05-22-2012 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, May 22, 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 17, 2012. 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

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

A-3. Invocation (Mansi Patel, Grade 6, Audubon Elementary)
3. Invocation


Mansi Patel, 6th grade student of Audubon Elementary presented the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Demoi Smith, Grade 6, Audubon Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Demoi Smith, 6th grade student from Audubon Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment
A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
5. Adoption of the Agenda


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Additions
F-9.   Student Expulsions
F-35. Eau Gallie HIgh School Trip School Trip to Jefferson Awards National Ceremony and Gala Event in Washington, D.C.

Consent Revisions
F-18.  Ratification of the 2011-2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and the Brevard Federation of Teachers.

Information Addition
H-40.  Proposed Resolution on FCAT Testing and No Child Left Behind Mandates

Information Revisions
H-41.   Recommended Renewal of the Odyssey Charter School Contract
H-42.   Recommended Renewal of Sculptor Charter School Contract
H-43.   Recommended Renewal of the Palm Bay Charter Contract

Approve the School Board meeting agenda of May 22, 2012 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

6. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli introduced Kim Botelho, Brevard's Teacher of the Year from Columbia Elementary, and Stuart Sheinman, Brevard's School Related Employee of the Year and State Finalist from West Melbourne School for Science where he is a Technology/Network Associate. 

A short video segment from the ABC Awards Banquet was played for the Board and the viewing audience.

Mr. Sheinman and Ms. Botelho spoke of their experiences as the Teacher and School Related Employee of the Year, and State Finalist for Mr. Sheinman.

Dr. Binggeli told a story of going into Ms. Botelho's classroom to tell her that she was a Teacher of the Year finalist and how her students responded to the good news.  Dr. Binggeli stated that there was not a single child in the classroom that did not point to Ms. Botelho and say that she was the best teacher in the world.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray stated on behalf of the Board, they reaffirm what the students indicated.  She also thanked Ms. Botelho for representing all of our fields and stated that educators are the hero's of every community. She mentioned that the general public really understand what educators go through on a day to day basis to make what happens happen.


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray took this opportunity to recognize Ms. Shloe Kerness, Instructor and Intern Coordinator at the University of Central Florida, along with her thirty-five elementary education majors.

Dr. Murray wished Dr. Binggeli a happy birthday. She jokingly stated that he was 39.

Dr. Murray stated that we appreciate all of our principals in Brevard County. We know that they work very hard and meet every day's challenges with their head held high.  She stated that the principals at Cambridge and Saturn Elementary developed a reading challenge between their two schools.  The students exceeded the goal and the principals as a surprise to the students, dressed up like rock stars for a day and visited each and every classroom.  Dr. Murray congratulated Principal Hilah Mercer, Cambridge Elementary, and Principal Dr. Mike Miller at Saturn Elementary, for their motivation.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
7. 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 this evening but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

1.  Lucy Bunch, Palm Bay - Out of Area
2.  Richard Smith, BFT, Rockledge - Contract Vote
3.  Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
4. Teri McKenzie, Brevard Community College, Rockledge - Student Recruitment for Higher Education.

Dr. Murray thanked the speakers for their willingness to speak before the Board.


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

8. Approval of Minutes
9. Student Expulsions
F. Financial Services

10. Financial Statements with the Operating Budget Amendment for the Period Ending March 31, 2012
Attachment: March 2012 Financials.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #7 - March 31 2012.pdf
Attachment: Special Revenue Funds Budget Amendment, Resolutions #1.pdf
Attachment: March 2012 budget amendment explanations.pdf
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

11. Budget Amendment #8 - April 30, 2012
Attachment: Budget Amendment #8 - April 30, 2012.pdf
Attachment: April 2012 budget amendment explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

12. Warrants for the Month of April, 2012
Attachment: Warrant List - April 2012.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

13. Property Disposal
Attachment: May 22 Board List.pdf
14. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: 12-012LL Kitchen Equipment & Refrigeration Parts Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1227CO ACT Inc. Agenda Item with Contract 5-22-12.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1228-CO ThomasKelly Agenda Item with Agreement 5-22-12.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1231DR Premier Literacy Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 12-025-PB-DR Cafeteria Produce Agenda Item 5-22-12.1.pdf
Attachment: ITB 12-027 PBKB - Furniture Educational (K12 Higher Ed) Agenda 5-22-12.pdf
Attachment: 12-028 PBLL Agenda Item Elevator Maintenance & Service.pdf
Attachment: SS 12 002 - SS 12 003 Polar King Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1232CO Florida Virtual School Agenda Item with Agreement.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1230CO NCS Pearson Successmaker Agenda Item with Agreement.pdf
Attachment: 09-027BM Fencing Extension Agenda Item & Back up.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1223CO Barnes and Noble Agenda Item and Agreement 5-10-12.pdf
Attachment: Accounting Strings.pdf
F. Transportation

15. Intergovernmental Coordination and Review (ICAR) and Public Transportation Coordination Joint Participation Agreement
Attachment: Final 2012 ICAR with all edits.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-22-12 - Corrected.pdf
17. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-22-12.pdf
F. Labor Relations

18. Ratification of the 2011-2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and the Brevard Federation of Teachers
Attachment: 2011-2012 BFT Contract final.pdf
Attachment: TA'd Language for Ratification 5.16.12.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

19. Change to Graduation Requirements ~ 4th Science/4th Social Studies Credits Beginning with Graduating Class of 2013
F. Alternative Sites

20. School Board of Brevard County and AMIkids Space Coast, Inc., Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: SCMI pre-signed contract 12-13.pdf
21. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at AMIkids Frances Walker Halfway House
Attachment: FWH pre-signed contract 12-13.pdf
22. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at AMIkids Brevard Group Treatment Home
Attachment: GTH pre-signed contract 12-13.pdf
23. School Board of Brevard County and Devereux Foundation
Attachment: Devereux word contract 2012-2015.pdf
24. School Board of Brevard County and Pediatric Services of America, Inc. Agreement
Attachment: PSA signed contract 12-13.pdf
25. Department of Juvenile Justice 2012-2013 School Calendar
Attachment: DJJ Calendar 2012-13.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

26. Project SEARCH Contracted Services Agreement with Health First, Inc.
Attachment: ProjectSEARCH Contract 2012.pdf
27. Memorandum of Agreement, City of Palm Bay - Project SEARCH
Attachment: Palm Bay SEARCH MOA 2012.pdf
28. 2012-13 Contract Agreement with Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) to Serve Students with Disabilities in Brevard County
Attachment: BAC Contract Agreement 2012-13.pdf
29. Approval of Four (4) Contracted Services Agreements to Support the Family Liaison Project for the 2012-2013 School Year
Attachment: Gerhauser-Fam.Liaison7-12 - 6-13.pdf
Attachment: TerriRamie7-1-12-6-30-13.pdf
Attachment: EmilyDeWoodyFamLiai7-12 -6-13.pdf
Attachment: Tomaka Jul12-Jun13.pdf
30. Contracted Services Agreement with Intervention Services, Inc. to Provide Therapeutic Services
Attachment: InterventionServices2012-13.pdf
31. Assistive Technology Training for Private Schools by Judith Sweeney, Onion Mountain Technology, Inc.
Attachment: Sweeney-OnionMtn.2012.pdf
32. Contract to Provide Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
Attachment: CPI2012Proposals.pdf
Attachment: CPIContract2.pdf
33. "Expanding Expression" Training and Presentation to District Speech/Language Pathologists and Private Schools
Attachment: ExpandingExpression2012.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

34. Stone Middle School Trip to eCYBERMISSION National Judging and Educational Event in Leesburg, Virginia
Attachment: Stone Middle - eCybermission - Leesburg, VA - June 2012.pdf
35. Eau Gallie High School Trip to Jefferson Awards National Ceremony and Gala Event in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: EGHS - Jefferson Awards - Washington, D.C. June 18-21, 2012.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

36. Rockledge High Cross Country - Summer Conditioning Running Camp in Boone, NC
Attachment: RHS XC Camp.pdf
37. Rockledge High Wrestling Team - University of North Carolina Team Camp in Chapel Hill, NC
Attachment: RHS Wrestling Camp.pdf
38. Rockledge High Boys Basketball Team - Tennessee Tech University Team Camp in Cookeville, TN
Attachment: RHS Basketball Camp.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

39. Approval of Consent Agenda

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

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli took the opportunity to  congratulate Pamela Mitchell, Principal of Central Middle School on her retirement.  He stated that Ms. Mitchell dedicated herself to serving the students of Brevard with excellence for the past 16 years.

School Board Members unanimously agreed to forgo the scheduled video break.

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

40. Proposed Resolution on FCAT Testing and No Child Left Behind Mandates
Attachment: Palm Beach County Letter and Resolution.pdf
Attachment: CFPSBC Handouts.pdf

Ms. Henderson pulled this agenda item to discuss handouts that were discussed at the Central Florida Public School Board Coalition meeting on May 15, 2012. (Letter and Resolutions attached).  She stated that the Coalitions, which is made up of ten school districts across the state, recommendation after the release of the FCAT 2.0 Writing Exam, was to conduct a complete external audit, not just change the scores.

Ms. Henderson explained where and why the two resolutions came about and the current support that is behind them.  She stated that she feels as though the Board should consider doing these resolutions because the high-stakes testing has gotten seriously out of hand.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Ms. Henderson for bringing the information before the public. He went on to state his concerns about how these more rigorous tests will effect the educational system in the State of Florida.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray stated that anyone in any assessment career, knows that you can make a test so hard that no one in the world can pass it and you can work with the measurement of that exam so that no one can reach the benchmark.  She stated that the state assessments have been out of hand for quite some time.  Dr. Murray agreed with Mr. Ziegler that the underlying purpose was to destroy public education.

Dr. Murray thinks that the general public should start looking into some of the corporations who own some of these test and assessment companies to see who the owners are because they would find some of the connections interesting in terms of who in our government are actually a part of those companies.  Dr. Murray stated that there are some of our government officials that are in very high positions own charter schools. That means that any funding that goes towards charter schools is actually going to the government officials that are voting to send the money to the charter schools.  Dr. Murray encourages the public to investigate some of these issues to understand what is actually is driving some of the decision making or lack there of in Tallahassee.

Ms. Kneessy gave another example of information that the decision makers in Tallahassee should know but did not and commented that these are the people that are making the decisions for public education.

The Board Members directed the Superintendent to have his writers put together a resolution, that is not too lengthy that it loses its punch. Dr. Murray suggested that the district invite some parent groups, booster groups and BFT, hopefully they will join with us, and also do one separately to create the quantity that is needed to drive this purpose.

As a side note, Dr. Murray stated that she does not feel that high education and K-12 education cooperate enough on some of these issues.  She stated that she does not think that we realize how much the destiny of one impact the other.  If K-12 is in trouble, then higher ed. will eventually be in trouble and visa versa.

Dr. Krupp mentioned that the Resolution on High-Stakes Testing was passed by more than 360 Texas School Boards.  He suggested that the ten school districts that make up the Central Florida Public School Board Coalition (CFPSBC) work up a resolution also.

Ms. Kneessy suggested that the Board members also bring a resolution back to the district that they represent.  She stated that it comes back to economics and would like to have a resolution to be able to have the cities that each member represents sign on that these high stakes testing are not only hurting our students but the communities as well. People are not going to want to come to here, businesses are not going to want to come here if they do not think that we offer quality education.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray summarized what the Board is requesting as it relates to the high-stakes testing resolution.

1. Resolution done by the School Board.

2. Take it to the CFPSBC for a group resolution.

3. School Board Members take it to their local communities to seek resolutions from the municipalities and any strong public noteworthy groups that have a voice.

Dr. Binggeli stated that this is a Board issue and wished for the Board Members to weigh in.  He stated that his personal belief is that the tests are not horrible but the decisions that are being made with the tests are and they are serving in a way that they were not designed to serve. He asked if the Board was okay with that shining through, and stated that we should be telling our public that there should be multiple ways in which we determine that our young people are being successful. The Board was in full agreement.

Ms. Kneessy stated that there is a list of all the decisions that are being made from the assessment test and would like to incorporate that information so that the public can see how bad it is.

H. School Choice

41. Recommend the Renewal of the Odyssey Charter School Contract
Attachment: 2012 Odyssey Renewal Document Submitted by School Part 1.pdf
Attachment: 2012 Odyssey Renewal Document Submitted by School Part 2.pdf
Attachment: 2012 Odyssey Renewal District Summary.pdf
42. Recommend the Renewal of Sculptor Charter School Contract
Attachment: 2012 Sculptor Renewal District Summary.pdf
Attachment: 2012 Sculptor Renewal Document Submitted by School.pdf
43. Recommend the Renewal of the Palm Bay Academy Charter Contract
Attachment: 2012 Palm Bay Acaddemy Document Submitted by School Part 1.pdf
Attachment: 2012 Palm Bay Renewal Document Submitted by School Part 2.pdf
Attachment: 2012 Palm Bay Academy District Renewal Summary.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

44. 2012-2013 Grant Application for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Entitlement, Part B and PreK
45. Multi-Agency Contract Agreements to Serve Brevard Public Schools Adult Students with Disabilities
46. 2012-2013 Adults with Disabilities Grant Application
47. Approve Contracted Services Agreements for Learner Empowerment through Agency Partnerships (LEAP) Trainers and Project Success for Students/Adults with Disabilities

I. Staff Reports
48. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
49. Additional Public Presentation(s)

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
50. Discussion Point: Continued Discussion from Budget Workshop

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray requested to have continued discussion from the Budget Workshop of May 15, 2012.  She noted that after discussions with Dr. Binggeli, another budget workshop would be required. The Budget Workshop was set for June 12, 2012 at approximately 12:00 p.m. after the morning School Board meeting.
51. Board Member Reports


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray stated that our school district has met with a great deal of tragedy over the past two weeks.  She requested a moment of silence for the following students:

Joel Johnson, Atlantis Elementary; Jazzlin Johnson, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; Jaxs Johnson, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School, Pebbles Johnson, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; and Promise Turner, Discovery Elementary

Mr. Ziegler made note about the excitement of graduation.

Mr. Ziegler commented on the workshops and the time flexibility that surrounds them.

Mr. Ziegler commented on the standardization of dress in this county. He stated that he would like some data on the number of students, overall, including public, charter and private that have a standardized dress and those that do not.  That information should tell us what this community is composed of as it relates to standardized dress.

Dr. Murray requested clarification from Dr. Binggeli in regard to surveying the parent advisory committee.  Dr. Binggeli stated that this topic was brought up last year and there was not a compelling desire among the parent leaders.  Ms. Kneessy, Mr. Ziegler were in support of standardized dress.  Ms. Henderson, Dr. Krupp, and Dr. Murray were against standardized dress. There was no objection to looking into the percentage.  Mr. Ziegler requested that the data separate out high school students.  Dr. Binggeli stated that his staff would get that information.

Ms. Kneessy noted a few events happening from the Brevard Schools Foundation. Golf Tournament on June 4, 2012 and the Back to School Safari on July 28, 2012. She mentioned that for the Back to School Safari there will be a north and a south location in addition to the Zoo location.  Ms. Kneessy stated that the south location is the Center Point Christian Church and the north location is the North Brevard Charity Sharing Center.

Ms. Kneessy shared stories of students that graduated from Brevard Virtual.

Ms. Henderson noted several of events that she attended, such as, going with the students from Endeavor Elementary to the Wildlife Refuge.

Ms. Henderson congratulated the seniors on their graduation and shared a story of a special needs student and the reaction of his peers during the commencements.

Dr. Krupp stated that graduation is always a warm spot in everybody's heart because it's a new chapter in the kids' lives. He told some festivity stories of the commencements at Astronaut, Space Coast Jr./Sr., and Titusville High School and congratulated all of the seniors.

Dr. Krupp stated that Earth Day was celebrated a little late at Apollo Elementary. He stated that they received a grant for a 10 kilowatt solar array, which will save them $1500. - $2000. a year in electricity.

Dr. Krupp spoke to Kevin Beck, parent, to trust the appeal process for the out-of-area.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray congratulated all of seniors on their recent graduation. She mentioned a few things that astounded her, like the number of dual enrolled students and the amount of AA degrees that were received.  Dr. Murray also commented on the millions of dollars that were received in scholarships.  She stated that it would be interesting to see the numbers across the district in scholarships.  Dr. Murray stated that type of data is what counters the FCAT, and this public image that we are not graduating quality kids and our education is not quality. Yet we have students that are winning international competitions in robotics, science fairs, and going to some of the finest universities in the United States, as well as here in Florida. 

Dr. Murray has requested a  presentation around Flag Day regarding proper flag etiquette.

Dr. Murray announced, for the sake of transparency to the public, that the Board will be discussing sibling preference on the following dates:

Presentation: 8/28/2012
Information agenda: 9/11/2012
Consent agenda: 10/9/2012

Dr. Murray stated that due to the change of school board meeting times during the summer, the board will not be discussing sibling preference until the fall.

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

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli stated that he attended graduations from North to South. He stated that we have phenomenal students who are taught by those who help to live out their hopes and dreams.  Dr. Binggeli stated that he feels blessed to be a part of it.

M. Adjournment
53. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of May 22, 2012 was adjourned at 6:57 p.m.