the announcement that FSBA is freezing the dues for two years in light of all the budget cuts and will be giving a partial rebate on the dues for this year. She also noted FSBA has a task force on education innovation and are launching a citizen of the year philanthropy award. The applications are due April 30, 2008.
  • FSBA presented the slate. Beverly Slough is slated as President; Georgia Bowen is President-elect; Lee Swift, Vice-President and Candi Lankford, Treasurer.
  • Another note of interest, the Florida School Board Insurance Trust, reported that the premiums were down 25 percent, last year to this year.
  • She noted Wayne Blanton's web-cast for weekly updates on what is happening in the legislation as it related to education.
  • She noted FSBA is starting a purchasing cooperative through the Texas Association of School Board's. Offer savings and convenience and increase our purchasing power. They are forming an advisory board on this if anyone is interested. They also want some school board financial represented and stated to Judy Preston that her name was mentioned.
  • She passed out a brochure about the state of out school's in Florida.

Mr. Hughes suggested that the Central Florida School Board Coalition take on as a legislative issue that the members on the Planning and Zoning Board have a voting position.

Ms. Kneessy stated she had a good way to get names for the Planning and Zoning Committee by going to the school principal in that area.

 

 


L. Superintendent's Report
57. Superintendent's Report
Attachment: Supt. Report 4.22.08-2.pdf
Minutes: 

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, updated that Board on where the district is now and the coming year in regard to the school operating and capital budget.

Mr. Hughes asked if we were to repeal MAP if it would have helped us in the budget. Dr. DiPatri stated that the State would have just taken the 4.1 million away so it would have been a wash.

Dr. DiPatri took a few moments to walk the board through the communication timeline of the budget reduction.

Ms. Kershaw questioned the Superintendent about the 08/09 anticipated budget and how firm is the number. Dr. DiPatri stated that the Legislature does not want to go back into session and has given the Governor the authority to use 1.5 billion from the trust fund if the revenues continue to drop. However, we are coming up with a strategy to make sure that the district has enough in reserves in certain areas to protect the board.

Mr. Jordan asked whether the Superintendent had criteria that the district was following to make these cuts in the district. Dr. DiPatri assured him that we did.

Dr. DiPatri stated his attempt while working with staff is to maintain the core of our program and protect people at the same time.

Discussion ensued between the Board, Dr. DiPatri, and Ms. Preston in regard to the state of the district budget.

Mr. Hughes stated that the Lottery is not going to fix this one.

Discussion ensued amongst Dr. Murray, Mr. Hughes, Dr. DiPatri and Attorney Bistline in regard to State Vouchers.

 


M. Adjournment
58. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of April 22, 2008 was adjourned at 9:12 p.m.






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