05-10-2011 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, May 5, 2011. 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


Chairman Murray called the School Board Meeting of May 10, 2011 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Board Members Present: Dr. Michael Krupp, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Chairman Murray requested a moment of silence for Logan Bobbit, Kindergarten student at Sabal Elementary.

A-3. Invocation (Nicholas Sutton, 6th Grade, Roy Allen Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Nicholas Sutton, 6th grade student from Roy Allen  Elementary, led the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Maris Porro, 5th Grade, Roy Allen Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Maria Porro, 5th grade student from Roy Allen Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Roy Allen Elementary Chorus)
5. Entertainment


Roy Allen Elementary Chorus, under the direction of Russell McDonald, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Murray thanked Mr. McDonald and his students for a wonderful performance. She mentioned that Mr. McDonald will be retiring this year after 35 years of service to Roy Allen Elementary and his contributions to the musical education of the EGHS feeder chain which has been inspiring.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a break at 5:41 p.m.
The meeting was 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 Addition
F-11.   Student Expulsions

Consent Revision
F-20.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Information Revision
H-42.   Job Description for the Brevard Virtual Instruction Program (BVIP)
H-44.   Jump Start 2011


Adopt the agenda for the Regular School Board meeting of May 10, 2011 and its revisions.

Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

7. Presentation of the Annual Report of Audit Committee Activities for 2010
Attachment: Audit Committee Annual Report 2010.pdf

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, introduced Art Edwards, Audit Committee Chairman; Jennifer Murtha, Audit Committee Member from RSM McGladrey, and JoAnn Clark, Director of Accounting Services, for Brevard Public Schools.

Mr. Edwards  presented to the Board the Annual Report of  Audit Committee Activities for 2010.

Dr. Murray thanked Mr. Edwards for his presentation and all that the audit committee takes part in.

Mr. Edwards took this opportunity to thank Ms. Preston and her staff for the support that they offer.

Dr. Binggeli echoed his thanks and mentioned that the district is a better organization, financially safer, more responsible, and more strategic because of our audit committee. This is truly a best practice.

D. Financial Services

8. Budget Presentation
Attachment: Budget Update May 10 Board Meeting.pdf

Dr. Binggeli and Ms. Preston updated the Board on changes that emerged in the eleventh hour of the legislative session. Presentation is attached.

Ms. Kneessy questioned how the additional FRS reduction that the district will not be paying effect staff. She mentioned that there has always been a set percentage going into FRS for retirement and they wanted to keep it financially sound.

Dr. Binggeli said that the FRS reduction does not effect staff because they are paying 3 percent.  The biggest concern for Brevard Public School is what it does to the 2012-13 budget. 

Dr. Krupp questioned about the 504 inclusion and whether the state stipulated if it's only in effect for those parents who are not happy with the grade of the school or does the school have to be a failing school for one or two years before they can actually take the voucher.

Dr. Binggeli stated the district is trying to get clarification from the state but it follows the same guideline as the McKay Scholarship.

Mr. Ziegler commented on the pension reduction change and stated that he attended a public hearing in the south area and the participant would like the Board to take into consideration placing corridor bussing into the reductions.

Dr. Binggeli stated that at another community forum there was concern about eliminating corridor bussing, which is why the idea is to seek input from all of our community and that take all suggestions into consideration to see if there is potential to for an item to move in the priority listing prior to taking the reductions back to the Board.

Chairman Murray commented that there is never a simple solution for cutting the budget and stated that the Board needs to allow Dr. Binggeli and his staff make their recommendations.

E. Public Discussion
9. Public Discussion


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there was a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion.  She stated that the Board would not respond to the comments or requests this evening but the Superintendent of Schools would investigate them and respond in a timely manner.  The following person(s) addressed the Board:

1.   Ben Traina, Satellite Beach - General Budget 

Chairman Murray thanked the speaker's for their willingness to speak to the Board.

Dr. Binggeli made an announcement, as a point of personal privilege, that our Eau Gallie Girls Softball team just finished winning by a score of 7-2 and are the 4A State Champions.

Chairman Murray sent a congratulations to the Eau Gallie girls.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

10. Approval of Minutes
11. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 5.10.11 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

12. Financial Statements with Budget Amendments for the period ending March 31, 2011
Attachment: March 31, 2011 Financials.pdf
Attachment: Operating Budget Amendment #7 - March 31 2011.pdf
Attachment: Capital Budget Amendment #9 - 12, March 31 2011.pdf
Attachment: Explanations for Budget Amendment #7-March 31 2011.pdf
F. Accounting Services

13. Investment Report for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2011
Attachment: BREVARD (SD)_1Q11_COMPLETE.pdf
14. Increase in Cafeteria Petty Cash Fund for Challenger 7 Elementary School
F. School Food and Nutrition

15. 2011-12 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant
Attachment: Brevard FFVP Grant Award Letter 042211.pdf
16. Fiscal Year 2010 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grants
Attachment: 01-0005-Brevard County School District (050).pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: Summary ITB 11-022BP Cafeteria Chemicals.pdf
Attachment: ITB 11-023BM Inspection, Maintenance and Testing of the Kitchen Hood Fire Suppression Systems II.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1107 - NCS Pearson - Jupiter.pdf
18. Property Disposal
Attachment: MAY_10_11.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-10-11.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-10-11.pdf

Approve the appointment of Debra Pace to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2011.  Annual salary to be determined by the Superintendent.

F. Compensation & Benefits

21. Job Description: Assistant Director - Transportation & Vehicle Maintenance
Attachment: AsstDirTrans.pdf
22. Job Description: Baker/Cook
Attachment: Baker+Cook.pdf
23. Job Description: Group Leader - School Age Child Care (SACC)
Attachment: GroupLeader.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

24. Agreement for Services between the School Board of Brevard County and Tallahassee Community College
Attachment: Agreement for Teacher on Assignment.msg.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

25. Contracted Services Agreement between the Office of Title I and Family Leadership, Inc.
Attachment: Family Leadership, Inc..pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

27. 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant 2011/2012 Zoo III
28. Adult Education And Family Literacy - Building An Adult Education Career Pathways System For Transitioning To Postsecondary Education
Attachment: Brevard County SD DOE 200 #050-1911A-2CT01.pdf
29. Adult Education And Family Literacy-English Literacy/Civics Grant 2011-2012
30. Adult Education And Family Literacy Geographical Grant 2011-2012
F. Alternative Sites

31. Department of Juvenile Justice 2011-2012 School Calendar
Attachment: DJJ Calendar 2011-12.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

32. Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and the School Board of Seminole County for the Purpose of Medicaid Administrative Claiming Activities
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_9815P-IR3235-513-EXED_MEDICAID SEMINOLE_001.pdf
33. Continuation of Project SEARCH Contracted Services Agreement with Health First, Inc.
Attachment: ProjectSEARCH Contract 2011.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

34. Eau Gallie High School Participation in Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Eau Gallie High Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Finalist - June 2011.pdf
35. Sunrise Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind Team Participation at 2011 World Finals at the University of Maryland
Attachment: Sunrise Elem - Odyssey of the Mind - May 2011.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

36. Cocoa Beach Junior Senior High JROTC Field Trip to Washington, DC
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1393_001.pdf
37. Titusville High School NJROTC Field Trip to Atlanta Georgia
F. Project Management

38. Transfer and Use of Educational Impact Fees
Attachment: Impact Fee Benefit District Map.pdf
Attachment: Supporting Documents.pdf
Attachment: Minutes of Meeting #8.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

39. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the consent agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

26. International Future Problem Solving Competition Field Trip to University of Wisconsin
Attachment: 2011 FPS Teams Attending International Competition.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this agenda item to request that the staff look at competitions like Future Problem Solvers (FPS) and  Odyssey of the Mind (OM) to be considered as potential budget cuts. She mentioned that the district is making cuts to this level and everything should be on the table for consideration during these times of reductions.

The Board gave consensus to consider these programs for potential future cuts.  Dr. Murray stated that if any programs are eliminated that the groups will be notified in plenty of time for them to fundraise.

Dr. Binggeli stated that these groups currently do an enormous amount of fundraising. Ms. Kneessy mentioned that the district is in such dire straights that we need to consider every item.

Discussion ensued between Dr. Binggeli, Dr. Beth Thedy, Director of Middle School Programs, and the Board as it relates to student groups attending world competitions and the funding/fundraising needs.




Approve the request for students and chaperones to travel to the International Future Problem Solving competition in Wisconsin. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli took the opportunity to congratulate Debra Pace for her appointment to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.

The Board opted not to take a break.

G. Action
G. School Choice

40. Revisions to School Board Policy 5120 and Policy 7120
Attachment: Policy 5120 Change Sheet.pdf
Attachment: Policy 5120 Proposed 2011 Revision - Tracked Changes.pdf
Attachment: Policy 5120 Proposed 2011 Revision - Clean Copy.pdf
Attachment: Policy 7120 Change Sheet.pdf
Attachment: Policy 7120 PROPOSED 2011 REVISION - Tracked Changes.pdf
Attachment: Policy 7120 Proposed 2011 Revision - Clean Copy.pdf

Mr. Ziegler stated concern in the wording in Policy 7120- Section B Criteria for Employee Preference. The currently proposed wording is as follows:

Only children of school-based employees working at the Schools of Choice may attend these  schools if the child meets the entry requirements.

Mr. Ziegler noted that the opposite would be true, that other employees children could not attend these schools of choice. He stated that he does not believe that is the intent. He stated that these students can attend these schools through the normal lottery process.

Mr. Ziegler provided the verbiage so that employees children are not exempt from applying to these schools by making the following modification:

Only children of school-based employees working at the Schools of Choice may attend these schools via employee preference.

Dr. Binggeli stated that was certainly not the intent that any employee could not participate in the same lottery that any other citizen would be allowed. Ms. Mace, Director of School Choice is already making any appropriate language change.

The Board agreed with the making the change to Policy 7120.


Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing to approve the recommended changes to Policy 7120 - Criteria for Balancing School Membership Capacity and Policy 5120 - Assignment Within District.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Financial Services

41. Recommended Reductions for the 2011-12 Operating Budget
Attachment: 2011-12 Recommended Budget Reductions - May 10 Board Meeting.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this agenda item to get ensure that the personnel allocation that the schools received would not have any shared services on them.

Dr. Binggeli stated that the shared services plan is no longer on the personnel allocation which is what is being shared with the principals.

Ms. Kneessy stated that even though the Board has not voted on it yet, the principals are working off allocation that does not include shared services.

Dr. Binggeli stated that the principals are well aware of the recommendation that is before the Board for approval in the 2011-12 budget.

H. Compensation & Benefits

42. Job Descriptions for the Brevard Virtual Instruction Program (BVIP)
Attachment: Teacher-OnlinePrimaryInt.pdf
Attachment: Teacher-OnlineSecond.pdf
Attachment: GuidanceCounselor-VirtualProg.pdf
Attachment: eLearningCenterAssist.pdf
Attachment: APVirtualPrograms.pdf
Attachment: Teacher-OnlineAdjunct.pdf
H. Curriculum & Instruction

43. Florida Marketplace Lease Revisions
Attachment: Florida Marketplace Lease Revisions.pdf
H. Elementary Programs

44. Jump Start 2011
Attachment: Jump Start.pdf
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

45. District Franchise Contract with Florida Virtual School
Attachment: Brevard FLVS Franchise Contract Rider 11-12-Final 4 14 11.pdf
Attachment: Brevard FLVS Franchise Contract 2011-2012-Final 5 6 11.pdf
46. AIMS Middle and High School Mathematics Workshop
H. Secondary Programs

47. Articulation Agreement with Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)
Attachment: FIT Articulation Agreement ~ Final 04192011.pdf
H. Alternative Sites

48. Brevard Public Schools and The Children's Center Interagency/Lease Agreements
Attachment: Lease Agreement - Children's Center.pdf
Attachment: Interagency Agreement - Children's Center.pdf
49. School Board of Brevard County and Pediatric Services of America, Inc. Agreement
Attachment: Pediatric Services - Kids Medical.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

50. Approval of Four (4) Contracted Services Agreements to Support the Family Liaison Project for the 2011-2012 School Year
Attachment: Gerhauser-Fam.Liaison11.pdf
Attachment: EmilyDeWoodyFamLiai2011.pdf
Attachment: Tomaka-Fam.Liaison2011.pdf
Attachment: TerriRamieFam.Liaison2010.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to bring it to the attention of the Board. She stated that the group assists families with students with disabilities.  Ms. Kneessy stated that they are not only an advocate of the family but they are an advocate of the schools too.  She mentioned that Brevard has very high ESE numbers and wanted to go on record by mentioning that this group goes above and beyond and would like to ensure as the district goes through the budget process that this group does not get pushed above the line.
51. 2011-12 Contract Agreement with Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) to Serve Students with Disabilities in Brevard County
Attachment: BAC Contract Agreement 2011-12.pdf
52. Memorandum of Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and Brevard Family Partnership
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_9815P-IR3235-513-EXED_BREVARD FAMILY PARTNERSH_001.pdf
53. Permission for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) Teams to Travel to World Finals
Attachment: OM 2011 TEAMS.pdf
H. Central Area Superintendent

54. Field Trip - Rockledge High Boys Basketball Team - Tennessee Tech University Basketball Camp
Attachment: TEAMCAMP2011.pdf
55. Field Trip - Rockledge High Wrestling Team - University of North Carolina Instructional Wrestling Camp
Attachment: wrestling.camp.june.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

56. Approve the Field Trip for Merritt Island High Automotive Technology Team June 12 - 15, 2011
H. Project Management

57. Amendment to Interlocal Agreement for Educational Impact Fees
Attachment: Agenda Item V.C.pdf
Attachment: Ordinance 10-09.pdf
Attachment: Amended Interlocal Agreement for Educational Impact Fees.pdf

I. Staff Reports
58. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
59. Additional Public Presentation(s)

Minutes: There were no additional public presentation(s).

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
60. Board Member Reports


Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the Brevard Cultural Alliance meeting. He mentioned that they are gearing up for the Art of Sand which will be coming in the Fall.

Dr. Krupp noted that he was a judge for the senior projects at Cocoa High School.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the Brevard Schools Foundation Business Partners Award Luncheon as well as the rest of the Board. He stated his appreciation to all the business partners in our communities for all of their contributions and efforts for our students, teachers and staff.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the Art of Teacher Exhibition at the King Center.

Dr. Krupp noted that at the Titusville City Council awarded 258 awards to K-12 students at the Titusville High School Auditorium. He thanked Dr. Binggeli and Dr. Ron Bobay, North Area Superintendent, for  attending the ceremony.

Ms. Kneessy announced to the Board the Satellite High School will be Live Streaming their graduation commencement. She believes it is the first high school to have this available for the parents and relatives of the graduates. Ms. Kneessy thanked the technology department for working this the staff at Satellite High to help them achieve this effort.

 Ms. Kneessy mentioned her concerns about the compilations of the parent survey because elementary and secondary are two very different areas. She explained her concerns about the dress code and homework sections of the survey. Ms. Kneessy asked Dr. Binggeli how the survey results will be applied.

Dr. Binggeli stated that Ginny Gleason, Resource Teacher for Middle Schools Program, has been breaking the results down by level and by school and will bring that to the Board. He mentioned that there will be a workshop on the new teacher and administrator evaluation.  Dr. Binggeli mentioned that as a part of this evaluation system is the relationship with the parents and the community. He stated that is where the parent survey will come into play as well as be a part of the School Improvement Plan.

Ms. Kneessy stated her concern about the voter-district redistricting and questioned Dr. Binggeli where the district is in the process and what level of  involvement is the staff planning on having the Board involved.  Dr. Binggeli asked Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, to address these concerns. Ms. Kneessy noted that she wants to make sure that the Board is involved in the process.

Mr. Curry updated the Board on the status of the redistricting. Mr. Ziegler clarified the information for the Board and noted that unless the School Board wants the districts to extend to the beach, there is no way to align with the County Commissioners districts. He stated that it is the Board's decision to identify what the process is going to be,  and he highly recommends that the Board does that in the appropriate time frame.

Dr. Murray suggested that the schools that are within their district, the Board member should be on their ballot. Both Dr. Murray and Ms. Kneessy gave example when this has been a cause for concern.

Mr. Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, stressed to the Board that the school district has a better process then that of the county charter. He noted that the state statute says that in any odd year the school district can redistrict to make its districts as nearly as equal in population as practicable, the Board does it, there is not a committee doing it for you. Mr. Bistline stated that we have the good census numbers now and how many people are over or under.

Dr. Murray questioned whether this redistricting will cost anything. Mr. Bistline stated in reply that it does not cost anything.

Mr. Ziegler gave an update on the League of Cities meeting he attended as Board representative.

Mr. Ziegler took the opportunity to thank Dr. Binggeli and Mr. Mark Mullins, South Area Superintendent, for attending the Palm Bay Rotary 35th Annual Student Award banquet.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he would like to have discussion on policy relevant to the definition of retirement. He elaborated on a specific example of a long-term employee.  Dr. Murray stated that she would gather more information and pursue the concern.

Dr. Murray thanked Betsy Butler, Principal at Endeavour Elementary, for the invitation to participate in paying tribute to the Endeavour astronauts. She gave a brief synopsis of the events of the day.

Dr. Murray congratulated Dorine Zimmerman, Principal of Freedom 7 Elementary School,  her faculty, and the 6th grade students on their exhibition of the AB and PYP projects. Dr. Murray explained the topics that the project covered and that one topic that not only caught her attention but was amazed that 6th grade students would think of was political corruption. She stated the fact sheet on political corruption in the State of Florida was very interesting and suggested to the principal and the students that they write an article for Florida Today newspaper and title it " Are you Smarter than a Sixth Grader" and explain what they had uncovered as it relates to the political corruption.  Dr. Murray stated the students basically told her in their presentation that the adults in this state are not making very good decisions for them.

Dr. Murray congratulated Todd Scheuerer, Principal of Southwest Middle School, on the award ceremony at Southwest Middle School.

Dr. Murray mentioned that the Service-Project in the cafeteria this evening were outstanding and her enjoyment of discussing them with the students. She congratulated the teachers for their time and effort in helping the students put their projects together.

Dr. Murray reminded the Board of the workshop which is to be held Tuesday, May 17, 2011. She mentioned the intent of the Board was to discuss topics of concern amongst the Board. Dr. Murray noted that it was only necessary for Dr. Binggeli and those senior staff members that are directly related to a particular subject area on the agenda. She mentioned anyone else is welcome to attend.

Dr. Murray requested that Susan Standley, Director of Compensation and Benefits, prepare a presentation for the May 24, 2011 School Board meeting on Healthcare Clinics. The purpose is to decide whether the district will move forward or not with the clinics.

Dr. Murray requested video clips during the summer months when there is no entertainment. She stated a few examples.

L. Superintendent's Report
61. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli stated that this is a busy time of year and has attended many events. But with all the trials and tribulations, we have a great community that supports our kids, our programs, and our schools. We have great staff members, great teachers, who work diligently, and we have great kids. The awards programs and the academy that the students are involved with, they conduct themselves with great poise and appreciation. So as busy as it is, when you step back from it, you have the opportunity to appreciate just what we have in this community for ultimately the educational mission that we have in Brevard.

Dr. Murray brought the attention for the staff and the viewing audience, the 15th Annual Golf Invitational for Brevard Schools Foundation. She mentioned that it is a major fundraiser for Take Stock in Children Scholarship Fund amongst other programs that are funded by Brevard Schools Foundation. She encourage those who are interested in playing to call the Foundation at 321-633-1000 x756.

M. Adjournment
62. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of May 10, 2011 was adjourned at 7:01 p.m.