05-26-2009 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 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 21, 2009 and 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 Robert Jordan called the School Board meeting of May 26, 2009 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Karen Henderson, Amy Kneessy, Robert Jordan, Andy Ziegler, Dr. Barbara Murray

A-3. Invocation (Mollie Dunn, 6th Grade, Westside Elementary School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Mollie Dunn, 6th grade student, Westside Elementary School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Jordan Danel, 6th Grade, Westside Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jordan Danel, 6th grade student, Westside Elementary School.

A-5. Entertainment (Westside Elementary Chorus & Jammers)
5. Entertainment


The Westside Elementary Chorus and Jammers, under the direction of Music Director, Renee Pariseau, entertained the Board and the audience with a musical number.

Mr. Jordan took this opportunity to thank Ms. Pariseau and her students for entertaining the Board.

The Chair called for a break at 5:40 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:43 p.m.

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


Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Revisions
F-12.   Student Expulsions
F-21.   Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-22.   Reappointment Nominations of Teachers for 2009-2010 School Year

Action Revisions 
G-43.   Reappointment Nominations of Annual Contract and Professional Service Contract Eligible Teachers for 2009-2010 School Year

Dr. DiPatri requested a recommendation amendment to Item G-42 - An intent to Levy an Additional .25 Mills for the Operating Fund. The amendment would authorize the Superintendent to transfer an additional .25 mills, authorized and appropriated by the Legislature, from the Capital Fund to the Operating Fund.

Approve the published agenda for the May 26, 2009 School Board meeting and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. District Communications

7. 2009 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award


The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award were established in 1988 to recognize exemplary principals and assistant principals for their contributions to their schools and communities. The programs honor principals and assistant principals that have spearheaded initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members.

Dr. DiPatri requested Dr. Ken Winn, Incoming President of Brevard Association of School Administrators, Inc. (BASA), join him and Chairman Jordan in recognizing the Outstanding Principals and Assistant Principals for their accomplishments. The 2009 Principal and Assistant Principals go to the following recipients:

2009 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership:
Elementary   Jane Cline, Fairglen Elementary School
Middle           Barbara Rodrigues, Hoover Middle School
High               Gary Shiffrin, Merritt Island High School

2009 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award:
Elementary    Cynthia Adams, Oak Park Elementary
Middle            Chris Hinkle, Southwest Middle School
High                Rachad Wilson, Cocoa High School

Dr. DiPatri announced that Principal, Gary Shiffrin of Merritt Island High School and Assistant Principal, Cynthia Adams of Oak Park Elementary will represent Brevard at the State level.

Mr. Jordan wished Gary Shiffrin a happy birthday.


B. Secondary Programs

8. Recognition of Brevard All-Star Academic Team

Minutes: Ms. Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, introduced the Brevard's All-Star Academic Team and gave background information regarding the team.  The All Star Team was selected to represent Florida at the national competition to be held in June.
B. Educational Technology

9. 2009 Excellence in Technology Recognition


Steve Muzzy, Associate Superintendent of Educational Technology, along with Matt Frey, Educational Trainer and Customer Service Manager, recognized the following six schools that have earned the distinction of becoming Brevard's inaugural ATTAIN (Achievements Through Technology And INnovation)

2009 ATTAIN Winners:
Croton Elementary:
Lyn Rinehart, Principal and Stash Adams, Technology Associate
Harbor City Elementary: Barbara Belanger, Principal and Michele Gish, Technology Associate
Ocean Breeze Elementary: Coleen Skinner, Principal and Holly Mentillo, Technology Associate
Quest Elementary: Elia Lea, Principal and Danielle Kazoroski, Technology Associate
Sunrise Elementary: Barry Prichard, Principal and Peggy Dowd, Technology Associate
Surside Elementary: Sue Murray, Principal and Dorian Horn, Technology Associate

 Dr. DiPatri and Chairman Jordan congratulated the principals and technology associates and presented them with plaques.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Area I Superintendent

10. Report on the Opening of Heritage High School
Attachment: Heritage PP 5-22-09 Sch Bd final.pdf

John Tuttle, Principal of Heritage High School, updated the Board on the progress of Heritage High School and the academic programs that will be offered. Heritage High School will be opening in August 2009.


E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion


The Chair reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. He also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Antonino Lyons, Rockledge - Instructional Reappointments
  2. Antonino Lyons II, Washington, DC - Instructional Reappointments

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsion 5.26.09.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

13. Budget Amendment #6 for the Operating Fund, 2008-09
Attachment: Budget Amendment #6.pdf
Attachment: February 28, 2009.pdf
14. Budget Amendmenet #7 for the Operating Fund, 2008-09
Attachment: Budget Amendment #7.pdf
15. Budget Amendment #8 for the Operating Fund, 2008-09
Attachment: Budget Amendment #8.pdf
F. Accounting Services

16. Increase in Cafeteria Change Fund for Viera High School
F. Risk Management

17. Increase the Property Insurance Budget by $50,000 in Order to Purchase a $20,000,000 All Perils Excluding Named Windstorm Insurance Policy
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: RFP 09004 Award Recommendation.pdf
Attachment: ITN 09004 Award Recommendation.pdf
Attachment: SSA 09011CH - A3 Education Software - Curriculum & Instruction.pdf
19. Surplus Property
Attachment: MAY_26_09.pdf
Attachment: Titusville 20100632.pdf
F. Human Resources

20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-26-09.pdf
22. Reappointment Nominations of Teachers for 2009-2010 School Year
Attachment: CC-PSC Instructional Reappointment for 5.26.2009-10.pdf
F. Compensation & Benefits

23. Job Description - Information Technology Business Analyst
Attachment: ET-ITBA.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

24. Title I D, II A, II D, III A and IV A Grant Applications
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

25. Provider Contracts for Title I Private School Services
Attachment: FY10 Priv Sch Contract final.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

27. School Based Applications for Florida Learn and Serve Grant
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ School-Based LS Application Summary ~ Attachment.pdf
F. Alternative Sites

28. Department of Juvenile Justice 2009-2010 School Calendar
Attachment: DJJ Calendar 09-10.pdf
29. School Board of Brevard County and Department of Juvenile Justice
Attachment: Contract-Cooperative Agreement DJJ update 7-1-09.pdf
30. School Board of Brevard County and Hurricane Island Outward Bound, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-OB 09-10.pdf
31. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at Brevard Group Treatment Home
Attachment: Contract-GTH 09-10.pdf
32. School Board of Brevard County and Space Coast Marine Institute, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-SCMI 09-10.pdf
33. School Board of Brevard County and Infinity Schools Inc., Contract for Educational Services at Frances Walker Halfway House
Attachment: Contract-FWHH 09-10.pdf
34. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds/Rainwater Center for Girls, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-Rainwater 09-10.pdf
35. School Board of Brevard County and Crosswinds Youth Shelter, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: Contract-RW shelter 09-10.pdf
36. School Board of Brevard County and Kids Medical Club Agreement
Attachment: Contract-Kids Med 09-10.pdf
37. School Board of Brevard County and Devereux Foundation
Attachment: Contract-Devereux 09-10.pdf
F. Project Management

39. Amendment #2 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Titusville High School
Attachment: Amendment #2.pdf
Attachment: Change Order Request # 1.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

40. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the May 26, 2009 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Human Resources

21. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-26-09.pdf

Mr. Jordan pulled this item to get more information on what was going on with Debbie Lyons position. Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources, stated that the grant that Ms. Lyons' was working under has come to an end and she is being assigned back into the classroom in order to save her job.


Approve the transfer of Joseph A. Loffek from the position of Principal at Port Malabar Elementary School to the position of Principal at Gemini Elementary School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2009. Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. Approve the routine instructional staff recommendations. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Secondary Programs

26. District Application for Florida Learn and Serve Grant

Minutes: Ms. Henderson pulled this agenda item to request an email on where the grants are going to be used for the two Learn and Serve Grants. 

Approve the writing and subsequent submission of the Florida Learn and Serve District Infrastructure Grant application for the "Brevard Learn and Serve: Building Partnerships for Service Learning Project" in the amount of $50,000.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Educational Technology

38. 2009-2012 Technology Plan
Attachment: BPS Tech Plan 2009-2012.pdf

Ms. Henderson pulled this item to request a spreadsheet with the implementation plan for the 17 schools listed in the 2009-2012 Technology Plan.


Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to congratulate the employees listed under Item F-21.



Approve the Brevard Public Schools 2009-2012 Technology Plan.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
G. Board Office/Superintendent

41. Naming the Melbourne High School Football Field/Gymnasium Area the "Dr. Thomas W. McIntyre Athletic Complex"
Attachment: MHS - McIntyre.pdf

Chairman Jordan declared the public hearing open. No one requested to speak to this item. Chairman Jordan declared the public hearing closed.

A copy of the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the School Board Office.

Hold Public Hearing and approve the request to name the Melbourne High School football field/gymnasium area the "Dr. Thomas W. McIntyre Athletic Complex".- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Financial Services

42. Intent to Levy an Additional 0.25 Mills for the Operating Fund


Chairman Jordan stated that there were twelve speakers on this item. He reminded the speakers that three minutes are set aside per speaker. The following people addressed the Board:

  1. Angela Billings, Satellite Beach - Levy .25 Mill
  2. Kathy Gulledge, Palm Bay - Levy .25 Mill
  3. Betsy Butler, BASA, Cape Canaveral - Levy .25 Mill
  4. Matthew Susen, Satellite Beach - Levy .25 Mill
  5. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Levy .25 Mill
  6. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Levy .25 Mill
  7. Grey Dodge, Cocoa - Levy .25 Mill
  8. Debra Greco, Local 1010, Orlando - Levy .25 Mill
  9. Jim Roberts, Melbourne - Levy .25 Mill
  10. Stuart Rowan, Melbourne - Levy .25 Mill
  11. Roger Jubert, Merritt Island - Levy .25 Mill
  12. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Levy .25 Mill

Approve the millage levy of an additional 0.25 mills to meet critical needs within the Operating Fund. Authorize the Superintendent to transfer an additional .25 mills, authorized and appropriated by Legislature, from the Capital Fund to the Operating Fund. This action is contingent upon the Governor signing the Conforming Bill (CS/CS/Senate Bill 1676).- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy questioned Dr. DiPatri whether the .25 mill was for one year of two years. Dr. DiPatri responded that the .25 mill was for one year.

  Ms. Kneessy requested accountability of the .25 mill to be tracked the same way the stimulus dollars are tracked. The purpose is to show the voters at the end of the year what the .25 mill went for, how it is being used and what programs will possibly need to be reconsidered. Dr. DiPatri stated that it should not be a problem and verified it with Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services.

Ms. Kneessy thanked all of constituents that contacted her and wishes that there was that level of involvement with all the other issues that are brought before the County School Board. Ms. Kneessy then gave a passionate speech regarding the raising of taxes, teaching as a profession and the education of our children, etc.

Dr. Murray stated that Ms. Kneessy speech was very well stated and a tough act to follow. She thanked the public for contacting her as well especially those who were on restricted income as a result of retirement and such and that the population that contacted her was overall, far in favor of supporting the tax increase. Dr. Murray mentioned that the people that did contact her were about 12-15 to one in favor of the increase. She thanked Ms. Kneessy again and stated that Thomas Jefferson said it best when Ms. Kneessy quoted him.

Ms. Henderson thanked Ms. Kneessy for her impassioned speech as well as the 400 plus people that emailed the Board. She stated that she thoroughly reviewed the options and looked at it from both sides. Ms. Henderson stated that it became clear that from the information that they received, that most homeowners assessed values will be dropping which will create a property tax decrease, even with the .25 mill increase. She then gave an example. Mr. Henderson stated in her opinion that this is a wise and timely investment in our school system. She will be supporting the .25 mill.

Mr. Ziegler stated several issues he felt the Board needs to address, not only the eight million dollars shortfall. He gave several suggestions on handling the budget crisis in the district including using money from the reserves. Mr. Ziegler brought up the issue of class size reduction and the costs associated with it. He stated that we have to start proactive planning for the future.

Mr. Ziegler stated that from a business perspective, it would be more appropriate to be levying a .25 mil for our future.The prudent thing to do, to plan for this, is to make some cuts and levy the tax but he does not want to see the Board make any cuts.  

Mr. Ziegler made a motion to postpone this decision for a couple weeks to make sure that the Board has an alternative plan.

Dr. Murray pointed out that there was already a motion on the table and responded to the delay.

Ms. Kneessy questioned whether we would be putting a large group of teachers out of work if we postponed the decision. Dr. DiPatri answered in the affirmative and continued to say that the district would have to pay unemployment for all these people.

Dr. DiPatri stated that this is prudent planning and this is the business like approach. Dr. DiPatri stated that the Governor has not yet signed the bill  but for him not to sign the Conforming Bill will put the entire budget in jeopardy.

Dr. DiPatri stated that the Constitution is real clear in regards to Class Size Amendment and it is the responsibility of the Legislature to fund it.

Dr. DiPatri stated that the Board has been prudent in its planning in finance and  let the Board know that if it touches reserves, a deficit will result in the subsequent school year. Dr. DiPatri pointed out all the reasons why he was made this recommendation and why it would be the best for the district.

Dr. Murray commented on the district's reserves and class size reduction.

Mr. Jordan stated that this was a no brainer when you think about our children and why we are on this earth, it's about serving kids. He stated that one of the things that he has feared in America  is letting money destroy the future for our children. It is wrong to sacrifice children for the almighty dollar. Mr Jordan gave testimony of his past experience and what the love of his parents and community had in educating their people and he would not sit in the State of Florida and give that same liberty to every child in Brevard County.

Mr. Jordan gave some examples of the assessed values of the homes and the amount that the taxpayers will be saving. He mentioned that 90 percent of the 400 calls and email from grandmothers and retired people all said "We are retired but we want to educate our kids". Mr. Jordan said that those people get it and we are here for our children not to purchase something new for ourselves.

Chairman Jordan called for a video break at 7:44 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 7:59 p.m.

G. Human Resources

43. Reappointment Nominations of Annual Contract and Professional Service Contract Eligible Teachers for 2009-2010 School Year
Attachment: Annual Contract Teachers Information - 05-26-09.pdf
Attachment: AC Instructional Reappointment for E-Agenda 2009-10.pdf

Approve the instructional nominations for the 2009-2010 school year contingent upon completion of certification requirements, course work, and/or the Florida Teacher Exam, on or before their beginning date. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Jordan requested to ask a few questions regarding Item G-43. He asked Dr. DiPatri to clarify the sharing of media assistants and  assistant principals.

Dr. DiPatri explained the allocation of personnel and the plan to reduce personnel in the schools that have low student enrollment.

Ms. Kneessy asked Dr. DiPatri to exlain to the public that increasing the millage is not only to save jobs but to save programs and the integrity in our schools and what happens in individual schools.

Dr. DiPatri explained the reduction in personnel and the creating of positions due to the Title I and IDEA stimulus money.

H. Information
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

44. Resolution Relating to Flexibility of Categorical Funding
Attachment: RESOLUTION Categorical Flexibility Spending.pdf
H. Risk Management

45. Renew the School Boards Casualty Insurance Policies
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

46. Title I Part A Grant Application
H. Exceptional Education

47. Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and the School Board of Seminole County for the Purpose of Medicaid Administrative Claiming Activities
Attachment: MAC Agreement-SCSB2009-10.pdf
48. Multi-Agency Contract Agreements to Serve Brevard Public School Adult Students with Disabilities
Attachment: Brevard Achievement Center 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Easter Seals Florida Inc 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Agency Comp Charts Grant Contracts 2009-2010.pdf
Attachment: Bridges BTC, Inc. 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Behavior Services 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
Attachment: EastCoast Contract Industries 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
49. 2009-2010 Cooperative Agreement with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
Attachment: RFBD Contract FY 09 Brevard.pdf
50. Contracted Services Agreement with Ready Bodies, Learning Minds
Attachment: ReadyBodiesLearningMinds5-26-09.pdf
51. Agreement with Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) to Serve Exceptional Education Students
Attachment: BAC ESE Students 2009.pdf
Attachment: BACServices-Fees2009-10.pdf
52. Approval of Two (2) Contracted Services Agreements with Family Liaison Consultants for the 2009-2010 School Year
Attachment: Tomaka-Fam.Liaison09.pdf
Attachment: Gerhauser-Fam.Liaison09.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to request  an increase in the number of advocates from two to three in the Family Liaison Consultants using the IDEA money.
H. Area I Superintendent

53. Stone Middle School Trip to U.S. Army eCYBERMISSION Competition in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Stone - Washington DC June-July 2009.pdf
54. Palm Bay High School Trip to HOSA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee
Attachment: PBHS - HOSA National - June 2009.pdf
55. Southwest Middle School Trip to Technology Student Association National Conference in Denver, Colorado
Attachment: SWMS - TSA Conference - June-July 2009.pdf
H. Educational Technology

56. Resolution for FCC Compliance and Availability of Funds for E-Rate Funding Year 12 (2009-2010)
Attachment: Resolution of the Board of Trustees.pdf
57. Structured Cabling Infrastructure Upgrade for Tropical Elementary School

I. Staff Reports
58. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
60. Board Members Report


Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the first graduation at Viera High School and the Rockledge High School graduation. She stated that we should be very proud of our teachers, our staff and our students because they are doing a great job.

Ms. Kneessy concurred with Ms. Henderson. Ms. Kneessy stated that she attended four outstanding graduations.

Dr. Murray congratulated all of our graduates and those who received scholarships from all over the country.

Dr. Murray noted that she will be giving an address to the outgoing 6th grade students at Sunrise Elementary on Thursday, May 28, 2009.

Mr. Ziegler stated that ending the year as a new Board Member, he was overwhelmed with the amount of events, programs,ceremonies, meetings etc. but it was very rewarding.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended two graduations, Eau Gallie High School and Melbourne High School, but would have been able to attend a third if the weather would have cooperated. He also noted what an honor it was to congratulate his own daughter coming across the stage at Melbourne High School.

Mr. Jordan noted that he will be on Matt Reed's TV program which will air on May 27, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In taping the program, Mr. Reed asked Mr. Jordan what he thought on how the Board will vote on the .25 mill. Mr. Jordan predicted that it would pass unanimously. He thanked the Board for proving him correct but stated in all honesty that it says something about the strength of the Board and its relationships. This Board is focused on the right thing, and that is our children.

L. Superintendent's Report
61. Superintendent's Report


There was no Superintendent's report but Ms. Kneessy had one more item to bring to the table.

Ms. Kneessy stated the she needs Board approval to continue on the FSBA Board of Directors.

63. Appointment to FSBA Board of Directors

Appoint School Board member Amy Kneessy to serve on the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) Board of Directors and School Board Member Dr. Barbara Murray as her alternate.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

M. Adjournment
62. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of May 26, 2009 adjourned at 8:17 p.m.