06-28-2012 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Thursday, June 28, 2012, 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 21, 2012. 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 Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board Meeting of June 28, 2012 to order at 9:48 a.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a moment of silence for Chelsey Shreffler, 12th grade student from Eau Gallie High School, who passed away unexpectedly.

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

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Revisions
F-10.   Purchasing Bids
F-11. Instructional Staff Recommendation

Information Revision
H-14.  School Year Calendar Standards and the 2012-2013 School Year Calendar

Approve the agenda for the Special Meeting of June 28, 2012.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/ Superintendent

5. Florida School Board Association High Stakes Testing Resolution
Attachment: FSBA High Stakes Testing Resolution.pdf

Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, read the resolution.

Approve the Florida School Board Association High Stakes Testing Resolution.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler thanked Dr. Murray for having input into the creation of this resolution during the Florida School Board Association Board of Directors meeting. He stated that it is nice to know that we have impact on our Board at the state level.

Mr. Ziegler stated that this resolution speaks to the state which he is in 100 percent agreement. He noted that the last paragraph speaks about No Child Left Behind which speaks to a national issue and feels that it does not belong on this state resolution.


Amend the resolution to strike the last paragraph about the No Child Left Behind Act.-
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler

Motion Minutes: Motion died for the lack of a second. Chairman Dr. Murray stated that the original motion is still on the table. The Board returned to the original motion to vote.

D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
6. Public Discussion


No community member signed up for public discussion.

F. Consent
F. Risk Management

7. Renew the Board's Casualty Insurance Policies
Attachment: 2012-13 Casualty Insurance Cost Projection.pdf
8. The Unemployment Compensation Claim Handling Contract with Degroot Management Services, Inc.
Attachment: 2012-15 Contract between Degroot Mgmt Svcs and Brevard County Public Schools.pdf
9. Long-Term Use Agreement allowing the Florida Institute of Technology to Utilize Palm Bay High School's Football Stadium
Attachment: 2012-13 PBHS and FIT Football Stadium Agreement Draft 8.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

10. Purchasing Bids, RFP's RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: 12-021DR Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 12-023DR Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1240KB E2020, Inc.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1245CO NCS Pearson Successmaker Sabal Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 12-031DR Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: RFP 1201DR GFS Amendment 1 Agenda Item.pdf
F. Human Resources

11. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 06-28-12 - Corrected.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

12. Approval of Consent Agenda

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate personnel listed under Item F-11.

Approve the consent agenda of June 28, 2012 at its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Financial Services

13. Information Related to Voter Referendum


Ms. Ziegler pulled this agenda item to discuss his point of view as it relates to the voter referendum. He feel as though the public has the right to make the decision on the sales tax.

Mr. Ziegler spoke about the campaign rhetoric of learning to live within your means. He does not feel that anyone is implying to live with zero. When the capital revenue does not cover the debt service, it leaves the School District with less than zero in order to cover our maintenance of our facilities, our buses, and our technology.  Mr. Ziegler spoke about the non-funded state mandates deadline of 2012 to move to digital text within our schools.  He mentioned the erronious perception of the textbook funds covering the cost of this mandate.  Mr. Ziegler stated that in no what shape or form will the textbook money cover the technology portion of the mandate.  He took this opportunity to explain to the public the outrageous capital expense that this state mandate will cost the district.

Ms. Kneessy stated although she is not going to support this ballot initiative, it is not because of anything that Mr. Ziegler didn't say.  She mentioned that she absolutely agrees with everything that has been said and the reasons for it.  Ms. Kneessy said that she believes it is not up to the voters to decide whether or not we make cuts or not, it's what we as Board Members are elected to do.  She stated that as a Board Member she is willing to make what cuts are necessary between now and 2014.  Ms. Kneessy stated that the community will not support the half cent sales tax and they are hurting financially. Although the district would use the money wisely, it is not the time to go forward with it. She noted that she will continue to push that we put this initiative off until 2014.

Ms. Henderson stated that she has a couple of issues. She stated that she is not so sure that the community wouldn't support it because those that have children in the schools know what our issues are, and when you have parents supporting you, it is always a possibility. Ms. Henderson had several questions and information that was needed before agreeing to place this on the ballot in the fall. She requested from the original list of things that needed to be done from capital a prioritized list in a different format. She raised a concern about potential duplication from the Facilities to the IT department for the implementation of Voice over IP (VOIP) and what the true cost is there.

Ms. Henderson would like to know the plan on getting this information out to the public. She also asked Dr. Binggeli if he felt that the district would be better off waiting and trying to initiate changes in how we can ask for the half penny or penny and getting the legislatures to change the rules.  Ms. Henderson stated the above mentioned is what she will need in order to make her decision.

Dr. Krupp mentioned that his concerns is that we live in a state that has no income tax, which is why people move to Florida.  He noted that many states have income tax and they have a higher sales tax.  Dr. Krupp mentioned that the surrounding districts have much higher sales tax from 6.5 to 8 percent sales tax.  He also mentioned that those districts, by enlarge, have a higher land tax base to support their schools.  He went on to say that in Brevard, we have an Impact Fee coming from the government, which pays us pennies on the dollar for land that they own that we cannot tax, cannot build on, and cannot draw any infrastructure whatsoever. Brevard is very land poor to support the public schools. Dr. Krupp also spoke about the quarter mill which will be sunsetting next year. He supports placing this referendum on the ballot.

Dr. Murray stated that she concurred with Mr. Ziegler, Ms. Henderson, and Dr. Krupp on their rational.  She stated that the Board is extremely concerned with the future of the district's finances.  It is a fact that the revenue from the state has declined multiple times over the last six years which has brought the district where it is today.  Dr. Murray noted that the loss of the critical needs millage is a serious problem for the district, and the Board has elected to review the sales tax specifically because of the relief on the homeowners and being able to shift some of the burden totally from the homeowners to the tourism industry. She stated that in her opinion, it is a very savvy strategy on the Board's part to go in the direction of a sales tax.  Dr. Murray stated that we have a very  intelligent and highly educated community who are capable in making correct decisions which was proven in the last quarter mill that was approved for the School District.  She feels as though that showed their confidence in our ability to manage our funds. She mentioned since she has been on the Board the budget has been reduced between 300 to 400 million dollars.  Dr. Murray noted that the sales tax is the Board's attempt to have a leveling effect to tap the tourism industry to flatten out the critical needs millage that the district will lose at the end of this year.  She said she will support the referendum moving forward but noted that we will only be successful with an education community.

Discussion ensued as it relates to sales tax, the amount of years the sales is being requested,  and the termination of the tax once a certain level is attained.  Ms. Kneessy made it clear as to why she is opposed to this referendum. She feels as though we are doing a disservice to ourselves and our community for not having done our homework.  Dr. Murray commented that we have done a lot of homework and will be doing more of it in the upcoming workshop.  She mentioned that Dr. Binggeli and his staff have been tasked to make that community effort happen through education, both swiftly and quickly.  She said that she appreciates Ms. Kneessy's concerns and that they are well taken.  Ms. Kneessy reminded the Board that there is no Communications Director as of July 1, 2012 which is a key role in the referendum.

Dr. Binggeli stated that more information would be given to the Board and the community in the workshop which is coming up next. 

H. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

14. School Year Calendar Standards and the 2012-2013 School Year Calendar
Attachment: Calendar Standards Revised June 2012.pdf
Attachment: 2012-2013 School Year Calendar with Veterans Day and Good Friday Revisions.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
15. Discussion Point: Concurrency


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray referred to the email that Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, sent to Ms. Kneessy as it relates to concurrency and the Florida Statute.  She stated, to set things straight, it is a collaborative process and no community can make decisions without our input and our agreements.

16. Discussion Point: Brevard Schools Foundation Support


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Dr. Binggeli and the other Board Members for providing the support for Brevard Schools Foundation.  She stated that she would like to bring that up the issue as to where we are going to stand in future years as it relates to financial support for the Foundation.  Dr. Murray noted that the Foundation does a tremendous job for the school district, and the money that we help them with comes back to us many, many times over.  She entertained discussion on a greater commitment so they know where they stand with us. The Board agreed on the support.

Dr. Binggeli clarified that it would be the same amount of support but they would be able to count on the money provided for their operating expenses.

Dr. Murray asked if that could be added as a line item to the budget.  Dr. Binggeli stated that is what he was referring.

17. Board Member Reports


Mr. Ziegler noted that he had the opportunity to sit in on out-of-area appeals and watched their process.  He stated that he was very impressed with the people involved.  In his observation, he said that they were prepared, focused on what the best interest of the student that was making the request, and the policy of this board.  Mr. Ziegler suggested having a Board Member on this committee as a non-voting member to give Board perspective.

Mr. Ziegler requested again receiving list of the committees in the district.  He would like to know who are the committee members and how the members are appointed so the Board is being kept informed of what is going on in the district.

Mr. Ziegler requested that the press releases be sent to all employees in the district so everyone knows the successes of their peers.  He stated it is another way of recognizing and rewarding the staff and students in the district.

Ms. Kneessy had no report.

Ms. Henderson had no report.

Dr. Krupp had no report.

Dr. Murray stated that every Board Member attended the Florida School Board Association Conference.  She noted that four of the five Board Members went to the microphone to address concerns to the Speaker of the House.  Dr. Murray mentioned that Speaker of the House noted that we were all from Brevard County.  Dr. Murray wanted the Brevard community to understand that the Board Members are out there fighting for the education of the students and the taxpayers of Brevard County.

Dr. Murray noted that she attended a gathering sponsored by McGladrey, Florida Commerce, Ron Jon, and Balda for the women leaders throughout Brevard County.  She stated that it was wonderful to hear their support for the education of our students and what Brevard Public Schools does for the students and community.  Dr. Murray mentioned that Sherri Binggeli, wife of Dr. Binggeli, was in attendance as well.

Dr. Murray stated that all of the Board Members, Dr. Binggeli, and Ms. Preston are available to speak to any groups about the future finance issues that are coming down the pike and to please contact any of them for information.


L. Superintendent's Report
18. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli updated the Board about the Common Core workshops.  He mentioned that at the end of the workshops the presenters asked for a school that seemed to have a good plan of attack and understanding for common core.  Dr. Binggeli stated that in Palm Beach and Orlando, a Brevard School was picked to present to the whole group.  To give the Board an idea of the magnitude, there were 3,500 people at the Orlando conference alone.  He stated that it is a testimonial that our staff has done a good job in preparing our schools as to what is coming forward.

Dr. Binggeli explained how Stevenson Elementary, presented in Orlando, and Meadowlane Elementary, presented in Palm Beach, gave it their all to present and show just how we do things here in Brevard.  Dr. Binggeli commended our schools and administrators.

Mr. Ziegler stated that we would be remiss if we did not recognize Ms. Henderson for getting her Board Membership status while at the FSBA Conference, congratulations. He stated that with the great accomplishment it qualified the Board to be one of twelve school boards out of sixty seven in the state that are certified school boards.

Dr. Murray wished Jackie Joy, Administrative Assistant to the Board, a Happy Birthday, and congratulated her for her completion of a Bachelors Degree from Florida Institute of Technology.

M. Adjournment
19. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board meeting of June 28, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.