05-24-2011 Special School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 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 19, 2011. 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 of May 24, 2011 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

Chairman Murray called for a moment of silence for Zeyvon Baker, 5th grade student of Enterprise Elementary, who passed away unexpectedly.


A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, showed a Teambuilding Inspirational PowerPoint presentation for the invocation and dedicated it to the 2011 graduating seniors and all the Brevard Public School staff to have a safe summer.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Ms. Davis led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Addition
F-12.   Student Expulsions

Consent Revisions
F-13.   Budget Amendment #8 for the Operating Fund
F-19.   Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff for 2011-2012

Consent Deletions
Approval of Minutes
Florida Marketplace Lease Revisions



Motions:
Adopt the agenda for the special School Board meeting of May 24, 2011 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. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

6. National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work

Minutes: 

Dr. Ron Bobay, North Area Superintendent, reminded the Board that at the March 8, 2011 School Board meeting they recognized 17 National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work. Each school was awarded a banner and framed certificate acknowledging this national-level distinction.

Dr. Bobay mentioned that since that meeting, two more North Area schools applied for and received national model status which brings the district total to 19. Brevard Public Schools currently has 16% of all national model schools in the US and 95% of all national model schools in Florida.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray and Dr. Binggeli joined Dr. Bobay to recognize the leadership, hard work, and commitment that the following schools have exhibited. Each school was presented with a framed certificate, and their uniquely designed banner to hang in their schools.

1. Atlantis Elementary School - Principal Sherry Tomlinson

2. South Lake Elementary School - Principal Dr. Nancy Nichols


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Financial Services

7. Review of Debt Markets for Florida School Districts
Attachment: RBC Capital Markets Ratings Presentation 5-24-11.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Preston introduced Mitch Owens, Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets, who gave a presentation on an overview of what is happening in the credit market and how it relates to Brevard Public School District and its financial ratings.

8. Budget Presentation
Attachment: Board Presentation 5-24-11.pdf
Minutes: 

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, gave a summary on the budget outlook for the 2011-2012 school year.

Dr. Krupp questioned whether the total employer adjustment was based on current hires for this fiscal year or projected after the declining enrollment.  Ms. Preston stated that it was a combination of the two but mostly of the current year since we took credit for the declining enrollment in another area.

Ms. Kneessy questioned whether there was still talk about 12 to 17 percent tax roll decline. Ms. Preston answered in the affirmative. Ms Preston stated that she does not feel that will be the case but if it were, there is a contingency plan in place.

Ms. Kneessy asked Ms. Preston to remind the Board on how many more millions is reductions that the district will have to find if there is a decrease in the tax roll of 17 percent.  Ms. Preston stated that operating funds will be the least of our worries, we are more concerned with capital. She stated that it could mean another 2 million in the operating and another 7 million in capital which would effect the long range plan.

Ms. Ziegler asked some clarification on the FRS system. Ms. Preston  reviewed the chart from the presentation (attached).

Dr. Murray stated as a point of concern that next year, the legislature will not be able to balance their budget on any federal money and they have used up all their wiggle room with the retirement.

Dr. Murray called upon Florida Today to keep this in the press and not wait until the legislative sessions. She stated that we need to keep community education ongoing in regard to how the budget cuts from the state is effecting our community.

Dr. Binggeli stated that Dr. Murray's comments were wise and well-taken. He reminded the Board that one of the four principles was that the district had to keep an eye on 2012-2013 while going through the recommended budget cuts.  Dr. Binggeli stated that the district is dealing with enormous non-recurring issues.

D. Compensation & Benefits

9. Status - Employee Healthcare Clinics Exploration
Attachment: Employee Health Clinics Bd Pres (2).pdf
Minutes: 

Susan Standley, Director of Compensation & Benefits, updated the Board on the status of employee health care clinics.

Dr. Krupp questioned whether the committee has explored mobile clinics.  Ms. Standley stated that mobile clinics are a fairly new concept and the committee has expressed interest in exploring them as an option.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Ms. Standley for her thorough report. He expressed his passion on this topic and shared his opinions on how the district could, from a business perspective, emulate an existing organizations trend data to our actualials based on the types of services performed and other types of services that will be driven to these clinics and what are reduction in medications, and claims.

Discussion ensued between Mr. Ziegler and Ms. Standley as it relates to the health care clinics, claims, and other business that have clinics and the return on investments on them.

Dr. Murray stated that it sounds like we are making the assumption that the whole Board supports funding the health care clinics. She stated that she does not support the clinics and does not want to get in the business of running a medical facility especially at a time when we are expecting more cuts in the near future.  Dr. Murray stated that she does support is the idea of the community model which uses what is already out there to build a network and enjoy cost savings for the district and the employees.

Dr. Murray respectfully requested that the Board reach consensus on this topic as to give the Superintendent's committee direction from the Board, and not from an individual Board Member who may or may not have the majority vote.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he agrees with what Dr. Murray stated but does not feel that the district has enough information to go with a particular model.

Dr. Krupp stated that he would not support a brick and mortar facility which is why he asked about the mobile units. He thought the best model so far was the community clinic.

Ms. Henderson agreed with both Dr. Krupp and Dr. Murray on the community model. She stated was stunned at the amount of distaste for clinics, from the employees, due to privacy issue.

Ms Kneessy concurred with Ms. Henderson and stated that she too was surprised at the employee push-back and thinks that because the district is unable to give increases in salary, step, and raising insurance premiums. The employees see this as another cut to their benefits when the Board is trying to do is get them more availability of service at a better price so without the employee buy-in, Ms. Kneessy supported the community based model.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board in regard whether or not there was enough data given to make this decision and the perception of the employees and their privacy.  Dr. Murray stated that she heard four Board Members state that would prefer the community model as the direction to send the Superintendent's Advisory Committee.

Ms. Standley stated that the district is on the leading edge if this community model works for us.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she would like to see a quick turn around in this because the health care claims and medical cost are going up rather quickly.  Ms Standley stated that the goal is to have something for the Board to approve this summer.

 
D. Middle School Programs/K-12

10. Virtual Instruction in Brevard County Public Schools

Minutes: 

Dr. Beth Thedy, Director of Middle Schools program, and Heather Price, Resource Teacher for Brevard Virtual Instruction Program, gave a presentation on the overview of the development of Brevard Virtual Instruction Program (BVIP) and the review of the legislation mandates in virtual instruction.

Dr. Murray thanked Dr. Thedy and Ms. Price for the detail of their report to the Board.

Mr. Ziegler requested clarification on forward funding virtual students, which is paying the cost of the student in the first year and being reimbursed in the second year.  Dr. Thedy stated  that the forward funding piece was the reason why the virtual student needed to be in both FTE periods the prior year.

Mr. Ziegler questioned if the $175,000 in the budget was technology cost for our servers because there will be a cost to our technology department.  Ms. Price stated that the $175,000 is the estimated start up cost for the K-5 Curriculum. She noted that the contract is still being negotiated.  Ms. Price stated only three technology items that have been addressed is the student technology, software and Internet stipend. It does not include any indirect cost that E.T. might experience.  

Mr. Ziegler questioned whether the district has the technology capacity. Dr. Thedy stated that many of the programs are web-based and that portion of the infrastructure is in place. Gino Butto, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Technology, stated the infrastructure portions the ET department can handle, but there are pieces and parts on the outlining area that we have not configured yet. Both departments are working very closely together to identify those pieces we will report it back to the Board. Mr. Butto stated that he felt that the major costs we will be looking at will be on the resource side, the human element. The calls to the help desk, the support area, rather then the hardware and software piece because so much of it is virtual.

Ms. Kneessy questioned what the status of the legislation piece that there can be a charter virtual school.  Ms. Price stated that it is part of the same piece of legislation, House Bill 7197, it is sitting in the same place, on the Governor's desk, expecting to be signed.

Ms. Kneessy suggested that virtual school be listed under choice options on the district website since it falls under the same philosophy as types of choice schools.

Ms. Kneessy suggested targeting a class like career ed or the drivers ed class and making it the district wide course that everybody takes just to simplify this process. Dr. Binggeli stated that very recommendation was discussed at our senior staff meeting on Monday, May 23, 2011.

Ms. Kneessy thanked Dr. Thedy and Ms. Price for the information and all that they do.

Dr. Krupp had several questions as it relates to the enrollment count, the budget of the virtual school and specifics of cloud computing.

 


E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

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

The following community members spoke before the School Board:

1.  Ellen Miller, Rockledge, BFT - Harry & Harriette Moore
2.  Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Change
3.  Marcus Hochman, Cape Canaveral - Fear and Retaliation
4.  Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
5.  Chip and Nancy Bock, Melbourne Beach - Bus transportation around Gemini Elementary

Dr. Binggeli stated that he has tasked Mike Connors, Director of Transportation, to examine all of the students currently riding busses within the two mile limit, not required by Florida Department of Education guidelines, based on the reason for their original request.  If that request involves safety, I would like to suggest a team of officials including some of our transportation  employees as well as county and law enforcement to judge all of these areas against a standard set of guidelines  which will be brought back to the Board at its conclusion.

Dr. Murray agreed with Dr. Binggeli and stated that she is concerned with this particular case due to the safety concerns investigated by Mr. Ziegler and Mr. Loffek, Principal of Gemini Elementary. She stated that if Dr. Binggeli feels the need to investigate like areas, she would support that because safety of a child is more important than dollars.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she wants to make sure that there is a clear standard across the district.

Ms. Henderson stated that she was looking for fair and consistency throughout the district.

Dr. Binggeli stated that he hopes to have a resolution on this issue this summer prior to the start of school.

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After getting consensus from the Board, Chairman Murray called for an earlier then scheduled video break at 7:58 p.m.

The meeting was a reconvened at 8:11 p.m.
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F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Student Expulsions
Attachment: Expulsions 05.24.11.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

13. Budget Amendment #8 for the Operating Fund
Attachment: Budget Amendment #8 - April 30, 2011.pdf
Attachment: April 30, 2011 Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

14. Warrants Written for the Month of April, 2011
Attachment: Warrants - April 2011.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

15. Property Disposal
Attachment: May_24_11.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-24-11.pdf
17. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-24-11.pdf
18. Reappointment Nominations of Continuing/Professional Service Contract Teachers for 2011-2012 School Year
Attachment: Reappointment Nominations of CC-PSC Teachers 2011-2012 - 05-24-11.pdf
19. Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff for 2011-2012
Attachment: Support Reappointment 11-12.pdf
F. Compensation & Benefits

20. Job Descriptions for the Brevard Virtual Instruction Program (BVIP)
Attachment: APVirtualPrograms.pdf
Attachment: eLearningCenterAssist.pdf
Attachment: Teacher-OnlineAdjunct.pdf
Attachment: GuidanceCounselor-VirtualProg.pdf
Attachment: Teacher-OnlinePrimaryInt.pdf
Attachment: Teacher-OnlineSecond.pdf
F. Elementary Programs

21. Jump Start 2011
Attachment: Jump Start - Response to Dr Krupp.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

22. District Franchise Contract with Florida Virtual School
Attachment: Brevard FLVS Franchise Contract Rider 11-12-Final 4 14 11.pdf
Attachment: Brevard FLVS Franchise Contract 2011-2012-Final 5 6 11.pdf
23. AIMS Middle and High School Mathematics
Attachment: AIMS 2011 Agenda item attachment.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

24. Articulation Agreement with Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)
Attachment: FIT Articulation Agreement ~ Final 04192011.pdf
F. Alternative Sites

25. Brevard Public Schools and The Children's Center Interagency/Lease Agreements
Attachment: Lease Agreement - Children's Center.pdf
Attachment: Interagency Agreement - Children's Center.pdf
26. School Board of Brevard County and Pediatric Services of America, Inc. Agreement
Attachment: Pediatric Services - Kids Medical.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

27. Permission for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) Teams to Travel to World Finals
Attachment: OM 2011 TEAMS.pdf
28. Memorandum of Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and Brevard Family Partnership
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_9815P-IR3235-513-EXED_BREVARD FAMILY PARTNERSH_001.pdf
29. 2011-12 Contract Agreement with Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) to Serve Students with Disabilities in Brevard County
Attachment: BAC Contract Agreement 2011-12.pdf
30. Approval of Four (4) Contracted Services Agreements with Family Liaison Consultants for the 2011-2012 School Year
Attachment: EmilyDeWoodyFamLiai2011.pdf
Attachment: Gerhauser-Fam.Liaison11.pdf
Attachment: Tomaka-Fam.Liaison2011.pdf
Attachment: TerriRamieFam.Liaison2010.pdf
F. Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources

31. Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS/East) Project Application for 2011/12
Attachment: Narrative for Board for 2011-12.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

32. Southwest Middle School Trip to the 2011 Technology Student Association National Conference in Dallas, Texas
Attachment: Southwest Middle - TSA National Conf, Dallas, TX - June 21-24, 2011.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

33. Field Trip - Rockledge High Wrestling Team - University of North Carolina Instructional Wrestling Camp
Attachment: wrestling.camp.june.pdf
34. Field Trip - Rockledge High Boys Basketball Team - Tennessee Tech University Basketball Camp
Attachment: TEAMCAMP2011.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

35. Approve the Field Trip for Merritt Island High Automotive Technology Team June 12 - 15, 2011
F. Project Management

36. Amendment to Interlocal Agreement for Educational Impact Fees
Attachment: Agenda Item V.C.pdf
Attachment: Amended Interlocal Agreement for Educational Impact Fees.pdf
Attachment: Ordinance 10-09.pdf
37. Interlocal Agreement for Public School Planning and School Concurrency with Grant-Valkaria
Attachment: Interlocal Agreement with Grant-Valkaria Modification.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

38. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
Approve the consent agenda for the School Board meeting of May 24, 2011.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli took the opportunity to congratulate the following administrators on their retirement:

Barbara Bellanger for her retirement as Principal at Harbor City Elementary School.  She has served the School District of Brevard for the past 23 years.

Mary Cassidy for her retirement as Principal at Indialantic Elementary School. She has served the School District of Brevard for the past 30 years.

Charles Cassell for his retirement as Assistant Principal at Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School. He has served the School District of Brevard for the past 22 years.

Dr. Binggeli extended his sincere appreciation to the above named administrators along with all of the instructional and support staff personnel that retired this year. He thanked them for serving the students of Brevard with excellence and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Dr. Binggeli noted that just a week prior, there was a retirement celebration in the board room and collectively there were over 5,000 years of service given to the students of Brevard County. He mentioned that the district recognized and congratulated many employees that evening including a teacher with 45 years in the district, a custodian from Holland Elementary that gave his service to that one school for 46 years and our own Betty Dunn was recognized as the administrator with the most years at 35.


Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Financial Services

39. Recommended Reductions for the 2011-12 Operating Budget
Attachment: 2011-12 Recommended Budget Reductions.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy pulled this agenda item as it relates to the priority of which the Board will take those tier two reductions. She wanted to know if the rest of the Board felt the same way that there needed to be more Board discussion about the priority prior to moving into tier two reductions.

The Board agreed with Ms. Kneessy that there needed to be further discussion on the prioritizing of the tier two reduction recommendations.

H. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

40. School Year Calendar Standards
Attachment: BPS Calendar Standards 2011 (May 11, 2011).pdf
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

41. Florida First Start Contract for FY12
Attachment: FFS FY12.pdf
42. Supplemental Educational Services Provider/District Contract
Attachment: 2011-2012 SES Contract.pdf
43. Title I Part A Grant Application
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

44. District Virtual Instruction Program Contract with Florida Virtual School Full-Time
Attachment: FLVS FT K-12 VIP Contract 1-12-Final 4-29-11.pdf
Attachment: Brevard FLVS FT Contract Rider 11-12-Final 4 29 11.pdf
H. Alternative Sites

45. School Board of Brevard County and Hurricane Island Outward Bound, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Outward Bound.pdf
46. School Board of Brevard County and Devereux Foundation
Attachment: Devereux.pdf
47. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at AMIkids Brevard Group Treatment Home
Attachment: GTH.pdf
48. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at AMIkids Frances Walker Halfway House
Attachment: FWHH.pdf
49. School Board of Brevard County and AMIkids Space Coast, Inc., Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: SCMI.pdf
50. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds/Rainwater Center for Girls, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Rainwater.pdf
51. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds Youth Shelter, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Shelter.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

52. Multi-Agency Contract Agreements to Serve Brevard Public School Adult Students with Disabilities
Attachment: BAC- AWD 2011-2012 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Behav.Serv.ofBrev- AWD 2011-2012 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Bridges- AWD 2011-2012 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Easter Seals- AWD 2011-2012 Contract.pdf
Attachment: ECCI- AWD 2011-2012 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Agency Comp Charts Grant Contracts 2011-2012 21% cut.pdf
53. 2011-12 Cooperative Agreement with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
Attachment: RFBD Contract FY12 Brevard.pdf
54. 2011-2012 Grant Application for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Entitlement
H. South Area Superintendent

55. Request a More Restrictive Dress Code at Eau Gallie High School
Attachment: fm5511F1 dress code proposed changes for 2011-2012 for school board approval(2).pdf
Attachment: Meeting minutes for administrative procedural meeting for dress code changes 2011-2012 school year.pdf
Attachment: 3011X-SRI1_3011P-IR3235-GUID_0371_001.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to commend the Eau Gallie, Lockmar, and Southwest for requesting a more restrictive dress code. She encouraged the Board, if they have not already done so, to read the comments on the elementary and middle school results question 20 of the parent survey.

Ms. Kneessy stated her concerns about the current dress code not being enforced and parents requesting a more restrictive dress code similar to the three that are before the Board this evening.

Ms. Henderson stated that when enforced, our dress code policy is pretty good. She mentioned that she is not for putting longer shirts and sleeves on students in Florida but if a student came in with a racer back top with her bra strap showing, that would be fixed if she where the principal.

Ms. Henderson requested, prior to the next school board meeting, on how many schools have asked for more restrictive dress codes.

Dr. Murray agreed that this is more of an enforcement issue. She stated that it is not the Board's position to pick up after those who aren't doing what they are suppose to be doing as enforcing the dress code.

Dr. Krupp stated this issue is one of enforcement and hoped to keep this issue as a school based management issue and not put the onus on the Board to make the dress code more stringent.

Mr. Ziegler suggested that the district revise the dress code policy to make it easier on the employees to enforce.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she is hearing that the Board direction is that the dress code policy is to be enforced as a priority. The Board agreed.

56. Request a More Restrictive Dress Code at Lockmar Elementary
Attachment: 2111X-SRI1_2111P-IR3225-Bldg1-100L_0078_001.pdf
57. Approve a More Restrictive Dress Code at Southwest Middle School
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1586_001.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

58. SkillsUSA 2011 National Conference for trip in Kansas City, Missouri
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1594_001.pdf

I. Staff Reports
59. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

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

Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler gave a report on the Value Adjustment Board (VAB) meeting that he attended.

Mr. Ziegler noted that West Shore Jr./Sr. High School had 143 graduates and for the first time all seniors graduated with diplomas of distinction. This was a first for West Shore. Mr. Ziegler stated that he was curious if another high school in Brevard or any other high school has ever had this accomplishment.

Ms. Kneessy commented in response to Dr. Krupp on being in the schools and seeing the face piercings on a weekly basis. The students are wearing them not just at the graduations.

Ms. Kneessy noted how outstanding the graduations were this year. She mentioned how impressed that she always is with the quality of students crossing the stage but what really struck home this year were the student speeches.

Ms. Kneessy noted that Satellite High School's first live streaming graduation event was a huge success and is hoping we will have future graduations that friends and family around the world can tune in online.

Ms. Henderson mentioned that in the past few weeks that she has attended many performances of choruses, band, and strings. She stated that it was amazing to see these students come together for a performance and play their hearts out, yet had never practiced together. It is a real testament to the music teachers. She took this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Butler, strings teacher for Andersen, Golfview, and Williams Elementary, for doing such a great job with the fifth and sixth graders.

Ms. Henderson mentioned the feeling that one gets when the seniors throw their graduation caps in the air, the scholarships that the students receive, and that our teachers have truly risen to the occasion in the past year. She stated that it is really a testament to our entire community because they really truly value education and it shows in everything that we do. Mr. Henderson gave a big thanks to the teachers and the staff for their dedication to the educational process.

Ms. Henderson noted that the Board Members are scheduled to be at the Florida School Board Association conference in June. She has been thinking about ways on how to influence our legislators for the upcoming year. She spoke about the 50 pieces of legislation that effected education and its related cost. Ms. Henderson requested that the Board think about influencing the legislature to leave education alone for the next several years.

Dr. Krupp would like to recommend to the legislators that they put the money back into Bright Futures. Brevard has a tremendous amount of students who are eligible for Bright Future dollars that come from the lottery. The legislators have done a disservice to our youth for cutting back on those funds.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended six graduations including the adult education. He also attended Apollo Elementary for a celebration for their volunteers. Dr. Krupp applauded all of our volunteers in all of our schools for their service.

Dr. Murray wished Dr. Binggeli a Happy Birthday.

Dr. Murray stated that she received a letter from a faculty member from Saturn Elementary School. He was commending his colleagues for their extraordinary performance on the Florida Writes Test and in giving consideration that Saturn in a Title I School and scoring at the level that they did. Dr. Murray commended all of our schools for their performance and would like to commend Dr. Miller and his leadership and the faculty and staff at Saturn for a job well done.

Dr. Murray brought to the attention of the Board that we have teachers that are on some sort of medical leave for a broken ankle and the like. These teachers are not being allowed to return to work because they are on crutches. She stated that it has been ruled by someone that it is a light duty issue and they would not be allowed in the classroom because they are on crutches.   Dr. Murray stated that her argument is that Dr. Binggeli broke his toe last week and if he were on crutches would we not allow him to come back to work? The teacher was told that if she in a wheelchair they would be able to return to work. She requested Mr. Bistline to comment.

Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, stated that he would look into this matter, speak with the appropriate personnel and discuss the findings with Dr. Binggeli.

 


L. Superintendent's Report
62. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli spoke about the graduation commencements that he attended. He noted that our students received millions of dollars in scholarships and tremendous academic accomplishments. Dr. Binggeli stated that he too was impressed with the speeches of our students that spoke with eloquence, they spoke of hope, they spoke of service to a global community and uttered a sincere appreciation for those who have helped them along the way.

Dr. Binggeli noted again this year as he did last year that the greatest cheers at the graduation commencements were reserved for those students who overcame the greatest hurdles. He stated as a person that does not believe that his generation has done an exemplary job in leading this nation (his opinion). He welcomes these students, nose piercing and all, to move forward and become leaders. He said that he has great hope that they can do a great job for this community and this country probably better then his peers.


M. Adjournment
63. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Murray adjourned the School Board meeting of May 24, 2011 at 8:40 p.m. 






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