05-12-2009 Regular School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 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 7, 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 May 12, 2009 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Chairman Jordan asked for a moment of silence for Jerry Kelly, Auto Body and Repair teacher, Cocoa High School, who passed away.

A-3. Invocation (Jacob May, 12th grade, Bayside High School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Jacob May, 12th grade student, Bayside High School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Bobbi Randolph, 9th grade, Bayside High School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bobbi Randolph, 9th grade student, Bayside High School.

A-5. Entertainment (Bayside High School Jazz Band)
5. Entertainment


The Bayside High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Music Director, Kenna Veronee, entertained the Board and the audience with a musical number.

Mr. Jordan took this opportunity to thank Ms. Veronee, Music Director and her students for entertaining the Board.

6. SPECIAL REPORT: Health Department Update on Influenza


Dr. DiPatri introduced Dr. Olga Emgushov, Director of Epidemiology and Public Health Preparedness, who gave an update on the influenza situation at Golfview Elementary and in Brevard County.

Mr. Jordan thanked Dr. Emgushov for her willingness to help in the situations that we are facing in Brevard and the nation.

The Chair called for a break at 5:48 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:52 p.m.

A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
7. Adoption of Agenda


Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

A-6.   SPECIAL REPORT: Health Department Update on Influenza

Consent Additions
F-38.   Superintendent's Employment Agreement - Brian T. Binggeli, Ed. D.
F-39.   Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Rita M. Green

Consent Revisions
F-17.   Student Expulsions

Information Additions
H-54.   Job Description - Information Technology Business Analyst

Information Revisions
H-52.   2009-2012 Technology Plan

Approve the published agenda for the May 12, 2009 School Board mmeting and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. Board Office/Superintendent

8. Recognize Al Carroll as State Student of the Year


Ms. Cheryl Shivel, Advisor for Astronaut High School Student Government, explained the significance of this special award.

Al Carroll took this opportunity to thank those that nominated him for this award and his parents for their support.

Mr. Carroll was congratulated and presented with a plaque from Chairman Jordan and Dr. DiPatri for being named State Student of the Year.

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

9. Recognize District Business Partners of the Year


Dr. DiPatri introduced Lynn Clifton, Executive Director of Brevard School Foundation, introduced the three organizations chosen as this year's winners as the district's Outstanding Business Partners for 2009.

 Ms. Clifton introduced each of the business partners and Chairman Jordan and Dr. DiPatri presented each with a plaque. Being recognized were Community Alliance Church, nominated by Challenger 7 and represented by Sharnel Smith, Head Deaconess; Brevard Zoo, nominated by Cambridge Elementary, Keith Winsten, Executive Director, and Space Coast Credit Union, nominated by Brevard Schools Foundation, who was unable to attend this evening.

B. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

10. Recognize the Office of Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE for the Meritorious Budget Award for 2008-09


Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, announced that the Budgeting Office has recently been awarded the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association  of School Business Officials (ASBO). This honor represents the highest form of recognition for excellence in the preparation and issuance of a school district's annual budget. This is quite an accomplishment for the district since it was the first time the School Board of Brevard County has submitted its budget for review and were successful in achieving the award.

Karen Strickland, Director of Planning, Budgets and Reporting, and Gail Danvers, Budget Analyst, where instrumental on Brevard achieving this prestigious award and accepted a plaque and congratulations on behalf of the Budgeting Office from Chairman Jordan and Dr. DiPatri.

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

11. K-12 School Board Student Art Show Recognition
Attachment: 2009 Art Show Program.pdf
Minutes: Dr. DiPatri introduced Peggy Nolan, Visual Arts Resource Teacher, who announced the winners of the 2008-2009 K-12 School Board Art Show.  Attached are a list of the winners and a copy of the Art Show program.
12. Recognition of the Principal Supporting the Arts Award in Brevard Schools


Dr. DiPatri introduced Christina DeLorey, President of the Brevard Art Educators Association,who announced the Principals nominated for the Principal Supporting the Arts Award.  Nominated were Barry Pichard, Sunrise Elementary; Todd Scheuerer, Southwest Middle School; Elaine Passanisi, Westside Elementary; Barbara Rodrigues, Hoover Middle School; Pam Mitchell, Central Middle School (not present).

Ms. DeLorey introduced Anna Marie Zink, Art Teacher at Westshore Jr./Sr. High School, announced Rick Fleming, Westshore Jr./Sr. High School Principal, as the winner of the Principal Supporting the Arts Award. Ms. Zink thanked Mr. Fleming for his support and dedication of the arts during the school year 2008-2009. Mr. Fleming was congratulated by Chairman Jordan and Dr. DiPatri who presented Mr. Fleming with a framed digital illustration from Hadley Hanson, 11th grade student from Westshore Jr./Sr. High School.

B. Secondary Programs

13. Recognize Fairglen Elementary as Brevard's First National STARS Award Recipient


Dr. DiPatri introduced Valerie Harville, Physical Education Resource Teacher, who explained the National STARS Award and announced that Fairglen Elementary was the recipient of this national award.

To earn this distinction, Beth Cavallaro, Physical Education teacher at Fairglen Elementary, submitted an extensive portfolio including a narrative with evidence and documentation which was reviewed by an independent panel of judges from around the country.

Jane Cline, Principal of Fairglen Elementary and Ms. Cavallaro, accepted their school's banner from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) convention in April. They were congratulated by Chairman Jordan and Dr. DiPatri.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Financial Services

14. 2009-10 Budget and Stimulus Package Update
Attachment: May 12, 2009.pdf
Attachment: 2009-2010 Budget Timeline 5-12-09.pdf
Attachment: Criteria 09-10 Budget.pdf

Dr. DiPatri and Ms. Preston updated the Board on the current financial status of the budget since the Legislature came out of session. He took this opportunity to thank everyone that supported education through this process from the parents to the Legislative Delegation.

Dr. DiPatri stated that a budget workshop is scheduled for May 19, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and would be televised live. At this workshop, his recommendations for cuts will be presented to the Board. Dr. DiPatri also reiterated to the Board and the public the criteria which was set forth for the budget reductions and a discussed the budget timeline.

Ms. Kneessy requested the Board be given the information 24-48 hours prior to the workshop.

Mr. Ziegler questioned Dr. DiPatri about the fourth quarter 15% holdback. Dr. DiPatri stated that it was no longer a holdback and was released to the district.

D. Student Services

15. Whole Child Connection Brevard (WCCB)
Attachment: WCCB Project Status 5-12-09.pdf
Minutes: Bob Seemer, Executive Director of Electronic Training Solutions, gave a presentation explaining the Whole Child Connection of Brevard. Mr. Seemer responded to Mr. Jordan's questions regarding self funding of the Whole Child Connection.

E. Public Discussion
16. Public Discussion


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. Christina Newman, Indialantic - Testing in Kindergarten
  2. David DeJarnette, Palm Bay - Bullying and Harassment in Schools
  3. Mark DeJarnette, Palm Bay - Bullying and Harassment in Schools
  4. Jasmine Church, Palm Bay - Bullying and Harassment in Schools
  5. Claudia Corey Church - Bullying and Harassment in Schools
  6. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Legislative Budget
  7. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - PSC Transfers, Revenue for Education
  8. Dan Bennett, Rockledge - Reappointment of Teachers

Mr. Jordan stated to the parents and students that spoke on Bullying in Harassment at Palm Bay Charter Academy that they needed to go to the Board of the Charter Academy. He noted that we hear what you are saying and if you wish to come back to the public schools, we certainly will take your students back.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

17. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 5 12 09.pdf (Confidential Item)
18. Approval of Minutes
F. Accounting Services

19. Financial Statements for the Month of March, 2009
Attachment: March Financials.pdf
20. Approve the Investment Performance Report for Quarter Ending March 31, 2009
Attachment: BREVARD (SD)_1Q09_COMPLETE.pdf
21. Warrants Written for the Month of April, 2009
Attachment: Warrants - April 2009.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

22. 2009 Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities
Attachment: Equipment Assistance RFP FINAL 041509.pdf
23. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant for Jupiter Elementary
Attachment: FFVP Application - Jupiter 032009.pdf
Attachment: FFVP Approval Letter for Jupiter 040809.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

24. Surplus Property
Attachment: MAY_12_09.pdf
25. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: Sum 09-036BP Heritage High Lawn Care.pdf
Attachment: Sum 09-038BP Heritage High Weight Room.pdf
Attachment: 09-041BM Remote Control Slope Mower.pdf
Attachment: Sum 09-035BP - Temporary Personnel Services.pdf
Attachment: Sum 09-034BP Digital Academy - Viera High School.pdf
Attachment: 09002LH Virtual Instruction Program with Florida Department of Education (DOE) Approved Providers.pdf
F. Human Resources

26. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-12-09.pdf
27. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-12-09.pdf
F. School Choice

28. Approve the Charter Contract for the Palm Bay Municipal Charter High School
Attachment: Palm Bay Muncipal High School Final Contract.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

29. Florida First Start Amendment
Attachment: Attachment to FY 09 FFS amendment.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

30. Changes to School Major Areas of Interest
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ MAI ALT Site ALC File ~ 042809 ~ Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ MAI Comp HS File ~ 042809 ~ Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ MAI Summary ~ 042809 ~ Attachment.pdf
F. Career & Technical Education

31. 2009-2010 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV) Grant Application
Attachment: 2009 Perkins Agenda Summary.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

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

33. Field Trip - Rockledge High and Cocoa High JROTC Academic Team - National Championship Academic Bowl in Washington, DC
Attachment: ROTC DC trip 2009.pdf
F. Area IV Superintendent

34. Consultant Agreement with Nancy Prizito Enterprises
Attachment: Consultant Agreement.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

36. Easement - FPL - Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary School
Attachment: Easement -FPL - Creel Elementary.pdf
37. Demolish/DCR 16 Owned Portable Classrooms
F. School Board Attorney

38. Superintendent's Employment Agreement - Brian T. Binggeli, Ed. D.
Attachment: Binggeli Employment Agreement.pdf
Attachment: Binggeli Consulting Agreement 5-11-09-2.pdf
39. Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Rita M. Green
Attachment: Rita M. Green.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

40. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the May 12, 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

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Educational Technology

35. Fee-Based Transcript Processing


Mr. Ziegler pulled this item for a clarification on policy as it relates to the fee-based transcript processing and what defines a transaction.

Steve Muzzy, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Technology, stated that there will be a $5.00 charge per transcript and described the process for how this change will be handled.

Dr. Murray questioned whether the requests would have to be in writing. Mr. Muzzy answered in the affirmative and stated that he is researching some web-based transcript request systems.

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to congratulate personnel list under Item F-26.
The Chair called for a BPS video break at 7:47 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 8:01 p.m.


Adopt a fee-based transcript position whereby the district collects $5.00 per transaction.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
H. Information
H. Risk Management

41. 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

Ms. Kneessy requested that Mark Langdorf, Director of Risk Management,  give a brief overview of the property insurance scenarios for the Board.

Dr. DiPatri reminded the Board that this item was brought before them as an information item at the April 28, 2009 School Board meeting and again at this meeting of May 12, 2009.

Mr. Ziegler questioned whether the district looked around at other insurers. Mr. Langdorf answered in the affirmative. He went on to explain the wind model study.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board and Mr. Langdorf as it relates to the need of property insurance.

H. Alternative Sites

42. Department of Juvenile Justice 2009-2010 School Calendar
Attachment: DJJ Calendar 09-10.pdf
43. School Board of Brevard County and Department of Juvenile Justice
Attachment: Contract-Cooperative Agreement DJJ update 7-1-09.pdf
44. School Board of Brevard County and Hurricane Island Outward Bound, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-OB 09-10.pdf
45. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at Frances Walker Halfway House
Attachment: Contract-FWHH 09-10.pdf
46. School Board of Brevard County and Space Coast Marine Institute, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-SCMI 09-10.pdf
47. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at Brevard Group Treatment Home
Attachment: Contract-GTH 09-10.pdf
48. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds/Rainwater Center for Girls, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-Rainwater 09-10.pdf
49. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds Youth Shelter, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-RW shelter 09-10.pdf
50. School Board of Brevard County and Kids Medical Club Agreement
Attachment: Contract-Kids Med 09-10.pdf
51. School Board of Brevard County and Devereux Foundation
Attachment: Contract-Devereux 09-10.pdf
H. Educational Technology

52. 2009-2012 Technology Plan
Attachment: BPS Tech Plan 2009-2012.pdf
H. Project Management

53. Amendment #2 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Titusville High School
Attachment: Amendment #2.pdf
H. Additional Items

54. Job Description - Information Technology Business Analyst
Attachment: ET-ITBA.pdf

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


Ms. Henderson thanked our Facilities Department for getting Williams Elementary back on its feet after the fire that it sustained. She also thanked them on behalf of the parents of Williams Elementary.

Ms. Henderson requested information  on a  spreadsheet that has all of the academies, major areas of interest and choice schools. The information on the spreadsheet should include but not limited to the following: how many students are in the different programs by grade, how many slots are available, how many students are accepted into each program, how many students are on a waiting list and how many students applied for these programs.

Ms. Henderson requested  more information on grants and how they are distributed throughout the district.

Ms. Kneessy requested the Board receive the information on the upcoming March 19, 2009 Budget workshop 24-48 hours prior to the meeting. Dr. DiPatri stated that due to the sensitivity of the information, the Board will receive it at least 24 hours but not to discuss it with anyone.

Mr. Ziegler mentioned several events that he enjoyed attending including the Robotics baseball game, Brevard Cultural Alliance awards program, etc.

Mr. Ziegler mentioned a few events that were upcoming including the Principals baseball game on June 9, 2009 and the FSBA Annual Spring Conference from June 10-12, 2009.

Mr. Jordan stated that he was amazed at seeing Bye Bye Birdie by Titusville High School. He stated that his daughter was playing in the orchestra so the music was fantastic.

Mr. Jordan stated to that Board that he was touched that the Board approved the contract for Brian Binggeli without discussion because it meant that the Board trusted him to do the right thing and were happy with the outcome. Mr. Jordan also mentioned that the Board was phenomenal for sticking together and doing the right thing at the right time. The first was the 5-0 vote for choosing Brian and the second was a 5-0 vote for his salary. He thanked them all very much. Mr. Jordan thanked Mr. Bistline for the phenomenal job of keeping it all together on the work that was done on the superintendent's contract. 


L. Superintendent's Report
58. Superintendent Report

Minutes: There was no Superintendent's report.

M. Adjournment
59. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of May 12, 2009 adjourned at 8:33 p.m.