05-15-2012 School Board Budget Workshop


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Budget Workshop on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 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 10, 2012. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board Budget Workshop to order at 1:03 p.m.

Dr. Murray made a few opening comments and stated that the workshop is to update the Board on the budget status and where the district is headed during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. She also stated that the School Board is entering into a collaboration that is unprecedented. Dr. Murray stated the School Board has invited Dan Bennett, BFT Representative, and Debra Grecco, Local 1010 Representative, to the table for the Budget Workshop.

Chairman Dr. Murray went on the say that philosophically, the School Board and Dr. Binggeli, have subscribed to a culture in Brevard County School of collaboration. She stated that as Chairman, she believes that when you have a culture of collaboration, it either is or it is not.  It is not situational.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray stated that the workshop is guided by Robert's Rules of Order and the presentations will be uninterrupted.  She advised the Board to make note of their questions and they will be addressed after the presentation is complete.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray turned the workshop over to Dr. Binggeli, Superintendent, began the presentation portion of the meeting.


Order of Business
4. Order of Business
Attachment: Board Workshop PP 15May12.pdf

Dr. Binggeli  began the budget workshop by giving a historical budgetary analysis and its new realities.  He covered line item reductions and issues to the recurring and non-recurring cuts to the budget.

Ms. Preston covered budget considerations for beyond 2012-2013 and the low, medium and high risks for the district.

Dr. Binggeli and Ms. Preston answered questions from the School Board to clarify certain areas of the presentation.

Ms. Preston gave the Board and the viewing public an overview of the Capital Funding.  The following items were  reviewed (see attached):

  •  Tax Levy Revenue vs. Debt Payments
  •  Overview of Debt
  •  Brevard's Tax Roll Decline
  •  Property Tax Roll Percentage Change Scenarios
  •  Capital Revenue Scenarios
  •  Capital Funds vs. Debt
  •  Capital Funding Plan Scenarios
  •  Assumptions
  •  Summary of Annual Revenues, Expenditures, and Fund Balance
  •  Capital Projects Comparison
  •  Five Options for Voter Referendum

Dr. Binggeli stated that we will not let our buildings go in disrepair, we will not put our students on buses that are too old to be safe, and we have made a decision that we will not refinance and put this debt onto other Boards or our children.  He made clear that we will take money out of our operating funds, if we have to, to make sure that we can protect 1.8 billion dollars of facilities and do what we are required to do to keep people safe.

Ms. Preston and Jo Ann Clark, Director of  Accounting, answered additional questions from the School Board as it relates to impact fees, and voter referendum and restrictions from the current legislation.

Ms. Preston presented to the Board information on the quarter mill.

Ms. Preston responded to questions from the Board as it relates to the sales tax and the items we would be able to use the sales tax funds for purchase.

Mr. Ziegler requested from Gino Butto, Assistant Superintendent of Information Technology Systems, to provide a projection on what it would cost to sustain the digital media move for 2014.  He stated that this would include the technology infrastructure in general and what we would need to support media text in 2014.

Mr. Butto stated that he has received a compilation of the information but needs to put it in a format to deliver to the Board.

Dr. Murray requested that Ms. Preston sit down with Florida Today to get the truth out as it relates to the sales tax, compression dollars etc. She stated that there will come a point in time that the parents, students and community understand that the district can not continue to do what we are doing anymore.  Dr. Murray stated that our community needs to put the pressure on our Legislators.

Dr. Binggeli requested direction from the Board as it relates to the current dollars that we have identified.

All Board Members were not interested in the high risk approach.

Dr. Murray asked for some reassurance on the medium risk.  Dr. Binggeli stated that he loves certainty but there isn't a lot there. He assured the Board that the district would continue to be conservative and strategic.

Dr. Krupp brought up concerns of 6 of 7 in secondary schools. Discussion ensued in regard to  6 of 7.

Ms. Henderson stated that there were a lot of good points that were brought up and needed more time to think about all the concerns.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he was leaning toward the medium risk approach and a ballot item.

Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks


Chairman Dr. Murray requested that the following presentations be placed on discussion points for the June 12, 2012 School Board Meeting:

1. Presentation on the Technology Infrastructure
2. Presentation on the six of seven

6. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board Budget Workshop at 3:21 p.m.