04-24-2012 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eaglenewspaper on Thursday, April 19, 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


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A-3. Invocation (Lauren Mark, 6th Grade, Fairglen Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Lauren Mark, 6th grade student from Fairglen Elementary read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Nick Hull, 6th Grade, Fairglen Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Gabriel Larracas, 6th gradt student from Fairglen Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Fairglen Elementary Chorus & Orff)
5. Entertainment




Fairglen Elementary Chorus & Orff Ensemble, under the direction of Choral Director Kimberly Haggard, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Ms. Haggard and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a brief recess at 5:39 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:43 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Resolution Agenda
C-8.  Teacher Appreciation Week
C-9.  Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week

Consent Agenda
F-14. Student Expulsions (additional)
F-15 Property Disposal (revised)

Information Agenda
H-31.   Proposed TIme Change for the August 14, 2012 School Board Meeting (additional)
H-32   School Board Policy 9702 - Advertising and Commercial Activities (additional)

Approve the agenda for the School Board meeting of April 24, 2012 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
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 Jennifer Sullivan, Bayside High School Career Academy Coordinator.

Ms. Sullivan gave some background information on the accomplishments of Natalie Barton, 9th grade Bayside High School student.

Ms. Barton gave a brief presentation on her Caring Caps Service Projects which knits hats for infants in need all over the world.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Labor Relations

8. Teacher Appreciation Week
Attachment: Teacher Appr Week Proclamation 2012.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communication, read the proclamation.

Approve the Proclamation for Teacher Appreciation Week for May 6 -May 12, 2012.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

9. Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
Attachment: Substitute Teacher Appreciation Proclamation 2012.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the proclamation.

Approve the Proclamation for Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week for May 6 -May 12, 2012.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Dr. Krupp mention that he trained almost 2,000 substitute teachers when employed at Brevard Community College when they had the Educator Prep. Institute.  He thanked the substitutes teachers, who are always ready to serve in a time of need.
C. Student Services

10. Recognize May 6 - 12, 2012 as National Nurses Week
Attachment: RESOLUTION Nurses Week 2012.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the proclamation.

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, 2012 as National Nurses Week in Brevard County Public Schools.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Exceptional Education

11. Better Hearing and Speech Month, May 2012
Attachment: Hearing-SpeechMonthMay2012.pdf

Ms. Davis read the proclamation.


Adopt the attached proclamation designating May 2012 as Better Hearing and Speech Month in Brevard Public Schools.

Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
12. 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. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
2. Clifford Repperger, Melbourne - Mechanical Contractor Award

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

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

13. Approval of Minutes
14. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: 4.24.2012 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

15. Financial Statements with the Operating Budget Amendment for the Period Ending February 29, 2012
Attachment: February 29, 2012 Financials.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #6 - February 29 2012.pdf
Attachment: Feb 2012 budget amendment explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

16. Warrants for the Month of March, 2012
Attachment: Warrant List - March 2012.pdf
F. Risk Management

17. School Board Property Insurance Policy Renewal
Attachment: 2012-13 Property Insurance Renewal By Layer 4-12-12.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Property Insurance Renewal Results as of 4-12-12.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Property Disposal
Attachment: April 24, 2012 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: April 24, 2012 Board Letters.pdf
F. Human Resources

20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 04-24-12.pdf
21. Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff for 2012-2013
Attachment: 2012-2013 Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff.pdf
22. Reappointment Nominations of Continuing/Professional Service Contract Teachers for 2012-2013 School Year
Attachment: 2012-2013 Reappointment Nominations of CC and PSC Teachers.pdf
23. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 04-24-12.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

24. Florida Academic Literacy Network Project
F. Exceptional Education

25. Approve the New Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Policies and Procedures (SP&P) Effective 2009-2010 through 2011-2012
Attachment: October 2011 SP&P (Brevard).pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

26. Palm Bay High School Trip to 50th National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland
Attachment: Palm Bay High - Junior Science and Humanities Symposia - Bethesda, Maryland - May 2012.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

27. Field Trip - Satellite High School AFJROTC to Washington, DC
F. Facilities Services

28. Reappoint School Board Representatives to Five Local Planning Agencies
F. Approval of Consent

29. Approval of Consent Agenda

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

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

19. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, and Sales and Service Agreements
Attachment: ITB 12-018 PBLL Steps and Ramps Award Recommendation.pdf
Attachment: RFP 12005 JO HVAC Mechanical Contractor Award Rec Cat 1 and 2 4-3-12.pdf
Attachment: ITB 12-019 PBLL Electrical Hourly Services Award Recommendation.pdf
Attachment: ITB 12-014 BP - Temporary Personnel Services - Supplemental Award Recommendation.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1221DR Heinemann Comprehensive Learining Materials.pdf
Attachment: RFP 12009 LL Private School Instruction Services Award Recommendation.pdf

Dr. Krupp pulled this item to get clarification on the HVAC Award for Proposal (RFP) from School Board Attorney Harold Bistline on whether we are still in litigation or going to trial.

Mr. Bistline stated that we are not in litigation. There is a difference of opinion between Mr. Repperger.  Mr. Bistline stated that his position is that Mr. Repperger's client is disqualified for improper contact with the people that are on the selection committee and the policy stated that it is grounds for disqualification.  I will request the purchasing department to return the $5,000 bid bond since it is not a bid protest since Mr. Repperger also said that it is not a bid protest.

Mr. Bistline suggested that the Board go ahead and approve this award because there is work that needs to be done in the schools. He stated that delaying this will not make Mr. Repperger and I agree with each other.


Award the Invitation to Bids (ITB):
a) ITB 12-014 BP - Temporary Personnel Services - Supplemental
b) ITB 12-018 PBLL - Steps and Ramps
c) ITB 12-019 PBLL - Electrical Hourly Services

Award the Request for Proposals (RFP):
d) RFP 12005 JO HVAC Mechanical Contractor Services
e) RFP 12009 LL Private School Instruction Services

Award the Following Sales and Services Agreement (SSA):
f) SSA 1221 DR Heinemann Comprehensive Learning Materials



Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler requested clarification from Mr. Bistline on the communication and the timeline of events. Mr. Bistline stated that the School Board Policy prohibits a vendor from communicating with anybody involved in the selection committee process other than a person in purchasing.  He stated that the whole selection process is 72 hours after the notice of award has been posted.  Mr. Bistline stated that it is unquestionable that there was contact between Mr. Repperger's client, and believed initiated by the client, and a person that was on the selection committee.  Mr. Bistline stated that the district has the phone records to show it and there is no dispute of that fact. 


The Board unanimously agreed to skip the break.

G. Action
G. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

30. School Board Policy Revision - Action
Attachment: Policy 8210.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change to Policy 8210 2012.pdf


Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for Public Hearing to approve the revised School Board policy listed below:

Revised policy


Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

31. Proposed Time Change for the August 14, 2012 School Board Meeting


Chairman Barbara Murray pulled this item to discuss with the Board about the possibility of moving the time of the August 14, 2012 School Board meeting to an earlier time. The reason for this change is that August 14 is the date of the Primary Elections.  Amy Kneessy and Karen Henderson are both up for election.

Dr. Krupp brought up the concern of potential expulsion hearings.  Dr. Murray stated that historically there has not been any expulsions that early in the year and if there are they will postpone the expulsion to the August 28, 2012 date.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she would be thrilled to have the 2:00 p.m. time change.  She stated that she appreciates that the Board is considering the time change.

Mr. Ziegler stated that those Board Members that are up for re-election would want to be out campaigning that day and suggested that the meeting date be changed.

Dr. Murray stated that the request was from the Board Member and a time change was requested.  She stated that we are trying to keep in as simple as possible.

Dr. Binggeli mentioned to the Board the idea of moving the June and July Board Meetings and Workshop to earlier in the day.  The Board would be doing their part to join the district in an effort to save money by not utilizing so much electricity in the peak hours and come off the grid.

Chairman Dr. Murray requested that the Board check their calendars for this consideration.

The Board gave a consensus on the above mentioned time changes.


H. Risk Management

32. Board Policy 9702 - Advertising and Commercial Activities
Attachment: 2011-12 Proposed Policy Change Form for Board Policy 9702 - Advertising and Commercial Activities.pdf
Attachment: 2011-12 Proposed Board Policy 9702 - Advertising and Commercial Activities - Final - Bold and Underlined.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this agenda item to state a few concerns. Her first concern is about having, in the administrative procedures (AP), a dollar amount threshold. If the dollar amount exceeds a certain threshold, then the item will have to come before the Board.

Mark Langdorf, Director of Risk Management, stated that the dollar amount was intentionally left out of the policy. He stated the purpose was get the policy approved first to see what the Board wanted, then the dollar figure would be added to the administrative procedures.

Mr. Langdorf  mentioned  that his thought was to convene a team of principals and others who will get together and choose administrative procedures based on the Superintendent's directive and bring it back to the Board.

Ms. Kneessy questioned Mr. Langdorf on what would prevent controversial non-profit groups like Planned Parenthood from advertising in our school with this type of policy.

Mr. Langdorf stated there is always a risk of exposure when allowing profit and non-profit entities to participate.  We addressed that under general Advertising Guidelines, Section E. It says that no advertising should promote the teachings, for or against, of any seminal cause.

Ms. Kneessy asked if Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, had reviewed the policy. Mr. Bistline stated that he had but would like to talk to Mr. Langdorf again after some of the concerns that were raised this evening by Ms. Kneessy and Mr. Ziegler.

Mr. Langdorf stated that he tried to bring back all of the issues that the Board raised but mentioned that there were some areas in the policy that he was not comfortable with; yet he works based on the Board direction.

Ms. Henderson clarified if this policy allows for advertising in our schools which we currently do not have.  Mr. Langdorf responded in the affirmative.  He stated that the Board gave direction to allow advertising everywhere except in core curriculum classrooms.

Dr. Murray requested that Mr. Langdorf correct that section since the elementary school all have Scholastics book fairs in their media centers and that is definitely advertising and sales.

Ms. Henderson stated for the record that she is against this policy. 

H. Middle School Programs/K-12

33. International Future Problem Solving Competition Field Trip to University of Indiana
Attachment: 2012 FPS Teams Attending International Competition.pdf
34. AVID Letter Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and the AVID Center 2012-2013
Attachment: AVID Attachment A 2012-13.pdf
Attachment: AVID Implementation Agreement 2012-13.pdf
H. Secondary Programs

35. Brevard County Students to Attend the World Finals Odyssey of the Mind Competition
H. Student Services

36. Revision of School Board Policy 5511-Dress and Grooming
Attachment: Policy Change Sheet 5511.pdf
Attachment: Board Policy 5511 Revised.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

37. Southwest Middle School Trip to the 2012 National TSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee
Attachment: Southwest Middle TSA Trip to Nashville, TN June 2012.pdf
38. Contracted Services Agreement between Turner Elementary and The Flippen Group
Attachment: Turner Elem - Flippen Group - Agreement May 29-31, 2012.pdf
H. Central Area Superintendent

39. Consultant Agreement: Suntree Elementary and The Center for Effective Learning
Attachment: Suntree Consultant 2012.pdf
40. Contract/Field Trip - Cocoa High Football Team to New Jersey and New York
Attachment: CHS Football 10-12-12.pdf

Dr. Krupp pulled this agenda item to discuss his concerns in regard to Cocoa High Football team traveling to New Jersey/New York to play a parochial school and couching it as a field trip.  He stated that his opinion of a field trip has to do with curricular activities.  Dr. Krupp was concerned that Cocoa High would also have to find the funds to bring the parochial school to play here against Cocoa High.  He expressed his displeasure in regard to our students traveling out of state and the amount of money that it would entail.  Dr. Krupp brought up another concern about Cocoa High having only eight games schedules so it looks as though they are holding slots aside for out of state teams.  He mentioned that if you go to the Bergen High School website, that it states, "History is in the making". Saying that Cocoa is the first school that will travel outside the state of Florida and play them in a regular school schedule. He stated that perturbs him because as far as Bergen Catholic High School is concerned, he is a rubber stamp. Dr. Krupp stated that he chooses not to be a rubber stamp.  Dr. Krupp expressed is concerns about the teams schedules, Cape Coast Conference and AAU Teams.  Dr. Krupp requested a workshop or at least give some help to our principals is terms of transportation.

Mr. Ziegler spoke on the dilution of Cape Coast Conference and mentioned that he would like to learn more.  He views Cocoa High Football team traveling out of state no differently than having a winning Robotics team, Odyssey of the Mind, Musical Team or anyone else that needs to go to a national event and has worked hard to earn that opportunity.  Mr. Ziegler stated that he categorizes this as an achievement.  He stated that he supports the trip but would like to have more conversation on the other topics that were brought up.

Ms. Henderson stated that she would also like more information on whether the sports teams are only playing a few games yet the stipends are still set for a season.

Dr. Krupp brought up his suggestion of having a district wide athletic director and mentioned that idea was shot down. He stated that we need someone that can take a hold of athletics that can provide leadership and direction.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray requested that Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Cocoa High School Principal, address some of the concerns brought up by Dr. Krupp.

Dr. Binggeli mentioned that senior staff are already examining the issue of transportation as it relates to athletics. He addressed the home and away game arrangements and stated that there are none, so the district is not obligated to pay for another team playing here.  Dr. Binggeli stated that we do not control what Bergen Catholic places on their website.  He stated that Dr. Soliven has done exactly what the Board wishes her to do.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she also does not see Cocoa High football trip any differently then a band or chorus that travels to New York City or Washington DC to be a part of a national performance.  Ms. Kneessy stated there should be a minimum number of games set in order to pay the stipend for coaches.

Dr. Soliven addressed many of the concerns that were brought up by Dr. Krupp.  She stated that there are a minimum number of games and that the schools will not have a two game season. She mentioned the C2C requirements for March 30 was for district games.  The state would then  utilize the system to generate the district fielding.  Dr. Soliven stated that we are continuing to schedule the season which is fairly typical during this time of year.  She stated that there are maximum and minimum number of games to be played by the district and FHSAA rules which are closely monitored by the schools and Human Resources in the district offices.

Dr. Soliven updated the Board on the Bergen contract and the protocol that was followed prior submitting the agenda to the Board.  She stated that there has been no discussion or side-bar decision being made. Dr. Soliven stated that she is a rule follower to the core.

Dr. Murray commended Dr. Soliven for her passion and how she stands up for all the students at Cocoa High School as well as the athletes and their accomplishments.  She stated that Ms. Kneessy, Mr. Ziegler and herself will support this item when it comes for a vote.

H. North Area Superintendent

41. Field Trip - Titusville High School NJROTC to Los Angeles, California

I. Staff Reports
42. Staff Report

Minutes: There are no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There are no additional public presentations.

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


Mr. Ziegler noted that on April 14, 2012 in Downtown Melbourne, there was a parade to welcome home our Iraq/Afghanistan Vets.  He thanked Heritage High School, Melbourne High School and Eau Gallie High School for their participation and support, along with Dr. Mark Mullins, South Area Superintendent.

Mr. Ziegler recognized West Melbourne School for Science for being one of eighteen finalist in the Intel Corporation 2012 Schools of Distinctions.  They will get to go to Washington DC to compete to be one of the six recognized out of the eighteen.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated the seven Odyssey of the Mind teams that won at the state level and will compete at the national level at the University of Iowa. He noted that one of the teams was from West Melbourne School for Science.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated Stuart Sheinman, Technology/Network Support Associate at West Melbourne Elementary School for Science (WMSS), who was named a state finalist for Florida’s School Related Employee of the Year Award.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated Neleffra Marshall, Principal at West Melbourne School for Science, for the great job. He noted that West Melbourne School for Science, is rated the number one elementary school in the State of Florida.

Ms. Kneessy thanked everyone for allowing her to participate by phone.

Ms. Henderson had no report but made a clarification that her comments in regard to the Cocoa High team was about the broader issue of the stipends and the amount of games being played,  it was not about supporting Cocoa High.

Dr. Krupp question whether a decision had been made on the Budget workshop on May 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. The rest of the Board answered in the affirmative.

Discussion ensued about health care clinics, use of staff time, TV studio, and the direction the Board will give to Dr. Binggeli.

The Board gave their support of building a better TV studio that is in line with their vision and also being able to get back their original office space.

Dr. Krupp thanked Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of the School Board Foundation, and the many mentors that are providing untold hours for the students in our district.  There was a celebration for Take Stock in Children on April 12, 2012 at Viera High School which was a tremendous outing.

Dr. Krupp noted that on April 19, 2012, he welcomed high school students from the North and Central areas to the BCC auditorium for the Harry & Harriette Moore Celebration.

Dr. Krupp noted that on April 19, 2012, he was invited to the Titusville Rotary luncheon in which they recognized all the North Area Teachers of the Year with lunch and prizes.

Dr. Murray had no report.

L. Superintendent's Report
45. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli noted he went to Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School to watch and thank judges as Senior Projects were being presented.  He spoke about the success of the science fair in which we have a number of students participate and be successful.

Dr. Binggeli noted that on April 25, 2012 he will be attending a Magic Basketball game where our Jefferson Award winning high school students are recognized for all their service hours including Eau Gallie High School who will be traveling to Washington DC to represent Central Florida.  He stated when you combine all the special programs with the previously read Teacher Appreciation Week Resolution, we have phenomenal teachers who give tremendously of themselves to give our students a well rounded exemplary education in a lot of areas in which they pursue excellence. To say that our teachers just teach to the FCAT test is not true.  Dr. Binggeli stated that he wanted to combine the programs and the teacher appreciation to thank the teachers who bring those experiences to our students.

Dr. Krupp took the opportunity congratulate the VEX Robotics, who just returned from Anaheim, California and had met teams from all over the world. 

M. Adjournment
46. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of April 24, 2012 was adjourned at 7:06 p.m.