05-14-2013 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Thursday, May 9, 2013. 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 Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray  requested a moment of silence for Steven Phillips, South Area Adult Education, and Justin Solnay, 5th grade student from Quest Elementary School, who recently passed away.

A-3. Invocation (Rachel Peebles, 8th Grade, Southwest Middle School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Rachel Peebles, 8th grade student of Southwest Middle School, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Melissa Neary, 8th Grade, Southwest Middle School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Melissa Neary, 8th grade student of Southwest Middle School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Southwest Chamber Orchestra)
5. Entertainment


Southwest Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director, Dr. Thomas Silliman, who entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Dr. Silliman and his students for entertaining the Board this evening. 

Chairman Dr. Murray called for a brief recess at 5:41 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:46 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Resolution Addition
C-8.  No Bullying Month Resolution

Presentation Addition
D-9.  Budget Update

Consent Addition
F-13. Student Expulsions

Consent Revisions
F-20.  Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-30.  Central Middle School - Shutter Grant Project Guaranteed Maximum Price

Approve the agenda for the School Board meeting of May 14, 2013 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. District Communications

7. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli introduced the following members of Holland Elementary School who gave a presentation about their Gifted Program:

Holland Principal: Nancy West
Teachers: Scott Culbreth, Laura Harris and Donna Pfleuger
ESF Resource Teacher: Evelyn Skrmetta
Students: Charlie Collins and Liz Cummings
Parent: Elaine Manley



C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/ Superintendent

8. No Bullying Month Resolution, May 2013
Attachment: No Bullying Zone Proclamation.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming the month of May 2013 as No Bullying Month.

Adopt the proclamation designating the month of May 2013 as "No Bullying Zone"  as a symbol of our commitment to the struggle against bullying.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

9. Budget Update
Attachment: 2013-14 Funding.pdf

Dr. Brain Binggeli updated the Board and the viewing audience on the budget changes for the upcoming school year (see attached presentation).

Dr. Krupp asked how many dual enrollment students are projected for next year. Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction stated that there are 5,400 courses being taken.  Dr. Krupp noted that 5,400 courses times  $78. per credit hour (as reported by the Sunday paper) which most of the courses are three credit hours is more than a few dollars.

Dr. Krupp questioned whether the impact dollars be used toward paying down or supplanting the budget as it is or just toward the debt payment.

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Finance, stated that it is written into the agreement that impact fees can only be used for debt or used for new construction. She noted that we cannot use it for operating purposes.

Mr. Ziegler questioned whether the board contribution to FICA and FRS is included in the 12.6 million Teacher Salary Increase Allocation or do we have to set aside additional funds for this contribution.

Ms. Preston stated that she cannot answer that question.  She noted that the Department of Education is collecting questions from districts to develop a Q & A.  She stated Mr. Ziegler's question is one of the number one questions that is being asked as it relates to this increase.  Ms. Preston stated that it includes the employees portion but not sure whether it includes the employers portion. She went on to explain some of the other questions as it relates to the fringe.

Mr. Ziegler requested that Ms. Preston prepare for a worse case scenario. Calculate the fringe that the district would have to add on top of teacher salary increase and make it a line item.

Ms. Kneessy stated that in the past, Brevard Community College (BCC) received part of the student's FTE to compensate for the dual enrollment students. She stated with the legislation, BCC will receive the FTE plus tuition and asked if that was correct.  Ms. Preston answered in the affirmative.

Ms. Kneessy questioned whether the FTE would stay in Brevard if a student signed up with Brevard Virtual Instruction Program (BVIP) as opposed to Florida Virtual School (FLVS).  Ms. Preston responded affirmatively.  Ms. Kneessy noted that the BVIP teachers are so much better than FLVS and questioned how do we keep our students using BVIP instead.  Ms. Preston stated that we are looking into that but it is impossible to offer all the options that FLVS offers prior to the fall enrollment.

Dr. Binggeli stated that we are going to work very aggressively to ramp up BVIP. 

Dr. Binggeli noted that we have a great partnership with BCC.  He said by BCC's calculations, they had 245 students of ours walk across their stage (last year) and receive an AA degree along with their high school diploma.  Dr. Binggeli stated that it will be more than 300 students this year, which is more than any district in the State of Florida.

Ms. Henderson stated that according to the new legislation, our FTE is reduced even if the student is taking virtual classes after hours.  Ms. Preston stated that Brevard has never received funding for those students who take virtual classes after hours or in the summer months. Now we are being reduced for that FTE.  Ms. Henderson clarified what this means to the community.

Dr. Binggeli noted that until there is discussion with BCC in regard to dual enrollment, we are not sure about the budget impact.

Ms. Kneessy followed up with a quote that was in the Florida Today Brevard Public Schools is not flush with cash.  Dr. Binggeli stated he would not say that we are and these are the numbers (as listed on the attachment).

Dr. Murray noted that in Sunday's (5/12/13) Florida Today, there was an article that made it sound as though Brevard was going to get a windfall of funding.  She requested that Dr. Binggeli write an editorial to educate the community that we are not getting a windfall at all.

Dr. Binggeli stated that the Legislature has placed more funding in K-12 education, and we give them credit for that.  He noted that the retirement and the dual enrollment caught the district off guard; they are big dollar figures.

D. Student Services

10. Take a Stand Against Bullying
Attachment: AntiBullyingPresentationSB2-3.pdf

Dr. Beth Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, introduced Resource Teachers, Paula Ferrell and Janean Knight.

Ms. Knight informed the Board and the community about an Anti Bullying Youth Leadership Training that students participated in, as well as statistics from a student survey conducted for the past two years.

Ms. Knight introduced two students, Isabel Carvalho from DeLaura Middle School who created the PowerPoint; and Brad Kraeling from Eau Gallie High School, who gave the presentation.

Ms. Knight gave thanks to Eddie Hamann, owner of Andretti Thrill Park, who is creating a community  anti-bullying campaign along with Javier Molinares, editor of the AlDia Today newspaper.

Mr. Ziegler thanked them for their efforts on anti-bullying. He noted that he was bullied when he was younger and did not have peers to support him.  Mr. Ziegler thanked Andretti Thrill Park for being here to support these efforts.

Dr. Binggeli concurred with Dr. Murray. We will not solve this problem without your help and getting the word out. He noted that he always told his students, "We are better than this".

E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes for each speaker.  She also stated that the Board will not respond to the comments or requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

  1.  Stacey Pillus, Melbourne - Budget
  2. Anne Gordon, Melbourne - Budget *
  3. Jill Zoiss, Satellite Beach -  Private Transportation
  4. Victoria Crane, Melbourne - Private Transportation
  5. Laene Keith, Viera - Private Transportation
  6. Debbie Sandstrom, Titusville - School Closing
  7. Denise Coyle, Palm Bay - Proclamation
  8. Martha Franco, Cocoa - School Closings
  9. Steve Rossi, Titusville - Budget Reductions
  10. Richard Smith, BFT, Rockledge - Budget

*Dr. Binggeli reponded to erroneous information that was given by Ms. Gordon.

Chairman Dr. Murray thanked this evening's speakers and mentioned that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated.


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Approval of Minutes
13. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: 05.14.13 Student Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

14. Approval of New Board Member
Attachment: Ryan Brandt_bio_Brandt Ronat_4 3 13_r1.pdf
F. Financial Services

15. Financial Statements with Operating, Food Service, and Capital Budget Amendments for the Period Ending March 31, 2013
Attachment: Food Service Budget Amendment - Resolution #2.pdf
Attachment: March 2013 budget amend explanations.pdf
Attachment: Operating Budget Amendment #7 - March 31 2013.pdf
Attachment: Capital Budget Amendment - Resolution #4.pdf
Attachment: Financial Statements - March 31, 2013.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

16. Property Disposal
Attachment: May 14 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: May 14 Board Letters.pdf
F. Human Resources

18. Job Description - Speech/Language Pathologist
Attachment: Speech_Lang Path.pdf
19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-14-13.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-14-13 - Corrected.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

21. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report
Attachment: Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report March 2013.pdf
F. Instructional, Behavioral and Psychological Services

22. 2013-14 Memorandum of Agreement, City of Palm Bay - Project SEARCH
Attachment: Palm Bay-ProjectSEARCH MOA 2013.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

23. Contract/Field Trip - Cocoa High Football game vs Gonzaga High School - tour Washington DC
Attachment: CHS football Washington DC.pdf
24. Field Trip - Rockledge High Cross Country - Summer Conditioning Running Camp in Boone, NC
Attachment: RHS Cross Country.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

25. Titusville High School FCCLA National Leadership Conference, Nashville, TN
26. Field Trip for Satellite High School AFJROTC students to travel to George Mason University, June 21-25, 2013
F. Facilities Services

27. South Area Adult Education Lease Extension
28. 2013-14 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: 2013-14 Student Accommodation Plan 5-14-13.pdf
F. Project Management

29. Modification #2 to Shutter Grant Project - Central Middle School
Attachment: Modification #2 to Shutter Grant Project - Central Middle School.pdf
30. Central Middle School - Shutter Grant Project Guaranteed Maximum Price
Attachment: Central Middle School - Revised Shutter Grant GMP.pdf
31. Change Order #2 to Bleacher and Grandstand Repairs - Safety to Life
Attachment: Change Order #2 Bleacher and Grandstand Repairs - Safety to Life.pdf
32. Guaranteed Maximum Prices for 2013 Food Service Capital Projects for DeLaura M.S & Stevenson E.S.
Attachment: GMP Delaura MS - 2013 Kitchen Project.pdf
Attachment: GMP Stevenson EL - 2013 Kitchen Project.pdf
33. Reappoint School Board Representative to Three Local Planning Agencies
F. Approval of Consent

34. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate all of the administrators appointed under Item F-20.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray congratulated all the administrators and the recent retirees.

Dr. Binggeli commented as a point of privilege that although it was a long interview stretch for him, he was able to listen to the phenomenal things that are occurring in our schools for the service of our children.  Dr. Binggeli stated that it was an amazing time for him.  He thanked and congratulated the administrators for the roles that they are in.  Dr. Binggeli stated that they are here because they were able to articulate incredible leadership in the service of children.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for BPS-TV Sound Bites Video break at 7:50 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 8:03 p.m.

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: f) SC #13-080-LL - Vehicles for Transportation Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: d) RFP #13-P-046-CO - Supplemental Health Plan Claims Recovery Services Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: g) SC #13-SC-111-WH - Network Infrstructure Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: m) SSA #13-495-WH - NCS Pearson Cambridge Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: Additional Table for Accouting String.1.pdf
Attachment: e) SC #13-SC-089-WH Misc IT Apple Inc Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: h) SS 13-SS-091-CJ - Audiometric Board Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: i) SSA #13-003-PH-A2 - Blackboard Learn Second Amendment Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: j) SSA #13-008-PH-A1 - Blackboard Wimba First Amendment Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: l) SSA #13-480-CJ - Brevard Community College Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: n) SSA #13-500-CJ - Crisis Prevention Institute Inc. Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: p) SSA #13-508-WH - Florida Virtual School Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: c) RFP #13-P-039-KR - General Contractor Services Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: b) 11004JO VIP II Agenda Item - Calvert Option Year 2.pdf
Attachment: k) SSA # 13-235-CO - Scholastic Bookfairs Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: o) SSA #313-501-CJ - Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: a) ITB #13-B-068-CJ - Uniforms Agenda Item.pdf

Ms. Ziegler pulled this agenda to explained RFP #13-P-046-CO Supplemental Health Plan Claims Recovery Services, and why it was rejected and potentially remedying the situation on getting where we hoped we would be.

Mr. Ziegler stated he supports rejecting this proposal but would like the Board to give direction to staff to attempt to negotiate what we thought we were going to do in the first place.  He mentioned that one of the other restrictions was that we eliminated all claims that were audited by Cigna through one of their affiliates. Mr. Ziegler is not clear on why you would not double check the claims. He stated that the restrictions have created the problem.


a) ITB #13-B-068-CJ  - Uniform Rental & Lease - District Wide

b) ITN #11004/JO - District Operated K-5 Full Time Virtual Instruction Program II  - Amendment #2

c) RFP #13-P-039-KR - General Contractor Services - Facilities Services

d) RFP #13-P-046-CO - Supplemental Health Plan Claims Recovery Services - Human Resources

e) SC #13-SC-089-WH - Miscellaneous IT Equipment - Apple, Inc. - District Wide

f) SC #13-SC-080-LL - Vehicles for Transportation - Transportation Services

g) SC #13-SC-111-WH - Network Infrastructure - Equipment and Services - District Wide

h) SS #13-SS-091-CJ - Audiometric Sound Room and Equipment - Student Services

i) SSA #13-003-PH-A2 - Blackboard Learn - Human Resources

j) SSA #13-008-PH-A1 - Blackboard Wimba Classroom K12 - Educational Technology

k) SSA #13-235-CO - Scholastic Book Fairs - District Wide

l) SSA #13-480-CJ - Brevard Community College - Student Services

m) SSA #13-495-WH - NCS Pearson - Cambridge Elementary

n) SSA #13-500-CJ - Crisis Prevention Institute Inc. - Student Services

o) SSA #13-501-CJ - Brevard Achievement Center - Student Services

p) SSA #13-508-WH - Florida Virtual School - Curriculum and Instruction

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

Motion Minutes: 

The Board gave staff direction to attempt to negotiate a satisfactory arrangement with little to no risk, outside of what we expected, which is a $10,000 commitment. He noted that upon recovery we would receive that back before the split and fees, which is his understanding.  The purchasing department will come back with a recommendation that minimizes exposure and risk and optimizes returns then we can discuss approval at that time.

Dr. Binggeli stated that is exactly what they did before and needs clarification on what will be different this time around.

Mr. Ziegler felt as though we needed to go back to the table with the vendor and find out why we are not where we thought we would be.

Dr. Murray thanked Mr. Ziegler for his input on the bidding process and the insurance issues.

F. Educational Technology

47. Tolling Agreement Between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company ("HMH"), and Brevard Public Schools, ("BPS")
Attachment: BPS HMH Tolling Agreement_Copy_1_05.07.2013.pdf
Attachment: BPS HMH Tolling Agreement_Copy_2_05.07.2013.pdf

There was a consensus to move Item H- 47 Tolling Agreement Between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and Brevard Schools from the Information Agenda to the Consent Agenda making it Item F-47.

Gino Butto, Assistant Superintendent of Information Technology Division, was requested to  explain this item to the Board in more detail.  Mr. Butto stated that the project that was undertaken with HMH has not gone as expected for the last year and a half.  He stated that approximately about 60 days ago the district entered into an agreement with them in regard to a breech status, which took us to another level of negotiations.  Mr. Butto stated that we have seen a stepped up effort from HMH and the potential for them to make this right.

Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, explained the Tolling Agreement to the Board and the community.  He noted that this agreement extends the time of cure and recommended to the Board that they approve it.  Mr. Bistline stated that HMH has already signed the agreement, and he has read through the agreement and it does not harm the district in any shape or form.  This gives the parties an opportunity to resolve the issues to mutual satisfaction.


Although staff is disappointed to be at this contractual stage and acknowledge that all optimism has not been restored with this partnership, staff ultimately recommends extending the breach period via this tolling agreement.

The agreement does not commit BPS to any additional funds, mean time, nor does it modify our original contract; these issues will be addressed as a separate initiative during this tolling period.  There will be interim reports to the Board prior to requesting any substantive actions.

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

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

35. Time Changes for School Board Meetings and Workshops in June and July 2013
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

36. Resolution Relating to Flexibility of Categorical Funding
Attachment: 2012-13 Categorical Flexible Spending Resolution.pdf
H. Human Resources

37. Race to the Top District Evaluation Systems Monitoring
38. Job Description - Certified Occupational/Physical Therapist
Attachment: OT_PT.pdf
H. Certification & Instructional Professional Development

39. Consultant Agreement with Jennifer Abrams, Corwin Press, Inc.
Attachment: J Abrams Contract Corwin Press 2013.pdf
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

40. Head Start Governing Body Functions
Attachment: BYLAWS_12182013_revised.pdf
Attachment: ERSEA Policy and Procedure_Revised.pdf
Attachment: Internal Dispute Policy_Revised.pdf
41. Interagency Agreement with Eckerd Youth Alternatives
Attachment: Eckerd Interagency Agreement 2013-14.pdf
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

42. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant "Accelerating the Common Core through Teacher Networks"
H. Central Area Superintendent

43. Consultant Agreement: Golfview Elementary and The Center for Effective Learning/Susan Kovalik and Associates
Attachment: Golfview June 2013 MTW Invoice.pdf
Attachment: Golfview Consultant Agree Center Effective Learning.pdf
Attachment: Golfview June 2013 Service Agreement.pdf
44. Field Trip - Rockledge High Boys Basketball Team - Tennessee Tech University Team Camp in Cookeville, TN
Attachment: Basketball Camp.pdf
45. Field Trip - Rockledge High Wrestling Team - UNC Team Camp in Chapel Hill, NC
Attachment: Wrestling Camp Info.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

46. Satellite High School FCCLA National Leadership Conference, Nashville, TN
H. Facilities Services

48. Central Area Adult Education and Central Area Alternative Learning Lease Extensions
Attachment: Third Amendment to Central Area Adult Education Lease.pdf
Attachment: Third Amendment to Central Area Alternative Learning Lease.pdf

I. Staff Reports
49. Staff Reports


There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
50. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
51. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points


Ms. Kneessy gave an overview on what happened at the County Commission meeting today (5/14/13) which both she and Mr. Ziegler attended. She noted that they offered to move the agenda on Impact Fees up so there could be discussion on it since they had to be in depositions later on in the day.  Ms. Kneessy stated what her and Mr. Ziegler accomplished is that the Commissioners did not put the Impact Fees on their next agenda for public hearing.  They did agree to a joint meeting with the County Commissioners and the School Board Members to discuss Impact Fees.

Ms. Kneessy stated that although the County Commissioners stated that even though it was not in retaliation to closing schools, the last time that the Impact fees were reviewed was nine years ago and according to the language, the Impact Fees are supposed to be reviewed every five years.  She noted that there was discussion about each sides' schedules and the willingness to work together.  Ms. Kneessy stated that from what she heard at the meeting today, she thinks that it is highly likely that the County Commissioners vote in July will be to eliminate the Educational Impact Fees.  She explained to the community that it means the money the district received to offset debt for the buildings we own, or for growth in areas like Viera, will be eliminated. In essence, if the Impact Fees are eliminated, we will have to go back to the list to see where we have to cut from because we still need to educate children.

Ms. Kneessy complimented Mr. Ziegler on his comments during the County Commissioners meeting.

Dr. Murray asked how much money the district will lose if the Impact Fees are eliminate.  She stated that we need to get as much information out to the community as quickly as possible.

Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, stated that over the last two years, the district collected slightly less than $2.5 million per year.  That is money received. He noted that the county actually receives more than that each year but takes 8 percent (approx. $250-$260,000) for their administrative costs.  Mr. Theodore stated that we are paying Viera every dollar that is collected within the Viera's Development of Regional Impact (DRI) for the donated school sites.  He noted a few years ago the County Commissioners voted to give Odyssey Charter School our Impact Fees. He stated that the district would have a $3-4 million hole to fill next year if the elimination of the impact fees occurred.

Dr. Murray asked if there are any monies that we can collect at this time.  Mr. Theodore stated that there is about $4.7 million that we are about to collect. Normally, we would wait until this fiscal year end to collect on last fiscal year but due to the circumstances, he is putting together recommendations to collect everything through our third quarter. Mr.Theodore noted that he will have an agenda to the Board as quickly as he can.

Mr. Ziegler noted that Ms. Kneessy requested to have a study done of the Impact Fees but is not sure who would be required to fund the study.

Mr. Ziegler was asked repeatedly, and promised to bring this up to the Board, that the facts have changed and the Board should reconsider the closing of the schools.  He noted that Richard Smith, President of BFT, has stated this.  Mr. Ziegler noted that he does not know what facts have changed in order to reconsider the closing of the schools nor to make a determination.  He pointed out that if in fact there were additional dollars, we would want to first recover any positions that has a direct impact on students before paying for vacant seats.

Mr. Ziegler asked if there a reason why water bottles are not allowed in the classroom.  Dr. Murray stated that it is an oversight problem in terms of what actually is in the bottle.

Discussion ensued in regard to the Impact Fees and why this is being brought up at this point.  Chairman Dr. Murray stated that the Board will be contacted in the near future for a joint meeting date.  Ms. Kneessy stated that it was made clear to her at the County Commissioners meeting, that if the Board reconsidered school closures, then they would reconsider Impact Fees.  She felt as though it was strong handed politics and told them that the Board does not make decisions for kids based on strong armed politics.

Dr. Krupp questioned whether the County Commissioners were amiable to parting out the districts.  Ms. Kneessy said that they were not. He stated that it is all or nothing.  Dr. Krupp stated that we are still behind the eight ball even with the closing of schools, and the collection of the Impact Fees.  He noted that there are empty seats in Titusville and over 500 empty commercial buildings in Titusville as noted from Mayor Tulley.  Dr. Krupp spoke to the community about the cuts that will still have to be made in programs, staff, and other areas due to legislative action, and now the potential loss of the Impact Fees.

Dr. Krupp noted that Mayor Tulley and the Councilmen held a city council meeting at Titusville High School where they gave out over 200 student awards from Pre-K-12.  Dr. Krupp thanked Titusville High School for hosting the Council meeting.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended Brevard Schools Foundation Take Stock in Children graduation where over 40 students graduated, and Dr. Binggeli was the guest speaker.  He thanked BCC for hosting the ceremony. 

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended Apollo Elementary's Spring Singing Event.  He stated that he hopes that Ms. King lives to be 100 years old because it is amazing to see all these students turned onto music and instruments.

Dr. Krupp attended the Senior High School Awards at Astronaut High School where he had the opportunity to hand out scholarship awards. He thanked Brevard Schools Foundation for that opportunity.

Dr. Krupp noted that Brevard Cultural Alliance is on their way to being solvent and taking on a new venture in becoming the Cultural Arts Avenue for Brevard County.

Mr. Ziegler thanked the Palm Bay Rotary Club for their outstanding student award ceremonies.

Mr. Ziegler requested a list of all the award banquets. Dr. Binggeli stated the requested list was sent to the Board by email several weeks prior.

Ms. Henderson assured Mr. Ziegler that there is a Kennedy Band Concert and a Viera Band Banquet tonight and she would like to get to one of them. 

Dr. Murray noted that she is looking forward to all the commencements coming up this week.

Dr. Murray addressed the money verses space issue that was brought up by both Dr. Krupp and Mr. Ziegler.  She noted that when you have money, you can subsidize empty seats.  Dr. Murray stated that the money is certainly driving the issue but we cannot overlook the empty seats.

Dr. Murray brought to the attention to the curriculum department as it relates to the Indian River Lagoon.  She noted that the scientists have declared it an unusual die-off pelicans, dolphin, and manatees of the Indian River Lagoon.  Dr. Murray stated that we need to monitor this situation at the Lagoon over the summer for fall activities.

L. Superintendent's Report
52. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli responded to Mr. Ziegler as it relates to the Impact Fee study.  He noted that Mr. Theodore researched the possibility in which you can use Impact Fees, which was our recommendation.  Let's get an in-depth study which involves projections and everything else.  Dr. Binggeli stated that recommendation was discussed with Howard Tipton, County Manager, Mr. Theodore and himself.  Dr. Binggeli stated that there is not a desire to do the study.

Dr. Binggeli stated that he looks forward in a few days to several thousand of the best students in the world, graduating from Brevard Public Schools.

Chairman Dr. Murray thanked Vice-Chairman Kneessy and Mr. Ziegler for carrying the flag for the Board today at the County Commissioners Meeting.

Chairman Dr. Murray congratulated and thanked the Board on their resilience and endurance.

M. Adjournment
53. Adjournment


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board Meeting of May 14, 2013 at 8:50 p.m.