05-14-19 Board Workshop (Policy Work Session)


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in for a policy work session on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 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 25, 2019 and May 1, 2019 . The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Tina Descovich called the meeting to order at: 2:00 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Ms. Descovich led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Head Start Update
Attachment: Board Workshop May 14 with notes.pdf
Minutes: Dr. Wendy Smith, Director of Elementary Leading and Learning gave an overview of the Head Start updates. Board members will need to review the information on the BPS Head Start website by the end of June, 2019.
5. Board Policy 2520 Selection of Instructional Materials; Objection and Request for Reconsideration
Attachment: 2520 - Executive Summary, Current, Neola (5-14-19).pdf
Minutes: 

Board members made the following edits to this policy:

D(1)(b): Change "Next Generation Sunshine Standards" to applicable state standards

J(5)(b)(5): Change "at least one (1) student for challenges to high school materials, a student who is accomplished in the specific subject area is required" to may include one (1) high school student-with parent/legal guardian permission, for challenges to high school materials, (a student who is accomplished in the specific subject area is required).

J(5)(e): Add a #5 to read: the record of the School Material Review Committee's meeting shall consist of minutes containing start time, end time, location, names and titles of committee members and names of attendees. The minutes shall be maintained in accordance with Florida law.

J(5)(f)(1): Underline "and effects only the participating school" in the last sentence

J(5)(g): Add "and the Board" after the "Assistant Superintendent of Leading and Learning,"

J(6)(d)(3,4,5,6): Remove "at least"

J(6)(f):  Add #3 to read "The record of the District Material Review Committee's meeting shall consist of minutes containing start time, end time, location, names and titles of committee members and name of attendees.  The minutes shall be maintained in accordance with Florida law."

 

6. Board Policy 8406 Report of Suspicious Activity and Potential Threats to Schools
Attachment: 8406 Exec. Summary Neola Proposed New (5-13-19).pdf
Minutes: 

Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, is the cabinet member responsible for bringing this policy forward. He provided the executive summary to the Board members.

Ms. Descovich commented that it would be helpful in the future when recommending new policies, to provide the Board with a redline draft of what is different in the proposed policy than that of NEOLA.

In #4, Board members requested "and vehicle" added after "facilities and before "owned and operated by the district."

7. Board Policy 8407 Safe School Officers
Attachment: 8407 - Executive Summary Neola Proposed New Policy (NEW)(5-13-19).pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Novelli provided the executive summary to the Board for this policy as well. Ms. Descovich wanted to clarify that while this is a new policy, the district is not taking any new action.  This is what has BPS has already been doing; it is just being added to an actual written policy as directed by legislation.

Board member discussion ensued.


Closing Remarks
8. Closing Remarks

Adjournment
9. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich adjourned the meeting at: 3:35 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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