05-13-2014 Regular School Board Meeting

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order


Chairman Karen Henderson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.


A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Chairman Henderson asked for a moment of silence for Karyn Mosdell, an instructional assistant from Oakpark Elementary, who recently passed away.

A. Invocation (Gabrielle Little, 8th Grade, CMS)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Gabrielle Little, eighth grade student from Central Middle School, read the invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance (Samantha Boss, 8th Grade, CMS)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Samantha Boss, eighth grade student from Central Middle School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment (Jazz Band Ensemble, CMS)
5. Entertainment


The 8th grade Jazz Ensemble from Central Middle School under the direction of Mark Sanders, Director of Bands and Guitar Services, entertained the Board and viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting and then played one additional number.

Chairman Henderson called for a break at 5:40 p.m.
The meeting resumed at 5:45 p.m. 

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Administrative Staff Recommendations
A-7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Consent Additions
F-26. Job Description & MOU-Lieutenant-BCSO/BPS

Consent Revision
F-16. Student Expulsions

Information Deletion
H-40. Job Description & MOU -Lieutenant-BCSO/BPS

Approve the May 13, 2014 School Board agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations


Dr. Binggeli recognized the following:

Sherie Troisi for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Palm Bay Elementary School to the position of Principal at Jupiter Elementary School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2014.

Christopher Reed for his reclassification/transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Suntree Elementary School to the position of Principal at Williams Elementary School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Binggeli also recognized:

Andrea Alford, Director of District and School Security, for her 19 years of service to Brevard Public Schools.  Dr. Binggeli thanked her for overseeing the safety and security of our students and employees and wished her the very best.

Cynthia Harris, Principal at Jupiter Elementary, on her upcoming retirement effective July 31, 2014.



The reclassification/transfer of Joy Salamone from the position of Director of Human Resources Services/Labor Relations to the position of Principal at Harbor City Elementary School, on annual contract, effective June 2, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The reclassification/transfer of Sherie Troisi from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Palm Bay Elementary School to the position of Principal at Jupiter Elementary School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The reclassification/transfer of Christopher Reed from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Suntree Elementary School to the position of Principal at Williams Elementary School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

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

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

8. Recognition of Customer Service Center Employees


Chairman Henderson said in an effort to give more information to the community about BPS, the Board decided to begin a monthly tribute recognizing some of the "unsung heroes" from Brevard Public Schools based on collaboration, innovation, dedication and plain hard work. 

Chairman Karen Henderson recognized Customer Service Representatives, Jeanette Silvers, Kate Greeney and TJ Hiller at the inaugural recognition.

B. Community Relations

9. Spotlight on Education


Atlantis Elementary principal, Cynthia Adams, along with Vanessa Judson, assistant principal and EddyLynn Kledzik, positive behavior coordinator, presented information on the school's Positive Behavior Support program. 

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

10. Recognition of Community Credit Union


Janice Kershaw, executive director of Brevard Schools Foundation, recognized Community Credit Union for its contribution of computers for the inventory system for The Supply Zone  for Teachers (the free store where teachers can go to pick up needed materials they will use to teach their students more effectively).

Ms. Kershaw presented certificates to Community Credit Union representatives Meredith Gibson and Deborah Blair.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Labor Relations

11. Teacher Appreciation Month 2014
Attachment: Teacher Appreciation Proclamation 2014.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, Director of Community Relations, read the proclamation recognizing May, 2014 as Teacher Appreciation Month.

Approve the Proclamation for Teacher Appreciation Month for May, 2014.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

12. Substitute Teacher Appreciation Month 2014
Attachment: Substitute Teacher Appreciation Proclamation 2014.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, read the proclamation recognizing May, 2014 as Substitute Teacher Appreciation Month.

Approve the Proclamation for Substitute Teacher Appreciation month for May, 2014.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

13. Budget Update


Judy Preston, Assistant Superintendent of Financial Services, presented the Board with a brief budget update.

As part of the update Ms. Preston  discussed that public schools will finally be receiving PECO funds again.  She said that $53 million would be available; one district will receive $3 million and the remaining $50 million would be divided up proportionately among the rest of the districts. They are estimating Brevard's allocation to be $1.3 million.

Dr. Binggeli said that the Board is wondering what the district is that received the $3 million.  Ms. Preston said that it is St. Johns County. Dr. Binggeli explained there is a provision about an increase in enrollment by 2.5% which allowed this.

Ms. Kneessy expressed unfairness because when Brevard requested additional dollars because so much of our lands cannot be taxed, it was denied.

Ms. Preston said that charter schools will receive a total of $75 million.

Ms. Kneessy stated that the money is divided up among the districts; she asked in the case of the charter schools, if the money was divided up among each charter school in the state or among the districts?

Ms. Preston said that it will be divided up between each school.  Ms. Kneessy asked if Ms. Preston knew how much money that would be and Ms. Preston said she would have to research and get back with the Board.  Ms. Kneessy said that she was just trying to compare.

Ms. Preston said that they were hopeful that legislation would be passed that in the event the sales surtax passes, that they could purchase school busses with that money.  Dr. Binggeli said that they will have to buy busses whether or not that legislation passes. 



E. Public Comment
14. Public Comment


Chairman Henderson 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."

  1. Marcus Hochman, Brevard Public Schools, Teacher -  Relationships
  2. Marjorie Ebersbach, BASA, Executive Director -  Resolution in Support of Half-Cent Sales Surtax
  3. Gary Shiffrin, BASA, Incumbent Executive Director -  Resolution in Support of Half-Cent Sales Surtax
  4. David Kearns, District 53 State House, Candidate -  Budget vs. Northrop Deal
  5. Dan Bennett, BFT, Vice President  - Labor Relations
  6. Jenn Stokes, BFT, Vice President -  Labor Relations
  7. Debra Greco, Local 1010, Business Rep. - Budget Cuts- Training Custodians
  8. Elizabeth Mikitarian, Citizen - Tax

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

15. Approval of Minutes
16. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_9100P-IR3225-108B_0166_001.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

17. Approval of Foundation Board Member Jim Clamons
Attachment: Clamons_Jim_Exec_Bio(long).pdf
F. Financial Services

18. Financial Statements with the Operating Fund Budget Amendment Resolution #7 and the Capital Funds Resolutions # 4-5 for the period ending March 31,2014
Attachment: FY 2013-14 Financial Statements - March 31, 2014.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #7 -March 31 2014.pdf
Attachment: March 31 2014 Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
Attachment: FY 2013-14 Capital Budget Resolutions _4 - 5 (1).pdf
F. Accounting Services

19. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2014
Attachment: BREVARD_1Q14_Complete_Final.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

20. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - BW 14-BW-117-DK - Frog Street Press, Inc. - Pre-K National English System.pdf
Attachment: b - ITB 14-B-080-DW - Elevator Maintenance and Services.pdf
Attachment: c - ITB 14-B-100-KC - Cafeteria Chemicals and Supplies.pdf
Attachment: d - ITB 14-B-113-AL - Walk-In Cooler Freezer.pdf
Attachment: e - ITB 14-B-114-DR - Purchase of 2014 Refrigerated Van with Lift Gate.pdf
Attachment: f - ITB 14-B-115-CJ - Nooks for ESEA Title I Summer Reading Program.pdf
Attachment: g - ITB 14-B-116-KC - Hybrid Merchandisers.pdf
Attachment: h - ITB 14-B-096-BS - Palm Bay Magnet High School Marquee - Reject all Bids.pdf
Attachment: i - RFQ 11001BP - Physical, Occupational, and Speech Language Therapy Services - Assignment.pdf
Attachment: j - SC 14-SC-118-CJ - Audio and Video Equipment and Accessories Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: k - SC 14-SC-122-CJ - Lab & Safety Supplies & Equipment - Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: l - SSA 14-067-CJ-A1 - Herff Jones - Melbourne High School.pdf
Attachment: m - SSA 14-562-KC - Susan M. Riley - MSAP Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: n - SSA 14-581-KC - n2y - Training.pdf
Attachment: o - SSA 14-582-KC - Ron Large- MSAP Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: p - SSA 14-586-KC - Kathleen Decker - MSAP Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: q - SSA 14-597-KC - Dr. Roger Taylor - MSAP Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: r - SSA 14-598-KC - New Media Centers dba New Media Consortium - MSAP Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: s - RFP 09004CH Separate Day School for Ex Ed Student and Related Services.pdf
Attachment: t - RFP 14-P-103-WH Multifunctional Copiers and Related Services Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: u - ITN 09004CH - Document Production and Management - 2 Month Extension.pdf
Attachment: v - additional strings.docx.pdf
21. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 5-13-14.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 5-13-14.pdf
F. Human Resources

22. Reappointment Nominations of Continuing/Professional Service Contract Teachers for 2014-2015 School Year
Attachment: FINAL CC-PC Instructional Reappoint 2014-15.pdf
23. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-13-14.pdf
24. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-13-14.pdf
25. Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff for 2014-2015
Attachment: Support Reappointments 14-15.pdf
26. Job Description & MOU - Lieutenant-BCSO/BPS
Attachment: Appendix A.pdf
Attachment: MOU_WI~2--Director of Security.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

27. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Princeton, New Jersey
Attachment: Melbourne High Crew Team to NJ - May 2014.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

28. Contract/Field Trip - Cocoa High Football Game vs Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky
Attachment: CHS Football Hercules Agreeement 4-10-2014.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

29. Consultant Agreement with Didgeridoo Down Under
Attachment: Didgeridoo (2).pdf
F. Project Management

30. Reappoint School Board Representative to Rockledge's Local Planning Agency
31. Reappoint School Board Representative to Cape Canaveral's Local Planning Agency
32. Reappoint School Board Representative to Brevard County's Local Planning Agency
33. Appointment of Capital Outlay Committee Representative
34. Madison M.S. - Guaranteed Maximum Price Roofing Replacement
Attachment: Madison MS Roof Replacement GMP & Budget Sheet.pdf
35. Holland ES - Guaranteed Maximum Price Carpet Replacement
Attachment: Holland ES Carpet Replacement GMP & Budget Sheet.pdf
36. Gemini Elementary School HVAC Replacement - Change Order No. 1
Attachment: Gemini ES HVAC Replacement Change Order 1.pdf
37. Roosevelt E.S. HVAC Upgrades (Chiller & Cooling Tower) - Change Order No. 1
Attachment: Roosevelt ES HVAC Upgrades Change Order 1.pdf
38. DeLaura Middle School Phase 1 HVAC Replacement - Contract Exhibit Modifications
Attachment: Delaura Middle School HVAC Upgrades Revised Exhibit C-1.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

39. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda of May 13, 2014 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

40. Time Changes for School Board Meetings and Workshops in June and July, 2014
H. Financial Services

41. Policy Review
Attachment: 8000 Summary documentation.pdf
Attachment: po8220.pdf
Attachment: po8500.pdf
Attachment: po8600.pdf
Attachment: po8604.pdf
Attachment: po8605.pdf
Attachment: po8660.pdf
42. Information Related to Voter Referendum on Sales Surtax
Attachment: Ballot Language Examples.pdf
Attachment: Resolution.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Henderson wanted to have Dr. Binggeli speak about this item. Dr. Binggeli said that he wanted to get the Board's feelings as they move forward in developing the ballot language.  He expressed that there are five elements they have heard needed in the language (no more than 75 words): 1. To identify the half cent  2. Identify the number of years 3. That it will be used for critical infrasutute and technology  4. That we make reference to a prioritized list of projects (clearly where the money will go)  5. We should have a citizen oversight committee.  He wanted to make sure that everyone was in agreement so that it could be brought back  to the next Board meeting as an information item. All of the Board members were in agreement.
H. Human Resources

43. Job Description - Proj. Mgr. - Assessment Development
Attachment: Project Manager-Assessment Development.pdf

Ms. Kneessy expressed that she feels we have too many assessments and feels the creation of the job Project Manager - Assessment Development does not help the classroom teacher. She said that she cannot support another administrative position to support standardized testing that she despises.  

Dr. Murray said they need to be looking at all of the assessments they are doing to look for redundancy- look to see how they are being utilized by the teachers and how they are aligned. She further continued that she is not seeing a lot of teacher use with this information mainly because of lack of time. She asked how much instructional time is taken away from our students because of all of the assessments. She said that at this point in time she concurred with Ms. Kneessy.

Dr. Binggeli wanted to make clear as it relates to diagnostic assessment in our classrooms, they have been working with teachers to reduce the types of testing Ms. Kneessy was talking about. He said that the assessments in this instance is another enormous unfunded mandate.  Law has been passed that says every teacher must be evaluated using an assessment that connects directly to the students they teach. No one has those assessments and despite the fact that the DOE initially said it would take a major role in developing them, that has not happened. Members from Central Florida districts met as a consortium to develop assessment items that everyone could share. There are  literally hundreds and hundreds of assessments for every course.    Dr. Binggeli told the Board that they felt that we needed to give you a job description to look at in the event that working with this consortium does not allow them to develop the assessments required by law. 

Ms. Henderson wanted to clarify that what is being talked about are the End of Course assessments that must be given on every class.

Dr. Murray said that she understands that if it is mandated by law, we have to do it.  However, then we have to take something away.  She said that we need to step back and look at our whole assessment system.  She recommends that we involve some teachers and indicated that all of these assessments cause stress to the teachers and the students.

Ms. Kneessy said that somebody had the time to come up with all of the district mandated assessments and she understands that they have to get something in place, but she feels adding an additional person is more of a knee jerk reaction.  She said that she will need more information because on the surface, this leaves a "bad taste" in her mouth.

Ms. Van Meter stated in response to Dr. Murray, that this would be the final exam, not an additional exam. She wanted to provide some background and began with the statute.

Dr. Murray interjected to Ms. Van Meter that she felt the Board was already aware of the statute and she feels it is in addition  if something else is not removed. She felt that she made her point clear as well as Ms. Kneessy and she would like to move the meeting along.

Mr. Ziegler suggesting that perhaps part of the job description could be to find ways to reduce other assessments as we comply with the mandates, thus reducing the load.

Kneessy indicated that she believed the resource teachers would be able to develop these assessments by gathering experts in the different fields.

Ms. Van Meter said that this person would manage all of that.  There are currently 1,300 courses that we offer in the district.  That means 1,300 hundred tests and 50 items per test. This person will have to monitor a gigantic task.

Dr. Binggeli said that this puts a significant burden on all districts.

Ms. Henderson indicated her disdain with the state mandating these tests. She felt there is no value to our students and it is wasted time, money and effort.

Dr. Schafer said that they hear that they need to focus more on standards based instruction. She said that if we look at this as a way of having standards based instruction, it becomes an accountability piece.

Ms. Henderson said that is all well and good, however, it is going to cost 67 districts a lot of time and money and wants to know why the state is not doing this.

Dr. Schafer agreed and said this has been their question all along. Ms. Henderson said that it will be a disaster if we don't get it right.  Dr. Schafer said that is why they need this project manager to bring it all together.

Dr. Murray said that she believes  that the district has enough administrative personnel to oversee and there is not a need to add another position.

Dr. Krupp  asked Dr. Schafer how many staff members she has in her department. Any grants available? Dr. Schafer said that besides herself and her secretary, there are three people in Testing and Accountability. She was not aware of any grants. 

Mr. Ziegler expressed that they are always advocating against the FCAT.  He said they will need a person to coordinate the EOCs and he doesn't have a problem if we don't have enough staff. 

Dr. Binggeli said they will bring the job description back and articulate the responsibilities. He questioned what would have to go away if they did not have that position?

Ms. Kneessy told Ms. Van Meter and Dr. Schafer thank you and expressed that her frustration was not with them. 

Dr.Krupp had a  suggestion to take the  $250,000 spent on ACT and to pay for this position. 

44. Job Descriptions - School Age Child Care
Attachment: SACC Ladder.pdf
Attachment: SACC Binder 5.1.14.pdf
H. School Choice

45. Recommend the Approval of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy Contract
Attachment: Pineapple Cove Classical Academy - Final Contract.pdf
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

46. Interagency Agreement with Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc.
Attachment: Interagency Eckerd and BPS.pdf
H. Career & Technical Education

47. 2014-2015 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act
Attachment: 2014-15 Perkins Agenda Summary.pdf
H. Students at Risk

48. Department of Juvenile Justice 2014-2015 School Calendar
Attachment: 2014-2015 DJJ Calendar.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

49. Southwest Middle School Trip to 2014 National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Southwest Middle - Technology Student Assn. Conference June-July 2014.pdf
50. Palm Bay Magnet High School Trip to 2014 National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Palm Bay Magnet High School - TSA Conference - June-July 2014.pdf
51. 2014-2015 Request from Boy Scouts of America to Access Classrooms to Recruit Students per Board Policy 9700.01
Attachment: Central FL Council Boy Scouts - Application 4-7-14.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts attachments 1-4.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts attachment 501(c)3.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts Bylaws - pages 1-16.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts Bylaws - pages 17-37.pdf
H. Central Area Superintendent

52. Field Trip - Rockledge High Wrestling Team - UNC Team Camp in Chapel Hill, NC
Attachment: UNC Wrestling Camp Coach Info 2014.pdf
Attachment: UNC Wrestling Camp Info 2014.pdf
53. Field Trip - Satellite High School to FCCLA National Leadership Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Attachment: SHS - FCCLA Convention 2014.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

54. Field Trip - Edgewood Jr./Sr. High FBLA National Conference in Nashville, TN

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


Mr. Ziegler expressed that he enjoys this time of the year because of all of the wonderful school performances. He also said a clarification was needed as someone earlier stated that he decided the Board was not going to be naming schools that might be up for closure. He said that he had not decided nor had the Board.  He explained that what he did say was that he wanted to understand the benefits of naming or not naming. Research he has read says that it has a negative impact on a school. and its community. He is looking for input from the community on what is in the best interest of the community and its students.  He says he does not expect they will make a decision until after the six day count and they have time to look at enrollment numbers.

Dr. Krupp said that he and Dr. Binggeli attended the Titusville City Awards for North Area schools. He also attended the  BCA finance committee meeting, the Apollo Elementary music festival and the  League of Cities. The next day he was going to Atlantis Elementary and next week -  graduation. He congratulated all of the seniors.

Ms. Henderson asked a question in reference to facilities use. There was discussion among the Board members.  Mr. Langdorf, Director of Risk Management, explained the current policy and said that he was more than willing to make adjustments as the Board directed. Ms. Henderson said she wanted the revisions to be an agenda item at the next Board meeting.  

L. Superintendent's Report
56. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli agreed that this is a great time of year and we have great kids and teachers and we ought to feel blessed every day that we have them.

M. Adjournment
57. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Henderson adjourned the meeting at 7:47 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).