04-30-2009 Workshop - A Path to First in the Nation


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Thursday, April 30, 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 Friday, April 24, 2009 and the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Robert Jordan called the School Board Wrokshop of April 30, 2009 to order at 2:00 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dr. DiPatri.

Order of Business
4. Strategic Plan Calendar
Attachment: 4-30-09 Linking Strategic Plan and KPIs.pdf
Attachment: Action Plan Monitoring.pdf

Dr. DiPatri did a brief overview of the Strategic Plan calendar and stated that his primary focus was to leave the district with processes in place that the organization is poised to take it to the next level. Dr. DiPatri stated that after receiving the Sterling Award we analyzed whether the district was ready to achieve the next level of being "First in the Nation" by having the district complete the Baldrige Application. He made a point of explaining to the Board and the public that this is not at all about achieving an award rather it is to achieve performance excellence.

Dr. DiPatri turned the meeting over to Karen Schafer, Director of Accounting, Testing & Evaluation, who did a presentation on Linking Results to the Strategic Plan and Key Performance Indicators. Presentation attached.

Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, explained Action Plan Monitoring which takes the monitoring of the Strategic Plan online.

5. Strategic Challenges and Core Competencies
Attachment: Strategic Challenges & Core Competencies.pdf
Minutes: Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, reviewed the Strategic Challenges and the Core Competencies.
6. Achieving and Sustaining Performance Excellence
Attachment: Performance Excellence.pdf
Minutes: Dr. DiPatri did a presentation on achieving and sustaining performance excellence during a period of declining resources and how the district is going to achieve this through process management, training in the DMAIC and the Six Sigma training.
7. Process Management and Performance Excellence Training
Attachment: Performance Excellence for Board 1.pdf
Minutes: Dori Bisbey, Staff Development Specialist of Educational Leadership and Professional Development, explained the Process Management and Performance Excellence Training.
8. Using Process Management and DMAIC
Attachment: Executive Presentation 30 April 2009.pdf
Attachment: EZDMAIC.pdf
Minutes: Steve Muzzy, Assistant Superintendent of Education Technologies, began the presentation on using support Process Management and DMAIC. Mr. Muzzy turned the meeting over to Gary Beasley, Technical Services Supervisor, who explained the operational side of Process Management.
9. Processes Driving Student and School Performance
Attachment: School Board Workshop 04 30 09 4.pdf
Attachment: Process Control-Elementary Writing Presentation _2_.pdf
Attachment: Flowchart Rev 03-13-09.pdf
Minutes: Dr. DiPatri introduced Beth Thedy, Director of Middle Schools Programs, who began the presentation on the Processes Driving Student and School Performance at the Elementary, Middle, and High School. Robin Novelli, Principal of Bayside High School, presented the Process Flow Chart for Reading; Joe Loffek, Principal of Port Malabar Elementary School, presented the Process Control System for Writing; and Jeremy Salmon, Principal of DeLaura Middle School, presented the DMAIC Lite for Math.
10. Questions and Answers


Dr. DiPatri stated that the district has 130 of these processes in place and most are tied to the Strategic Plan.

Dr. DiPatri made some closing comments on the beginning of this process and where the district is going as it pertains to the Process Management Training. He showed the Board and the public the processes for student success.

Mr. Jordan commented on business processes and education. He stated that if we do not use these processes then all we have been doing is spinning our wheels.

Dr. Murray commended the Leadership Team and spoke about being "First in the Nation" and questioned by what measure will we use to determine that we have met that goal. Dr. DiPatri said that there will be some levels of measurement but admitted that other performances like reading and math will be difficult to measure nationwide.

The Chair called for a break at 3:58 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 4:07 p.m.

11. Swine Flu Update - Brevard Department of Health
Attachment: swineflu.pdf

Betty Dunn, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, introduced Dr. Olga.

Dr. Olga Emgushov of the Brevard County Health Department addressed the Board, Leadership and the public on the worldwide concern on swine flu. She then answered questions from the Board and the audience as it pertains to swine flu.


Closing Remarks
12. Closing Remarks

Minutes: Dr. DiPatri thanked Dr. Olga for coming and addressing the Board and the Leadership Team to get the word out on swine flu.

13. Adjournment

Minutes: The Board Workshop of April 30, 2009 adjourned at 4:46 p.m.