06-16-2009 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Monday, June 8, 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


Chairman Robert Jordan called the School Board meeting of June 16, 2009 to order at 5:30 p.m.


A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Chairman Jordan asked for a moment of silence for Heidi Norwood, Data Entry Clerk for the past 10 years at Merritt Island High School, who recently passed away.

A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the Invocation.

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

Minutes: Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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


Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Resolution Addition
C-7.   Resolution for Supporting Economic Strategies for a Better Brevard

Consent Additions
F-12.   Approval of Minutes
F-13.   Changes in School Start Times for High School and Middle School for 2009-2010 School Year
F-15.    Resolution Relating to Flexibility of Categorical Funding  

Consent Revisions
F-11.   Student Expulsions
F-24.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Consent Deletions
            2009-2010 Application for Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA) Entitlement Grant and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 2009

Information Additions
H-55.   2009-2010 Application for Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA) Entitlement Grant and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 2009

Information Deletions
            Close the Viera High School Project



Approve the published agenda for the June 16, 2009 School Board meeting and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

6. Malcolm Baldrige Recognition
Attachment: Baldrige Application Team Proposal.pdf

Dr. DiPatri gave a review of the Sterling Award and the pursuit of the Malcolm Baldrige Award. He thanked the Board for its support and commitment on this process.

Dr. DiPatri and the Board recognized staff members (see attachment) for their time, contribution and commitment for completing the Baldrige Application.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/ Superintendent

7. Resolution for Supporting Economic Strategies for a Better Brevard
Attachment: PROCLAMATION to Support Economic Strategies for a Better Brevard_Brevard Public Schools.pdf

Ms. Davis read the resolution proclaiming Brevard Public Schools Supporting Strategies for a Better Brevard.

Adopt the resolution for Supporting Economic Strategies for a Better Brevard. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Accountability, Testing and Evaluation

8. FCAT Results
Attachment: 2009 FCAT PRESENTATION for Board 6.16.09.pdf

Karen Schafer, Director of Accountability, Testing and Evaluation  and Neyda Riley,  Assistant Director of Accountability, Testing and Evaluation,  gave a presentation regarding the 2009 FCAT Results.

Ms. Kneessy requested the specific data on the Level 2 students and for the information to be incorporated into future presentations.

Ms. Kneessy requested progression data on students from year to year.

Ms. Henderson asked whether the district could track students going from sixth grade to different feeder chains.

9. 2009-10 Budget and Stimulus Package Update
Attachment: 2009-0616 Board meeting Budget shared service.pdf

Dr. DiPatri updated the Board on the current financial situation for the district.

Mr. Jordan reminded the public that the district did a really good job of saving jobs. Discussion ensued amongst the Board and Dr. DiPatri in regard to the reductions and staffing plan.

 Dr. Murray and Ms. Kneessy suggested the district do a study of the staffing plan to see if there are changes that can be made. For example: retirees helping with attrition to move it along quicker.

Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources, gave further clarification on the different options that the Board will be voting.

 Ms. Kneessy stated that she would prefer making the adoption of the attrition plan a vote rather then a consensus and would prefer to make this decision after the break to have time to think about the changes being made. 

Dr. DiPatri stated that we could do this during the Action Agenda. The Chairman was in agreement. The Board suggested doing a study of the staffing plan to see if there are changes that can be made to help attrition move along quicker.

E. Public Discussion
10. Public Discussion


The Chairman 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. Marjorie Ebersbach, BASA, Merritt Island - Reappointment of Support Staff
  2. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge -
  3. Nino Lyons, Rockledge - Instructional Staff Recommendation -Debbie Lyons
  4. Shaun Ferguson, Rockledge - Debbie Lyons

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

11. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 6.16.09.pdf (Confidential Item)
12. Approval of Minutes
F. Financial Services

13. Change in School Start Times for High School and Middle School for 2009-2010 School Year
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

14. Budget Amendment #9 for the Operating Fund, 2008-09
Attachment: Budget Amendment #9.pdf
Attachment: May 31, 2009.pdf
15. Resolution Relating to Flexibility of Categorical Funding
Attachment: RESOLUTION Categorical Flexibility Spending.pdf
F. Accounting Services

16. Financial Statements for the Month of April, 2009
Attachment: April 2009 Financial Statements (Final).pdf
17. Warrants Written for the Month of May, 2009
Attachment: May 2009 Warrants.pdf
18. Removal of Obsolete/Inactive Equipment
Attachment: Inactive Assests by Age 6-9-09.pdf
F. Risk Management

19. Renew the School Boards Casualty Insurance Policies
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

20. Surplus Property
Attachment: JUN_16_09.pdf
F. Human Resources

22. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 06-16-09.pdf
23. Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff for 2009-2010
Attachment: Reappointment Nominations of Support Staff 2009-2010.pdf
24. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 06-16-09.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

27. Title I Part A Grant Application
Attachment: Title I School List.pdf
28. Florida First Start Contract for FY10
Attachment: Attachment to FY10 FFS contract.pdf
F. Student Services

29. 2009-2010 Multiagency Service Network for Severely Emotionally Disturbed Student Project Application
Attachment: SEDNET RFP draft 2009.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

30. 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
31. Multi-Agency Contract Agreements to Serve Brevard Public School Adult Students with Disabilities
Attachment: Easter Seals Florida Inc 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Agency Comp Charts Grant Contracts 2009-2010.pdf
Attachment: EastCoast Contract Industries 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Bridges BTC, Inc. 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Brevard Achievement Center 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
Attachment: Behavior Services 2009-2010 Contract.pdf
32. 2009-2010 Cooperative Agreement with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
Attachment: RFBD Contract FY 09 Brevard.pdf
33. Contracted Services Agreement with Ready Bodies, Learning Minds
Attachment: ReadyBodiesLearningMinds5-26-09.pdf
34. Agreement with Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) to Serve Exceptional Education Students
Attachment: BAC ESE Students 2009.pdf
Attachment: BACServices-Fees2009-10.pdf
35. Approval of Three (3) Contracted Services Agreements with Family Liaison Consultants for the 2009-2010 School Year
Attachment: Tomaka-Fam.Liaison09.pdf
Attachment: Gerhauser-Fam.Liaison09.pdf
F. Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources

36. Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS/East) Project Application for 2009/10
Attachment: Narrative for Board.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

37. Stone Middle School Trip to U.S. Army eCYBERMISSION Competition in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Stone - Washington DC June-July 2009.pdf
38. Palm Bay High School Trip to HOSA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee
Attachment: PBHS - HOSA National - June 2009.pdf
39. Southwest Middle School Trip to Technology Student Association National Conference in Denver, Colorado
Attachment: SWMS - TSA Conference - June-July 2009.pdf
40. National TSA Conference - Denver, Colorado, June 28-July 2, 2009
Attachment: EGHS TSA Natl Comp-Denver.pdf
F. Area III Superintendent

41. Field Trip - Merritt Island High FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA
Attachment: FBLA Nat Conf 6-09.pdf
F. Educational Technology

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

44. Appoint a School Board Representative to the City of West Melbourne's Local Planning Agency
45. Reappoint School Board Representatives to Three Local Planning Agencies
F. Approval of Consent

46. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the June 16, 2009 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

21. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchase Requests and Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 09-043BM Degreasing and Inspection of Kitchen Hood Systems.pdf
Attachment: SS# 09-001LH - Renovation of Existing Orchestra Spiralift at Satellite High School.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled this item to discuss the bidding process and local preference.

Mr. Ziegler requested research on local preference policy so the district can help support local business during these tough economic times. Mr. Jordan requested that a policy be drafted.

The Board was in agreement in having the staff look into a local preference policy, especially since they just adopted a resolution for supporting economic strategies for a better Brevard.

Award the Purchasing Bid listed below:a) #09-043/BM - Degreasing & Inspection of Kitchen Hood Systems - Environmental Health & Safety Award the Sole Source Purchase Request listed below:b) SS#09-001/LH - Sole Source Purchase Request for Renovation of Existing Orchestra Spiralift at Satellite High School - Facilities Services- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

26. Renewal of Consulting Agreement with Robert L. Donaldson, Sr.
Attachment: Consultant Agreement - July 1, 2009 (2).pdf

Dr. Murray pulled this item to express her concerns on the consulting agreement for mentoring principals. She feels as though the district does not need this agreement, especially during a budget crisis year, and that the district has experts that are contracted personnel that can handle the mentoring of administrators.

Dr. DiPatri stated that he feels as though this is some of the best spent money in the district. He stated that having someone in a supervisory mentorship roll is a very small price to pay for quality principals.

Ms. Henderson stated that she had concerns about the financial situation as well and maybe the district should be paying less per hour.

Ms. Kneessy stated that Mr. Donaldson put in above and beyond and has seen the results in the principals. She looks at this as how much it would cost the district to replace a principal, and with this consultant agreement we are setting them up for success.

Dr. Murray stated that this is not a personal decision about Mr. Donaldson, it is about how we do business.

Mr. Jordan stated he understands what Dr. Murray is saying but the amount of experience that Mr. Donaldson has for a new principal is invaluable to our students.



Effective July 1, 2009, engage the services of Robert L. Donaldson, Sr. to mentor approximately two new and six second year principals and assist the area superintendents during the 2009-2010 school year at the rate of $500 per day, plus travel for up to twenty-five days.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Nay
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to congratulate personnel listed under Item F-24.

The Chair called for a BPS video break at 8:01 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 8:16 p.m.

G. Action
G. Labor Relations

25. 2009-2010 Staffing Plan Recommendations
Attachment: 2009-2010 Staffing Plan Recommendations 6.1.09.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this agenda item from the Consent Agenda to discussion and requested that it be moved to the Action Agenda. The Board agreed and it was moved.

Dr. DiPatri stated that the Staffing Plan reflects the shared services plan and the assignment of  personnel.

Mr. Berry clarified for the Board the changes in the staffing plan and reviewed the attached presentation.

 Discussion ensued between the Board, Dr. DiPatri and Mr. Berry in regard to the staffing plan and several suggestions were made.

Approve the recommended amendments to the 2009-2010 Staffing Plan.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Nay
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

65. Staffing Plan through Attrition for the 2010-2011 School Year


Mr. Berry explained that the Board would be adopting the Assistant Principal move, there would be no more media assistants but will be keeping them in their positions and will relocate them through attrition as vacancies occur. In effect, you are taking all the staff in the shared schools model, they will all be working in August through the year and subject to relocation as vacancies occur.

Mr. Berry clarified questions posed to him by the Board.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board about the moving assistant principals and media specialists.

Approve the staffing plan through attrition to be fully implemented by the 2010-2011 school year.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Purchasing & Warehouse

47. Resolution Relating to Florida Education Purchasing Consortium
Attachment: BCSB Resolution.pdf
Attachment: Interlocal Participation Agreement.pdf
Attachment: Florida Education Purchasing Consortium Bylaws.pdf
H. Transportation

48. School Bus Lease Agreement with Sculptor Charter School and Imagine Schools at West Melbourne
Attachment: imagine schools 09-10.pdf
Attachment: Sculptor Charter Lease 09-10.pdf
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

49. Supplemental Education Services Provider/District Contract
Attachment: SES Contract FY10.pdf
50. 2009-2010 Even Start Continuation Application
Attachment: Executive Summary for Even Start Grant 2010.pdf
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

51. Florida Educational Equity Act Annual Update 2008-2009
Attachment: DRAFT 2008-2009 Equity Update 05 27 09.pdf
52. Agreement with Delaware North for Continuation of 7th Grade BLAST
Attachment: BLAST 06 16 2009.pdf
H. Adult/Community Education

53. Change to Organizational Structure of School Age Child Care
Attachment: Changes to School Age Child Care Guidelines.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

54. Adults with Disabilities Grant 2009-2010
55. 2009-2010 Application for Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Entitlement Grant and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 2009
Attachment: IDEA Agenda Item - Memo to Board.pdf
Attachment: 2009IDEA Entitlement and ARRA Application.pdf
H. Area III Superintendent

56. Consultant Agreement - Endeavour Elementary - Susan Pearson - Highly Effective Teaching
Attachment: S Peterson.pdf
Attachment: Contract SPearson 6_09.pdf
57. Consultant Agreement - Cocoa High School - Norm Bossio
Attachment: Bossio.pdf
Attachment: Consultant Bossio.pdf
H. District Security

58. 2009-2010 School Resource Officer Agreements
Attachment: 2009-10 Unilateral Reimbursement SRO Contracts 5.21.09.pdf
59. Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability 2008-09 Best Practices for Safety and Security Annual Self-Assessment
Attachment: 2008-2009 OPPAGA Report.pdf

I. Staff Reports
60. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
62. Board Member Reports


Ms. Henderson stated her concerns regarding extra money from completed construction and requested that the schools purchase only things that are needed and necessary with the COPS (Certificate of Participation) allocation.

Ms. Henderson requested the district look into the use of small buses or vans for the routes that have only two to three students on it.

Ms. Kneessy noted that the Board attended the FSBA conference in Tampa. She mentioned Senate Bill 216. It is the bill that stated that we cannot use our funds in support referendum.

Ms. Kneessy requested the district look into Homework Policy 2330 and bring more consistency from school to school.

Ms. Kneessy requested the approved book list be checked into because she does not feel that the process is being followed by summer reading. She also mentioned the summer reading.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the FSBA conference and was approached to be on a new committee for FSBA that researches new sources of revenues for the state.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he and Ms. Kneessy had the opportunity to look at a new web-based application called Web Monkey for tracking volunteer hours.

 Mr. Jordan stated that Dr. DiPatri has spent 40 years in education and 9 years in Brevard County and he has done extremely well and we wish him a great deal of success in his retirement and we will definitely miss him.

L. Superintendent's Report
63. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: There was no Superintendent Report.

M. Adjournment
64. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of June 16, 2009 adjourned at 9:14 p.m.