06-26-2014 Strategic Plan and Preliminary Budget Workshop

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a workshop on Thursday, June 26, 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, June 19, 2014. 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: Chairman Karen Henderson called the meeting to order at 10:11 a.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call



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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Henderson led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Strategic Plan Workshop


Chairman Henderson turned the meeting over to Dr. Binggeli.

Dr. Binggeli shared the Strategic Plan Goals and Outcome Indicators.  He said that the Board would be receiving examples from six departments each of them meeting the strategic goals and in many cases the specific drivers.

The presenters and exemplars were:

  • Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources - Small Capital Projects Team
  • Gino Butto, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Technology - Safe, Healthy, Productive Work/Learning Environment
  • Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources - Capable and Engaged Workforce
  • Judy Preston, Assistant Superintendent of Financial Services - Expanding Efficiencies in Food Services
  • Michelle Irwin, Director of Community Relations -  Marketing, Advertising and Business Partnerships
  • Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction along with Dr. Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs - Supporting Priority and Focus Schools.

Dr. Krupp thanked Ms. Preston for the information about Food Services.  He said that Kevin Thornton, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, had told the Board last November that he was going to have to raise the price of the school lunches for the 2014-2015 school year.  He further commented that he had not heard anything since that time. He asked how we could continue keeping the school lunch prices the same with the price increases of food.  He stressed that we need to raise the prices.

Chairman Henderson said that the District should be charging the amount it costs to produce the meal. 

Ms. Kneessy indicated that it would be better to have quality food on the menu even if it means students have to pay a little more. 

Mr. Ziegler discussed the requirements of the Federal Nutritional Program.

For clarification purposes, Ms. Preston said that several months ago there were two major unknowns, one being the standards for ala carte and the second one being a proviso from the Federal Government language that says you must charge a certain amount for school lunches.  She continued that the District received a waiver for the 2013-2014 school year and was unsure if one would be received for the 2014-2015 school year. They have learned that they can get a waiver for one more year and the ala carte standards just came out.  She indicated that the delay in getting these two pieces of information was the reason they had not brought information back to the Board regarding a price increase in school lunches.

Ms. Kneessy asked for an explanation about why the District had to ask for a waiver.  Ms. Preston said that the Federal Government tells you how much you have to charge for a school lunch which would be $2.10 which is a significant increase over the $1.70 currently being charged.

Mr. Ziegler suggested as a strategy going forward that we engage our local agriculture resources and find out whether or not it would provide the District a cost advantage.  He also proposed trying to incorporate agriculture into an academy.

Ms. Kneessy suggested that we do a Spotlight on a Business Partner much like we do Spotlight on Education.

Ms. Kneessy commented that in the curriculum area she was not happy to see that we lowered our expectations because we did not meet them.

Chairman Henderson called for a break at 11:38 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 12:37 p.m.

5. 2014-2015 Preliminary Budget and Millage Levy Workshop
Attachment: Board Workshop June 26, 2014-Budget Overview2.pdf

Chairman Henderson reconvened the meeting at 12:37 p.m. She said that she had invited Dan Bennett, Mary Helen and Debra Greco to join them during the  Budget portion of the meeting. 

Ms. Preston gave a brief overview of the presentation entitled 2014-2015 Budget Overview.

Ms. Kneessy asked for a breakdown of how much PECO monies each charter school in the District will receive.

Ms. Henderson asked if a charter school goes under and has to sell the property, does the money revert back to the state?  Ms. Preston said that most of the time, they do not break even with what is owed.  However, if there is an excess, that money is supposed to come back to the District.  For the most part, the building and the equipment are leased and not owned.

Dr. Binggeli went over the 2014-15 Potential Cuts & Revenue Enhancements portion. He said at this point that the only thing they are recommending is the elimination of the child care refund practice with an estimated savings of $1,000,000.

When Dr. Binggeli came to the Potential Recovered/Added Items, he said that the cost of numbers 2,3 and 5 is approximately $947,267 which the $1,000,000 from the elimination of the child care refund practice should cover.

Mr. Ziegler wanted to clarify that this does not solve our capital problems.

Ms. Kneessy said she wants to deal with the school lunch prices at the next Board meeting. Ms. Henderson concurred.  Mr. Ziegler said that he needs to see the numbers first.  Dr. Murray also wants to look at this more quickly. More discussion ensued.

Ms. Preston said they will bring some more analysis back to the Board and Dr. Binggeli reiterated to the Board, that the information will be gathered and brought back for the next meeting.

Ms. Henderson wanted to discuss having the ACT not being used as a tool for every 11th grade student.  She said while the FCAT is not a reliable indicator, the ACT is. She asked if it was possible for Ms. Irwin to confer with some business partners to see about the possibility of sponsorship.   She hates for it to go by the wayside.

Dr. Binggeli said he agreed that it is a better constant. 

Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

Minutes: There were no closing remarks.

7. Adjournment

Minutes: The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.