08-11-2015 School Board Workshop

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Workshop on Benefits on Tuesday,August 11, 2015, 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 30, 2015. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members present:  Misty Belford, John Craig, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson and Andy Ziegler.

Mr. Craig was delayed and arrived at 1:26 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Presentation BPS Board Workshop Discussion Guide
Attachment: 2015-16 Benefit Board Workship - Final Version 8-11-15.pdf

Mark Langdorf, director of Benefits and Risk Management, facilitated the presentation of the various facets regarding benefits. 

The agenda was revised  to reflect the order in which the items would be presented and all of the discussion points were placed in this item along with a copy of the presentation.

In attendance from Willis were:

  • Mike Meredith, Executive Vice President/Client Advocate
  • Doug Ley, Senior Vice President/Director of National Acutuarial Practice
  •  Sue Cugno, Vice President/Account Executive
  • Chris Woertz, Account Executive/Client Advocate

The Board had many questions and there was considerable discussion.


Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks


Regarding the On-site Clinic;

Dr. Blackburn felt before seeking employee feedback, it would be best to provide education about the clinic; how it works and in what ways it will benefit employees.

Mrs. Henderson said that it will not work without employee buy-in.  Mrs. Kneessy expressed that they would need to see some recommendations specific to Brevard.

Board members expressed that the most important benefit to employees would be cost savings to employees.  Mr. Ziegler would like to see some access to part-time employees.

Mrs. Kneessy said that they want to take the burden off of employees, and that we should get creative; lower the barriers, make it easier, in addition to lowering costs. She asked for Mr. Langdorf to provide models of these sites that have worked in other places.

Mrs. Belford commented that as always, communication is the key to success.  She also wants them to give SIAC opportunity for input.

Mr. Craig feels we must give careful consideration to location along with a cost comparison.

Regarding issues with Explain My Benefits

Board consensus was that Explain My Benefits was not going to be viable for employees to utilize as an enrollment tool and the company was unable to provide the necessary services.  It was determined to place a consent agenda item in the August 11, 2015 Regular School Board meeting to authorize staff to provide 30 days notice of termination to Explain My Benefits and to extend the contract of EZ Benefits.

6. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the meeting at 3:48 p.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).