08-25-2009 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, August 25, 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 20, 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 25, 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 (Noel Fleig, 5th Grade, Suntree Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Noel Fleig, 5th Grade student, Suntree Elementary.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Alec Rothstein, 6th Grade, Suntree Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Alec Rothstein, 6th Grade, Suntree Elementary.

Mr. Jordan thanked our new business partner Chick-Fil-A for the meal they provided before the Board meeting.

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:

Consent Additions
F-18.   21st Century Community Learning Center Grant 2009-2010 (Zoo Explorers)

Consent Deletions
Student Expulsions


Approve the published agenda for the August 25, 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
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Secondary Programs

6. Proclaim September 2009 as Proud To Be An American Month
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ Proud to be Amercan Month ~ Resolution 082509.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communication, read the resolution proclaiming September 2009 as Proud To Be An American Month.

Adopt a resolution proclaiming the month of September 2009 as Proud To Be An American Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Brevard School Foundation

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

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli introduced Cindy Kane, Director of Corporate Relations at Harris Corporation, and Gary Lang, President of Community Foundation of Brevard, who presented a check in the amount of $140,000. on behalf of Harris Corporation to Mason Williams, President of Brevard Schools Foundations. This funding will support many programs including staff development activities, robotics, art and science fairs, Science Saturday programs and much more. Dr. Binggeli stated how truly appreciative the district is for their generous donation.

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 persons addressed the Board:

  1. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Concerns from Teacher
  2. Jamie McDermott, Viera - Boundary Criteria

F. Consent
F. Accounting Services

9. Warrants Written for the Month of July, 2009
Attachment: July 2009 Warrants.pdf
10. Establish a Petty Cash and Change Fund for Heritage High School Cafeteria
11. Tax Anticipation Notes - Series 2009
Attachment: R-Auth-Res.pdf
Attachment: 2009 TAN POS.pdf
F. Transportation

12. Isolated Transportation 2009, A.G.
F. Human Resources

13. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 08-25-09.pdf
14. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 08-25-09.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

15. Independent Evaluator Services for the Teaching American History Grant
Attachment: Schmudde contracted services agreement.pdf
Attachment: GAN award letter.pdf
Attachment: SERVICE AGREEMENT Schmudde 7-15-09.pdf
Attachment: Mariann Vita current.pdf
16. Service Agreements for the Teaching American History Grant Program
Attachment: Learners Online Service Agreement.pdf
Attachment: LO Contact for Service Agreement.pdf
Attachment: FHC Contract for Service Agreement-BPS.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

19. 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
20. Revisions for Section 504/ADA Procedures Manual for Students
Attachment: 504-ADA Manual 07-2009.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

22. Utility Easement - Florida Power & Light - Mims Elementary School
Attachment: Easement - FPL - Mims Elementary.pdf
F. District Security

24. 2009-2010 School Resource Officer Agreement between Brevard County Sheriff and the City of Cape Canaveral

Minutes: Dr. Murray recognized and thanked the City of Cape Canaveral for helping the district by fully funding the Resource Officer at Capeview Elementary for the 2009-2010 School Year.
F. Approval of Consent

25. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the Consent Agenda Items with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. School Choice

17. 2009-2010 Strategic Plan
Attachment: Strategic Plan Glossary.pdf
Attachment: Board Initiatives.pdf
Attachment: 2009-10 Strategic Plan Document.pdf
Attachment: New Strategies.pdf
Attachment: KPIs.pdf

Ms. Henderson pulled this item to request that Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, explain the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) stating "All future teachers employed by Brevard Public Schools will attain a master's Degree or higher or National Board Certification and 80% of teaching staff will be at this level by 2020. Ms. Mace provided clarification in regard to this KPI.

Dr. Murray stated the master's degree language evolved  from original language that only mentioned National Board Certification and since many of our teachers prefer or take another route, which is graduate education, and the Board recognized both. She also took this opportunity to address the research that was cited in the newspaper. Dr. Murray stated that current research is finding knowledge voids regarding teacher preparation and the behavioral sciences. The district may want to take into consideration how having a master's degree is helping us attain goals that we are trying to achieve in the Strategic Plan.

Mr. Jordan stated that the standards that the district is trying to portray is to ultimately benefit the kids and the teachers.

Approve the 2009-2010 Strategic Plan.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Adult/Community Education

18. 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant 2009-2010 (Zoo Explorers)
Attachment: Brevard County Schools (050-1).pdf

Ms. Henderson pulled this item to see if some students that are in afterschool programs could be enrolled in the Zoo Explorer program to help some of the over-budgeted afterschool programs.

Dr. Binggeli stated that during these tough economic times, that these grants are becoming very competitive. He took this opportunity to thank  the team responsible for writing the 21st Century Community Learning Grant that the district was just awarded.

Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, made a brief presentation regarding the 21st Century Community Learning Grant and what it provides not only to the students but their families. Ms. Blackburn introduced the team responsible for the district receiving this sizable $3 million plus grant. Barbara Clift, Grants Manager; John Wigley, Director of Adult/Community Education; Debi Embry, School Age Childcare Coordinator; Jackie Francisco, Project Manager; Elaine Johnson, Lead Teacher; Jodi Utley, Grant Specialist.

Dr. Binggeli thanked the team and principals responsible on behalf of the many, many children that will be served due to thier efforts for making this program happen.

Approve to accept a five-year 21st Century Learning Center grant offered by the FDOE, for Adult and Community Education, in the total amount of $3,027,024.00 to be distributed as follows: Year 1 $687,960 Year 2 $687,960 Year 3 $550,368 Year 4 $550,368 Year 5 $550,368- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Area I Superintendent

21. Contracted Services Agreement between Westside Elementary and Rachel's Challenge
Attachment: Westside Elem and Rachel's Challenge - Sept 2009.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Henderson pulled this item to make sure that the Board realizes that this contracted services agreement is being paid out of School Age Childcare funds that the schools have available to them this year. She mentioned that the schools will not have these funds next year since the schools will be buying down debt for others schools that are in financial trouble.

Approve the contracted services agreement between Westside Elementary and Rachel's Challenge to present the elementary school program to Westside students, faculty and staff on September 11, 2009.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Environmental, Health & Safety

23. 2009 Annual Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty, and Sanitation Inspection Results


Mr. Ziegler pulled this item to be moved to postpone since the documentation was not readily available. Point of clarification: The information was available but Mr. Ziegler did not have the user id and password to retrieve the inspection results.

Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services, gave the Board a brief report of the inspection result.

Ms. Kneessy made a comment in regard to the results and questioned Mr. Curry on whether the document was readily available prior to the Board meeting.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he would not move the item since he could not get into the document to read the inspection results.

Ms. Kneessy accidentally voted nay and requested the Board Administrative Assistant to change her electronic vote. The change was made as requested.

Accept the 2009 Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty, and Sanitation Inspection report for all Brevard Public Schools and Charter Schools. A paper copy of the 379 page report is available for review in the Board Secretary’s Office. In addition, the 2009 report is available for review at the following District web address: http://plant-ops.brevard.k12.fl.us/Environmental%20Index.htm.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Nay

G. Action
H. Information
H. Curriculum & Instruction

26. Census Administration of the ACT for 11th Grade Students in April 2010


Ms. Kneessy pulled this agenda item to discuss her concern regarding the cost of administering the ACT for all 11th grade students.

Dr. Binggeli stated that some dollars became available due to the high performance of our students on the FCAT and the funds were not needed for forced mandated remediation efforts.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she would like the public to understand that the district does not have $143,000 just sitting around. Dr. Binggeli stated that the district does not have to spend the money in required ways since our students did so well on the FCAT.

Ms. Blackburn stated the district has post secondary remediation funds that are a part of the supplemental academic instruction budget which are categorical funds. She noted that there was a significant reduction in the number of Level 1 scores for high school students so the district was able to set aside funds for the ACT but increase the per student allocation to the school for their Level 1 students.

Ms. Blackburn went on to read a letter from Cocoa High School and the impact that providing the ACT to 11th graders at no cost to the students made in one school.

H. Exceptional Education

27. Contracted Services Agreement with Dr. Bradley Greene, Quality Schools Consultant
Attachment: Brad Greene - Quality Schools.pdf
H. Project Management

28. Amendment #3 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School
Attachment: Amendment No 3.pdf
29. Criteria for Attendance Boundary Changes
Attachment: Attendance Boundary Criteria.pdf
Attachment: Sample Attendance Boundary Alternative Rating Sheet.pdf

Ms. Henderson requested discussion from the Board on where their thoughts were on the criteria for attendance boundary changes.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board, Dr. Binggeli, Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services and Dane Theodore, Director of Planning and Project Management, in regard to the criteria of the attendance boundary changes.

Following the discussion, there were several requests made by Board Members:

  1. The Board requested re-evaluating the criteria since it does not support neighborhood schools.
  2. Dr. Murray requested that Criteria H (maintain Title I) status be of high priority during the tough economic times.
  3. Ms. Kneessy requested more input from stakeholders/community to be part of the process.
  4. Mr. Jordan stated that the district needs to consider the budget restraints and to save money as part of the criteria.
  5. Ms. Kneessy stated the district needs to consider school closure as a part of the redistricting plan. Suggested a Plan A and a Plan B.
  6. Mr. Jordan requested that the boundary information be highlighted on the district website.

Dr. Binggeli made some closing comments and requested that the Board give the district some clear delineation on what weight that each of the criteria hold.

I. Staff Reports
30. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
31. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
32. Board Member Reports


Dr. Murray noted that the Foundation Board will be holding an Art Show and a Reverse Raffle Drawing on October 2, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Isle Club House.

Dr. Murray stated the she spoke with Attorney Harold Bistline regarding the time it will take to research the Access Policy and read to the Board some information she researched.

Mr. Ziegler noted that many people from the Government building come to ESF for lunch and thanked John Kiesling and his staff for the service they provide.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended many events over the past several weeks including the Roberto Clemente Sports Complex at Heritage High School.

Mr. Ziegler noted that on September 4, 2009, Melbourne High School Stadium will be dedicated to Dr. Thomas McIntyre.

Mr. Ziegler passed on a compliment to the Board from Senator Altman on how well the School Board works together.

Ms. Kneessy brought to the attention of the Board that students are not to sell candy to each other because the district is being audit and it could potentially be a loss for the district in reimbursement money.

Ms. Kneessy note that she has several speaking engagements, with the Sons/Daughters of American Revolution  and the Satellite Beach Council.

Ms. Kneessy requested an update in regard to class size and how many classrooms in the district that are out of compliance. Also if we had individual class sizes and not averages, what is the percentage.

Ms. Henderson requested that the photo and internet consent forms be available online by next year's registration so the schools do not have to input the information manually.

  Ms. Henderson requested a few reports on spreadsheets:

a. Demographic Data (from Scorecard): School Name, School Type, Demo Data, factored capacity and capacity use.

b.  Class Size Report: School Name, Factored Capacity, Capacity use, #of students per grade, # of teachers per grade, Average class size per grade

Ms. Henderson would like to know why we have Choice Schools that are not at capacity.

Mr. Jordan noted that he went to the Heritage High School Dedication of the Sports Complex and complimented John Tuttle, Principal and his staff for doing an excellence job.

Mr. Jordan said a few words in regard to the Swine Flu and to make sure that everyone gets their flu shots.

Mr. Jordan stated that the transition of Superintendents has gone very smoothly and that Dr. Binggeli is doing a great job.

L. Superintendent's Report
33. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli said a few words about being visible in the community and visiting our schools.

Dr. Binggeli mentioned what a great job that Betty Dunn, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, in working with the Health Department, is doing keeping the district informed regarding the Swine Flu.

M. Adjournment
34. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of August 25, 2009 adjourned at 7:38 p.m.