04-28-2009 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 28, 2009, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Monday, April 20, 2009 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 Robert Jordan called the School Board meeting of April 28, 2009 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: 

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

Chairman Jordan asked for a moment of silence for Maria Smith, 9th grade student from Viera High School and  Andrew Bohorquez, 8th grade student from Jackson Middle School, who passed away.


A-3. Invocation (Folade Hart, 6th Grade, Riverview Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Folade Hart, 6th grade student, Riverview Elementary School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Gabryel Wheeler, 6th Grade, Riverview Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Gabryel Wheeler, 6th grade student, Riverview Elementary School.

A-5. Entertainment (Riverview Elementary Strings & Chorus)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

The Riverview Elementary School Strings and Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Kim McNees, entertained the Board and the audience with a musical number.

Mr. Jordan took this opportunity to thank Ms. McNees, Music Director and her students along with Marcy Sperr, String Consultant and Terry Stefanovic, pianist and parent volunteer for entertaining the Board.

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The Chair called for a break at 5:45 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:49 p.m.
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A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Recognition Deletion
Recognize the Office of Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE for the Meritorious Budget Award for 2008-2009.

Consent Revisions
F-21.   Student Expulsions
F-43.   New Performance Contracting Initiative

Information Additions
H-49.   Solicit Input from the Board Regarding an Increase in the 2008-2009 Budget to Buy a Higher Property Insurance Limit
H-54.   Approve the Charter Contract for the City of Palm Bay Charter Municipal High School

 



Motions:
Adopt the published agenda for the April 28, 2009 School Board meeting and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. District Communications

7. Recognize Outstanding School Volunteers

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to recognize Dr. Liz Jordan, mother of Chairman Robert Jordan.

Lynn Clifton, Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, announced the Outstanding School Volunteers in the Youth, Adult, Senior and Mentor categories. Ms. Clifton stated that Brevard County Public Schools has more than 22,000 active volunteers who donate their time. This school year we are over 1.2 million hours and still counting. 

The four district winners are Marielos Villalta, Youth Volunteer, Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School; Jennifer Tucciarone, Adult Volunteer, Enterprise Elementary; Marshall Malcolm, Ph. D., Senior Volunteer, Fairglen & Enterprise Elementary; and Zachary Balko, Mentor Volunteer, Tropical Elementary. Each of the four outstanding volunteers were presented with a gift certificate as a small token of the District's appreciation by Chairman Jordan and Superintendent DiPatri. 

B. Secondary Programs

8. Recognition of Endeavour Elementary School as a Florida Service-Learning Leader School

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri recognized Endeavor Elementary for being named as Florida Service-Learning Leader School by the Florida Department of Education and Florida Learn and Serve. Mecheall Giombetti, Endeavour Elementary Principal; Barbara Wilcox, Kindergarten Teacher; and students Daniela Hinchman,6th grade; Raymond Rodriguez, 3rd grade; and Nijah Buckingham, 3rd grade, were congratulated and presented with plaques by Chairman Jordan and Dr. DiPatri.

Heather Price, Resource Teacher, provided the Board and audience with additional information about Endeavour and the Florida Service Learning Leader School Award.

Dr. DiPatri congratulated Ms. Giombetti again and stated that only nine schools in the State of Florida were being recognized for this award in which only one was an elementary school and that was Endeavour Elementary.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Labor Relations

9. Proclamation for Teacher Appreciation Week
Attachment: Teacher Appr Week Proclamation 2009.pdf
Minutes: 

Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming the week of May 4 through May 8, 2009 as Teacher Appreciation Week.



Motions:
Approve the proclamation for Teacher Appreciation Week during the week of May 4-8, 2009.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

10. Proclamation for Substitute Teacher Week
Attachment: Substitute Teacher Appreciation Proclamation 2009.pdf
Minutes: 

Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming the week of May 4 through May 8, 2009 as Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week.



Motions:
Approve the proclamation for Substitute Teacher Week during the week of May 4-8, 2009.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye

C. Secondary Programs

11. Proclaim May 1, 2009, as Florida Math and Science Day
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ FL Math and Science Day ~ 042809 ~ Attachment.pdf
Minutes: 

Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming May 1, 2009 as Florida Math and Science Day.



Motions:
Adopt a resolution proclaiming May 1, 2009, as Florida Math and Science Day.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Student Services

12. Recognize May 6 - 12, 2009 as National Nurses Week
Attachment: RESOLUTION Nurse 2009.pdf
Minutes: 

Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming the week of May 6 through May 12, 2009 as National Nurses Week.



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, 2009 as National Nurses Week in Brevard County Public Schools.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Exceptional Education

13. Better Hearing and Speech Month, May 2009
Attachment: Proclamation 2009-BetterHearing.pdf
Minutes: 

Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming the month of May 2009 as Better Hearing and Speech Month.



Motions:
Adopt the proclamation designating May 2009 as Better Hearing and Speech Month in Brevard Public Schools. - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


D. Presentations
D. Accounting Services

14. Community Input Survey Online (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats -SWOT Analysis)
Attachment: 2009 Proposed SWOT (2).pdf
Attachment: Community Online board presentation.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced Steve Muzzy, Assistant Superintendent of InformationTechnology Division, who presented to the Board information on the Community Input Online Survey that will be released on May 4, 2009 to the public via the World Wide Web as to increase the amount of community input.

           Dr. Murray gave several suggestions for strengthening the SWOT survey  including:

a.    Keep the strengths and weaknesses in place but under each of those categories beginning with weakness (number 1-5) and Strengths (number 6-10) and the Board and yourself will have a much better handle on what the public is thinking in terms of the district's strengths and weaknesses.

b.    Threats (number 1-5) and Opportunities (number 6-10).

 

Ms. Kneessy requested that students with disabilities or students in special programs be added to the SWOT survey.

 

      Mr. Jordan requested that athletic programs be added to the SWOT survey.

 

         Mr. Ziegler suggested there be an option on the SWOT survey that the person is unfamiliar with the subject area.

 

Ms. Kneessy suggested that the Vocational/Technical be reworded to state Career & Technical on the SWOT survey.

 

15. Presentation of the Annual Report of the Audit Committee Activities for 2008
Attachment: Audit Committee Annual Report 4-28-09.pdf
Minutes: 

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services, introduced Mike Raphael, Audit Committee Chairman from RSM McGladrey, Internal Auditors from Brevard Public Schools. Mr. Raphael introduced committee members, Jennifer Murtha and Wayne Cooper. Pursuant to Board Policy 6700, the committee representatives presented the annual report to the Board regarding its activities and findings for 2008.

Mr. Jordan and Dr. DiPatri thanked Mr. Raphael and the other audit members for all of the volunteer hours they contribute to Brevard Public Schools. Dr. DiPatri also mentioned for the audience and viewers at home that the audit committee was recognized as one of our best practices in the Sterling Award.

16. Presentation of the 2009 District Annual Audit Provided by Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y)

Minutes: Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services, introduced Michelle McCrimmon, Audit Executive from Ernst & Young, LLP. Ms. McCrimmon updated the Board with a presention on the findings of the 2009 Annual Audit of Brevard Public Schools.
17. Call Option Premium from 2008 Certificates of Participation

Minutes: 

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, along with Jo Ann Clark, Director of Accounting Services, had the distinct pleasure of presenting a check  for $7.02 million to Chairman Jordan as a symbol of achievement and to commemorate the event of negotiating a deal with Dexia Credit Local to remove the call option provision on the 2008 certificates in exchange for a premium.

Mr. Jordan took this opportunity to thank Ms. Preston and her staff for all of their hard work and how much it is appreciated.

18. 2009-10 Budget and Stimulus Package Update
Attachment: Eva Lewis - IDEA ARRA 4-28-09.pdf
Attachment: Title I Stimulus.pdf
Attachment: April 28 Board Meeting - Stimulus.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri updated the Board on the current financial situation for the district and the Legislative status. He then turned the presentation over to several of his staff members to present the Board with updates on the stimulus package. The presentations are as follows:

  1. IDEA Stimulus Recommendations by Eva Lewis, Director of Exceptional Education
  2. Title I Stimulus Recommendations by Teresa Wright, Director of Title I
  3. Stimulus Package Development by Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services
  4. Senate and House Education Budgets by Ms. Preston
  5. Nonrecurring Budget Cuts for the Operating and Capital Funds by Ms. Preston
  6. Next Steps by Superintendent Dr. Richard DiPatri

Ms. Kneessy stated her concerns about the IDEA and Title I Stimulus Recommendations. Discussion ensued between Dr. Murray and Ms. Kneessy on the needs of the district and the grant recommendations.

Dr. DiPatri mentioned that a 4-7 hour workshop will be needed to explain all the information that is forthcoming.


E. Public Discussion
19. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

The Chair reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. He 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. Kristy Elmore, Regional Solutions Mgr, Johnson Controls - Performance Contract
  2. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Budget Concerns 
  3. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Budget Concerns
  4. George Green, Miramar, FL. - Energy Savings Contract

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Chairman Jordan called for a video break at 8:00 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 8:14 p.m.
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F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

20. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 4.28.09.pdf (Confidential Item)
21. Approval of Minutes
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

22. Approve David D. Bethay as a Member of the Brevard Schools Foundation Board of Directors.
Attachment: Bethay Bio.pdf
F. Accounting Services

23. Financial Statements for the Month of February, 2009
Attachment: Financials - February 2009.pdf
24. Warrants Written for the Month of March, 2009
Attachment: Warrants - March 2009.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

25. Surplus Property
Attachment: APR_28_09.pdf
26. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: SSA 0908CH - NCS Pearson - Columbia Elementary.pdf
Attachment: 09003LH Chiller Plant Installation at Space Coast Jr.-Sr High and Enterprise Elementary School.pdf
Attachment: 09-020JJ Electrical Supplies.pdf
Attachment: 09-028JJ Classroom & Art Supplies.pdf
Attachment: 09-030BP Auto Repair Equipment & Accessories.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0909CH - NCS Pearson - University Park Elementary.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0910CH - NCS Pearson - Mila Elementary.pdf
Attachment: Source of Funding.pdf
Attachment: 09-031BM Acoustical Ceiling Tile, Non-Asbestos.pdf
Attachment: 09-029BM Herbicde-Pesticide.pdf
Attachment: 09-032BM Site Work and Drainage Contractors.pdf
F. Transportation

27. Isolated Transportation 2009, H.W.
28. Isolated Transportation 2009, A.G.
F. Human Resources

29. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 04-28-09.pdf
30. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 04-28-09.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

31. HP (Hewlett-Packard) Innovations in Education Grant
Attachment: 2009-HPIIE-Secondary-US.pdf
Attachment: terms and conditions of grant USGrantterms4.08.pdf
Attachment: Virtual Community Classroom project.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

32. Application for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Title I Stimulus Funds
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

33. Summer Fine Arts Theatre Licensing Agreements
Attachment: Miss Saigon SFA 09(MTI) Contract.pdf
Attachment: Once Upon a Mattress SFA 09 (RH) (2).pdf
34. AVID Letter Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and the AVID Center 2009-2010
Attachment: 2009 2010 contract Brevard-with-AVID-signature.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

35. 21st Century Community Learning Center 2009-2010 (Arts)
36. 21st Century Community Learning Center 2009-2010 (Zoo2)
F. Career & Technical Education

37. Agreement Between the School Board of Brevard and Project Lead the Way, Inc.
Attachment: PLTW School District of Brevard County ENG SDA_030209.pdf
F. Student Services

38. Agreement with Human Services Associates
F. Exceptional Education

39. Approve Future Problem Solving (FPS) Students to Participate in and Travel to the International FPS Competition at Michigan State University
Attachment: FPS2009StudentsSchools.pdf
40. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Web-Based Mini-Application for IDEA Recovery Funds FY 2009-10
Attachment: ARRA On-LineApplication4-20-09.pdf
Attachment: ARRABudget.pdf
F. Facilities Services

41. Conservation Easement at Cocoa High School Stadium
Attachment: Survey.pdf
Attachment: Conservation Easement.pdf
43. Rockledge Commercial Center and Florida Marketplace Lease Revisions
Attachment: Lease Agreements.pdf
F. Project Management

45. Amendment #2 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Attachment: Amendment No. 2.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

46. Approval of Consent Agenda

Minutes: 

Motions:
Approval of the April 28, 2009 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to congradulate the Instructional Staff employees listed under Item F-30.

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Facilities Services

42. New Performance Contracting Initiative
Attachment: performance contracting attachments.pdf
Attachment: Project Management Plan.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Henderson, Mr. Ziegler and Mr. Jordan requested this item be pulled for various reasons. Ms. Henderson requested an explanation from Ed Curry, Associate Superintendent of Facility Services, whether co-awarding was a good idea or not and if this needed to go forward due to time constraints.

Mr. Curry responded to Ms. Henderson's questions and requested that the Board authorize him to negotiate in good faith with the number one team that was selected which was Siemens.

Dr. DiPatri stated that the district will negotiate with both firms, Johnson Controls and Siemens, but that does not mean it will be awarded to both. He recommended whatever is in best interest of the district. It could be a co-award or one or the other.

Mr. Jordan reiterated what he heard to make sure it was what the Board was looking to achieve. Mr. Ziegler made comments on the ratings from the various companies. Mr. Curry stated that the lowest rating is the preferred company.

Ms. Kneessy echoed some of the comments of Mr. Jordan in regard to the process of awarding RFPs. She stated that a workshop has not yet been set for the Board to understand how the process on how the Bids are awarded.



Motions:
Authorize the Office of Facilities Services to negotiate, in good faith, the development of the contract specifics for work that could pay for facility improvements district wide over the next ten (10) to fifteen (15) years utilizing operating savings with the Siemens and Johnson Controls. The initial phase of the implementation plan will be at no cost to the School District if a satisfactory Investment Grade Energy Audit cannot be achieved as per Section 10 (page 15) of the RFQ. A Project Management Plan will be prepared and provided to the Board prior to the 4/28/09 meeting.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Project Management

44. 2009-2010 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: 2009-10 SAP.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Henderson pulled this item to thank Dane Theodore, Mike Connors, Jay Stannard, and Pete Krischik for meeting with her in regard to the Student Accommodation Plan. She mentioned several concerns that she wished for the Board to consider as we move forward. One is the cost of soft redistricting and the other is the use of the portables as it relates to district funds.

Motions:
Approve the 2009-2010 Student Accommodation Plan.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy  questioned whether the Board could make changes to the Student Accommodation Plan after tonight. Dane Theodore, Director of Planning and Project Management, stated that the Student Accommodation Plan is to guide the district to make sure the student are accommodated but it can be changed if situations warrant it.

Mr. Jordan stated that he really appreciated the excel spreadsheet that Ms. Henderson did in regard to the portables and the capacity of the schools.


G. Action
G. Human Resources

47. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations
Attachment: 2009 School Board Policies 2.pdf
Minutes: 

Chairman Jordon declared the public hearing open. He noted that there were five speakers on this item. He reminded the speakers that three minutes are set aside per speaker. The following people addressed the Board:

  1. Joe Rivero, West Melbourne - Anti Bullying Policy
  2. Lisa Rivero, West Melbourne - Anti Bullying Policy
  3. Jasmine Lee Church, Palm Bay - Anti Bullying Policy
  4. Claudia Corey Church - Palm Bay - Anti Bullying Policy
  5. Elena Altevogt, Melbourne Beach - Anti Bullying Policy

Chairman Jordan declared the public hearings closed.



Motions:
Hold Public Hearing and adopt/approve the new/revised School Board Policies and Procedures listed below: New Policies 1139 2411.01 3340 4340 8141 1139.01 3139.01 7511 Revised Policies/Procedures 1030.01 1430.01 2623 3210 5120 8475 1120 1430.02 3120 3430.01 5517.01 8660 1121.01 2125 3121.01 3430.02 7101 9270 1140 2260 3139 4210 7120 9800 1150 2421 3140 4430.01 7540.04 1210 2431 3150 4430.02 8310 except 4211 - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Discussion ensued amongst the Board in regard to the School Board Policy 5517.01 on Bullying and their main concern was to provide a safe place in which to be educated. Betty Dunn, Assistant Superitendent of Student Services, addressed questions the Board had in regard to Policy 5517.01.

Mr. Ziegler requested that School Board Policy 4211- Whistleblower  be reworded to comply with the relevant State Statute regarding the misconduct of Board Members and to better identify reporting procedures.

Mr. Bistline agreed with Mr. Zielger and stated that the policy be pulled and brought back to the staff for the policy to be reworded.

G. Area I Superintendent

48. Naming the Melbourne High School Football Field/Gymnasium Area the "Dr. Thomas W. McIntyre Athletic Complex"
Attachment: MHS - McIntyre.pdf

Motions:
Approve the naming of the Melbourne High School football field/gymnasium area the "Dr. Thomas W. McIntyre Athletic Complex" and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for public hearing.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


H. Information
H. Risk Management

49. Solicit Input from the Board Regarding an Increase in the 2008-09 Budget to Buy a Higher Property Insurance Limit
Attachment: 2009-10 Wind Modeling Study.pdf
Attachment: 2009-10 Property Ins Policy Comparison.pdf
Minutes: Although this item was not pulled by the Board, Dr. DiPatri explained what the district was doing as it refers to the property insurance and that the Board authorized the Superintendent to lock in up to the budgeted amount. The district came up 7 million short. Dr. DiPatri noted that there is no recommendation at this time because we are not sure how much money the district will have for property insurance. He also noted that this item will not be on the consent agenda until May 26, 2009.
H. Secondary Programs

50. Changes to School Major Areas of Interest
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ MAI Summary ~ 042809 ~ Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ MAI Comp HS File ~ 042809 ~ Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ MAI ALT Site ALC File ~ 042809 ~ Attachment.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

51. Permission for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) Teams to Travel to World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames
Attachment: Teams for 2009.pdf
H. Area IV Superintendent

52. Consultant Agreement with Nancy Prizito Enterprises
Attachment: Consultant Agreement.pdf
H. Educational Technology

53. Fee-based Transcript Processing
H. Additional Items

54. Approve the Charter Contract for the Palm Bay Municipal Charter High School
Attachment: Palm Bay Muncipal High School Final Contract.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item and questioned the building capacity of the Palm Bay Municipal Charter High School. Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, stated that we were dictated by the State Board of Education to approve the Charter High School contract. In the application, it stated 1800 students and we have to adopt the criteria in the application.


I. Staff Reports
55. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
57. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the State Odyssey of the Mind competition and the district was well represented.

Ms. Henderson noted that she went to the Elementary Book Bash and the students did a great job.

Ms. Kneessy requested that the district look into a fundraising policy for staff and procedures for fundraising for students especially with the declining revenue situation in Florida.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she will be attending the Area I/II Science Awards and hoped to see the other Board Members in attendance.

Ms. Kneessy noted that the FSBA Annual Conference was next month and hoped that all Board Members are registered since there is a lot to discuss.

Ms. Kneessy read a note she received from Casey West, 5th grade student at Gemini Elementary about recess.

Dr. Murray noted that she, along with her colleagues, have been attending a lot of award ceremonies. She congratulated students and personnel for all their achievements.

Dr. Murray thanked Mr. Curry for taking charge of the grounds improvement that is occurring at Audubon Elementary and to ensure the neighbors to the school realize the benefits.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he was proud to see Brevard Public Schools had a table at the Autism Awareness Festival to show all of the district services and Melbourne High School Robotics Team Voltage was there volunteering and running games for the kids.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Judy Preston, Betty Dunn and Gary Shiffrin for assisting him in finance reviews of schools.

Mr. Ziegler noted that it will be Robotic's night at the Space Coast Stadium on April 29, 2009.

Mr. Jordan reminded the Board to read the Update on Activities. He stated that Dr. DiPatri did an excellent job.

Mr. Jordan congratulated Brevard County for getting the reading endorsement over the next five years. He noted that he was impressed with the Secondary Mathematics Tournament results:Southwest Middle School is really rocking. 

Mr. Jordan noted that the employees voted overwhelmingly that Brevard Public Schools is a great place to work. Hats off to all of our employees including the teachers. 

 


L. Superintendent's Report
58. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. DiPatri stated that if any of the Board Members wish to see the ballgame on April 29, 2009 to see the Lego Robotic Teams, contact Jackie Joy, Administrative Assistant to the School Board, and we will get tickets.

M. Adjournment
59. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of April 28, 2009 was adjourned at 9:12 p.m.






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