05-13-2008 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 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 8, 2008 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 Kershaw called the meeting of May 13, 2008 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Larry Hughes, Janice Kershaw, Amy Kneessy, Dr. Barbara Murray, and Robert Jordan.

Ms. Kershaw made an announcement that the Palm Bay Schools will be closed tomorrow, May 14, 2008 due to smoke, fire and emergency response/recovery efforts in the community. The following schools were closed: Bayside High School, Southwest Middle School, Westside Elementary School, Sunrise Elementary School, Columbia Elementary School, Jupiter Elementary School, Turner Elementary School, Discovery Elementary School, Christa McAuliffe Elementary, Palm Bay Elementary, Riviera Elementary, Lockmar Elementary, Port Malabar Elementary  School, Palm Bay High School, Riverdale Country School, Palm Bay Academy Charter School, Patriot/Palm Bay Community Charter School, Royal Palm Charter School, River's Edge Charter academy, and Odyssey Charter School. Ms. Kershaw also stated from the press release that there will be no bus transportation to service students in or out of Palm Bay on May 14, 2008.

Ms. Kershaw extended heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the families who are experiencing damage from fires in the area.

A-3. Invocation (John Allonce, 8th Grade, Central Middle School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: John Allonce, 8th grade student from Central Middle School presented the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Deena Quader, 7th Grade, Central Middle School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Deena Quader, 7th grade student from Central Middle School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Central Middle School Jazz Band)
5. Entertainment


Central Middle School's Jazz Band, under the direction of Music Director, Mark Sanders, entertained the Board prior to the meeting, played with one additional number.

The Chair called for a five minutes break at 5:45 p.m.

The meeting reconveyne at 5:50 p.m.

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


Dr. DiPatri read the following changes in to the agenda:

Consent Additions:
F-50.   Florida First Start Amendment

Consent Revisions:
F-13.   Student Expulsion
F-23.   2008/2009 School Year Calendar
F-27.   Brevard Public Schools Advanced Placement (AP) Diploma Proposal (attachment)
F-28    21st Century Community Learning Grant 2008-2009 - NASA (attachment)
F-29.   21st Century Community Learning Grant 2008-2009 - Zoo II (attachment)
F-30.   21st Century Community Learning Grant 2008-2009 - Zoo I (attachment)
F-32.   AT+T High School Success Grant Proposal

Ms. Kershaw requested Item 65. Bayside High School Odyssey of the Mind Team Participation at World Finals at the University of Maryland and Item 66. Sunrise Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind Team Participation at World Finals at the University of Maryland be moved from the Information Agenda to be encompassed with Item 37. Permission for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) Teams to Travel to World Finals, University of Maryland.


Approve the Adoption of the Agenda for the May 13, 2008 School Board Meeting and its revisons.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. District Communications

7. Recognition of the Cocoa Village Playhouse and the King Center for "1776"


Dr. DiPatri and Chairman Kershaw presented framed certificates to Staci Hawkins, Cocoa Village Playhouse, Steve Janicki and Karen Wilson, The King Center. Ms. Hawkins said a few words of thanks to Dr. DiPatri, School Board and The King Center of Performing Arts.

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

8. Outstanding School Business Partners of the Year


Dr. DiPatri introduced Lynn Clifton, Director of Brevard School Foundation, who said a few words about the three organizations chosen as the district's Outstanding Business Partners for 2008. Ms. Clifton introduced the district's non-profit organization who was honored at the district level and nominated by Apollo Elementary; City of Titusville Fire and Emergency Services who was unavailable due to the fires in Palm Bay.

Two businesses are selected as the district's Business Partners of the Year for the year that are recognized by the Florida State Department of Education for excellence in educational partnerships. These organization were already recognized at the annual Commissioner's Business Partner Awards held last month in Jacksonville. Ms. Clifton introduced each of the business partners and Chairman Kershaw and Dr. DiPatri presented each with a plaque. Being recognized were Parrish Medical Center, nominated by Titusville High School and represented by Jay Parrish III, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors and Alex Gutierrez, Education Coordinator; Premiere Theatres, nominated by Holland Elementary, Robert Kurrus, owner and President, who was unable to attend this evening.

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

9. Excellence in Visual Arts Award 2008


Dr. DiPatri introduced Peggy Nolan, Visual Arts Resource Teacher, who will announce the 2008 Visual Arts Award Winners. Ms. Nolan announced that the is the third year for the Brevard Cultural Alliance in Visual Arts Award and in three short years Brevard County Schools have 14 schools with the distinction. The following school programs have been designated as having art programs of excellence and in August the teachers will be honored with their awards. The three schools, their art teacher and their principals are; First, Quest Elementary - Karen Monahan, Art Teacher and Elia Lea, Principal; Second, Sunrise Elementary - Sheri Snow, Art Teacher and Barry Pichard, Principal; Honorable Mention, Mims Elementary - Tasha Rand Strigle, Art Teacher and Priscilla Reams, Principal.

Dr. DiPatri thanked Ms. Nolan and the Brevard Cultural Alliance for their support and congratulated the Visual Arts winners.

Chairman Kershaw stated that before moving on to the resolutions and proclamations, we will move back on the agenda to recognize Mr. Reggie Bell, Life Safety Specialist for the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services, who is the non-profit Outstanding Business Partner of the Year representing Apollo Elementary.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. District Communications

10. Proclamation-In Celebration of Rolling Readers Space Coast
Attachment: RollingReadersProclamation.pdf

Christine Davis, Assistant Director of District Communications, read the proclamation in celebration of Rolling Readers of Space Coast.  Dr. DiPatri stated that we are here to express our gratitude to the Rolling Readers Programs which was started in Brevard County by Polly Cordell. Rolling Readers has 517 volunteers who read to our students and all 7700 students get a book to take home. Chairman Kershaw and Dr. DiPatri presented a sign copy of the proclamation to Polly Cordell, Joan Borders and Mary Eason.

To proclaim support of Rolling Readers Space Coast who are committed volunteers that read to children weekly and provide a postive impact on the lives of children.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

C. Secondary Programs

11. Proclaim May 16th, 2008, as Florida Science Day
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ FL Science Day ~ Attachment.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Assistant Director of District Communications, read the proclamation to proclaim May 16, 2008 as Florida Science Day.

Adopt a resolution proclaiming May 16th, 2008, as Florida Science Day.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

12. Superintendent's Phase I: 2008-2009 Budget Reductions - Central Office and District Support Personnel


Dr. DiPatri presented to the Board Phase I of reductions for the pending budget cuts and stated Phase II of the budget cuts will be announced on May 20, 2008. He also mentioned several of the criteria were to ensure minimal impact on students and to maintain existing personnel.

Dr. DiPatri presented the following budget information and its impact to the Board:

  • Criteria for 2008-2009 Budget Reductions
  • 2008-2009 Operating Budget Status 
  • Anticipated Reduction in Revenue or Additions to the Budget
  • 2008-2009 Operating Capital Budget Status

Dr. DiPatri fielded questions from the Board. Dr. Murray had a question about annual contract teachers and the strategy that will be used to avoid the problem of not hiring them now but need them in the fall when the FTE goes up and they have taken other jobs. Dr. DiPatri stated the Board puts a lot of money into the annual contract teacher and we currently have 1200 annual contract teachers. Dr. Murray asked whether we could use several as a permanent sub. Dr. DiPatri stated that it will be prudent to offer those contracts.

Mr. Jordan commended Dr. DiPatri and the administration in regard to keeping with the criteria given by the Board, the communication efforts to all employees, and maintaining a positive attitude. He also had a few questions on the 60 positions that were eliminated. Dr. DiPatri commented that due to the Board authorizing the hiring freeze 11 months ago it allowed those 60 positions to be vacant incrementally throughout the year so no people were effected.

Ms. Kneessy had questions on the numbers of the budget. Dr. DiPatri clarified all her questions.

Ms. Kershaw questioned about the tax collectors having funds that are due to the school board that are tied up in the local government investment pool and if it will effect the budget reductions and will we be having to make additional cuts. Dr. DiPatri stated that the district will have to borrow more monies from TANs.

E. Public Discussion
13. Public Discussion


The Chair reminded the public there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. She also stated the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate your concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Capital Outlay/Taxes

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

14. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 05.13.08 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
15. Approval of Minutes
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

16. Budget Amendment #6 for the Operating Fund, 2007-08
Attachment: Budget Amendment #6, 2007-08.pdf
F. Accounting Services

17. Financial Statement - July 1, 2007 Through December 31, 2007
Attachment: Financials - Dec07.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 08-037BM Window and Store Front Systems Replacement.pdf
Attachment: 08-038BM Fire Alarm Installation At Saturn Elementary School.pdf
Attachment: RFP 06009BM Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Abatement Services - Reaward Option Year 2.pdf
Attachment: Sum041BP - Cafeteria Employee Uniforms Re-award Option Year 1.pdf
Attachment: 07-038BM Lift Station, Septic Tank and Grease Trap Pumping and Cleaning Services - Reaward Option Year 1.pdf
Attachment: 06-046BM Playground Resurfacing Material - Reaward Option Year 2.pdf
Attachment: Sum042BP -Temporary Personnel Services - Reaward Option Year 2.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-13-08.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-13-08.pdf
21. Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff for 2008-2009 School Year
Attachment: Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff 2008-2009.pdf
22. Reappointment Nominations of Teachers for 2008-2009 School Year
Attachment: Reappointment Nominations of Teachers 2008-2009.pdf
23. Surplus Property
Attachment: MAY_13_08.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

24. NCLB Consolidated Grant Application
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

25. AVID Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and the AVID Center 2008-2009
Attachment: AVID contract 032708.pdf
26. Reaching All Learners Teacher's Curriculum Institute Training
Attachment: TCI Academy contract 042208.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

27. 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant 2008-2009 (NASA)
Attachment: NASA.pdf
28. 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant 2008-2009 (Zoo II)
Attachment: Zoo II.pdf
29. 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (Discretionary/Continuation) 2008-2009 (Zoo I)
Attachment: Zoo 1.pdf
F. Career & Technical Education

30. Florida Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act 5-Year Strategic Plan
Attachment: BPS CAPE Act Plan.pdf
F. Student Services

31. AT&T High School Success Grant Proposal
F. Exceptional Education

32. Approval of Multi-Agency Contracts for Adults with Disabilities Services
Attachment: Agency Comp Charts Grant Contracts 08-09.pdf
33. Approve the 2008-09 Cooperative Agreement with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
Attachment: RFB&D 2008.pdf
34. Permission for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams to Travel to World Finals, University of Maryland
Attachment: Teams to 2008 World Finals.pdf
35. Approve Future Problem Solving (FPS) Students to Participate and Travel to the International FPS Competition
Attachment: FutureProblemSolvers2008.pdf
36. Federal Grant Application: "Project with Industry Program"
F. Area I Superintendent

37. Contracted Services Agreement between McAuliffe Elementary and Nancy Prizito Consulting, Inc.
Attachment: McAuliffe - Prizito 4-22-08.pdf
38. Field Trip for Melbourne High School Crew Team to Oakridge Park, Tennessee
Attachment: Melbourne High Crew Team 5-13-08.pdf
F. Area II Superintendent

39. Loan for Viera High School Concession Stand
Attachment: LoanRequestconsessionstand.pdf
40. Sabal Elementary School's 6th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA - May 18 - 24, 2008
Attachment: Sabal Elementary.pdf
F. Facilities Services

41. Appointment of Capital Outlay Committee Representative
42. 2008-A Spot Survey to the 2005 Educational Plan Survey and Update #1 to the 2007/08 - 2011/12 Five-Year Facilities Work Program
Attachment: EPS Spot Survey TableII.pdf
Attachment: EPS Spot Survey Recommendations.pdf
Attachment: Update #1 to Work Program.pdf
F. Project Management

43. Amendment #2 to Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School Agreement for Design / Build Services
Attachment: Cocoa Beach Amendment 2 4-21-08.pdf
44. Utility Easement - FPL - Bayside High School
Attachment: Easement - FPL- Bayside High School.pdf
45. Utility Easement - FPL- West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Attachment: Utility Easement - FPL- West Shore Jr-Sr High School.pdf
F. Additional Items

46. Florida First Start Amendment
Attachment: Amendment 1 (BPS) - May 2008.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

47. Approval of Consent Agenda

Accept the consent items with the exceptions of those pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

48. 2008-2009 School Year Calendar
Attachment: CALSTAND - 2008-2009 draft 05-09-08.pdf
Attachment: MOU 08-09 Calendar.pdf
Attachment: 08-09 Supt. Memo & 08-09 Revised Calendar 05.09.08.pdf

Mr. Hughes stated he is going to support this item but with reservation. He stated that his concern is having two days after the Winter Break. He moved to approve the Superintendent's recommendation after mentioning the drop in attendance for those two days would be high and requested that the Superintendent call him about the results. Dr. DiPatri promised to call him about the attendance rate on Wednesday after the Winter Break.

It is recommended that the School Board adopt Option 3 with amendments as the 2008-2009 school year calendar.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Larry Hughes
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy thanked the district staff for all of their hard work. She also wanted the staff to know that the calendar option that the Board is voting on is not the Option 3 that was overwhelmingly approved by those in the schools. This is the one that was approved between BFT and the district staff. Ms. Kneessy requested a comparison of the two different calendars. Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations, gave the Board the comparison of the two calendars.

Dr. Murray had a question concerning the August 14th Professional Development day and if our Professional Development people will have enough time to register teachers and do all that is entails. Ms. Salamone said that they would have enough time.

Ms. Kershaw stated that she has a big concern about November 11th, Veteran's Day now being a teacher workday and could not support this calendar's. She stated that our calendar effects more than just us and the teacher's union, it effects the whole community. Her feeling is that all Americans, in all walks of life, needs to honor Veteran's and any attempt to dilute the importance of respecting Veteran's is a disservice to those who protect our County. Ms. Kershaw said that she would support the original Option 3 and recommend the Board go back to the original.

Dr. Murray agreed with Ms. Kershaw in regard to respecting the Veteran's but would like to see a quick resolution on the calendar.

Discussion ensued between the Board Members, Ms. Salamone, and Dr. DiPatri.

Dr. Murray stated that we should take the recommendation of our experts along with the representation from BFT and called for the question. Ms. Kershaw asked if there was any objection for calling for the question. Hearing none, the Board voted.

F. Secondary Programs

49. Brevard Public Schools Advanced Placement (AP) Diploma Proposal
Attachment: AP Diploma Proposal Attachment ~ Revised 5.13.08.pdf

Ms. Kneessy stated that the Advanced Placement Diploma Proposal is excellent and supports everything the district is doing to offer more opportunities for our students . Her concern is this program is open to every high school and would like to see it limited to high school that do not have upper options (I.E. Cambridge and IB Program). Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, gave three major driving factors of the Advanced Placement Diploma and how it was designed.

Discussion ensued between Ms. Kneessy, Ms. Kershaw and Dr. Murray about the program and the budget as it relates to the program. Ms. Kneessy stated that she would vote with the majority.


Approve to move forward with the Brevard Public Schools Advanced Placement (AP) Diploma Proposal.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Larry Hughes
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

The Chair called for a BPS video break at 7:32 p.m.

The meeting reconvened at 7:45 p.m.

F. Exceptional Education

50. Approve Agreement with Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) to Serve Adults with Disabilities
Attachment: BAC Comparison Chart 08-09.pdf
Attachment: Voting Conflict 05.13.08.pdf

Jancie Kershaw requested this item be pulled in order for her to read into the record a Memorandum of Voting Conflict due to her employment with Brevard Achievement Center. Due to this conflict, she abstained from voting from the above mentioned item. A copy of the Memorandum of Voting Conflict is filed in the School Board Office.

Approve the Agreement between Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) and the School Board of Brevard County to provide services to Adults with Disabilities for the 2008-2009 school year in the amount of $209,095.00.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Larry Hughes
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Abstain
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

F. Project Management

51. 2008-2009 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: 080409_SAP_2008_Agenda.pdf

Ms. Kneessy stated that her concern was answered during the break and moved the item for approval.

Approve the 2008-2009 Student Accommodation Plan.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

G. Action
H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

52. Superintendent's Recommendation: ESF District Support Staff Personnel Reductions Due to 2008-2009 Budget Reduction
Attachment: Budget Issues - 5-1-08.pdf
Attachment: Budget Press Release - 5-2-08.pdf
Attachment: Ph 1 Budget Cut Recmd.pdf
H. Accounting Services

53. Employee Voluntary Retirement Plans/Tax Sheltered Annuities


Discussion ensued amongst the Board Members and Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, in regard to the local vendors and the RFP. Ms. Preston explained that new IRS regulations take effect on January 1, 2009. These regulations are very restrictive then they have been in the past. She explained what this means to Brevard in the Employee Voluntary Retirement Plans/Tax Shelter Annuities. Dr. DiPatri stated, after hearing the concerns of the Board, that we will come back with a recommendation at the next board meeting.


H. Alternative Sites

54. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at Brevard Group Treatment Home
Attachment: Contract-GTH 08-09.pdf
55. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at Frances Walker Halfway House
Attachment: Contract-FWHH 08-09.pdf
56. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds Youth Shelter, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-RW shelter 08-09.pdf
57. School Board of Brevard County and Hurricane Island Outward Bound, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-OB 08-09.pdf
58. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds/Rainwater Center for Girls, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-Rainwater 08-09.pdf
59. School Board of Brevard County and Space Coast Marine Institute, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-SCMI 08-09.pdf
60. School Board of Brevard County and Kids Medical Club Agreement
Attachment: Contract-Kids Med 08-09.pdf
61. Space Coast Early Steps/Local Education Agency (LEA) Interagency Agreement
Attachment: Contract -LEA and ES Interagency Agreement 2008 (2).pdf
62. Space Coast Early Steps/Brevard Public Schools Reimbursement Agreement
Attachment: Contract -LEA and ES Reimbursement Agreement 2008.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

63. Approval of Two (2) Contract Agreements with Family Liaison Consultants for the 2008-2009 School Year
64. Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Entitlement Grant for 2008-2009
H. Area I Superintendent

65. Stone Middle School Trip to U.S. Army eCYBERMISSION Competition in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Stone Middle 5-13-08.pdf
66. Palm Bay High School Trip to Washington, D.C. to Observe the 2009 Presidential Inauguration
Attachment: Palm Bay High - Washington D.C. January 2009.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports
67. Board Member Reports


Dr. Murray wished Bayside High School and Sunrise Elementary good luck on their International Odyssey of the Mind competition. She also stated that all the students of the Palm Bay area are in our thoughts and wish them luck due to the fires.

Ms. Kneessy reported that she and Ms. Kershaw attended the Value Assessment Board meeting and there will be a change in membership in HB909. Currently, there are 3 County Commissioners and 2 School Board Members, under the new guidelines, there will be 2 County Commissioners and 1 School Board Member and each group will have to make a citizen appointment. The requirement for the citizen is they have to own and operate a business in Brevard County. Mr. Hughes questioned whether the HB909 bill had passed yet. Ms. Kershaw stated the bill had not passed but would take effect September 1, 2008 once it passed with the Governor's signature.

Ms. Kneessy suggested doing a synervoice for teacher's during emergencies.

Ms. Kneessy requested the district look into doing video streaming of the smaller graduation's.

Ms. Kneessy questioned the Superintendent on the timeline of his contract and where we are in the process. Dr. DiPatri stated the Board has to decide by July 31, 2008 whether they are going to extend  his contract and then the Superintendent has until September 30, 2008 to let the Board know whether or not he will want to renew his contract.

Mr. Hughes questioned Dr. DiPatri about the correspondence regarding Palm Bay Patriot Charter School getting a 9th grade. Dr. DiPatri gave the Board a brief summary of the concerns regarding Palm Bay Patriot Charter School. Discussion ensued between Mr. Hughes, Dr. DiPatri and Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney.

Mr. Jordan stated that after attending a few Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, he gave a few words of appreciation in regard to the music programs that we have our Brevard County schools.

Ms. Kershaw reported she went to Bayside High School and Westside Elementary and we need to send out commendations to John Tuttle, Elaine Passanisi, their faculty, and the bus drivers for getting the students out of harms way during the fires in Palm Bay.

L. Superintendent's Report
68. Superintendent's Report


Dr. DiPatri recognized Susan Standley, Director of Compensation and Benefits, for the work she did in Phase I of the budget reductions.

Dr. DiPatri commended Karen Shaw, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, who switch places with Jackie Joy, Administrative Assistant to the School Board, for the bang up job and is now trained to be in that position.

Dr. DiPatri stated he does not like to overuse two words: crisis and heroics. I think yesterday they were heroic. Two of our administrators and teachers stood literally within feet of a fire and keep kids walking through ditches from Bayside to get them to the proper place and they stood as barriers. The people involved, John Tuttle, Bayside High School Principal; Elaine Passanisi, Westside Elementary Principal; Chris Hinkle, Southwest Middle School Assistant Principal; Barry Pichard, Sunrise Elementary Principal, all did phenomenal jobs and as well as their faculty.  At the next Board meeting we are going to recognize the long, long list. Above all else, Dr. McIntyre, Area I Superintendent, was on the phone with me and my staff relaying information for more then three hours non-stop while working the other phones getting information from each of the schools . The fire was right up the to building at Bayside High School in which we lost three portable to fire. At one point we had trouble getting the students out of Westside to Southwest. Some of the bus drivers literally drove through fire to get the kids to safety. I think that we are blessed and I would expect nothing less from our employees but they rose above and beyond the normal.

Ms. Kershaw reminded the public that the Palm Bay area school are going to be closed again for Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

M. Adjournment
69. Adjournment


The School Board meeting of May 13, 2007 was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.