07-15-2008 Regular School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, July 10, 2008 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 Kershaw called the July 15, 2008 School Board meeting to order at 5:32  p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Larry Hughes, Janice Kershaw, Amy Kneessy, Dr. Barbara Murray, Robert Jordan

A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Kevin Trainor, 7th grade, Kennedy Middle School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kevin Trainor, 7th grade student, Kennedy Middle School.

Dr. DiPatri commended Kevin Trainor for being named International Good Sport of the Year by Little League International.


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

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Revisions
F-19.    Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-22.    Florida Educational Equity Act Annual Update (attachment) 

 

 



Motions:
Adopt the agenda of the Regular School Board Meeting of July 15, 2008 and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Larry Hughes
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


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

6. Recognition of the 2008 Florida School Board of the Year Award

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri along with DaLaine Chapman, Resource Teacher  for Fine Arts K-12, and Beth Thedy, Director of Middle Schools programs, who was standing in for Peggy Nolan, Resource Teacher of Visual Arts/Drama, celebrated the members of the Brevard County School Board for being selected as the 2008 honoree for the Florida Alliance for Arts Education School Board Award. Ms. Kershaw accepted the award on behalf of the Board and said a few words of appreciation.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

7. Superintendent's Presentation: 2008-2009 Budget Update
Attachment: 2008-2009 Budget Timeline.pdf
Minutes: Dr. DiPatri gave a brief presentation regarding the Budget Update and its timeline. He also explained the 2%  hold back of the school district's budget as suggested by the Commissioner of Education.
D. Facilities Services

8. Semi-Annual Facility Upgrade Report and Impact Fee Presentation
Attachment: 7-15-08 Staff Report #5 and Impact Fee.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services, who gave a presentation on the Semi-Annual Facility Upgrade Report and Impact Fee Presentation.

Mr. Curry answered questions from Ms. Kneessy and Ms. Kershaw in regard to the funds availability.

Mr. Jordan had a question regarding the funds from the impact fees for the future projects list. Mr. Curry stated the district does have the money in the bank for the current projects.


E. Public Discussion
9. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

The Chair 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 issues this evening but the Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - FCAT  Scores & Negotiations
  2. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - PSC/CC Teacher Transfer Requests
  3. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Legislation Issues

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

10. Expulsions
11. Approval of Minutes
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

12. Advertisement of the 2008-09 Tentative Budget
Attachment: Notice of Tax for School Capital Outlay 2008-09.pdf
Attachment: Advertisement of 2008-09 Tentative Budget.pdf
13. Budget Amendment #9 for the Operating Fund, 2007-08
Attachment: Budget Amendment #9, 2007-08.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

14. Surplus Property
Attachment: JUL_15_08.pdf
15. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 06-047BM Degreasing and Inspection of Kitchen Hood Systems II - Option Year 2.pdf
Attachment: 07-043BM Cooling Tower Cleaning and Repair Services - Option Year 1.pdf
Attachment: 07-046BM Asphalt Pavement Sealer and Re-Striping - Option Year 1.pdf
Attachment: 09-002BP Cafeteria Milk.pdf
Attachment: 09002LH Classroom Response Systems.pdf
Attachment: 08-045JJ Construction Materials.pdf
Attachment: 08-042JJ Plumbing Supplies.pdf
Attachment: 08-005BP - Science Supplies Re-Award OY1.pdf
F. Transportation

16. School Bus Lease Agreement with Sculptor Charter School and River's Edge Academy
Attachment: River's Edge School Bus Lease Agreement 0809.pdf
Attachment: Sculptor Charter Lease.pdf
F. Human Resources

17. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 07-15-08.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

18. Student Fees for Driver Education Program
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

19. 2008-09 Supplemental Educational Services Provider/District Contract
Attachment: SES Contract FY2009.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

20. Florida Educational Equity Act Annual Update -- 2007-2008
Attachment: 2007-2008 Annual Equity Update FINAL.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

21. Application for Continuation of Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant: Geographical 2008-2009
Attachment: TAPS NUMBER 09B017.pdf
22. Application for Continuation of Adult Education and Family Literacy, Household Grant 2008-2009
Attachment: TAPS NUMBER 09B019.pdf
23. Application for Continuation of English Literacy/Civics Education Grant 2008-2009
Attachment: TAPS NUMBER 09B021.pdf
F. Student Services

24. 2008-2009 Multiagency Service Network for Severely Emotionally Disturbed Student Project Application
Attachment: Budget page SED 08-09.pdf
Attachment: Florida Department of Edu.pdf
F. Project Management

25. Revised Interlocal Agreement for Public School Facility Planning and School Concurrency
Attachment: 080416_CocoaCityCouncil Minutes Excerpts_ILA Revs.pdf
Attachment: 080605_BREVARD Clean _new-Red _ June 2008 ILA_ORC.pdf
26. Approval and Transfer of Educational Facilities Impact Fees
Attachment: Impact Fee Meeting #6 Minutes and Recommendations.pdf
Attachment: Status and Proposed Uses - June 2008 - Benefit District 1.pdf
Attachment: Status and Proposed Uses - June 2008 - Benefit District 3.pdf
Attachment: Status and Proposed Uses - June 2008 - Benefit District 2.pdf
Attachment: Status and Proposed Uses - June 2008 - Benefit District 4.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

27. Utility Easement - FPL - Cambridge Elementary School
Attachment: Easement - FPL - Cambridge.pdf
28. Utility Easement - FPL - Clearlake Middle School
Attachment: Easement - FPL - Clearlake.pdf
29. Revisions to Portable Demolition Plan
F. District Security

30. Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability 2007-08 Best Practices for Safety and Security Self-Assessment
Attachment: 2008_best_practices_and_indicators - final (4).pdf
F. School Board Attorney

31. Suspension Without Pay of Instructional Employee, Russell John Othmer
Attachment: Russell John Othmer.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

32. Approval of Consent Agenda Items

Minutes: 

Motions:
Approval of consent items with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Accounting Services

33. Financial Statements for the Months of March, April and May 2008
Attachment: Final March Financials to Board.pdf
Attachment: Final April Financials to the Board.pdf
Attachment: Final May Financials for the Board.pdf
Minutes: Dr. Murray requested this item be pulled as an informational piece for the Board. Her concern was seeing financial statements for the first time in July from three months ago. Dr. Murray requested  the process of disclosing the financial statements to the Board be more closely monitored in the future.

 



Motions:
Approve the Financial Statements for months ending March 31, 2008, April 30, 2008, and May 31, 2008.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

F. Human Resources

34. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 07-15-08.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Murray pulled this item to request the Superintendent provide the Board with a summary statement reflecting administrative personnel evaluations for five years prior to the appointment recommendation along with any discipline actions contained in the personnel file.

Ms. Kershaw requested Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, look into whether or not Dr. Murray's request for a summary statement and discipline actions of administrators be in line with the law. Mr. Bistline stated he would look into the law but did not foresee there being a problem since it is public information after a certain period of time.

Dr. DiPatri stated that Dr. Murray's suggestion makes good sense to provide this type of information to the Board.

Mr. Hughes reminded the public that there are limitations in terms of the Board's ability to override the Superintendent's recommendation. Unless the Board has very specific data which is unknown to the Superintendent at the time he makes a recommendation, the Board cannot deny his recommendation.

 

 



Motions:
ACCEPT: The retirement of John J. Vaughan, Principal at Sabal Elementary School, effective July 31, 2008. The retirement of Barbara A. McCalla, Principal at Discovery Elementary School, effective July 15, 2008. The retirement of Evelyn J. Henville, Director of Recruitment and Retention, effective June 30, 2008. APPROVE: The appointment of Cynthia S. Ford to the position of Principal at Williams Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 1, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The appointment of Nancy A. Nichols to the position of Principal at South Lake Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 1, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The appointment of Ronald W. Philpot to the position of Assistant Principal (12 mo.) at Titusville High School, on annual contract, effective August 1, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The appointment of Richard J. Dobsha to the position of Assistant Principal (12 mo.) at North Area Adult/Community Education Center, on annual contract, effective August 1, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Dawna M. Bobersky from the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Harbor City Elementary School to the position of Principal at Discovery Elementary School, on annual contract, effective July 16, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification of Lori A. Migliore from the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Palm Bay Elementary School to the position of Interim Principal at Palm Bay Elementary School, on annual contract, effective July 16, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification of Michael B. Waller from the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Space Coast Jr/Sr High School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 mo.) at Space Coast Jr/Sr High School, on annual contract, effective July 16, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification of Franklin M. Koontz from the position of Teacher at Astronaut High School to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Astronaut High School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Annetha C. Jones from the position of Teacher at Titusville High School to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Jackson Middle School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Elizabeth A. Westfall from the position of Teacher at Enterprise Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Cape View Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Michael S. McCutchan from the position of Teacher at Sabal Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Coquina Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Jean R. Bartleson from the position of Teacher at Endeavour Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Enterprise Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Ann M. Strong from the position of Teacher at Fairglen Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Carroll Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification of Sally Ann A. Corbley from the position of Teacher at Riviera Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Riviera Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of John D. Alison from the position of Teacher at Sabal Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Roosevelt Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification of Sherie L. Troisi from the position of Teacher at Palm Bay Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Palm Bay Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Cari B. Kupec from the position of Learning Director at Office of Choice Schooling to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Quest Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Shyrl L. Johnson from the position of Teacher at Turner Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 mo.) at Sabal Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 11, 2008. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. Approve the routine instructional staff recommendations - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

F. Exceptional Education

35. Adults with Disabilities Grant Application 2008-2009
Attachment: Final Draft AWD GRant 6-16-08.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kershaw requested this item be pulled in order for her to read into the record a Memorandum of Voting Conflict due to her employment with Brevard Achievement Center. Due to this conflict, she abstained from voting from the above mentioned item. A copy of the Memorandum of Voting Conflict is filed in the School Board Office.



Motions:
Approve the proposal request of $525,867 for services for adults with disabilities in Brevard County.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Abstain
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to congratulate the instructional personnel listed under Item F-19 for their retirements, appointments, transfers and reclassifications.

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The Chair called for a BPS video break at 6:31 p.m. featuring the Office of District Security followed by a look at the "Be There" campaign

The meeting reconvened at 6:47 p.m.
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G. Action
G. Transportation

36. Fee Based Transportation For All Students
Attachment: Policy 8600 april 08.pdf
Attachment: Admin Proc. 8600.xx Paid Transportation.pdf
Minutes: Chairman Kershaw declared the public hearing open. No one addressed the Board on this issue. Chairman Kershaw delared the public hearing closed.

Motions:
Hold a Public Hearing to approve the revisions to Board Policy 8600 and the approval of Administrative Procedure 8600.xx which allows for all Brevard School District students living within two miles of their assigned school to apply for fee-based transportation.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy made several comments to this item. She thanked Dr. DiPatri for adding a maximum amount that a family would be charged for transportation.  Ms. Kneessy questioned the Out-of-Area students being ineligible to apply for the fee based transportation.

Mike Connors, Director of Transportation, stated that out-of-area students were ineligible to keep consistent with the other policies that are in place for these students.

Dr. DiPatri stated that he would look further into this request, but at this time, the district does not provide any transportation to out-of-area students.

G. School Choice

37. Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School and West Shore Jr./Sr. High School Boundaries
Attachment: BoundaryDescriptions.pdf
Attachment: Edgewood Westshore 08-09.pdf

Motions:
Approve the Boundaries for Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School and West Shore Jr./Sr. High School and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for public hearing.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


H. Information
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

38. 2008-2009 Consultant Agreement with PREVENT! of Brevard Inc.
Attachment: PREVENT-Consultant Agreement.pdf
Attachment: FY09 PREVENT! Budget Proposal.pdf
H. Adult/Community Education

39. Subcontract Agreement Between Brevard Family of Housing and Brevard Adult Education
Attachment: SUBCONTRACT AGREEMENT.pdf
H. Student Services

40. Safe & Drug Free School Consultant Agreement with Rain & Brehm Consulting Group, Inc.

Minutes: Dr. Murray requested more information on what the consultant was going to provide. Paula Ferrell, Safe & Drug Free Schools Manager, answered Dr. Murray's questions.
H. Alternative Sites

41. School Board of Brevard County and National Deaf Academy
H. Exceptional Education

42. Approve Revisions for Section 504/ADA Procedures Manual for Students
Attachment: 504Manual06-08.pdf
H. Educational Technology

43. Structured Cabling Infrastructure Upgrade for Enterprise Elementary
H. Project Management

44. Demolish Building 10 at Satellite High School
Attachment: Satellite HS Site Plan - Building 10.pdf
45. Additions and Renovations at Eau Gallie High School
Attachment: Eau Gallie HS PM Plan.pdf
46. Additions and Renovations at Cocoa High School
Attachment: Cocoa HS PM Plan.pdf

I. Staff Reports
47. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no Staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports
48. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy thanked Merritt Island High School for accommodating her while she visited the construction site and met with the construction team for a walk through.

Ms. Kneessy commended the district on working well with other agencies in the community to utilize the portable facilities. She mentioned one agenda item was to destroy portables and that it was revised and the portables have been sent to a fire department, police department and a private school for use.

Ms. Kershaw stated she had the opportunity to see the summer fine art production of "Crazy For You" at Eau Gallie High School and how enjoyable the performances are each year.

Dr. DiPatri commented that he viewed Les Miserables and they did a great job as well. He stated that he talked to Steve Janicki and Karen Wilson from the King Center about 1776 and the possibility of having one or more performances of the summer fine art productions at the King Center.

Mr. Hughes stated that he would like to talk about Impact Fees.  His concern is that the district has a declining student population and the population for the next five years is projected to continue to decline. He posed the question to the other board members about whether we should continue with the Impact fees while we have a diminishing population. Discussion ensued amongst the Board on their various views of the Impact Fees.

Ms. Kershaw stated she would like more analysis from the staff whether to eliminate impact fees altogether or invoke a moratorium (i.e. six month moratorium).

Mr. Hughes would like to know if it is fair and equitable to continue to impose this fee when we are not experiencing growth in the student body. He feels it necessary to have a public discussion on this to determine what we are trying to achieve with the Impact Fees.

Ms. Kneessy suggested that any discussion be postponed until after August 26, 2008.

Ms. Kershaw stated the Superintendent will manage the appropriate amount of time for asking the staff to do additional work.

Dr. DiPatri stated that the staff would take a look at it but it is premature for him to weigh in on this topic. He did discuss the growth and lack of growth in the district.

Mr. Hughes stated that he does not have an answer for the impact fees but for fairness and equity it is of significant importance that the Board needs to discuss it.

Ms. Kershaw stated she would like more information from the staff about the impact fees. The information should include background information, pros and cons, look at levying the impact fees in one district and not the other district, what it means for long term etc.


L. Superintendent's Report
49. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: There was no Superintendent's report.

M. Adjournment
50. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of July 15, 2008 was adjourned at 7:28 p.m.






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