05-12-2015 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 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 30, 2015. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, John Craig, Karen Henderson, Amy Kneessy and Andy Ziegler

A. Invocation (Dillon Elliott, 6th Grade, Sunrise Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Dillon Elliott, sixth grade student from Sunrise Elementary School read the invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance (Emma Aiken, 4th Grade, Sunrise Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Emma Aiken, fourth grade student from Sunrise Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment (Sunrise Sea Turtles Handchimes, Grades 4-6)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

The Sunrise Sea Turtles Handchimes from  Sunrise Elementary, under the direction of music teacher Kelly Arner, provided entertainment prior to the beginning of the School Board meeting.  After the meeting was called to order, they played one additional number.

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Chairman Kneessy called for a brief recess at 5:44 p.m. so the students could gather their belongings.

Chairman Kneessy reconvened the meeting at 5:51 p.m.
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A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda


Motions:
Adopt the May 12, 2015 Regular School Board Meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Andrew Ziegler
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations


Motions:

Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

The transfer of Judy M. Olson from the position of Assistant Principal (MS 12 month) at James Madison Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (MS 12 month) at Andrew Jackson Middle School, on annual contract, effective April 29, 2015 - June 30, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The transfer of Elizabeth J. Hill-Brodigan from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Oak Park Elementary to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Creel Elementary, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The transfer of Suzanne D. Barry from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Lockmar Elementary to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Jupiter Elementary, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. 

The transfer of Jason L. Sherburne from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Port Malabar Elementary to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Lockmar Elementary, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2015.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The transfer of Catherine E. Halbuer from the position of Assistant Principal (SH 12 month) at Cocoa High School to the position of Assistant Principal (SH 12 month) at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The transfer of Robert J. Farrell from the position of Assistant Principal (SH 12 month) at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School to the position of Assistant Principal (MS 12 month) at Central Middle School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The transfer of Stacy A. Gantt from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Discovery Elementary to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Palm Bay Elementary, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2015.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The transfer of Elaine M. Passanisi from the position of Principal at Westside Elementary to the position of Principal at Palm Bay Elementary, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Community Relations

8. Spotlight on Education

Minutes: 

Featured was Heritage High School whose presentation highlighted the school's Sports Medicine Academy and how the program provides students with real, applicable hands-on experiences.

Representatives were academy director, Dr. Colin Turey and Heritage High Sports Medicine Academy students, Brooke Bonaiuto, Billy Hicks, Alissa Herrera and Perla Jimenez.

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

9. Recognition for the Annual Drug Free Poster Contest Winners

Minutes: 

Bridgette Geiger, K-12 visual arts resource teacher,  introduced Brevard County State Attorney, Phil Archer and Sheriff Wayne Ivey who provided an overview of the Student Planner Drug Free Crime Prevention Program and presented the awards.

Recognized were:

  • Scarlett Frattin, 2nd Grade, Tropical Elementary
  • Haley Shyanne Summerlin, 6th Grade, Fairglen Elementary
  • Victoria Rios, 8th Grade, Southwest Middle School

Dr. Binggeli and Mrs. Kneessy helped present the awards.


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

10. Budget Update
Attachment: Budget Update Board Meeting 5-12-2015 Final.pdf
Minutes: 

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, provided the Board a brief budget update.


E. Public Comment
11. Public Comment

Minutes: 

Chairman Kneessy reminded the speakers that the maximum allotted time for each speaker is three minutes. Clarification of information presented and answers to questions specific to district business and educational matters will be posted on the School Board's website under the section called "4 The Record."

She asked that comments be related to public education and the business of the Brevard County School Board.  She also asked that speakers refrain from making slanderous statements or personal attacks on others.

Speakers in order of appearance:

  1. Liisa Stephan-Algebra Honors EOC
  2. Marcus Hochman-Opt Out of Testing
  3. Jayda Kuug-FSA Testing
  4. Staci Donovan-IEP Testing Procedures Concerns, IEP Cognitive Testing Results Delay
  5. Darcey Addo-EOCs, 3rd Grade Promotion
  6. Burton Bice-Non-Discrimination Notice
  7. Gary Shiffrin-Administrative Trust
  8. Richard Charbonneau- Reverter Clause – Zimmerman Construction
  9. Tamya Backo-EOC
  10. Linda Peterson-Son’s EOC, IEP, etc.
  11. Shannon Parks-Geometry FSA and Curriculum Alignment, Weight of FSA on Final Grade
  12. Spence Guerin-Old Mel Hi Reverter Clause
    Debbie Sandstrom-Madison MS
  13. Richard Smith-Labor Relations
  14. Dan Bennett-Labor Relations
  15. Karen Clark-EOC Testing Problems, Too Much Overall Testing
  16. Sarah Hansen-Concerns with Standardized Testing

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2015-0512.pdf (Confidential Item)
13. Approval of Meeting Minutes
F. Financial Services

14. Financial Statements with Budget Amendments and Resolutions for the Operating Fund, Debt Service Funds, and Capital Projects Fund at Period End March 31, 2015.
Attachment: FY 2014-15 Financial Statements - March 31, 2015.pdf
Attachment: FY 2014-15 Operating Fund Budget Amendment #7 - March 31 2015.pdf
Attachment: FY 2014-15 Debt Service Funds Budget Amendment # 2.pdf
Attachment: FY 2014-15 Capital Projects Fund Budget Amendment # 8 - 10.pdf
Attachment: March 2015 Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

15. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2015
Attachment: BREVARD_1Q15 COMPLETE eAgenda.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

16. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - BW 15-078-DK - Scholastic, Inc..pdf
Attachment: b - ITB 15-B-071-LU - Kitchen Equipment & Refrigeration Parts.pdf
Attachment: c - SC 15-SC-082-WH - Miscellaneous IT Equipment.pdf
Attachment: d - SSA 15-482-AL - Safety Links.pdf
Attachment: e - SSA 15-572-AL - Marzano Research.pdf
Attachment: f - SSA 15-580-AL - Heinemann.pdf
Attachment: g - SSA 15-581-AL - Heinemann.pdf
Attachment: h - SSA 15-584-AL - Holly Ludgate Ed.D..pdf
Attachment: i - SSA 15-608-WH - FLVS Franchise.pdf
Attachment: j - SSA 15-16-011-WH - myON Reader.pdf
Attachment: k - PB 15-PB-083-OC - Educational Furniture.pdf
Attachment: l - additional accounting strings.pdf
17. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 05-12-15.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 05-12-15.pdf
F. Human Resources

18. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 5-12-15.pdf
19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-12-15.pdf
20. Reappointment Nominations of Continuing/Professional Service Contract Teachers for 2015-2016 School Year
Attachment: CC-PSC Instructional Reappointments 15-16.pdf
F. School Choice

21. Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant
F. South Area Superintendent

22. Southwest Middle School Trip to 2015 National TSA Conference and Competition in Grapevine, Texas
Attachment: Southwest - National TSA Conference and Competition - June-July 2015.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

23. Contract/Field Trip - Cocoa High Football Game vs St. Edwards High in Cleveland, OH
Attachment: Cocoa HS-SEHS Agreement October 3.pdf
F. Educational Technology

24. Southwest Middle School GMP for Technology Structured Cabling Upgrades - Close-out Change Order #1
Attachment: Southwest Middle School Technology Upgrades - Final Change Order and Close-out.pdf
F. Project Management

26. Apollo Elementary - Roof Upgrade Closeout Change Order #1
Attachment: Attachments for Apollo Elementary Roof Project.pdf
27. R.L. Stevenson Elementary - Roof Upgrade Closeout Change Order #1
Attachment: R.L. Stevenson Attachments for Roof Project.pdf
28. Andersen Elementary - Phase II Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Design Services (SALES SURTAX)
Attachment: Andersen Elementary Attachments for MEP Phase II.pdf
29. Andersen Elementary - Building 1 Roof Replacement Design Consulting Services (SALES SURTAX)
Attachment: Attachments for Andersen Phase II Reroof.pdf
30. Imperial Estates Elementary School Courtyard Canopy Painting - Painting Contractor Services
Attachment: Imperial Estates combined attachments.pdf
31. MILA Elementary School - Gutter and Soffit Repair - Closeout Change Order #3
Attachment: MILA Elementary Attachments for Stucco and Gutter Repairs.pdf
32. Cocoa High School - Food Services Guaranteed Maximum Price Walk-in Cooler Freezer Replacement
Attachment: Cocoa High Attachments for Walk-in Cooler Freezer.pdf
33. Merritt Island High School - Food Services Guaranteed Maximum Price Walk-in Cooler Freezer Replacement
Attachment: MIHS kitchen attachments.pdf
34. Reappoint School Board Representative to the Cape Canaveral Local Planning Agency
35. Reappoint School Board Representative to the Brevard County Local Planning Agency
36. Stone Middle School - Food Services Guaranteed Maximum Price for Walk-in Cooler Freezer Replacement
Attachment: stone attachments.pdf
37. Palm Bay Elementary - Phase II Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Project
Attachment: Palm Bay Elementary attachments.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

38. Approval of Consent


Motions:
Approve the May 12, 2015 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Facilities Services

25. Release of Reversionary Interest on Melbourne Property
Attachment: BRAG Agreement 5-4-15.pdf
Attachment: BRAG - Exhibit B Sketch.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Craig pulled this item as he had a legal question for Mr. Bistline.  He had a question about the contract with BRAGG.  He asked that  if a different offer on the property were to come in, would we reset the reverter clause?  He continued for clarification on whether the contract is solely based on the one offer that they have right now.

Mr. Bistline confirmed BRAGG and the City of Melbourne have to close in order for BPS to close its part.

Mr. Craig wanted to make sure there is a mechanism in place that restricts the incoming funding until we can get the clear legal definition and the clear process of how we can utilize that money.

Mr. Bistline said that his intention is for the money to go into his trust account and be held there until the Board makes a decision of what they want to do with it.

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Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 7:36 p.m.

Chairman Kneessy reconvened the meeting at 7:44 p.m.
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Motions:

Approve the agreement between the Brevard Regional Arts Group (BRAG) and the School Board. 

  • The School Board will release its reversionary interest on a portion of land currently owned by BRAG upon receipt of $350,000 from BRAG.
  • The release of the School Board’s reversionary interest will occur concurrently with the release of its reversionary interest on the land currently owned by the City of Melbourne, per the agreement between the City of Melbourne and the School Board approved by the School Board at it's meeting on April 14, 2015. 
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


G. Action
H. Information
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

39. Change Date of Workshop on Preliminary Budget and Millage

Minutes: Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Kneessy both said they wanted to discuss this item. 
H. Human Resources

40. Job Description - Mathematics Instructional Coach
Attachment: Instructional Coach - Math.pdf
41. Job Description - Employment Manager
Attachment: Employment Manager.pdf
H. Office of Professional Learning and Development

42. Brevard Public Schools ESOL Endorsement Program
Attachment: Renewal for 2015-2020 letter and program eval.pdf
Attachment: Add-On ESOL Renewal 2015 (2).pdf
43. Brevard County Athletic Coaching Endorsement Program
Attachment: Athletic Coaching Endorsement Prgrm 2015-2020.pdf
H. School Choice

44. Eliminate Boundaries for Choice Programs
H. Career & Technical Education

45. 2015-2016 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act Grant Application
Attachment: 2015-2016 Perkins Agenda Item Summary.pdf
H. Students at Risk

46. 2015-2016 Multiagency Service Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET) Project Application
H. South Area Superintendent

47. Palm Bay Magnet High School Trip to 2015 National TSA Conference and Competition in Grapevine, Texas
Attachment: Palm Bay High - National TSA Conference and Competition - June-July 2015.pdf
48. 2015-2016 Request from Boy Scouts of America to Access Classrooms to Recruit Students per Board Policy 9700.01
Attachment: Central FL Council Boy Scouts - Application 4-13-15.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts attachments 1-4.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts Bylaws.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

49. Merritt Island High Field Trip to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA
Attachment: MIHS Cheer trip.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
50. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Mrs. Kneessy wanted to discuss the Superintendent Search timeline and the EOCs. Ms. Belford wanted to speak about out of area assignments for employees and Mr. Craig added third grade promotion.

Mrs. Kneessy wanted to make sure with Mr. Bistline there would be nothing prohibitive in moving final deliberations to June 16.  Mr. Bistline said there was no problem with having it the next day.  Consensus was was made for the Board to gather on June 16, in a public meeting for the purpose of selecting a candidate to offer the superintendent position.  There was mention that they would not be bound by this timeline should they not feel they had found the very best person.

Additionally, Mrs. Belford wanted all of the community to be able to provide input on the candidates, not just the Ad Hoc Committee.

Mrs. Kneessy said that we would need to discuss a way to make this happen within the selected timeframes.

Moving on, Mrs. Kneessy said that she had not heard of any repercussions of Lee County not counting the 30% on end of course assessments.  What would be the penalities?

Mr. Bistline explained the consequences for not following the law.  He said that state statute 1008.32, State Board of Education oversight enforcement authority says upon finding that a state board of education is unable to comply with the law can, among other things, withhold state funds, declare the school district ineligible for competitive grants, discretionary grant funds, discretionary lottery funds, etc.

Mrs. Kneessy asked Mrs. Van Meter to confirm that they did not find any scenario where a student's letter grade went down by more than one letter.

Mrs. Van Meter discussed some data about the history, geometry and Algebra I tests given last year. She said that there were 10,800 children tested and of those children, 26% of them had their letter grade increased by one letter grade and there were 25% had their letter grade decrease by one letter grade, and 49% whose letter grade stayed the same.

She continuted that in biology, 53.5% of children taking the test had an increase in grade, 7.59% had a one letter grade decrease and 39% remained the same.

Mrs. Van Meter told the Board about their proposal. The Pearson administered tests in biology 1, US history and civics are tried, true and reliable.  She said they would like to go on with the 30% counting for their course final grade on these tests. These test scores will be  back on time.

Since Algebra 1 and geometry, and Algebra 2 are basically first year tests, their proposal is calculate the first semester grade, calculate the second semester grade, that is what is reported on their report card, and that is what their GPA is based on. After that time in Sepember, it is proven to be a reliable test, it will be recalculated, but will not become part of the student's transcript. It will be for information only. It will be outside of this that the 30% will be calculated thus holding our students harmless.

Mr. Craig asked how do we translate a sliding scale score into a letter grade. Ms. Van Meter said it will be converted to a 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.  Mr. Craig said that he wanted to understand and have everyone in the room understand that we have the ability to work within the law and be able to get rid of the impact of that 30%.

Mrs. Belford indicated that given the complexities and suspicions of the tests, she would like to hold harmless the 25% of students whose grades went down a letter grade.

There was more conversation and Mrs. Van Meter expressed that it has to be important to children so that they demonstrate their achievements.  If you tell them that they do not matter, then you won't know if these tests are good indicators of achievement or not. 

Dr. Binggeli asked to clarifiy what we are testing and expressed that they do matter.  He continuted that it is the new ones they want to take off the table and they are two very different things.

Mrs. Henderson reflected that she is good with doing what has been suggested.  She further commented that she has heard on numersous levels that questions asked on the EOCs have not been taught.  She said that she knows that our teachers are teaching the standards so there is a problem with the tests. She said that they are taking end of course exams five weeks before school ends. The reason for that is that it is computer based testing.

Mr. Ziegler said that of course if the students have not been taught a fair amount of what is on the test we cannot hold them responsible for that. However, it is a very valid point that if you tell students that the tests don't matter and they don't try, it will skew the results.

Mrs. Van Meter commented that the unknown is always scary to both teachers and students.

Mr. Ziegler responded that perhaps the legislators should take the tests before our students and see how it goes.

Mr. Craig thinks we are going in the right direction and thanked Mrs. Van Meter for getting into the granularity of the other tests that had been talked about. He said that he wanted to take Mr. Smith up on his offer to help and requested that he go to the teacher membership and ask them what they think is the right thing to do. Mr. Craig asked Mrs. Van Meter if it is the law that report cards be used as the sole promoter in third grade.

Mrs. Van Meter responded that is not the law.

Dr. Binggeli  said that the statutory language has always been that the ability to have third graders promoted, if they were not successful on the test, hinged on the portfolio

Mrs. Van Meter said that what we will be receiving as a result of testing is a listing of the lowest 20%.  From that list, they will distribute it to the schools who will in turn have to look to see if they have met the standards and are ready for promotion. That will be a school based decision and the report card should reflect the students' mastery of standards.

Mr. Craig also commented is that when you take a test, you should know what your grade is and not have to wait.  He said we need to continue discussion on this matter and find ways to alleviate the problems in some way and asked for Mr. Smith to assist.

Mrs. Belford asked to get clarification on the list of lowest 20%. She wants to make sure that if the teacher believes the child has mastered the skills necessary to move on to fourth grade and the administrator and parent agree, that we are not going to force the teacher to have a 5,000 page portfolio to back it up.

Dr. Binggeli interjected that when he arrived, he got data from Lynn Spadaccini and the portfolio was required, but wasn't prescriptive. 

Mrs. Van Meter said that Dr. Spadaccini has put out some very specific information about what  should go in the portfolio.

Mrs. Belford asked for an agreement that a team of advocates can make that decision without extensive documentation. Mrs. Van Meter said that she believed there should be some documentation.

Mr. Ziegler wanted to make sure we are sending a clear message.  Students held harmless on first year state  EOC.  He also asked about teachers being held harmless on teacher evaluations.

Dr. Pace provided some explanation. Mr. Bistline reminded everyone that there could be no negotiations during the Board meeting.

Mrs. Belford provided some data to the Board about some suggestions of ways to make it possible for teachers/staff to have students at schools that were frozen to out of area. Mrs. Henderson had some reports from school choice and indicated that some students were in attendance at these frozen schools who should not be.  She recommended that we fix that and see what we really have.

The consensus from the rest of the Board is to research more and discuss later.

Mr. Ziegler provided some comments about the Central Florida School Boards Coalition meeting that he attended.

Mrs. Belford gave the Board some cards about an organization called Smile Angel Foundation.  The organization is asking for donations in order to provide over 6,000 dental care packages throughtout Brevard County and educate children on the importance of good oral health and hygiene.

Mr. Craig said that in March the Blue Angels performed and his feedback was that the food from Melbourne High School was amazing. Freedom 7 is one of two Blue Ribbon Schools and he attended the celebration.  There are only nine in the entire state and two are from Brevard.  He has been attending the 50th anniversary celebration at Cocoa Beach. 

Mrs. Kneessy was going to provide an update about closed vs. open practice. 


L. Superintendent's Report
51. Superintendent Report

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli expressed excitement over the upcoming graduations.


M. Adjournment
52. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the meeting at 900 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).








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