08-08-2017 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for its regular board meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 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 27, 2017 The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairperson Belford called the meeting to order at: 5:33 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Misty Belford, John Craig, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler


Chairperson Belford asked for a moment of silence for a BPS employee who had recently passed away:  Ernestine McCullough, a teacher from Andersen Elementary.

A. Moment of Silence
A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Matt Reed, assistant superintendent of Government and Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of Agenda
Attachment: 2017-0808 Supplemental.pdf

Dr. Blackburn read into record the items on the Supplemental Agenda which are items that have been changed or added since the agenda was released to the public on August 1, 2017.


  • A-5 Administrative Staff Recommendations
  • F-11 Instructional Staff Recommendations
  • F-17 Design Services for Facility Renewal - West Shore Jr./Sr. High, Stevenson Elementary, Quest Elementary, Gemini Elementary and Harbor City Elementary.
  • G-21 Revision of School Board Policy 5517.01 Bullying and Harassment


  • Notification of Intention to Terminate Legacy Academy Charter


Adopt the August 8, 2017, School Board meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
5. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn congratulated the administrative staff member present and offered her time to make comments.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

The reclassification/transfer of Catherine M. McNutt from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Melbourne High School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Hoover Middle School, on annual contract, effective August 9, 2017.  Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
6. Public Comment


Chairperson Belford reminded speakers of the decorum expected while speaking and explained that they have three minutes to provide comments.

Speakers in order of appearance:

  • Dan Bennett - New Discipline Plan
  • Sandra Sheibani - Removal of Daily Homework
  • Vanessa Skipper - Teacher's Education

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

7. Approval of Meeting Minutes
Attachment: 2017-0727 Workshop SSNP.pdf
Attachment: 2017-0727 Special Meeting Minutes Draft.pdf
Attachment: 2017-0727 First Public Budget Hearing Draft Minutes.pdf
F. Financial Services

8. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 08-08-2017 Consent.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters - 08-08-2017 Consent.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

9. 2017-18 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant
F. Transportation

10. School Bus Routes 2017 - 2018
Attachment: 2017-18 BUS ROUTES.pdf
F. Human Resources

11. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 08-08-17.pdf
12. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 08-08-17.pdf
F. Project Management

13. Rockledge High School - Design Build Contract and Preconstruction Services - RFP # 17-P-082-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Rockledge HS Design Build Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Rockledge HS Design Build Cost Benefit Analysis.pdf
14. Creel Elementary School and Croton Elementary School - Design Build Contract and Preconstruction Services - RFP #17-P-083-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Creel ES Design Build Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Croton ES Design Build Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Creel ES-Croton ES Design Build Cost Benefit Analysis.pdf
15. Williams Elementary School and Mila Elementary School - Design Build Contract and Preconstruction Services - RFP # 17-P-084-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Williams ES Design Build Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Mila ES Design Build Attachment.pdf
Attachment: Mila ES-Williams ES Design Build Cost Benefit Analysis.pdf
16. Central Middle School - Technology Infrastructure and Facility Renewal - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Central MS Technology Infrastructure Preconstruction Cost Benefit Analysis.pdf
Attachment: Central MS Technology Infrastructure Preconstruction Attachment.pdf
17. Design Services for Facility Renewal - West Shore Jr. Sr. High, Stevenson Elementary, Quest Elementary, Gemini Elementary and Harbor City Elementary - RFP #17-P-085-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: West Shore JSHS Design Attachment.pdf
Attachment: West Shore JSHS Design Cost Benefit Analysis.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

18. Approval of Consent

Approve the August 8, 2017 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Tina Descovich
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

19. Department/School Initiated Agreements
Attachment: a - SSA 18-024-WH - Certiport.pdf
Attachment: b - SSA 18-019-WH - Cengage.pdf
Attachment: c - SSA 18-025-WH - Burlington English.pdf


Approve the Sales and Service Agreements (SSAs) below:

a - SSA #18-024-WH - Certiport Universal License - Career & Tehnical Education - $248,917.00 - Operating Other

b - SSA #18-019-WH - Cengage - Gale - Educational Technology - $51,000.00 - Operating Other

c - SSA #18-025-WH - Burlington English - Adult Community Education - $28,800.00 - Operating Other

Vote Results
Motion: Tina Descovich
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

20. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - ITB 17-B-096-NC - Educational & Art Supply Catalog Discount Bid.pdf
Attachment: b - PB 18-PB-004-NC - Outdoor Equipment Repair Small and Large.pdf
Attachment: c - PB 18-PB-007-NC - Special Education Materials, Supplies and Eqpmt - Disabilities.pdf
Attachment: d - RFQ 17-Q-076-SH - OT, PT, SP, TVI.pdf
Attachment: e - SC 18-SC-001-NC - Furniture Office & Files.pdf
Attachment: f - SC 18-SC-002-NC - Furniture Educational Institutional.pdf


Award the Invitation to Bid (ITB) below:

a - ITB #17-B-096-NC - Educational & Art Supplies Catalog Discount Bid - Purchasing & Warehouse Services - $1,000,000.00 - Operating Other

Approve the Piggybacks (PBs) below:

b - PB  #18-PB-004-NC - Outdoor Equipment Repair Small and Large - Facilities Services - $75,000.00 - Operating Other

c - PB #17-007-NC - Special Education Materials, Supplies, and Equipment for Individuals with Disabilities - ESE Program Support - $50,000.00 - Special Revenue Federal

Approve the Request for Qualification (RFQ) below:

d - RFQ #17-Q-074-SH - Physical & Occupational Therapist, Speech/Language Pathologist and Teacher of Visually Impaired Services - ESE Program Support - $3,000,000.00 - Operating Other

Approve the State Contract (SC) purchase below:

e - SC #18-SC-001-NC - Furniture: Office & Files - Purchasing & Warehouse Services - $1,000,000.00 - Operating Other

f - SC #18-SC-002-NC - Furniture: Educational/Institutional - Purchasing & Warehouse Services - $1,000,000.00 - Operating Other

Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Students at Risk

21. Revision of School Board Policy 5517.01 Bullying and Harrassment
Attachment: Clean New Proposed 5517.01.pdf
Attachment: NEOLA 5517.01.pdf
Attachment: Form B 5517.01.pdf
Attachment: Current 5517 01( 2017)Brevard County.pdf
Attachment: Track Changes 5517.01 8-3-17 (002).pdf

Approve the amended BPS 5517.01 Bullying and Harassment Policy.
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: John Craig
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Financial Services

22. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 08-08-2017 - Information.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters 08-08-2017 - Information.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
23. Board Member Reports


Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions

Mr. Craig

  • He thanked all of the returning teachers, administrators and staff  who are preparing our schools and getting them ready for an awesome opening day on Thursday. 
  • He congratulated Cocoa Beach's Coral Schuster for being named one of six to the All-USA Surf Team.
  • He expressed appreciation to the multitude of businesses and organizations that pitch in to help our students and schools. He wanted to take time to recognize a few of them:  City of Cape Canaveral who had a backpack giveaway for Capeview; Brevard Schools Foundation for its backpack giveaway at Clearlake and Georgianna United Methodist Church that filled over 700 backpacks and gave them to Cambridge Elementary and Endeavour Elementary.  He thanked them the organizations for helping to get our students ready for the first day.
  • He also commented on Ms. Archer's team on the time spent on assisting a charter school open and thanked them. 

Ms. Descovich

  • She gave a shout out to Jeff Arnott who facilitated the second annual Innovations and Transformation Summit at the Crowne Plaza and said that it was a fantastic event.
  • She also thanked Stephanie Archer and her team for the countless hours spent on matters surrounding the opening of a charter school. 
  • She also wanted to give a shout out to schools, teachers, administrators and students for the beginning school year.

Mr. Susin

  • He thanked Dane and Sue for all of the work done over the summer. He said they had about two weeks to do a year's worth of projects.
  • He also wanted to thank the Brevard Zoo for piloting a jobs program where 11 students went to work for eight weeks as part of the STAR program.  He said the students worked 40 hours a week and the zoo really put in a process where the kids learned some valuable skills.
  • He gave a shout-out to the UAAA academy 
  • He further commented that on August 15, the first industry construction board will be formed. This will give our CTE programs a lot of support that they need.  The second board will be manufacturing and the third will be aviation.
  • He is really proud of the EDC for creating a CPT program where we just graduated our 100th student.
  • He also thanked Sabal, Quest, Manatee, Sherwood and Suntree for having him over for registrations and/or the faculty meetings.

Mr. Ziegler

He thanked Mark Langdorf and his staff for getting the third BPS employee wellness clinic open despite some facility challenges.  His wife went for the first time and was very complimentary. 

Dr. Blackburn

  • He expressed gratitude to the local media outlets for coverage of school opening preparations.
  • He appreciates the collaborative efforts between BFT, BASA and Local 1010. 
  • He attended the Exemplary Science Awards. 
  • On July 26, sixty bus drivers volunteered their time to participate in an 8-hour professional development session focused on positive student management techniques and skills.  He thanked them for attending this training.
  • He noted that food services is ready.
  • The bus drivers have already been certified and we will begin the year with 15 new busses followed by 22 in early September. 
  • Regarding school wide security; officers assigned to 27 secondary schools as School Resource Officers for the first day of school. As a reminder, the City of Cape Canaveral continues to fund a fulltime SRO at Cape View.  In addition, the City of Rockledge and the Rockledge Police Department continue to fund two SROs for Andersen and Golfview.  He is also happy to share that the Titusville Police Department has committed to provide two additional SROs in support of our Titusville Elementary Schools.
  • He thanked Dr. Kindt and her team for working closely with the schools to ensure that every classroom has a teacher on the first day of school.

Ms. Belford

  • She gave a shout-out to Dr. Blackburn, Dr. Kindt and the entire team for putting together the Superintendent's Leadership Summit. It was a wonderful event hosted by Harris.  She especially thanked Dr. Blackburn for his strong message  that the district has the responsibility to support the principals and teachers at the schools and the role of the principal is to support the teachers and their staff.  
  • She thanked Dr. Soliven for hosting a luncheon in her home for the secondary principals. She felt an important part of Dr. Soliven's message to them was to feel able to be vulnerable and to reach out for support if needed.
  • She joined Jane Cline's meeting for elementary principals and felt some great energy.
  • She joined the THS feeder chain meeting and commented they had a wonderful speaker with an uplifting message.  She is confident that we are going to do wonderful things this year for our students.

 Discussion Points

  • Mr. Susin asked for feedback from the other board members about utilizing funds from lease agreements  on vacant property to help fund projects at various schools such as Satellite High School's track.
    •  Mr. Craig said he would like to get more information from facilities and felt there was merit to the idea.
    •  Ms. Descovich, Ms. Belford and Mr. Ziegler expressed appreciation for the creative approach.
    • Ms. Belford suggested that we include elementary schools when seeking to fund special projects.
    • Also mentioned was taking this opportunity to look at additional revenue generating ideas. 
    • Mr. Ziegler said it would be nice if we identified those types of projects and put our head together to figure out how to fund them.
      • Mr. Ziegler felt that some of the Federally Connected Dollars could help fund some of those projects. He echoed what Mr. Craig said about needing more information. 
  • Mr. Susin had another idea to generate more revenue surrounding the items the district DCRs.  He said the items currently are put into one recycle bin, but feels if we break it down, we can get more money.
  • Mr. Susin said that we may opt to have the apartments on the other side of I-95 come to Manatee when we discuss redistricting and they would be within the two mile bus limit.  He asked that we make special considerations for these students as it would be too hazardous for them to walk or bike to school.  
    • There was discussion among board members about hazardous walking areas and regulations that we follow.

L. Superintendent's Report
24. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn has nothing further to report.

M. Adjournment
25. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at: 6:21p.m.

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