07-23-2013 Regular School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 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 11, 2013. 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


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board Meeting to order at 9:30 a.m.

Chairman Dr. Murray requested a moment of silence for Allyson Kramer, 8th grade student of Central Middle School, who passed away unexpectedly.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

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

Minutes: Debra Foley, District Communications Coordinator, 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 Addition:
F-10.   Contract: School Board Attorney

Consent Revisions:
F-17.   Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-20.   Inter-institutional Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement with Eastern Florida State College

Approve the July 23, 2013 School Board agenda and it's revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Human Resources

5. BPS Named as 2013 AARP Best Employer for Workers Over 50


Dr. Binggeli stated that Brevard Public Schools has been recognized as the recipient for the 2013 AARP Best Employer for Workers over 50.

Debra Foley, District Communications Coordinator, noted for that for the eighth straight year Brevard Public Schools has been honored with this award and is the only school district in the nation to be recognized by AARP.  Brevard Public Schools was selected for its recruiting practices, opportunities for training, education and career development, workplace accommodations, alternative work options such as flexible scheduling, job sharing, and phased retirement, employee health and pension benefits, retiree benefits and age diversity in the workforce.  A notable 47% of BPS employees are 50 or older.

Ms. Foley stated that a special thanks was extended to the School Board, Susan Standley, Director of Employee Benefits & Special Programs, and Sandra Gibbons, Administrative Secretary for Employee Benefits, for all their efforts.

Dr. Binggeli, Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, and Ms. Standley, presented the award to Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Accountability, Testing and Evaluation

6. Testing and Accountability Update
Attachment: july 2013 Board Presentation.pdf

Karen Schafer, Director of Testing and Accountability, gave a presentation pertaining to Testing and Accountability System.  The areas discussed included:

  • Impact of HB 1076
  • Course and EOC Requirements:  What Was ....
  • Course and EOC Requirements:  Changes as a Result of SB 1076
  • Diploma Designations
  • Standard Diploma Changes
  • Merit Diploma Designation
  • Scholar Diploma Designation

Ms. Kneessy asked where Honors fit into these requirements.  Dr. Schafer stated there is no mention anywhere as it relates to Honors classes.

Dr. Schafer continued her presentation, which covered the following:

  • Summary of Graduation Changes
  • Summary of Assessment Requirements
  • Information to Schools
  • SB 1076 Impact on Middle Grades
  • SB 1076 Impact on High Schools
  • Impact of SB 1076 on Prior Cohorts
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Prior Cohorts and Scholar Designation
  • School Grade Changes
  • Why Do School Grades Keep Changing?
  • Florida School Grades' History of Change
  • Changes to School Grades in 2012
  • School Grade Changes for 2013
  • Other Factors Impacting 2013 School Grade

Dr. Binggeli addressed the positive student data received from our continued efforts as well as his frustration and confusion that even though we are seeing such positive data, our school grades continue to drop.

Mr. Ziegler asked Dr. Binggeli if the letter grades at schools have a negative impact on employees evaluations and if so, can we look at a way to use actual scores as opposed to letter grades.  Dr. Binggeli answered that there are no negative effects based from a letter grade in the evaluation system.  He explained that employees will be informed that the regression analysis has been a part of the evaluation system and continued to explain the how the numerical changes make the analysis inaccurate.  Dr. Binggeli stated that we are not going to harm employees when we know that these changes have rendered a part of our evaluation system.  Schools will however receive less School Recognition funds due to the grade letter changes. 

E. Public Comment
7. Public Comment


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time for each speaker of three minutes.  She reminded the public that the Board will not respond to the comments or requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

  1. Representative Rich Workman, Melbourne - Textbooks
  2. Dr. William "Bill" Saxton, Boca Raton - Textbooks
  3. William Prince, Melbourne - Textbooks
  4. Doug Murphy, Rockledge - Textbooks
  5. Roger Gangitano, Melbourne -Textbooks
  6. Dean Paterakis, Melbourne - Textbooks
  7. Ana Woodbrey, Melbourne - Thank Board for Preserving Positions
  8. Michael Crosbie, Orlando -  Educational Data Resource
  9. Vida Escue, Titusville - School Board Policy 5610.03

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the speakers and stated that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated. 

Chairman, Dr. Murray deviated from the agenda to request Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, to the podium to respond to questions.

Dr. Murray requested that Ms. Van Meter explain the adoption process of our textbooks and what we have done so far to address concerns.  Ms. Van Meter explained what the district has done as it relates to textbook adoption concerns.  She noted that textbooks are only a resource in the classrooms as they do not drive the curriculum.  In this digital age, many teachers are using other sources as they talk about different standards and do not go page-by-page in the textbooks any longer. 

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

8. Student Expulsion
Attachment: July 23 2013 Student Expulsion.pdf (Confidential Item)
9. Approval of Minutes
10. Contract: School Board Attorney
F. Financial Services

11. Financial Statements for the Period Ending May 31, 2013
Attachment: May 31, 2013 Financial Statements.pdf
F. Accounting Services

12. Warrants for the Month of May, 2013
Attachment: Warrant List - May 2013.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

13. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: c - SACC Enrichment Program Agreements - Curriculum & Instruction.pdf
Attachment: g - SSA #14-032-WH - Lee Virtual Elementary - Curriculum & Instruction.pdf
Attachment: i - SS #13-SS-091-CJ - Audiometric Sound Room & Equipment Cancellation - Student Services.pdf
Attachment: b - RFQ #13-Q-078-CJ - Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and-or Case Management - Student Services.pdf
Attachment: j - SSA #13-446-WH - My Payments Plus - Student Services.pdf
Attachment: d - LEAP Trainer Agreements - Student Services.pdf
Attachment: h - SSA #14-033-WH - Indian River School Board - Curriculum & Instruction.pdf
Attachment: e - SSA #14-025-WH - Discovery Education, Inc. - Educational Technology.pdf
Attachment: f - SSA #14-031-WH - Pasco eSchool - Curriculum & Instruction.pdf
Attachment: k - Additional String Info.pdf
Attachment: a - ITB #14-B-016-KC Ice Storage Systems - Facilities Services.pdf
14. Property Disposal
Attachment: July 23 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: July 23 Board Letters.pdf
F. Transportation

15. School Bus Routes 2013-2014
Attachment: route projections 13-14.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. Race to the Top District Evaluation Systems Monitoring
17. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 07-23-13 - 3rd Correction.pdf
18. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 07-23-13 - Corrected.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

19. Florida Educational Equity Act Annual Update -- 2012-2013
Attachment: 2013 DRAFT Equity.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

21. Consultant Agreement Between Children's Choice Child Care Services Inc. and the Office of Adult & Community Education/School Age Child Care
Attachment: Ashcraft Consultant Agreement 13-14.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

22. Representation on the North Brevard Commission on Parks & Recreation (District #1)
23. Merritt Island High School Field Trip to Logan, Utah
F. Educational Technology

24. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Termination Agreement
Attachment: DOC (Brevard Term Agremment 7.16.13)(HMH execution).pdf
F. Facilities Services

25. Revision 1 to 2010 Educational Plant Survey
Attachment: Revision 1 to 2010 Educational Plant Survey.pdf
26. School Name Changes
F. Project Management

27. Modification #3 to Shutter Grant Project - Central Middle School
Attachment: reinstate Mod 2 SB of Brevard County extension.pdf
F. District Security

28. 2013-2014 School Resource Officer Agreements
Attachment: 2013-14 FINAL Budget w-strings 6.10.13 hp.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

29. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda of July 23, 2013 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Secondary Programs

20. Inter-institutional Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement with Eastern Florida State College
Attachment: EFSC_BPS_DE_Articulation_Agreement_071813.pdf

Mr. Ziegler expressed to the Board that he thinks it would be prudent to have member be an ex-officio on the committee.  He feels that it is very important that the Board stay on top of this and be involved.

Dr. Murray asked Mr. Ziegler what role does he see us playing.  It is important that we don't get into the day-to-day operations and interfere with staff.  Mr. Ziegler stated that it doesn't appear to him to be a day-to-day operation but a committee that addresses concerns on the agreement and how to make things better. 

Dr. Krupp expressed that he appreciates the concern, but we do have a lot of members on our staff that can provide that service.

It was decided amongst the group that at this level it is operational.  Mr. Ziegler expressed that he was fine with the decision and would appreciate information that comes from the developed committees so we can keep it on our radar screen.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a break at 11:15 a.m.
The Regular School Board Meeting was reconvened at 11:27 a.m.

Approve the Inter-institutional Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and Eastern Florida State College.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
G. Student Services

30. Revision of School Board Policy 5610.03
Attachment: Revised Policy 5610.03.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Sheet 5610.03.pdf

Discussion ensued amongst the Board in regard to the open-ended nature of the revision and addressed their concerns.

Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for public hearing and approve the revisions of School Board Policy 5610.03 - Detention of Students.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Facilities Services

31. Attendance Boundary Change for Audubon ES and MILA ES
Attachment: Map for Recommended Attendance Boundary Change Between Audubon and MILA.pdf
Attachment: MILA Attendance Boundary Description.pdf
Attachment: Audubon Attendance Boundary Description.pdf
Attachment: Proposal 5 Map Detail.pdf

Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing and approve the recommended attendance boundary change between Audubon Elementary School and MILA Elementary School to reflect the intent and data for previously approved Proposal 5 to close Gardendale Elementary Magnet School.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

32. Change Attendance Boundaries for Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme
Attachment: Recommended Middle Years IB Boundaries (2013-14).pdf

Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing and approve the recommended  Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme map and written boundary description, beginning the 2013-14 school year. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

33. Policy Revision - 9140 District Advisory Committees
Attachment: 9140 District Advisory Committees.pdf
H. Accounting Services

34. Proposed School Board Policies: Anti-Fraud, Facsimile Signatures, and Funds Management
Attachment: PROPOSED POLICY ANTI-FRAUD 5-20-13.pdf
H. Human Resources

35. Job Description - Geographic Information Services Supervisor
Attachment: Supervisor - GIS.pdf
36. Job Description - Family Services Manager - Head Start
Attachment: Manager - Head Start Family Services.pdf
37. Job Description - Accounting Specialitst III - Head Start
Attachment: AcctSpec3HeadStart.pdf
38. Job Description - Teacher-Trainer
Attachment: Teacher-Trainer.pdf
39. Job Description - Coordinator-Timekeeping/Payroll
Attachment: Coord-Payroll.pdf
H. Students at Risk

40. School Board of Brevard County and North Carolina Outward Bound School, Contract for Educational Services
Attachment: North Carolina Outward Bound June 2013.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

41. Request from the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council to Access Classrooms to Recruit Students per Board Policy 9700.01
Attachment: Girl Scouts of Citrus Council - Application.pdf
Attachment: Girl Scouts - Attachments 1-3.pdf
Attachment: Girl Scouts - attachment 501(c)3.pdf
Attachment: Girl Scouts - Blue Book of Basic Documents.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

42. Astronaut High School Field Trip to New York City

I. Staff Reports
43. Staff Report(s)

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
44. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
45. Board Member Reports


Mr. Ziegler commented on the new Out-of-Area process and how it has caused confusion, which resulted in late applications.  He wanted to ensure that there is just cause when accepting these late applications.

Mr. Ziegler also addressed his concerns on the Facility Use Agreement - 7510.  Discussion ensued amongst the Board in regard to School Board Policy 7510.

Ms. Kneessy had no report.

Ms. Henderson had no report.

Dr. Krupp had no report.

Dr. Murray congratulated the entire cast of HairSpray for a fantastic performance.

L. Superintendent's Report
46. Superintendent's Report

M. Adjournment
47. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board Meeting of July 23, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.

For futher details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).