05-27-2014 Special School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 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 15, 2014. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Henderson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Maddison Roecker, 7th grade student from Southwest Middle School read the invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chase Crowley, 8th grade student from Southwest Middle School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
5. Entertainment

Minutes: There was no student entertainment at the May 27, 2014 Board meeting.

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

Approve the May 27, 2014 School Board agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations




The reclassification/transfer of James Hickey, IV from the position of Principal at Viera High School to the position of Director of Human Resources Services and Labor Relations, on annual contract, effective June 2, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 29 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


The reclassification of Thomas Johnson, Jr. from the position of Teacher on Assignment at Cocoa High School to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Cocoa High School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


The reclassification of Meara Trine from the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Jackson Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Jackson Middle School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


The transfer of Peter Quinlan from the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Titusville High School to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Rockledge High School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


The transfer of Marc Bowen from the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Rockledge High School to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Titusville High School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


The transfer of Francis O’Leary from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Sherwood Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Suntree Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2014.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


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

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Board Office/Superintendent

8. "See It-Report It-Stop it" Anti-Bullying Video Contest


Melissa Cathechis, Director of Students at Risk and Home Education explained that Brevard Public Schools partnered with the Brevard County Crime Prevention Task Force to present the first annual "See It-Report It - Stop It" Anti-Bullying Video Contest.  Presenters were Sherriff Wayne Ivey and Lieutenant Michael Scully from the BCSO. 

The winning videos are as follows:

  • 1st Place - Heritage High School
  • 2nd Place - Southwest Middle School
  • 3rd Place - McNair Magnet School
9. Relay For Life Board Recognition

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli introduced Rick Morton, Systems Analyst with Human Resources, who presented  Dr. Lana Saal, Chairman of the American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Council and Michelle Mason, a Relay for Life Specialist with the American Cancer Society.  The Board and Dr. Binggeli were presented with plaques and certificates of appreciation for the District's continued support  of Relay for Life events. 

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

10. Solar Energy Projects in Brevard Public Schools


Dr. Binggeli introduced Laura Kandiko, Energy and Resource Conservation Specialist,  who presented information on the District's solar energy projects.  Ms. Kandiko introduced the district's solar energy partners, FPL and the Solar Power Energy Center as well as Lockmar Elementary.

From FPL, Mr. Tom Kunz, Manager, Major Accounts, gave a brief presentation on FPL's Photovoltaic  for Schools Pilot Program.

Sherri Shields, Director of Communications for the Florida Solar Energy Center, provided information on FSEC SunSmart: Solar for Schools.

Lockmar Elementary's Assistant Principal Suzanne Barry, shared a video about the school's Solar Hydroponic Greenhouse.

E. Public Comment
11. Public Comment


Chairman Henderson reminded the speakers that the maximum allotted time for each speaker is three minutes. Clarification of information presented and answers to questions specific to district business and educational matters will be posted on the School Board's website under the section called "4 The Record."

  1. John Pilley-FCAT Results
  2. David Kearns, Candidate State Representative - Budget Concern
  3. Vern Blanchette, Armed American Teachers.com owner - School Safety

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Time Changes for School Board Meetings and Workshops in June and July, 2014
13. Approval of Minutes
14. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2014-0527.pdf (Confidential Item)
50. Approval of Minutes
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

15. Budget Amendment #8 - April 30, 2014
Attachment: Budget Amendment #8 - April 30, 2014.pdf
Attachment: April 30, 2014 Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

16. Warrants for the Month of April, 2014
Attachment: Warrant List - April 2014.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: h - 14-593-KC - Kagan Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: g - SSA 14-580-KC - Kagan Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: o - SSA 14-635-KC - Paul Sproll.pdf
Attachment: p - SSA 14-099-KC - Soliant Health Agenda Item- Cancellation of Services.pdf
Attachment: s - additional strings.docx.pdf
Attachment: b - ITB 14-B-125-CJ - eBeam Edge Wireless Unit & Accessories.pdf
Attachment: i - SSA 14-594-KR - National Academy Foundation.pdf
Attachment: l - SSA 14-608-KC - Gesell Institue of Child Development.pdf
Attachment: q - RFQ 14-Q-006-KR - Continuing Contract for Building Code Inspection, Permit Plan Review and Fire Safety Services.pdf
Attachment: a - ITB #14-B-109-WH - IBM AS400 iSeries Upgrade.pdf
Attachment: n - SSA 14-628-KC - The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.pdf
Attachment: c - ITN #09001 JO - Wide Area Network - 6 Month Extension.pdf
Attachment: d - SC 14-SC-121-DK Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: j - SSA 14-599-WH - Technical Training Aids - SolidWorks.pdf
Attachment: m - SSA 14-615-KC - Edmentum, Inc..pdf
Attachment: r - RFQ 14-Q-007-KR - Continuing Contract for Environmental Engineering Services.pdf
Attachment: e - Family Liaison Project.pdf
Attachment: f - SSA 14-579-KC - AMIkids Space Coast, Inc..pdf
Attachment: k - SSA-14-600-KC - Scholastic, Inc..pdf
18. Property Disposal
Attachment: 5-27-14 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: 5-27-14 Board Letters.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Job Descriptions - School Age Child Care
Attachment: SACC Ladder.pdf
Attachment: SACC Binder 5.1.14.pdf
20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 05-27-14 - Corrected2.pdf
21. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 05-27-14.pdf
F. School Choice

22. Recommend the Approval of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy Contract
Attachment: Pineapple Cove Classical Academy - Final Contract.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

23. Interagency Agreement with Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc.
Attachment: Interagency Eckerd and BPS.pdf
24. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report for March 2014
Attachment: Head Start Policy Council and Governing Body Monthly Report_March 2014v 1.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

25. Southwest Middle School Trip to 2014 National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Southwest Middle - Technology Student Assn. Conference June-July 2014.pdf
26. Palm Bay Magnet High School Trip to 2014 National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Palm Bay Magnet High School - TSA Conference - June-July 2014.pdf
27. 2014-2015 Request from Boy Scouts of America to Access Classrooms to Recruit Students per Board Policy 9700.01
Attachment: Boy Scouts Bylaws - pages 1-16.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts attachments 1-4.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts attachment 501(c)3.pdf
Attachment: Boy Scouts Bylaws - pages 17-37.pdf
Attachment: Central FL Council Boy Scouts - Application 4-7-14.pdf
28. Bayside High School Trip to 2014 National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Bayside High - TSA Conference - June-July 2014.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

29. Field Trip - Satellite High School to FCCLA National Leadership Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Attachment: SHS - FCCLA Convention 2014.pdf
30. Field Trip - Rockledge High Wrestling Team - UNC Team Camp in Chapel Hill, NC
Attachment: UNC Wrestling Camp Coach Info 2014.pdf
Attachment: UNC Wrestling Camp Info 2014.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

31. Field Trip - Edgewood Jr./Sr. High FBLA National Conference in Nashville, TN
F. Project Management

32. Tropical E.S.- Guaranteed Maximum Price Building 12
Attachment: Tropical ES B12 Endwall Stucco Replacement GMP and Budget Sheet.pdf
33. Oak Park ES - Guaranteed Maximum Price Fire Separation
Attachment: Oak Park ES Fire Separation GMP & Budget Sheet.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

34. Relocatable Classroom HVAC Replacement
Attachment: Bard HVAC System Replacement Work Request Form 05-16-14 R4.pdf
Attachment: Relocatable HVAC Quote.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

35. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda of May 27, 2014 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Human Resources

36. Policy Review
Attachment: 0000.pdf
Attachment: 0170 v.1 sgs.pdf
Attachment: po2260.01 v.1 PT.pdf
Attachment: 0120 v.3 mah.pdf
Attachment: po2370 v.1 RLN.pdf
Attachment: po2416 v.1 BT.pdf
Attachment: po2460 v.1 PT.pdf
Attachment: po5130 v.1 BT.pdf
Attachment: 8000 Summary documentation.pdf
Attachment: po8600.pdf
Attachment: po5200 v.1 MC.pdf
Attachment: po5310 v.1 BT.pdf
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Attachment: po2460.01 v.1 PT.pdf
Attachment: ap2531 v.1.LS.pdf
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Attachment: po5500 v.1 BT.pdf
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Attachment: 0150 v.2 mah.pdf
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Attachment: 0140 v.2 mah.pdf
Attachment: 0100 v.2 mah.pdf
Attachment: po2111 v.2 MH.pdf
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Attachment: po2120 v.1 KS.pdf
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Attachment: po2421 v.1 JSS.pdf
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Attachment: ap2440.pdf
Attachment: po8500.pdf
Attachment: po8604.pdf
Attachment: po8660.pdf
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Attachment: po5465 v.1 JA.pdf
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Attachment: po5517.03 v.1 BT.pdf
Attachment: po5605 v.1 BT.pdf
Attachment: po5610.04 v.1 BT.pdf
Attachment: po5610.05 v.1 BT.pdf
Attachment: po5630.01 v.1 PT.pdf
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Attachment: po5451 v.2 BT.pdf
Attachment: po5610 v.2 mah.pdf
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Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing to approve the changes, deletions, and/or additions to district policies series 0000, 5000, 2000, and 8000.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

37. Draft Ballot Language
Attachment: Ballot Language - DRAFT.pdf
Minutes: The Board concurred that the language was simple and conveyed the message. There was some discussion about the ending date being part of the ballot language.
38. Approve changes to Board Policy 7510 - Use of District Facilities
Attachment: Board Policy 7510 - Use of District Facilities - Administrative Procedures - 5-20-2014.pdf

Ms. Kneessy stated that she didn't like it left up to a site administrator whether or not to have a lifeguard. She said she had questions regarding facility use by district employees for personal gain.

Mr. Ziegler  had questions about facility usage by our own teams over the summer.  There was some discussion and clarification provided regarding summer usage. 

Dr. Murray said that she felt that a lifeguard should be required if an outside group utilizes the pools.  Board agreed this should be a part and Mr. Langdorf said that he would bring that back as part of the changes. It was agreed that it did not have to be a School Board employee as long as we have a certificate. 

Ms. Henderson concluded that there may not be consistency if left up to site administrator. She also had a question about who checks should be made out to for a summer fundraiser.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Henderson requested that Dr. Binggeli have Mr. Langdorf find out the cost for each organization to have a lifeguard present. 

H. Risk Management

39. School Board's Casualty Insurance Policy Renewal
Attachment: 2014-15 Casualty Insurance Cost Projection.pdf
H. Students at Risk

40. Title X, Part C Education for Homeless Children and Youth Competitive Grant
H. Instructional, Behavioral and Psychological Services

41. 2014-2015 Adults with Disabilities Grant Application
H. Central Area Superintendent

42. Field Trip - Viera High Cross Country - Summer Conditioning Running Camp in Boone, NC
Attachment: VHS - XC Camp Appalachian State NC.pdf
43. Field Trip - Rockledge High Cross Country - Summer Conditioning Running Camp in Boone, NC
Attachment: RHS - XC Camp Appalachian State NC.pdf
44. Field Trip - Eau Gallie High School to Skills USA National Competition in Kansas City, MO
Attachment: EGHS - Field Trip Kansas City 2014.pdf

I. Staff Reports
45. Value of 7th Period Day


Dr. Binggeli introduced Dr. Beth  Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services who presented the information gained from the focus group of certified school counselors and administrators regarding meaningful senior schedules.   

There was some discussion from the Board members and comments were made about how much they appreciated the presentation.

46. Elementary District Assessments


Dr. Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs explained the current elementary assessments and the processes they undertook when making decisions about changes.  She showed the Board the assessments that are being given and their recommendations to curb the number for the 2014-2015 school year.  Her presentation was well received by the Board.



J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
47. Board Member Reports


Ms. Kneessy commented on the outstanding graduations. Her favorite part are the speeches. The students are so excited and it inspires her.

Mr. Ziegler echoed Ms. Kneessy's sentiments about the graduations. He said that he received a phone call from Brevard's new County Manager and asked him to come to a meeting to discuss possible collaboration between the County and the Board regarding insurance.

Mr. Ziegler also wanted to ask for Dr. Binggeli and staff to examine our current policies, and state and federal policies and laws regarding ramifications to our employees and students in the event the legalization of medical marijuana passes in November. He wants staff and students educated on the "dos and don'ts." 

Dr. Murray concurred about graduations.  Regarding insurance Dr. Murray said she does not understand why were are not exploring combining with  Central Florida districts in these matters.  She said we can't say it won't work if we haven't tried and she feels it   needs to be done.

Dr. Krupp said that he too enjoyed the graduations Another fun event he attended was Atlantis Elementary's Jungle Book Musical.  He said that it was phenomenal and  bordered on professional.

Ms. Henderson added that she had tears in her eyes as she witnessed the compassion our students show for all of our special needs students.  In addition, she took a trip to the Canaveral National Seashore with Endeavour Elementary students.  She shared a video of the trip. She also rode on one of the BPS school busses and showed pictures of the leak in the ceiling and the water running down the seats and the floor.  She explained that the bus she rode on was 19 years old and our district has a great need for new ones.

L. Superintendent's Report
48. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli agreed that graduations are about achievement and character. The biggest cheering was not for the quarterback, or the star student.  It was for  a peer that had the greatest hill to climb to get across that stage.  He said, "We are ok, we are better than ok.  I am very proud of what this organization does for these students."

 Dr. Binggeli said that he was going to provide the following comments during the Superintendent's Report, however he felt they would be better served following the public comment section of the agenda.

The FCAT writing results have been released and Dr. Binggeli articulated that the writing results represented by this one FCAT prompt do not accurately portray the writing skills of our students.  He explained that Brevard is one of only three districts in Florida that require every 11th grade student to take the ACT.  There is a reading and English component on the ACT and the College Board points out that it involves English composition.  The benchmark on that component is 18.  The other two districts that require all of their 11th grade students to take the ACT received a 16.2 and 16.5 mean score.  Brevard received a 19.6.   Dr. Binggeli further commented that last year, only nine districts in the state outperformed Brevard and they only tested 61% of their students. 

He said that Brevard’s students have technical, persuasive and creative writing skills and cited the Ying Science Competition as one where in order to compete they have to present their technical writing skills, and one where 40 percent of the finalists  (out of eight Central Florida districts) were from Brevard.

Since Dr. Binggeli has been a part of BPS, he said  the FCAT writing prompt has had no correlation between the writing and any other test the students are measured on. He expressed that this writing prompt is  going away and they are glad to see it go. He said that they believe it will be embedded more meaningfully in the new writing element.

Dr. Binggeli shared that last year we had record participation in the number of AP classes student took (6,000). He said that you have to be able to write effectively and the results were the highest the district has ever had.

He said that we simply refuse to focus exclusively on this prescriptive writing approach which might make us look better, but will shortchange our students.  We have focused on our students need to make them both college and career ready.

M. Adjournment
49. Adjournment

Minutes: The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

For further details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).