08-25-2008 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Monday, August, 25 2008, 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 21, 2008 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 Janice Kershaw called the School Board Meeting of August 25, 2008 to order at 9:00 a.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Larry Hughes, Robert Jordan, Janice Kershaw, Amy Kneessy, Dr. Barbara Murray

A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation


The Invocation was led by Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications.

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

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Christine Davis, Assistant Director of District Communications.

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


Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Information Deletions

H-34.   Educational Horizons Renewal Charter Contract

Staff Report 
Ed Curry, Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Judy Preston, Assistant Superintendent of Financial Services gave the Board and public and update on Tropical Storm Fay.

Adopt the agenda of the Special School Board meeting of August 25, 2008 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Financial Services

6. Proposed Amendment 5 - Required Local Effort Replacement
Attachment: RESOLUTION.Am5.pdf
Minutes: Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution for Proposed Amendment 5 - Required Local Effort Replacement.

To approve the Resolution related to Proposed Amendment 5 - Required Local Effort Replacement- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

C. Secondary Programs

7. Proclaim September 2008 as Proud To Be An American Month
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ Proud to be Amercan Month ~ Resolution 082508.pdf
Minutes: Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read a resolution proclaiming September 2008 as Proud To Be An American Month.

Adopt a resolution proclaiming the month of September 2008 as Proud To Be An American Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Brevard School Foundation

8. Brevard Public Schools Food 4 Thought Food Drive
Attachment: Food Drive [Compatibility Mode].pdf

Dr. DiPatri stated that while visiting area sharing centers as the 2008 United Way of Brevard County Campaign Chair, it was brought to his attention the critical need for non-perishable items after the summer months. To help with the problem a team was assembled to organize the Brevard Public Schools Food 4 Thought food drive.

Lynn Clifton, Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, and Marilyn Fashano, Coordinator of Take Stock in Children, presented more information about the food drive.

9. Check Presentation from the Community Foundation of Brevard on Behalf of Harris Corporation

Minutes: Cindy Kane, Director of Corporate Relations at Harris Corporation, and Gary Lang, President of Community Foundation of Brevard (who was unable to attend), presented a check  for $134,010 from the Community Foundation of Brevard on behalf of Harris Corporation. This funding will support many programs including staff development, robotics, and the art and science fairs. Chairman Kershaw and Dr. DiPatri accepted the check on behalf of the School Board.
D. Accountability, Testing and Evaluation

10. School Grade and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Attachment: 2008 School Grades AYP August Board Meeting.pdf
Attachment: Wright 8-25.pdf

Dr. DiPatri introduced Karen Schafer, Director of Accountability, Testing and Evaluation, and Teresa Wright, Director of Title I. Ms. Schafer did a presentation on the 2008 Florida School Grades and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Ms. Wright presented the Board with information on Florida's Differentiated Accountability Model Pilot Program.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board and Dr. DiPatri. The Board had questions and requests from Dr. DiPatri and the district staff as listed below.

  1. Ms. Kneessy would like to see how the charter schools are doing across the state in regard to the schools' letter grade.
  2. Ms. Kneessy requested to see the percentage of AYP over the past few years in the three areas that we are not reaching proficiency; black students, English language learners, and students with disabilities.
  3. Mr. Jordan requested a strategy or action plan to close the gap in the three areas not reaching proficiency.
  4. Mr. Hughes would like to see data on the state's turnaround time for the schools that are up for corrective action. He questioned whether the state's plan fixing the problem or just taking additional funds away.
  5. Dr. Murray requested the district look at some of the success stories of the student's who were thought not to have a chance but succeeded in meeting AYP and what the teachers are doing to help these students succeed.
  6. Dr. Murray requested a report to see what grade level the students begin to drop off in performance and begin to target that grade level.


E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion


The Chair reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes for each speaker set aside for discussion. She also stated that the Board will not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent of Schools would investigate the concerns and respond  in a timely manner.

  1.  Candice Santomauro, Rockledge - Malaria No More, Stayin' Alive Program
  2.  Chuck Goldfarb, Merritt Island - Wrestling Issue
  3.  Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Misc. - School Opening, MAP, Contract Negotiations

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Expulsions
13. Superintendent's Budget Recommendations on $10 Million Holdback
Attachment: Budget - Board Meeting 8-12-08 FINAL.pdf
Attachment: 2007-08 operating budget.pdf
Attachment: 2008-09 operating budget.pdf
Attachment: 2008-09 capital budget.pdf
Attachment: Criteria Budget Reduction.pdf
14. Self-Insured Medical Trust Fund Transfer
F. Accounting Services

15. Tax Anticipation Notes - Series 2008
Attachment: 2008 TAN Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 2008 TAN POS.pdf
16. Warrants Written for the Month of June 2008
Attachment: June08.pdf
F. Risk Management

17. Renewal of the Joint Use of Real Property Agreement
F. Human Resources

18. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 08-25-08.pdf
19. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 08-25-08.pdf
F. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

20. Renewal of Consulting Agreement with Robert L. Donaldson, Sr.
Attachment: Donaldson.pdf
F. School Choice

21. 2008-2009 Strategic Plan
Attachment: Strategic_Plan_Attach_1.pdf
Attachment: Strategic_Plan_Attach_2.pdf
Attachment: Strategic_Plan_Attach_3.pdf
Attachment: Strategic_Plan_Attach_4.pdf
Attachment: Strategic_Plan_Attach_5.pdf
Attachment: Strategic_Plan_Attach_6.pdf
Attachment: Strategic_Plan_Attach_7.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

22. Application for CWT/SES Funds Under NCLB
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

23. 7th Grade BLAST
Attachment: BLAST 08.pdf
F. Student Services

24. SEDNET Consultant Agreement with Rain & Brehm Consulting Group
F. Area I Superintendent

25. Contracted Services Agreement between Columbia Elementary and AIMS Education Foundation
Attachment: Columbia - AIMS Education 8-12-08.pdf
F. Facilities Services

26. Utility Easement - City of Melbourne - Satellite High School
Attachment: Utility Easement - City of Melbourne - Satellite High School.pdf
27. Easement and Bill of Sale - City of Melbourne - Westshore Jr/Sr High School
Attachment: Easement - City of Melbourne - Westshore Jr-Sr High School.pdf
Attachment: Bill of Sale - City of Melbourne - Westshore Jr-Sr High School.pdf
28. Interlocal Agreement for Construction of Area Drainage Improvements in the City of Satellite Beach Florida
Attachment: Attachment I.pdf
Attachment: Attachment II.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

29. 2008 Annual Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty, and Sanitation Inspection Results
F. School Board Attorney

30. Brevard/Indian River Out-of-County Student Attendance Agreement
Attachment: Interlocal Agreement School Bd Bre-Ind River Agenda 7-29-08.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

31. Approval of Consent Agenda Items


Approval of consent items.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Chairman Kershaw called for a "Sound Waves" video break at 10:08 a.m.

The meeting reconvened at 10:22 a.m.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Curriculum & Instruction

32. Approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2008-09


Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to question whether general recess for elementary schools does not meet the requirement for PE. Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, stated that Ms. Kneessy was correct.

Ms. Kneessy requested a poll on students who do not have a recess due to  the state's PE requirement. She is concerned about the student not having free play and the school no longer using the playgrounds due to the PE requirement.

Ms. Kneessy questioned whether the district is addressing the issue of older students in younger grades. Ms. Blackburn stated it had been a topic of discussion among the elementary principals and they have shared ideas in terms of best practices.

33. Revision to Board Policy 5421 Grading
Attachment: Policy 5421.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to state that she is very pleased to see these changes come before the Board. Student's will no longer be allowed to grade each others quizzes, tests, or anything that will being going into the teacher's grade book.

Discussion ensued between Ms. Kneessy and Ms. Blackburn in regard to the lowest grade that can be put into the grade book for work not passed in. Ms. Blackburn stated the district has a procedure about the grading policy and explained the difference between elementary and secondary schools. Ms. Kneessy also questioned how the information will be disseminated to the teachers. Ms. Blackburn stated until the policy is passed by the Board, the district's hands are tied but once passed the information will get to all teachers beginning with the Leadership Team.

Ms. Kershaw stated to Ms. Blackburn about possible wording changes that was sent in an email.

H. Adult/Community Education

34. Adult Education Fee Schedule
Attachment: 2008-09WFFees.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

35. Eau Gallie High School AFJROTC Cadet Orienation Flight Provided by the 301st Rescue Squadron PAFB, FL on October 16, 2008
36. Eau Gallie High School AFJROTC Cadet Incentive Flight Program Provided by F.I.T. Aviation, LLC
H. Project Management

37. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design / Build Services at Melbourne High School
Attachment: Amendment No. 1.pdf
Attachment: Exhibit A.pdf

I. Staff Reports
38. Staff Report: Update on Tropical Storm Fay


Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, updated the Board on the damages caused to the schools due to Tropical Storm Fay. He also reported that all schools opened with no major problems on August 25, 2008.

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to commend Mr. Curry, Walt Petters and his staff, Judy Preston, Food Services, Transportation and everyone for a great job. 

Ms. Kneessy, Mr. Jordan  and Mr. Hughes questioned Mark Langdorf, Director of Risk Management, about the district's insurance, insurance premium and FEMA.

Ms. Preston clarified to the Board about the Capital Reserve.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports
39. Board Member Reports


Dr. Murray commended the personnel who worked diligently in getting the schools ready for students to occupy the buildings, especially at Clearlake Middle School .

Ms. Kneessy questioned what the procedure will be for the four days that were missed due to Tropical Storm Fay. Dr. DiPatri stated the information was already out and on the calendar. The make up days would be October 17, November 11, and December 22 and 23, 2008. The final exams will be on the 22nd and 23rd of December.

Ms. Kneessy expressed her concerns and questioned Andrea Alford, Director of District Communications, in regard to the School Resource Officers at the Adult Education Centers.

Mr. Jordan requested the BFT and Local 1010 be a part of the committee for the Food 4 Thought Campaign.

Mr. Jordan thanked the staff on getting the schools up and running after Tropical Storm Fay.

Ms. Kershaw requested there be a procedure in place for approved books on the summer reading list due to an incident that has recently come to her attention . Dr. DiPatri stated there is a defined procedure in place that was not followed.

Ms. Kershaw stated she visited Discovery and Sabal on the first day of school and what a great job that the new principals of those schools did. She also complimented all the schools on a smooth first day.



L. Superintendent's Report
40. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. DiPatri stated the GASB45 workshop was cancelled due to the storm, the staff was unable to get the information that was to be shared with Board members.

M. Adjournment
41. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of August 25, 2008 was adjourned at 11:11 a.m.