04-27-2010 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 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 22, 2010 and 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 Kneessy called the School Board meeting of April 27, 2010 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

A-3. Invocation (Kari Parker, 6th Grade, L. Carroll Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Kari Parker, 6th Grade, Lewis Carroll Elementary School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Keely Knudson, 5th Grade, L. Carroll Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Keely Knudson, 5th Grade, Lewis Carroll Elementary School.

A-5. Entertainment (Lewis Carroll Elementary Chorus)
5. Entertainment


Lewis Carroll Elementary School Chorus, under the direction of Chorus Director, Linda Hypes, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, performing one additional number.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 5:40 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:44 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Revision:
F-16.   Student Expulsion(s)

Information Revisions
H-40.   Student Accommodation Plan
H-41.   Amendment to the Agreement for Chiller Plant Installation at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High and Enterprise Elementary Schools.

Adoption the agenda for the School Board Meeting of April 27, 2010 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. District Communications

7. Recognition of Outstanding School Volunteers


Lynn Clifton, Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, announced the Outstanding School Volunteers in the Youth, Adult, Senior and Mentor Volunteer catergories.

The four district winners are Judy Lindo,Youth Volunteer, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; Patricia Whitfield, Adult Volunteer, Christa McAuliffe Elementary School; Scotty Culp, Senior Volunteer, Satellite High School; and Stephan Camick, 2010 Mentor Volunteer.

Ms. Culp, who has accrued 47,000 volunteer hours over the past 31 years, made a few comments to Dr. Binggeli.

Chairman Kneessy and Dr. Binggeli presented each one of these exceptional volunteers with a plaque.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Labor Relations

8. Proclamation for Teacher Appreciation Week
Attachment: Teacher Appr Week Proclamation 2010.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communication, read the proclamation.

Approve the proclamation for Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, 2010.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

9. Proclamation for Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
Attachment: Substitute Teacher Appreciation Proclamation 2010.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the proclamation.

Approve the proclamation for Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week as May 3-7. 2010.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Student Services

10. Recognize May 6 - 12, 2010 as National Nurses Week
Attachment: RESOLUTION Nurses Week 2010.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, 2010 as National Nurses Week in Brevard Public Schools.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Exceptional Education

11. Better Hearing and Speech Month, May 2010
Attachment: Hearing-SpeechMonth 2010.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the proclamation. She shared with the Board and the viewing audience a hearing device that has been equipped in the Board room.


Adopt the resolution designating May 2010 as Better Hearing and Speech Month in Brevard Public Schools. 

Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

12. Presentation of the Annual Report of the Audit Committee Activities for 2009
Attachment: Annual Report 2009.pdf

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, introduced Mike Raphael, Audit Committee Chairman from  RSM McGladrey, Internal Auditors for Brevard Public Schools.

Mr. Raphael introduced committee members, Jennifer Murtha and Wayne Cooper. Pursuant to Board Policy 6700, committee representatives presented the annual report to the Board regarding its activities and findings for 2009.

Dr. Murray and Ms. Kneessy thanked the audit committee for all the outstanding work for Brevard Public Schools. 

D. Middle School Programs/K-12

13. Using Technology as a Tool for Extending Learning
Attachment: Kennedy Middle School VTAH Presentation.pdf

Beth Thedy, Director of Middle School Programs, introduced Richard Myers, Principal  of Kennedy Middle School, and Amanda Van Ess,Teacher at Kennedy Middle School.

Mr. Myers and Ms. Van Ess presented an overview of Virtual Tutoring at Home (VTAH), an online tutoring program that Kennedy Middle School is piloting.

Mr. Jordan and Ms. Henderson questioned Mr. Myers and Ms. Van Ess on the virtual tutoring program and the success of the pilot program.

Ms. Van Ess stated she would like to incorporate along with the virtual tutoring online a professional development and teacher evaluation process.

Dr. Binggeli pointed out that the district will be able to provide assistance for our students, families and our teachers as a best practice. The district will continue to move in the direction of implementing virtual tutoring in all schools but it will depend on how quickly the district can afford, in time and dollars, to go to scale.

D. Additional Items

14. Budget Presentation
Attachment: April 27 board meeting - budget review.pdf

Dr. Binggeli and Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, updated the Board on the budget outlook and the legislative action that is currently taking place in Tallahassee, Florida.

Each Board Members questioned Ms. Preston about the class-size reduction and its penalties. Ms. Preston gave the Board up to the minute information as it is being received from the legislature.

Ms. Preston stated that Charter Schools will have to  met class-size requirements and the five percent administrative fee for the services the district provides to them based on the first 500 students has now been lowered to the first 250 student.

Dr. Binggeli stated our delegation helped the district a little on the AP and IB and thanked them for that effort.

Dr. Binggeli reviewed the timeline and the community forums as it relates to the budget reductions.

Ms. Preston and Dr. Binggeli answered questions from the Board on the tiers of the budget cut recommendations.

Ms. Kneessy requested that the district set up a community forum at a beachside location.

Ms. Kneessy call for a video break at 7:51 p.m.
The School Board meeting reconvened at 8:11 p.m.

E. Public Discussion
15. Public Discussion


The Chairman reminded the public that 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 would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Sharon Reynolds, Satellite Beach - Proposed Media Assistant Cuts
  2. Julie Wales, Rockledge - Proposed  Media Assistant Cuts
  3. Roxann L. Pace, Titusville - Proposed  Media Assistant Cuts
  4. Joanne Seale, Titusville - Proposed  Media Assistant Cuts
  5. Eryn Worcester, Rockledge - Budget Presentation
  6. Missy Slack, Mims - Budget Presentation
  7. Linda McDaniel, Melbourne -  Proposed  Media Assistant Cuts
  8. Linda Dean, Cocoa Beach - Proposed Budget Cuts
  9. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  10. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Budget Presentation
  11. Pam Collver, Titusville - Proposed Budget Cuts

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

16. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: 4.27.10 expulsion.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

17. Financial Statements with Operating Budget Amendment for the Period Ending February 28, 2010
Attachment: February 2010 Financials.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #6 - February 28, 2010.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amend Explanations Feb 2010.pdf
F. Accounting Services

18. Warrants Written for the Month of March, 2010
Attachment: Warrant List - March 2010.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

19. 2010-11 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant
Attachment: FFVP Selection Notice 2010-11.pdf
20. 2009-10 State Appropriated Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities (SFAs)
Attachment: 2009-10 Equipment Grant Project Award Notification.pdf
Attachment: 050 - Brevard County School District - AMENDMENT.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

21. Property Disposal
Attachment: APR_27_10.pdf
22. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchasing Requests and Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: RFP 10004BP - Building and Fire Inspection and Plan Review Services .pdf
Attachment: ITB 10-019BP Cafeteria Employee Uniforms.pdf
F. Human Resources

23. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 04-27-10.pdf
24. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 04-27-10.pdf
F. School Choice

25. Magnet Schools Assistance Program Resolution
Attachment: MSAP Resolution 2010.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

26. AVID Agreement Between Brevard Public Schools and the AVID Center 2010-2011
Attachment: School Board of Brevard County Terms 2010-2011.pdf
Attachment: School Board of Brevard County Attachment A 2010-2011.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

27. Approval of Changes to School Major Areas of Interest
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ ALT Site MAI Update ~ 2010-2011 ~ Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ HS MAI Update ~ 2010-2011 ~ Attachment.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

28. Consultant Agreement Between Southern Expressions and Adult/Community Education-School Age Child Care
Attachment: Southern Expressions Agreement 10.11.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

29. Contract Agreement to Provide Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training for District Personnel
Attachment: cpiCrisisPreventionInstitute-Dacri.pdf
Attachment: CPI.pdf
F. Area III Superintendent

30. Consultant Agreement: Clearlake Middle School with Roland Smith
Attachment: RSmith.pdf
Attachment: RSmith cons agree 2010.pdf
F. Project Management

31. Appoint/Reappoint School Board Representatives to Four Local Planning Agencies
F. Approval of Consent

32. Approval of Consent Agenda

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

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Human Resources

33. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA - Public Hearing
Attachment: 4.27.10 PH.pdf

Chairman Kneessy declared the public hearing open. No speakers chose to address the Board and the public hearing was closed.


Hold Public Hearing and adopt/approve the new/revised School Board policies and procedures listed below:

New Policies








Revised Policies







































Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

H. Information
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

34. Independent Evaluation Services for Even Start Program
Attachment: Service Agreement-Optimal Performance-Bigbie.pdf
Attachment: Cindy Bigbie_Consultant Agreement.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

35. Purchase of Braille Devices to Allow Access to Technology for Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Attachment: Freedom Science.pdf
36. Agreement between the School Boards of Brevard County and Seminole County for the Purpose of Medicaid Administrative Claiming Activities
Attachment: MAC Agreement-SCSB2010-11.pdf
37. Contracted Services Agreement with Ready Bodies, Learning Minds Motor-Lab Program
Attachment: ReadyBodiesLearningMinds9-13-10PDD.pdf
38. Permission for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) Teams to Travel to World Finals
Attachment: The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing.pdf
H. Area IV Superintendent

39. Cuyler School


Ms. Kneessy pulled this agenda item to enquire about the process that has taken place in the renaming of the North Area Alternative Learning Center.

Dr. Binggeli stated that after doing a record search, the name of the school the community would like to go back was never formally removed. The district will be changing the signs on the building to reflect the Cuyler name as it was originally named.

Mr. Jordan stated the Mims Civic League requested the district formally return the name of the school back to Cuyler.

H. Project Management

40. 2010-2011 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: 100421_SB_Draft_All.pdf

Ms. Henderson pulled this item to discuss the portables, impact fees and choice schools.

Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, responded to the questions regarding the portables and the impact fees.

Dane Theodore, Director of Planning & Project Management, responded to Ms. Henderson's question on choice schools.



H. Plant Operation and Maintenance

41. Amendment # 1 to the Agreement for Chiller Plant Installation at Space Coast Jr/Sr High and Enterprise Elementary Schools
Attachment: Design Builder Amendment Space Coast and Enterprise.pdf

I. Staff Reports
42. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
44. Board Member Reports


Dr. Murray congratulated the Brevard Cultural Alliance on the Sands Sculpture event in which a number of Brevard Schools participated.

Dr. Murray congratulated the students for their service-learning projects that were displayed prior to the School Board meeting.

Dr. Murray thanked the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) Philip Perry Chapter for donating money to Cocoa Beach and Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School ROTC.

Dr. Murray shared an experience with the Board in regard to Endeavour Elementary and a visitor that was extremely impressed with the school.

Mr. Ziegler made a comment regarding 1776 and congratulated the actors on their performances.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated the Pink Team (Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. and Viera High) for placing third in the World Championship. He made a commitment that the Pink Team be invited to a future Board meeting.

Mr. Ziegler made a comment about the microphones being used at the Board meeting.

Mr. Jordan stated that everyone did a great job on SB 6. He reminded the Board and staff that there needs to be preparation for next year because SB 6 will be rewritten and we will have a new governor. Mr. Jordan noted that the district has lost 70 million so far and will be getting harder next year.

Mr. Jordan stated that he was that honorary Chairman for Relay for Life for the North Area at Titusville High School. He was honored to be the person to place a medal on all the survivors.

Ms. Henderson noted that she would be requesting information on the Board Assigned Tasks.

Ms. Henderson stated that she agreed with the media assistants in that we are effecting a large number of students in that decision.

Ms. Kneessy shout out to Eau Gallie High School chosen to be the first school in Florida to be a demonstration school for AVID and the second school East of the Mississippi.

Ms. Kneessy requested the district put together a homework policy during school breaks. Dr. Binggeli stated that the district would look into it.


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

M. Adjournment
46. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of April 27, 2010 adjourned at 9:12 p.m.