05-02-2018 Board Workshop - SRO Funding

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Wednesday, May 2,2018 at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairman Craig called the meeting to order at: 12:05 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Misty Belford, John Craig, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler

Ms. Belford joined via telephone.



Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman John Craig led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. SRO Funding
Attachment: SRO Funding Documents.pdf

Dr. Blackburn began by letting the board know that while he was directed to find a way to fund SROs for all schools, it quickly became apparent that there is not a way to do that without dipping into reserves and shifting dollars from other operational priorities. He further commented that the number one operational priority is  increased compensation.

Pennie Zuercher, Chief Financial Officer, provided financial options and recommended usage of millage proceeds. Dr. Mark Mullins,  Deputy Superintendent, and Chief Operating Officer went over projected SRO staffing capability for August 2018, and provided some school safety staffing alternatives which were: A. Contracted Armed Security Services, B. BPS Hired Campus Monitor and C. A school safety guardian model (after Polk County).  Matt Reed, Assistant Superintendent of Government and Community Relations, explained the timeline for getting a referendum on the November ballot.  He mentioned that there is State Statue that allows the board to call an election any time on a four-year millage increase and can research further if requested. 

Dialogue and questions arose regarding funding, feasibility and priorities.

After much conversation, Chairman Craig expressed that it was necessary to come to a consensus  to provide staff  direction so that items could be brought forward for a vote.


  • Commitment to funding all SROs utilizing a variety of funding sources, while continuing to negotiate the best price possible.
    • The board wants to bring this item forward for a vote at the May 8, 2018 board meeting.  However, if full negotiations of costs cannot be achieved by this date, an information item outlining the pledge to fund SROs will be placed on the agenda.
  • Vote on BCSO STOMP MOU
  • Revise Option C (Polk County's School Safety Officer) specific to Brevard and bring for a vote.
  • Survey the community whether or not a millage would be supported.


Closing Remarks
5. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Craig adjourned the work session at: 1:43 p.m.

For further details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).