07-29-2010 First Public Budget Hearing


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Monday, June 28, 2010 and the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

I. Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises


Chairman Amy Kneessy called the First Budget School Board Public Hearing to order at 5:30 p.m.

Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler


II. Presentation
2. Presentation- 2010-11 Proposed Millage Levy and Tentative Budget
Attachment: 2010-11 Proposed Tentative Budget All Funds.pdf
Attachment: 2010-11 Proposed Tentative Budget By Cost Center.pdf
Attachment: July 29 2010 1st public hearing final.pdf

Chairman Kneessy recognized Dr. Brian T. Binggeli who introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services. Ms. Preston presented an overview of the 2010-2011 tentative budget, which included:

Tax Roll History
History of Millage Levy
Proposed Millage Changes
Proposed 2010-2011 Millage
Rolled-Back Rate Details
Proposed Millage vs. Roll-Back
Tax on Home Scenarios
Proposed Tentative Budget
Operating Budget Revenue
Change in District Cost Differential (DCD)
FEFP Funding Issues
Base Student Allocation & District Cost Differential
Student Growth
History of Student Membership
Details of Membership Growth
Operating Budget Revenue
K-12 Operating Budget
History of Change in Employee Positions
Format of Budget Books
Capital Projects Revenues
Capital Projects Expenditures
Changes in Capital Revenue
Budget Unknowns

Chairman Kneessy opened the floor for Board discussion.

Dr. Murray pointed out to the Board and the public that Brevard's Base Student Allocation (BSA) for the 2009-2010 (3,630.62) is lower than the BSA for the 2004-05 (3,670.26) school year. In essence, the cost of living has increased dramatically but the state is funding educating our student reflective of the 04-05 years.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board and Ms. Preston regarding the funding cliff that will happen in 2011-2012.

Mr. Jordan requested that Ms. Preston explain the PECO dollars. He also addressed the funding cliff and what the district is doing to prepare ourselves for the monetary shortfall. Ms. Preston stated that the Board is considering a referendum for November to at least help with the 0.25 mill issue, and that is at least 9.5 million dollars.

Ms. Henderson brought up the point, while speaking of the capital projects, of how long can the State expect the district to run without doing maintenance on the buildings or replacing buses for the safety of the children. Ms. Preston has mentioned on more than one occasion that the Capital budget is in worse shape than the Operating budget. She mentioned that we are a pretty lean operation now. Ms. Kneessy called it skeletal.

Dr. Murray stated that she would like to see some very prevalent articles beginning in the paper. On the front page of the paper, the focus should be in some of the news should be on this situation with the education in this community. This is so critical that she would like to see our personnel work with the local newspaper to start educating our community since most people do not watch the Board meetings.

Ms. Kneessy requested a presentation to be presented at all 86 schools in regard to the amendments, class-size and what that means to the district and the schools, and referendum the district is going to put on the ballot. Dr. Binggeli updated the Board on what has been done with the Leadership Team and the parent groups and stated that we will continue ramping it up to explain to the community what the district will be facing.

Dr. Binggeli addressed the maintenance and transportation issues and that the district is approaching maintenance at failure. He addressed the concerns of the funding cliff and mentioned that the district has had one eye on 2011-12 as we move through the budget cuts and concerns of 2010-11.

The Board requested a PowerPoint that addressed all the budgetary concerns. Ms. Kneessy stated that she would like to see a consistent package that could be used at all of our schools so we are all saying the same things.

 Mr. Ziegler questioned Ms. Preston on the last time the Board used it's authority to levy a tax increase. He also mentioned that the Board does not have any authority and have not had any for a while. Ms. Preston thought but had to verify it being in the late 80's when the district was not levying the full 2 mil. She did mention the last time that voters approved any kind of a referendum for K-12 education was February 1963. There has not been another voter referendum in this county since then.

Ms. Kneessy thanked Ms. Preston for her presentation and how much is learned by them every year.



III. Public Hearing
3. Public Hearing


A.   2010-2011Proposed Millage Levy

Chairman Kneessy opened the public hearing. No individuals requested to address the proposed millage levy. The Chairman declared the public hearing closed.

B.   2010-2011 Tentative Budget

Chairman Kneessy opened the public hearing. No individuals requested the proposed millage levy. The Chairman declared the public hearing closed.

IV. Superintendent's Recommendation
4. Adopt Proposed 2010-11 Millage Rates

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy recognized Superintendent Dr. Binggeli who proceeded to read into the record the recommendation for the 2010-2011 millage rates, the tentative 2010-2011 budget and the Board authorization for actions to be taken by the Superintendent.


Adopt proposed 2010-11 millage rates of:

Operating Fund: Required Local Effort 5.155
Local Discretionary 0.748
Discretionary Critical Needs (Operating) 0.250
Capital Outlay: 1.500
    Total: 7.653

Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

5. Adopt the 2010-11 Tentative Budget


Adopt proposed 2010-11 Tentative Budget:

Operating 533,269,568
Special Revenue 108,789,379
Debt Service  45,114,741
Capital Outlay 158,960,751
Enterprise 7,781,400
Sub Total 853,915,839
Less Transfers 43,830,950
Total 810,084,889
Internal Service  66,796,797

Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

6. Authorize the Superintendent to take the Following Actions


Authorize the Superintendent to take the following actions:

1.  Notify both the Property Appraiser and the Tax  Collector of the Proposed 2010-11 Millage and the following Rolled-Back Rates:

Operating Fund Rolled-Back Rates:
         Required Local Effort 5.9248
         Local  Discretionary 1.1395
Capital Outlay Rolled-Back Rate 1.7127
Total Rolled-Back Rates: 8.7770

2.  Notify both the Property Appraiser and the Tax Collector of the Final Public Hearing on September 9, 2010 at 5:30 P.M. at the Educational Service Facility, Viera.

3.  Adjust the revenues and expenditures, if necessary, prior to the final public hearing.


Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

V. Adjournment
7. Adjourment


Prior to the adjournment of the Hearing, the following statement was read into the record by Chairman Kneessy:


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.