08-11-2009 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, August 6, 2009 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 Robert Jordan called the School Board meeting of August 11, 2009 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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


Dr. Binggeli welcomed the teachers and students to the 2009-2010 school year. He read the following changes into the agenda:

Information Addition
H-26.   Discussion of Policies #9700 and #9701

Approve the published agenda for August 11, 2009 School Board meeting and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. Accounting Services

6. Recognize Financial Services for Excellence in Financial Reporting


Dr. Binggeli introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services. Ms. Preston recognized the accounting services staff for receiving two district distinctive awards for excellence in financial reporting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. The awards are the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reportings and the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Ms. Preston presented JoAnn Clark, Director of Accounting Services, and Kathy Jackson and Charleen Neel, Accounting Managers, with these two awards.

This is the ninth consecutive year that the Finance Division has both applied for and received these awards.

Chairman Jordan and Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to thank the accounting staff for all of their accomplishments.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Student Services

7. 2008-2009 Student Attendance Update
Attachment: Attendance Update 2008-2009.pdf

Betty Dunn, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, gave an update to the Board on student attendance for the 2008-2009 school year.

Dr. Binggeli echoed the sentiments of Ms. Dunn in regard to the importance of the parents, teachers and principals on working in partnership as it relates to student attendance.

E. Public Discussion
8. Public Discussion


The Chairman reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. He 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 - Stimulus Money
  2. Ron Oats, Orlando - School Access for Classroom Presentation
  3. Peggy Hall, Indialantic - School Access for Classroom Presentation
  4. Sandy Sanderson, Melbourne - School Access for Classroom Presentation
  5. Vikki Broyles, Titusville - Transportation/Safety
  6. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - School Awards/Recognition
  7. Frank Kaiser, Melbourne - School Access for Classroom Recognition
  8. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Respect for Teachers
  9. Bill Jurgens, Melbourne - Access for Classroom Presentation

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

9. Approval of Minutes
F. Accounting Services

10. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2009
Attachment: BREVARD_2Q09.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

11. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFqs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchase Requests and Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: #09-045BM Roofing and Roof Related Work at Eau Gallie, Merritt Island, and Satellite High School Auditoriums.pdf
Attachment: SSA #1002 - A3 Education Software - Exceptional Education.pdf
12. Surplus Property
Attachment: AUG_11_09.pdf
Attachment: Food Services 8-11-09.pdf
Attachment: Johnson letter.pdf
F. Transportation

13. Space Coast Transit Coordination Agreement - June 1, 2009 through July 31, 2012
Attachment: SCATS Agreement.pdf
F. Human Resources

14. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 08-11-09.pdf
15. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 08-11-09.pdf
F. Compensation & Benefits

16. Job Description: Grant Project Coordinator
Attachment: GrantCoord[1].pdf
17. Job Description: Teacher - Response To Intervention (RTI) Trainer
Attachment: Teacher-ResponseToIntervention(RTI)Trainer[1].pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

18. Contract with the 95 Percent Group
Attachment: FY10 95% Group Contract.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

19. Adult Education Fee Increase
Attachment: 09-10 Workforce Fee Memo Attachment - Draft.pdf
20. Consultant Agreement Between Southern Expressions and Adult/Community Education-School Age Child Care
Attachment: Consultant Agreement Southern Expressions 7.09.pdf
F. Student Services

21. Safe & Drug Free School Consultant Agreement with Rain & Brehm Consulting Group, Inc.
Attachment: SDFS09-10.pdf
22. McKinney-Vento Grant Awards
Attachment: McKinney Vento Award letter ARRA.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

23. Approve the New Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Policies and Procedures (SP&P) Effective 2009-2010 through 2011-2012
Attachment: SPP DOE Approved 7-28-09.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

24. Demolish/DCR 8 District Owned Portable Classrooms
F. Approval of Consent

25. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the Consent Agenda Items for August 11, 2009. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

26. Discussion of Policies #9700 and #9701
Attachment: Policy 9700.pdf
Attachment: Policy 9701.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled this agenda item to state that he supports looking into a method that would provide better access to organizations such as the Boy Scouts that would provide character building for our students.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board in regard to classroom access for organizations. Each Board member gave their thoughts on these policies and the impact that they will have on the classroom. Ms. Kneessy asked for a commitment from the Board to have these policies reviewed and welcome the Boy Scouts and other organizations back into the classrooms.

Mr. Bistline, School Board Attorney, stated that they certainly could open the classrooms to these organizations but stated that the district would go from a closed forum to a limited public forum in which the first amendment becomes implicated. The district would also be open to other types of organizations. We could place reasonable parameters on the types of groups and their message but cannot discriminate or censor them on their viewpoint. He read the Supreme Court Case from Elkriver School District vs. Boy Scouts.

Dr. Murray stated that she wants to make sure that we are not interfering with instructional time and what may be put on the teachers. Ms. Henderson added that we would have to limit the amount of times that we open the classrooms for these organizations.

Dr. Binggeli stated for the public that the district is currently very liberal in getting information to the students and their parents from these organizations, by means of sending information home with students and events that are held during the course of the year (I.E. Registration Day, Open House, etc.). He stated his concerns about the students and the staff rights of not being subject to the type of information certain groups may be discussing.

Ms. Kneesy requested that the Boy Scouts be allowed to do thier recruiting this fall via Policy 9700 whle we are in the process of reviewing this policy. Mr. Jordan stated that he has a concern with allowing one group in as an acception to the rule. He stated that we should continue with the policy until the district comes back with a new policy that is fair to all the groups involved.

Mr. Jordan requested that a member of the Boy Scouts be contacted by Marc Langdorf, Director of Risk Management, or Mr. Bistline in regard to reviewing School Board Policy #9700.

H. Accounting Services

27. Tax Anticipation Notes - Series 2009
Attachment: R-Auth-Res.pdf
H. Curriculum & Instruction

28. Independent Evaluator Services for the Teaching American History Grant
Attachment: GAN award letter.pdf
Attachment: SERVICE AGREEMENT Schmudde 7-15-09.pdf
Attachment: Mariann Vita current.pdf
Attachment: Schmudde contracted services agreement.pdf
H. School Choice

29. 2009-2010 Strategic Plan
Attachment: 2009-10 Strategic Plan Document.pdf
Attachment: Board Initiatives.pdf
Attachment: KPIs.pdf
Attachment: Strategic Plan Glossary.pdf
Attachment: New Strategies.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

30. Revisions for Section 504/ADA Procedures Manual for Students
Attachment: 504-ADA Manual 07-2009.pdf
31. Consultant Agreement with Thinking Maps, Inc. for the Trainer of Trainers Workshops in October 2009 and March 2010
Attachment: Consultant Agreement for Julie Tarnell.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

32. Contracted Services Agreement between Westside Elementary and Rachel's Challenge
Attachment: Westside Elem and Rachel's Challenge - Sept 2009.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
33. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
34. Board Member Reports


Ms. Kneessy noted she will be attending the FSBA Board of Directors meeting on September 10, 2009.

Ms. Kneessy stated concerns about a Charter School application for a new charter school that will be housed in the same building as Patriot Charter. Vicki Mace, Director of Choice Schools, stated that we have an application from Somerset Academy and they are going to contract with Academica as their management company to manage the school. The school will be located in the same facility as Patriot Charter as well as the high school. There is an issue regarding capacity and we will be interviewing the applicants next week to clear up any issues that may arise.

Ms. Kneessy requested that at a future leadership team meeting that the principal’s have their teachers go through the school supply list and revise it if needed. She is concerned that the requests for certain supplies have gotten excessive and the financial burden on the families.

Ms. Kneessy requested that food services remind the elementary and middle schools that if a student did not have lunch money that is was not an automatic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, there is a grace period. The schools are not penalizing kids for not having lunch money.

Ms. Kneessy suggested that the forms for registration be available online and streamline the process. Steve Muzzy, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Technologies, stated that we certainly have the tools available that we could improve the experience. Mr. Jordan stated that we should be enterprised and consistent.

Dr. Murray requested that the district look into using business partners or grants in regard to the cost of getting fingerprinted as a volunteer. Andrea Alford, Director of District Security, clarified some of Dr. Murray's concerns in regard to sharing information with other government entities as it regards to fingerprinting.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the PRISM award dinner and that is was impressive on what the teachers are doing with the students.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended a very impressive Team Cocoa breakfast which is comprised of our Cocoa Schools and our Cocoa Community.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he was at Heritage High School for the opening of our newest high school. Things went very smoothly.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he would also be attending the FSBA Board Retreat on September 10, 2009 as co-chair of a new committee that was formed regarding finding new ways of funding education.

Mr. Ziegler would like the district to look into the texting policy when there is an unexpected bus delay.

Mr. Jordan reminded the Board that the EDC would be holding a welcome for Dr. Binggeli at the Brevard Zoo from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on August 12, 2009.



L. Superintendent's Report
35. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli reported that the district opened school on August 10, 2009. He started his day at Heritage High School, which opened without too much fanfare and quickly got into the business of teaching and learning. He visited schools in each area and worked dismissal at Apollo Elementary which went smoothly.

Dr. Binggeli stated that we opened school for 72,000 students in a pretty smooth fashion after a short summer. That does not happen by accident, there is a lot of logistics and some unsung hero's that make it happen. He gave an example of an incident at Satellite High School that people worked together to make sure the mission of feeding students got accomplished since a gas line was closed.

Dr. Binggeli stated that our teachers and administrators did a fantastic job on getting all of our schools ready and having themselves ready to welcome the students back to school to learn.

Mr. Jordan congratulated Dr. Binggeli on a smooth opening to the school year.

M. Adjournment
36. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of August 11, 2009 adjourned at 7:11 p.m.