05-09-2017 Board Workshop (Legislative Priorities and Headstart)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Workshop on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 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 27, 2017. 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: Chairperson Belford called the meeting to order at 2:02 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Legislative Priorities Update
Attachment: Legislative update.pdf
Attachment: Reed Legislative Update 2017.pdf

Matt Reed, Assistant Superintendent, Government and Community Relations, provided an update to the Board.

Mr. Craig expressed that he was fine with dollars following the student whether or not those students were in charter schools or not. However, there must be a concrete formula that can be developed.  He suggests we work on finding a formula that works for Brevard. 

Ms. Descovich said we must go big on transportation.  Ms.  Belford indicated that transportation is the only way to make available choice programs for every child.  

Dr. Blackburn wanted the Board to know that FADSS is getting a response ready for the legislature depending on the outcomes and it is unbearable to start the year in the negative in a non-recession year.

Mr. Craig wants for Brevard to go though individual items and indicate the financial impact to legislators. He feels that will show them a better picture of what is at stake.


5. Headstart Presentation and Training
Attachment: Brevard County Governance training 5-9-17 all slides.pdf
Attachment: Governing Body Side by Side Federal Regulations Comparisons with new HSPS flip.pdf

DJ Crannell, coordinator of Elementary Leading and Learning, began the meeting by welcoming the Board members and letting them know about the day at the zoo for Head Start parents. Over 1,300 showed up. Many staff members volunteered for this event. In addition, families were given annual passes.  It was some of the families' first time visiting the zoo.  She expressed pride in her staff.  

Terry Barlow, principal Riverview School and Head Start program introduced Sandra Espinel, M.M. L./Ed.S., Region IV Head Start grantee specialist, who provide the Board with an overview of the presentation.

Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at 3:45 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).