06-30-2011 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 30, 2011, 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 23, 2011. 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 Special School Board meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A-3. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

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

A-4. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of the Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Additional Consent
F-7.   Purchasing Bids
F-10. Job Description: Associate Superintendent - Human Resources Services
F-11. Job Description: Director of Middle Schools Program
F-12. Notification of Intention to Terminate Palm Bay Community Charter - Patriot Campus Charter Contract
F-13. Notification of Intention of Terminate Palm Bay Municipal Charter School Charter Contract
F-14. Proposed Change in North and Central Alternative Learning Center Student Hours

Revised Consent
F-8. Administrative and Professional Reappointment Nominations for 2011-2012
F-9.  Instructional Staff Recommendations



Motions:
Approve the published agenda and its revisions for June 30, 2011.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


D. Presentation(s)
E. Public Discussion
5. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

Chairman Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. She also stated that the Board would not respond to the comments or concerns this evening but the Superintendent will investigate them and respond in a timely manner.

1. Christy Scarsella, Palm Bay - Termination of Palm Bay Community Charter School
2. Reggie Revis, Palm Bay -  Termination of Palm Bay Community Charter School
3. Michael Watkins, Orlando - Termination of Palm Bay Community Charter School
4. Rami Chatila, Palm Bay - Termination of Palm Bay Community Charter School
5. Melissa Setty, Palm Bay - Termination of Palm Bay Community Charter School
6. Alison Collis, Palm Bay - Termination of Palm Bay Community Charter School
7. Julie Soto, Palm Bay - Termination of Palm Bay Community Charter School
8. Andrew Lannon, Palm Bay - Termination of Palm Bay Community Charter School

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the speakers for their willingness to speak before the Board.


F. Consent
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

6. Operating Fund Budget Amendment #9
Attachment: Budget Amendment #9 - May 31, 2011.pdf
Attachment: Explanations for Budget Amendment #9 - May 31, 2011.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

7. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: SSA ##1202-CH-Internal Audit Services-Office of Accounting Services.pdf
F. Human Resources

8. Administrative and Professional Reappointment Nominations for 2011-2012
Attachment: 11-12 Admnreapt 06-23-11.pdf
F. Compensation & Benefits

10. Job Description: Associate Superintendent - Human Resources Services
Attachment: AssocSuptHR.pdf
11. Job Description: Director - Middle School Programs
Attachment: DirMiddleSchoolProg.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

15. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
Approve the consent agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Human Resources

9. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 06-30-11.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp pulled this agenda item to make several comments as it relates to the retirement of Mark Tormoen, Principal of Viera High School.  Dr. Krupp requested more written documentation prior to accepting a retirement based on the information that the Board received. He would like to have a workshop about putting into policy the tracking of all the monies in the school's internal accounts.

Ms. Kneessy commended Dr. Binggeli and Andrea Alford for an intensive four month investigation. She stated that she has no doubt as a Board Member that the actions taken and finalized at today's meeting were the right decision. She stated that she takes serious issue with the Board questioning the results of the investigation. Ms. Kneessy stated that the processes that have been put in place the last several years are the best that we ever had in the district. She is glad that the principals got the message that the buck does stop with them and if they do something unethical, we will hold them responsible no matter how many years they have been an administrator.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he was not sure what Dr. Krupp was referring to when he mentioned the policies and tracking of internal accounts, since it was part of the district's audit committee focus. He commended district staff on the way they handled the Viera High investigation. 

Ms. Henderson stated that she agreed with Ms. Kneessy's comments and with everything that happened at Viera High, it was completely disappointing. She stated that she expects all of our administrators to do the ethical, moral and non-criminal thing as well as our teachers. Ms. Henderson feels that is what the Board expects as well.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray closed the discussion by stating her disappointment in the current events that occurred at Viera High School.  She stated when an issue arises in the district it seems to always involve more than one person. The others involved in the wrong-doing will say that they were just following an order. Dr. Murray sent out a very clear message to the staff that behavior is unexceptable.  We expect every employee in this district to be a leader, and part of being a leader is following the laws and the rules. There are mechanisms and procedures in place in our district so that if you are asked to do something that is unethical or against the law, there are people that you can report that to. This behavior will not be tolerated by this Board no more then the person that creates the situation. Dr. Murray took this opportunity to thank Dr. Binggeli and Ms. Alford and other district personnel for their part in this continuing investigation.

Dr. Krupp stated that maybe the Board misinterpreted his point. He stated that the investigation started in March 2011 and he just learned about it last week. Dr. Krupp stated that he would like more notice then 3 or 4 work days. He said that he wanted a heads up a lot sooner.  Dr. Murray agreed.

 

 



Motions:

Accept the retirement of Margaret Lewis, Director of Career and Technical Education, effective July 22, 2011.

 

Approve:

 

The transfer of Christopher Hinkle from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Southwest Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Eau Gallie High School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification of Heather Price from the position of Teacher at Virtual Programs to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Virtual Programs, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of Mitzi Robinson from the position of Teacher at Mims Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Fairglen Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification of Mary H. King from the position of Teacher at Freedom 7 Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Freedom 7 Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of Candace Jones from the position of Teacher at Atlantis Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Andersen Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification of Jennifer Brockwell from the position of Teacher at Challenger 7 Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Challenger 7 Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of Kira White from the position of Teacher at Quest Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at West Melbourne Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of Sheryl Haskins from the position of Teacher at Mims Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Pinewood Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of Evelyn Ziccardi from the position of Teacher at Gardendale Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Roosevelt Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of Wendy S. Smith from the position of guidance service professional at Madison Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Mims Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of Carmen Elliott from the position of Teacher at Sunrise Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Sea Park Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of James Carter from the position of Teacher at Palm Bay High School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Audubon Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of James Macheras from the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at DeLaura Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Hoover Middle School, on annual contract, effective July 1, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. 

Accept the retirement of Mark A. Tormoen, Principal of Viera High School, effective June 30, 2011.

Approve the routine instructional staff recommendations.

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

F. School Choice

12. Notification of Intention to Terminate Palm Bay Community Charter – Patriot Campus Charter Contract
Attachment: Patriot Official Letter.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to ask a few questions of Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney. She questioned him on the ninety day notice and its meaning which was given to Palm Bay Community Charter- Patriot Campus Charter and Palm Bay Municipal Charter High School Charter.  Mr. Bistline responded in the affirmative. He elaborated on the ninety day notice which specified the deficiencies  and when need they needed to be corrected. Mr. Bistline and it is the same process that we used for Palm Bay Academy which did not result in a school closing.

Ms. Kneessy clarified for the viewing audience, that the vote of the Board, at this meeting, is to put the two charter schools on notice for their ninety day period to clear up the deficiencies brought forth by the auditor. This vote today is not to terminate the school.  Mr. Bistline confirmed her statement. He also pointed out that the issues are a lot different in these two cases.

Ms. Kneessy questioned what the state statute says the obligation of the school district is when a school has been declared in a state of financial emergency.  Mr. Bistline stated the as the sponsor, we are the only organization that can terminate the charter. By declaring the charter schools in a state of financial emergency, it gives the grounds for the district to take the appropriate action, which would be to terminate the charter. Discussion ensued about a school being in a state of financial emergency.

Ms. Henderson asked Mr. Bistline about the timeline related to the ninety day notice.

Mr. Ziegler stated that there seems to be an air in the community that this Board is adversarial to charters but mentioned if you looked into the matter, you would find that it has not been the case, especially in the last few years. He noted that we have worked extensively over the years to try and give these charters a chance to rectify problems like we have with these two charter schools.  As stated by Ms. Kneessy, this is a warning, but the charter needs to rectify their deficiencies.

Discussion ensued in regard to the forbearance agreement. 

Ms. Kneessy stated that she is troubled on how we got here. Further discussion ensued between Dr. Binggeli and Ms. Kneessy in regard to a meeting held by the Palm Bay City Council and school officials.



Motions:
Recommend that the Board provide Palm Bay Community Charter School - Patriot Campus the attached notice of intention to terminate the charter contract.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

13. Notification of Intention to Terminate Palm Bay Municipal Charter High School Charter Contract
Attachment: Palm Bay Charter High School Official Letter.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp questioned if both of these school are under the same charter, same governance, by the City of Palm Bay.  Mr. Bistline responded in the affirmative and mention they are also in the same facilities.

Mr. Ziegler reminded the viewing audience that this is not a decision to terminate and hopes that the deficiencies get rectified in the coming weeks.



Motions:
Recommend that the Board provide Palm Bay Municipal Charter High School the attached notice of intention to terminate the charter contract.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. North Area Superintendent

14. Proposed Change in North and Central Alternative Learning Center Student Hours

Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp pulled this item to express his concerns that starting in December, we will have students at bus pick up points waiting in the dark. He suggested moving the pick-up time from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Dr. Ron Bobay, North Area Superintendent, responded by letting the Board know that additional busses would be used at that time so that we would not have students waiting in the dark.



Motions:
Approve the new student hours of operation for the North and Central Alternative Learning Centers to 7:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


G. Action
H. Information
M. Adjournment
16. Adjournment

Minutes: The Special School Board meeting of June 30, 2011 was adjourned at 2:11 p.m.






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