08-23-2011 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eaglenewspaper on Thursday, August 18, 2011. 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 of August 23, 2011 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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


Chairman Dr. Murray asked for a moment of silence for Courtney Nash, 11th grade student at Astronaut High School, and Lillian Nesworthy, incoming 7th grade student at Space Coast Jr./ Sr. High School (formerly of Enterprise Elementary), who recently passed away.

A-3. Invocation (Alexander Stane, 6th Grade, MILA Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Alexander Stane, 6th grade student from MILA Elementary.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Tyler Blackmon, 5th Grade, MILA Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tyler Blackmon, 5th grade student of MILA Elementary.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

B-6. Rolling Thunder Presentation of POW/MIA Flags to Brevard Public Schools

Adopt the agenda for the Special School Board meeting of August 23, 2011 and its revisions.      - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Board Office/Superintendent

6. Rolling Thunder Presentation of POW/MIA Flags to Brevard Public Schools


Dr. Binggeli introduced Bob Cooper, President of Rolling Thunder's Local Chapter, who gave a brief presentation on the missing in action and prisoners of war. Mr. Cooper  and members of Rolling Thunder presented to the School Board a POW/MIA flag as well as a flag for each of the public schools in Brevard County.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Mr. Cooper and the members of Rolling Thunder, on behalf of the Board, for their presentation and their POW/MIA flag donation to all our schools. She also thanked Mr. Ziegler for his efforts towards remembering what the Veterans' have done for our freedom.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Rolling Thunder for attending and for their donation. He stated that the POW/MIA flags will be flown for the first time on POW/MIA day which is September 16, 2011.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Secondary Programs

7. Proclaim September 2011 as Proud To Be An American Month
Attachment: Proud To Be An American Month Proclamation ~ 08232011.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, read the proclamation.


Adopt a resolution proclaiming the month of September as Proud To Be An American Month.

Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Brevard School Foundation

8. Recognize Rockwell Collins for Educators to Space Camp Sponsorship


Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard School Foundation, introduced Lynn Wade, Science Teacher; Meredith Gibson, President of Brevard Schools Foundation; Juliette Mondesir-Adams and Michelle Clark, Rockwell Collins.

Ms. Kershaw noted that around the country, Rockwell Collins has sponsored teachers for Educators to Space Camp since 1992.  Ms. Mondesir-Adams proposed the idea of sponsoring a Brevard County teacher for the first time this year. The honor was given to Ms. Wade, teacher at Cocoa High School.

Ms. Kershaw presented a certificate to Ms. Mondesir-Adams and Ms. Clark.  Ms. Mondesir  thanked Ms. Kershaw and the Foundation for making this possible.  Rockwell Collins is very pleased to have had the opportunity to partner with the Brevard Schools Foundation in support of their stem education initiatives.

Ms. Wade gave a brief PowerPoint and video presentation of her experience at the Space Camp.


9. Check Presentation from Community Foundation for Brevard on behalf of Harris Corporation


Cindy Kane, Director of Corporate Relations at Harris Corporation, and Sandi Scanelli, President of Community Foundation for Brevard, presented a $140,000 check from the Community Foundation for Brevard on behalf of Harris Corporation to Meredith Gibson, President of Brevard Schools Foundation and Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation.

Ms. Kershaw thanked Harris Corporation for their generosity in supporting public education in Brevard County.  She stated that the funding will primarily support STEM education in Brevard Public Schools, including staff development activities, robotics, engineering academies, Science Saturday's and much more.  Ms. Kershaw noted that in addition to their financial contribution, Harris employees donate hundreds of volunteer hours to support our schools.

Ms. Kane and Ms. Scanelli said a few words of thanks and further explained the work Harris employees do for education in Brevard Schools.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Ms. Kane, on behalf of the Board, for the generous financial donation of $140,000.  Dr. Murray stated that she appreciated that Ms. Kane mentioned the fact that so many of the Harris employees are volunteering in our schools.

Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to thank Ms. Kane for all of the contributions that Harris employees due to support our mission and our children.

D. Student Services

10. 2010 - 2011 Student Attendance Update
Attachment: Attendance Update 2010-11.pdf

Dr. Beth Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, gave a brief update of the 2010-2011 Student Attendance.

Chairman Dr. Murray asked if the district plans to take this data further to determine the causes for those students not in attendance.

Dr. Thedy stated that she has spoken with the twenty principals of those schools with numbers that are below. She stated that they are all very concerned and have been working with individual students to see what they can do to intervene.  Dr. Thedy mentioned that some of the principals are working on mentoring student programs or different kinds of incentives for these students. She stated that we are trying to get all the schools above the 95 percent rate. The schools and the teachers are very concerned, and they are addressing it.

E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion.  She also stated that the Board would not respond to comments or concerns this evening, and the Superintendent would investigate and respond in a timely manner.  The following people addressed the Board:

1.  Marjorie Ebersbach, BASA, Rockledge - Principals Authority
2.  Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
3.  Crandall Cunningham, Titusville - Bussing Measurement

Chairman Murray thanked this evening's speakers and expressed her appreciation for their willingness to speak to the Board.

F. Consent
F. Accounting Services

12. Warrants Written for the Month of July, 2011
Attachment: Warrant List - July 2011.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

13. Property Disposal
Attachment: AUG_23_2011.pdf
14. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, and Sales and Service Agreements
Attachment: SSA 1203 Recommendation of Award.pdf
Attachment: Tab12-002BP Diplomas and Covers Summary.pdf
F. Human Resources

15. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 08-23-11.pdf
16. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 08-23-11.pdf
F. Project Management

17. Appoint School Board Representative to Titusville's Local Planning Agency
F. Environmental, Health & Safety

18. 2011 Annual Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty Safety, and Sanitation Inspection Report
Attachment: 2010-2011 Annual Fire Safety Inspections.pdf
F. School Board Attorney

19. Superintendent's Employment Agreement
Attachment: Brian T. Binggeli Employment Agreement 2012-2014.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

20. Appoval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the Consent Agenda.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray congratulated Dr. Binggeli on the renewal of his contract.

Dr. Binggeli thanked the Board.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Certification & Instructional Professional Development

21. Master Inservice Plan 2010-11
Attachment: MIP Section 1 rev Aug 11.pdf
Attachment: Index for the board 080411 (2).pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

22. Palm Bay High School Academy of Law and Public Safety Trip to Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Palm Bay Law Academy to Washington, D.C. Dec. 2011.pdf
H. Project Management

23. Sale of Land at Eau Gallie High School
Attachment: Sale Property.pdf
Attachment: Appraisal Summary.pdf
Attachment: Scope of Work to Cure.pdf
Attachment: Purchase Agreement.pdf
Attachment: Quitclaim Deed.pdf
Attachment: Resolution.pdf
Attachment: School Board Deed.pdf

I. Staff Reports
24. Staff Report -Update on Lacrosse


Dr. Thedy updated the Board on lacrosse in Brevard High Schools. She stated that the names of the five schools have been submitted to FHSAA, and a meeting with Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, and the Friends of Brevard Lacrosse has been arranged for next week to discuss the terms of the contract.

Chairman Murray requested this staff report after receiving several emails of concern from the lacrosse community since there were no agenda items. She stressed that things are in fact moving forward.

Ms. Kneessy commented on Policy 2431 and continued to emphasize that the Board is not overstepping their boundaries in this matter. Dr. Murray stated that her colleagues on the Board appreciated her comments.


Mr. Ziegler requested a report from Andrea Alford, Director of District Security, on communications and how we stay in touch in the event of a major catastrophe like a hurricane.

Ms. Alford explained to the Board the process of communications during a major catastrophe. She stated that both she and Dr. Binggeli are in constant communication with the Emergency Operating Center in the bunker.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
25. Additional Public Presentation(s)

Minutes: There were no public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
26. Discussion Point: Directory Information


Mr. Ziegler stated that this request was brought forward in December 2010. He stated one of the Board's concern is what information is the Board comfortable with providing on a public records request.

Mr. Ziegler stated that the Board has limited discretion over what the Board can have any control over and that most of it is controlled by law. He stated despite all the information that has been provided, he is still unclear whether an average person can walk up and requested student information.

Dr. Binggeli requested Ms. Davis to give the Board a report on how we approach this concern. Ms. Davis stated that FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) dictates what happens with directory information and student records and who can request the information and who cannot. She stated that FERPA allows the School  Board to define what they consider as directory information and there are guidelines and samples that are given. Ms. Davis spoke about the safeguards and that the military and secondary schools may request this information.

Ms. Davis stated that the school district also follows PPRA (Protection Pupil Rights Amendment) on active consent.

Mr. Ziegler stated that the new information that was provided this evening covers the concerns of the Board.

Dr. Murray asked if there was any background checks on the person that is requesting the information. Ms. Davis stated that there is nothing in law that stated that we can control that and she deferred to Mr. Bistline.

Mr. Bistline stated that those are two separate topics. Surveys have nothing to do with public records and Ms. Davis was accurate with the information provided. He stated as far as the directory information, once the Board establishes a policy anyone can request that information and you have to get it to them. There is no background checks.  Mr. Bistline states that the Board has the authority to say that we do not wish to provide any of this information or only some of the things listed as directory information.

Discussion ensued regarding opt out forms, communication to the parents on what these opt out forms truly mean, policy 8330, and how it affects graduations, awards, newsletter as well as other school activities.

27. Board Members Report


Dr. Krupp thanked the Crisis Team and the Area Superintendent of the North Area for coming to the aid and assistance of all of our students in the two schools where the two student passed away.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended all the schools in his area with the exception of Fairglen but assured them he would be there tomorrow. He stated that there was a smooth opening at all the schools. Dr. Krupp stated that the free and reduced numbers are going up in the schools with parents being laid off and the doubling up of families in the North area.

Ms. Henderson thanked all the district personnel for the exciting first day of school and their response to the bus incident.  She personally thanked Mr. Connors, Ms. Alford, Ms. Demmon, and Ms. Cline. She stated that the students did a great job and we got them on a another bus and back to school in no time.

Ms. Kneessy continued with the appreciation of Dr. Binggeli, administrators, teachers, and support staff for a very smooth opening of school. Especially with the economy, uncertain student numbers, and now hurricane Irene lurking off our shore, she saw nothing but smiles on everyones faces.

Ms. Kneessy commented that she is curious to hear how the district is doing on class size and if there are textbook shortages.  Dr. Binggeli stated that we would look into those concerns.

Ms. Kneessy questioned where the district is at on transportation.  Dr. Binggeli stated that information is coming to the Board at the two September meetings. Dr. Murray stated that the transportation department is fund driven, and Mr. Connors tries his best to work with the parents and what is in the best interest of the students.

Discussion ensued about the transportation,  particular custody cases, and verbiage in divorce cases.

Mr. Ziegler requested that Ms. Alford give a report to the Board on canines in the schools as either an informational item or discussion point. He stated he did not understand the difference between the informational item or discussion point.

Dr. Murray explained that an information item is in the pipeline that the Board is going to review for a later vote. A discussion point are things that the Board crosses paths on which may or may not come to the Board for a vote. It allows the Board to discuss topics without having to call a special workshop.

Mr. Ziegler noted that the POW/MIA flags that were presented today are occasional use flags and if the district wanted to fly these flags 100 percent of the time, we would have to request a heavier flag.

Mr. Ziegler mentioned the fundraiser that the School Board Foundation is doing in conjunction with Andretti's Thrill Park.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he received a phone call from a School Board member in Alaska about our graduation rate and what we contribute our success too.

Dr. Murray thanked all of our employees for a smooth beginning. She thanked the teachers for their diligence and receiving of students. She thanked the school based principals, district administrators and senior staff, you are greatly appreciated by the Board.  Dr. Murray also expressed her appreciation to Dr. Binggeli for his communication and expectation as far as serving the students of Brevard County.

Dr. Murray noted that she was contacted by the Phillip Perry Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She stated that the DAR essay contest was coming up this fall and wanted to inform the schools and the district for this opportunity for our students.

L. Superintendent's Report
28. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli gave the Board a report on the schools opening and sent his appreciation to all the employees that made such a difficult task look so easy when we all know that it is not.

Dr. Binggeli clarified some mis-information about student enrollment that was reported by the newspaper stating we were down by 500 students when in fact, if comparing last years six day count with this years, we are actually seven students higher.

Dr. Binggeli assured the Board that we have kept the focus on class size while we are going through the six day count.

Dr. Binggeli stated that there is a workshop planned for our administrators to gain continuity in the process of our investigations.

Dr. Binggeli gave the Board an update on the emergency communication plan in the event that hurricane Irene tracks toward Brevard.

M. Adjournment
29. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of August 23, 2011 was adjourned at 7:16 p.m.