06-24-2010 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 Thursday, June 24, 2010, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Thursday, June 17, 2010 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 Kneessy called the special School Board meeting of June 24, 2010 to order at 12:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A-3. Invocation
A-4. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy led the Pledge of Allegiance.


A-5. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Revisions
F-5.   Administrative and Professional Reappointment Nominations for 2010-2011
F-6.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Action Addition
G-7.   Notification of Intention to Terminate Palm Bay Academy Charter Contract



Motions:
Approve the published agenda of June 24, 2010 and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


F. Consent
F. Human Resources

6. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: 2010 June 24.pdf

Motions:

Approve the routine instructional staff recommendations.

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Human Resources

5. Administrative and Professional Reappointment Nominations for 2010-2011
Attachment: 10-11 Admnreapt 06-26-102.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Murray voiced her disappointment to the Superintendent in regard to the continued hiring practice of administrators that had gone out on retirement. She requested the advertising of higher level personnel not be limited to a five day search, especially when it comes to the top level position of ESE and that it be addressed in the future.

Dr. Binggeli ask for clarification about the advertising for certain position. Dr. Murray stated that in top level positions, the district should not be doing the minimum and the advertising should be more far reaching.

Dr.Binggeli explain the hiring practice as it currently stands and mentioned the district will examine how deep we go down into the organization.

Dr. Murray stated to Dr. Binggeli that it is unexceptable for the Board to be told at the last minute of the hiring in such an important position as the Director of Exceptional Education. The Board on numerous occasions has requested not to receive last minute agenda items hours or minutes before a Board meeting.

Ms. Kneessy reiterated the same sentiments that Dr. Murray stated in regard to the importance of the input of all stakeholders in the hiring of the Ex-Ed. Director.

Dr. Binggeli mentioned in some of the positions that impact the entire district, we have had departmental leaders or associate superintendents create a team of cross-functional interviewers will come out with a person that they think is the best fit for that role and team person.

Dr. Binggeli explained the events leading up to why the Board was informed about the hiring of the Ex. Ed. Director minutes prior to the meeting and agreed that the Board should have been notified earlier.

Ms. Kneessy stated one of the reasons for hiring Dr. Binggeli as the Superintendent was to have a fresh set of eyes in the district. She stated we want to make sure that the district is not just prejudice to internal people when hiring. This is not a slam to any of the departments.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he will always support the Superintendent's recommendation as it relates to who he wishes to hire. He mentioned that he hope that the Board has faith in the district's succession planning. Mr. Ziegler also stated he wished to know about the intended person for a position so that he could give input on pros and cons in private and not in a public setting.

Mr. Jordan agreed with Dr. Murray position. He mentioned that we have to tweak the process and the Board has to comfortable as to where the district is heading whether is relates to hiring or being diligent with the budget.

Dr. Murray stated that she is very uncomfortable voting on a position in which she know nothing about the qualifications about the person being hired prior to the vote. She also mentioned that in the past two to three months, there has been bad information that has been given to the Board through Dr. Binggeli by his staff, that at the last minute better alternatives were found. It places the Board in an uncomfortable situation. Dr. Murray spoke of the relationship the between the Board and the Superintendent. 

Dr. Binggeli stated that some of the changes in the budget the Board received was due to community input. He also explained his concern about others knowing information prior to the Board's knowledge. Dr. Binggeli made the decision to add the Directors position for this meeting because of learning that a department had been told. In hind sight, it should have waited for the next School Board meeting.

 Mr. Jordan made a few closing remarks on all that was discussed and reiterated that we are all here to do our best for the students of Brevard.

Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate the newly appointed administrators.



Motions:

Approve the superintendent's administrative and professional reappointment nominations for the 2010-2011 school year, which includes principals and 12 month assistant principals to be approved for 12 month contracts. 

Approve the reclassification/transfer of Susan Carver from the position of Principal of Alternative Schools to the position of Director of Program Support Services at the Educational Services Facility, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2010.  Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Plan.

 

Approve the reclassification/transfer of Kathryn Lott from the position of Teacher at Gardendale Elementary to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Longleaf Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 2, 2010.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

Approve the reclassification/transfer of Lori Chaplin from the position of Teacher at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Carroll Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 2, 2010.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

Approve the reclassification/transfer of John Alison from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Croton/West Melbourne Elementary to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Croton Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 2, 2010.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

Approve the reclassification/transfer of Catherine Halbuer from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Merritt Island High School to the position of Principal at Clearlake Middle School, on annual contract, effective June 28, 2010.  Annual salary based on grade 27 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

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Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray-
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


G. Action
G. School Choice

7. Notification of Intention to Terminate Palm Bay Academy Charter Contract
Attachment: Palm Bay Charter 6.24.2010.pdf
Minutes: 

Chairman Kneessy stated that there is one person that chose to address the Board as it relates to the Notification of Intention to Terminate Palm Bay Academy Charter Contract:

  1. David Gunter,Attorney, Melbourne - Palm Bay Academy

Ms. Kneessy stated the Board has seen the audit from RSM McGladrey.

Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, noted that this is not an issue that is appearing before you at this time. It goes back to 2008-2009. There is the same common things in all of the audits reports. There has been repeated citing and significant issues with segregation of duties.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board, Ms. Mace and Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, regarding the lack of internal control and the impact that it could have on the Charter and the District.

Mr. Bistline stated that the district has an oversight responsibility with Palm Bay Academy and the charter needs to communicate better. He feels that the Board should approve the recommendation.

Ms. Kneessy thanked Ms. Mace and Ms. Preston for their due diligence but what the Board is citing Palm Bay Academy Charter is fiscal management.

 



Motions:
Recommend that the Board provide Palm Bay Academy the attached notice of intention to terminate the charter contract.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Project Management

8. Policy Revisions for Out of Area Students
Attachment: Policy Revisions for OOA Students.pdf
Attachment: Policy 5120 Change.pdf
Attachment: Policy 7120 Change.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy requested the district give an overview on the changes that the Board is voting on.

Dane Theodore, Director of Planing and Project Management, updated the Board on the district's recommendation of Policy 5120 and Policy 7120 which are covered in the agenda item.

Discussion ensued between the Board, Mr. Theodore, and Ms. Mace regarding out-of-area students.

Ms. Henderson stated substitute teachers do not work under the same conditions as full time employees and should not have the same benefits. The Board agreed.

Ms. Kneessy stated for clarification purposes; the district is continuing with employee preference.

Chairman Kneessy returned back to this item to call the public hearing.

Chairman Kneessy declared the public hearing open.

  1. Mary Ann Evans, Rockledge - Employee Preference

Chairman Kneessy declared the public hearing closed.



Motions:

Hold a Public Hearing and approve the recommended changes to Policy 5120 - Assignment within District and Policy 7120 - Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity. 

  • Strike out substitute teacher wording
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


H. Information
M. Adjournment
9. Adjournment

Minutes: 

Dr. Murray noted that she attended the FSBA Board of Directors meeting and is preparing a packet of information that relates to the authorization for the Director of FSBA to initiate litigation in the event of the states failure to fund education.

Dr. Binggeli reminded the Board of an engagement in which he will excuse himself along with Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction to meet with an individual in the community around 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Ziegler thanked the participants in the School Board dodge ball team for supporting the Boy Scouts on Saturday, June 19, 2010. He apologized to Ms.Mace for her injury in the line of duty.

Ms. Kneessy noted that each Board Members financial disclosure form is due to the State by July 1, 2010.

Ms. Kneessy reminded the Board on the process of the upcoming Superintendent's evaluation.

Ms. Kneessy noted that Dr. Murray had a suggestion that each of the Board Members meet individually with Dr. Binggeli before July.

Ms. Kneessy mentioned on a personal note that she will be leaving, with a group from Satellite Beach from July 1-8, 2010 to the Dominican Republic to help build a school.

Ms. Kneessy returned to the Out-of-Area agenda to call for the public hearing.

The School Board meeting of June 24, 2010 was adjourned at 1:49 p.m.







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