06-13-2017 Preliminary Budget and Millage Levy Workshop

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Eagle newspaper on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairperson Belford called the meeting to order at: 12:03 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, John Craig, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance


Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. 2017-2018 Preliminary Budget and Millage Levy Presentation
Attachment: Budget Workshop 6-13-2017.pdf

Chief Financial Officer Pennie Zuercher began the presentation. There was discussion about the effects that HB 7069 will have should it be signed by the Governor.

Ms. Zuercher provided budget priorities as given by the board at the board retreat. Mr. Ziegler said there are two concerns that he feels cannot wait: Southlake renovations for choice school and regional bussing.  He thinks we must make contingency plans should the funds not come through for both of these items.


5. Board Questions and Discussion


There was discussion regarding transportation for choice programs.

Ms. Belford confirmed her understanding of the budget priorities:  Cover critical areas first with available funds; then move on to very high needs areas, and move on from there depending on dollars available and determination by the board of which to cover. 

Regarding the centralized internal accounts and in particular, the use of armored cars, Mr. Susin said that he question whether or not there is a need for such a service and the logistics involved with implementation. He disagreed with the logic that bookkeepers may be robbed.  He said to his knowledge, this has never occurred. More discussion followed. Mr.Ziegler asked if Ms. Zuercher could provide more information.

Mr. Susin asked if we knew of the instances of robberies of bookkeepers taking deposits to the bank over the last 30 years in our district. He asked how much saved labor hours would be gained and a logistical plan of how this will be implemented.  He also asked if  we have to RFP the fact that we are moving to one bank? Ms. Zuercher responded.  Dr. Blackburn said if there is no appetite from the board for a particular item to let them know so that staff time is not wasted gathering information that will not be utilized.

Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

Minutes: Chairperson Belford asked if any Board members wished to discuss anything else. Board members had nothing further to discuss.

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at:12:46 p.m.

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