08-27-2013 Special School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. 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 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. Barbara Murray requested a moment of silence for Maryanne Murray, a graduate from Merritt Island High, who recently passed away. 

A-3. Invocation (Abigail Warthling, 6th Grade, Croton Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Abigail Warthling, 6th grade student of Croton Elementary School, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Davion Sistrunk, 5th Grade, Croton Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Devion Sistrunk, 5th grade student of Croton Elementary School, led the pledge of allegiance.

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:

Action Revisions
G-24. Policy Revision - 9140 District Advisory Committees

Approve the August 27, 2013 School Board agenda and it's revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
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. District Communications

6. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli introduced Westside Elementary School's Principal, Elaine Passanisi and Music Teacher, Renee Pariseau to provide an overview of the "Wonderful World of Music" program at their school.

Ms. Passanisa and Ms. Pariseau spoke about the connection between music and academics.  They showed a short video which showcased 3 different ensembles (grades K-6) and their progression of performance.  Ms. Pariseau spoke briefly about the different ensembles.

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

7. Recognition of Back-to-School Supply Partners

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli shared history pertaining to the Back-to-School Supply Drive with the Board and viewing audience.  He then introduced Yvonne McGuire, Brevard Schools Foundation President, and Linda Filippini, Programs and Development Assistant, to the podium who presented certificates of appreciation to the organizations and individuals who helped with the program.
B. Secondary Programs

8. Board Recognition of the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World Final Teams and the 2013 Future Problem Solving International Team Winners


Dr. Binggeli introduced Bob McLaren, District Contact for Future Problem Solving and Evelyn Skrmetta, District Contact for Odyssey of the Mind, who presented the 2013 Future Problem Solving and Odyssey of the Mind State and International winners.

Bob McLaren introduced a special guest, Marianne Solomon, Director of Future Problem Solving Program International.

Dr. Murray gave an additional recognition to two scouts from troop 373, Connor Dunn and Patrick Furino, who were present at the Board Meeting while working on The Eagle.  She congratulated the two students.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Secondary Programs

9. Proclaim September 2013 As Proud To Be An American Month
Attachment: Board Agenda Item Attachment ~ Proud to be an American Month Proclamation.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming September 2013 as Proud To Be An American Month.

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

D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
10. Public Comment


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time for each speaker of three minutes.  She reminded the public that the Board will not respond to the comments or requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner. 

  1. Jenn Stokes, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations 
  2. David Kearns, Rockledge - Supplement History Text 
  3. Dean Paterakis, Melbourne - Unethical Behavior
  4. Shalise Nichols, - Yoga for Schools 
  5. Marcus Hochman, Cape Canaveral - Legislative Responsibility 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the speakers and stated that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

11. Approval of Minutes
F. Accounting Services

12. Warrants for the Month of July, 2013
Attachment: Warrant List - July 2013.pdf
13. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2013
Attachment: BREVARD (SD)_2Q13_COMPLETE REVISED 08 12 2013.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

14. Property Disposal
Attachment: Aug. 27 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: Aug.27 Board Letters.pdf
15. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - SSA #1228-CO-A2 - ThomasKelly Software Associates, LLC - Adult & Community Education.pdf
Attachment: b - SSA #13-100-WH - Education Logistics, Inc. - Transportation.pdf
Attachment: c - SSA #14-039-DK - Rolling Readers Spacecoast, Inc. - Early Childhood Education, Title 1, and Head Start.pdf
Attachment: d - SSA #14-074-KC - Children's Home Society - Student Services.pdf
Attachment: e - SSA #14-089-WH - Edline, LLC (Blackboard) - Educational Technology.pdf
Attachment: f - RFP #12005JO - HVAC Mechanical Contractor Services - Plant Operations & Maintenance.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 08-27-13.pdf
17. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 08-27-13.pdf
F. Certification & Instructional Professional Development

18. Master Inservice Plan 2013-14
Attachment: Alpha Index 06-12-13.pdf
Attachment: Chapter 1 of MIP Aug 2013.pdf
F. Career & Technical Education

19. 2013-2014 Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV) Grant Award
Attachment: 2013-2014 Perkins Grant Award Notification.pdf
F. Instructional, Behavioral and Psychological Services

20. Contracted Services Agreement: Professional Communication Services, Inc., "He Chooses Not to Do It"
Attachment: T.Kowalski-Prof.Comm.Serv.9-9-13.pdf
21. Contracted Services Agreement: PCI Reading and Training, September 9, 2013
Attachment: PCI Reading-D.M.Tilley9-9-14-S.pdf
F. Project Management

22. Port Malabar Elementary Egress Enhancements Building 03
Attachment: Port Malabar Elem Egress Total Project Budget Worksheet & Canaveral Const GMP.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

23. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda of August 27, 2013 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

24. Policy Revision - 9140 District Advisory Committees
Attachment: 9140 District Advisory Committees.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pointed out that Board Members may be ex-officio members on advisory committees.  He recommended that we appoint a member from the Board to ensure that the meetings are being ran unbiased.

Mr. Ziegler stated that although a decision did not have to be made, he wanted to make the suggestion as he feels that it would be beneficial for a member of the Board to be an ex-officio on some of the committees.

Approve the attached change to Board Policy 9140 - District Advisory Committees.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Student Services

25. Revision of School Board Policy 5610.03
Attachment: Revised Policy 5610.03.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Sheet 5610.03.pdf

Hold public hearing and approve the revisions of School Board Policy 5610.03 - Detention of Students.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Facilities Services

26. Attendance Boundary Change for Audubon ES and MILA ES
Attachment: Proposal 5 Map Detail.pdf
Attachment: Audubon Attendance Boundary Description.pdf
Attachment: MILA Attendance Boundary Description.pdf
Attachment: Map for Recommended Attendance Boundary Change Between Audubon and MILA.pdf

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray declared the public hearing open. No speakers chose to address the Board and the public hearing was closed.

Hold a Public Hearing and approve the recommended attendance boundary change between Audubon Elementary School and MILA Elementary School to reflect the intent and data for previously approved Proposal 5 to close Gardendale Elementary Magnet School.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Amy Kneessy
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

27. Change Attendance Boundaries for Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme
Attachment: Recommended Middle Years IB Boundaries (2013-14).pdf

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray declared the public hearing open. No speakers chose to address the Board and the public hearing was closed.

Hold a Public Hearing and approve the recommended  Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme map and written boundary description, beginning the 2013-14 school year. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Adult/Community Education

28. Adult & Community Education GED Testing Fees


Dr. Krupp stated that he finds it difficult to increase the costs of the GED test by almost double.  He asked if we have any control over this increase.

Ms. Kneessy responded that it is the new cost to the School Board of Brevard County and we are only charging students what it is costing us.  She stated that she finds it ironic that the state and feds say that they are changing to computerized testing to save money, when overall it doubles the costs when we go from paper and pencil to a computer for GED testing.  Ms. Kneessy expressed that she feels it is the first of things to come on computerized testing.

Dr. Krupp stated that we have already seen this occur when we changed to computerized testing for teacher certification. 

H. Facilities Services

29. 2013 Annual Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty Safety, and Sanitation Inspection
Attachment: 2012-2013 Districtwide Safety Inspection Reports.pdf
Attachment: Charter School Inspections 2012-2013 (3).pdf

I. Staff Reports
30. Staff Report(s)

Minutes: There are no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There are no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
32. Board Member Reports


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray requested an update from Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, on the conflict resolution with the County Commissioner's Office and the Impact Fee situation.

Mr. Bistline explained that the School Board has had two staff conflict resolution meetings to date with the County and City of Titusville.  All jurisdictions have waived the time limits; therefore, another meeting is scheduled in October.  Suggested revisions to the Interlocal Agreement have been proposed and communicated between all parties; some of which were not agreed upon.  Mr. Bistline shared that it appeared that the other jurisdictions were interested in running our schools and the budget process.  He expressed that he did not believe that the School District should give up authority to control its own budget. Mr. Bistline explained that the County is interested in the School Board adopting criteria for school closures as a Board Policy, which he agreed with and it will probably be proposed to the Board.  Mr. Bistline then stated the next steps in an effort to resolve the conflict. 

Mr. Ziegler commented on the conflict resolution overview that was provided by Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facility Services, which gives more detail on the County's interest in becoming involved with the District's budget process by establishing a Capital Outlay Committee.  The Committee would analyze concurrency to ensure that the School Board is providing adequate vacancies and communities for growth.  Mr. Ziegler stated his concerns about their interest as there are a lot of logistical thoughts that go into making these decisions and he believes it would be difficult for them to assist due to lack of information.  He stated that it should not be granted to them unless they plan to dig in deeper, which he doesn't believe is their intention.

Mr. Ziegler pointed out that the County Commissioner's Office requests that the School Board not take any actions unless all of the items within the Interlocal Agreement are complied with.  He expressed that he has a problem with this as it opens the door to political stone walling which prolongs certain actions.  For example, the Impact Fee Benefit District Advisory Committee not holding their meeting, which in turn delays the distribution of Impact Fees to the School Board.  Mr. Ziegler feels it is a political game being played by the County and he does not believe there should be anything within the Interlocal Agreement that could be manipulated and cause delay to what we need to do to run our schools. 

Dr. Murray asked Mr. Bistline to provide the Board and viewing audience with an update pertaining to Impact Fees.  Mr. Bistline explained that the County is holding Impact Fees that should be turned over to the School District to use according to the Ordinance and Interlocal Agreement.  Mr. Bistline stated that we are currently at a stand still due to actions from the County. 

Dr. Murray asked Mr. Theodore to the podium to provide additional information pertaining to Impact Fees.  Mr. Theodore stated that we have $8.3 million available for disbursement (through April 30, 2013).   We originally projected $4.7 million for fiscal year 2012 and put that amount into this year's budget, as it typically isn't a problem collecting the funds.  Mr. Theodore stated that a meeting was scheduled in May, which was agreed upon by all parties.  The day before the meeting was to occur, we were informed by the County that they would not be attending.  Mr. Theodore said that nothing will happen with the funds until committees come together.  It is his understanding that all parties, except the County, are ready to meet.

Ms. Kneessy explained to the Board and viewing audience exactly what is happening.  She stated that we have approximately $8 million sitting in a bank that has been collected from people who have moved into our county, purchased a home and paid their impact fee.  These funds are to come back to the School District to offset dollars, such as the debt on buildings, classroom construction, and air conditioners, which we are in desperate need of right now.  She explained that this money is just sitting there and is money that we need to spend because of the $25 million in cuts that were made this year. 

Ms. Kneessy expressed that there is direct impact to our classrooms because the bullies in the County office didn't get there way and have decided that they are going to hold hostage the $8 million of the School District's legally collected dollars.  Ms. Kneessy stated that she told Matt Reed and others many months ago that Robin Fisher said to her that if we did not keep a school open, then he and Chuck Nelson would personally see that we would loose our Impact Fee money and they would make us pay.  She wants everyone to be aware that the money is just sitting in a bank, unable to be used by Brevard Public Schools, because they didn't' get their way and won't come to a meeting.   

Ms. Kneessy also pointed out that the County Commissioner's Office gets to keep an administration fee from these funds.  They are funding three positions out of the Impact Fees.  Ms. Kneessy stated that the County is using their dollars to fund positions, yet we sit here unable to pay debt, buy school buses, repair roofs, and take care of air condition units, all because they are not happy.  She asked the viewing audience or whomever read the morning paper, to pick up the phone and call their County Commissioner.

Mr. Ziegler stated that because we have a budget that we are approving shortly, which incorporated the $4.0 - 4.7 million of Impact Fees and we are unsure of how long this game is going to be played and whether we have any recourse on this money, staff should present at the upcoming Final Budget Hearing an alternative set of cuts to the Board.  Mr. Ziegler expressed that the community needs to know what we are going to be prepared to cut. 

Dr. Krupp asked Mr. Theodore if the Impact Fees went towards renovations in the North Area (Commissioner Fisher's area).  Mr. Theodore explained that yes, the Impact Fees were used for those renovations.  Dr. Krupp asked Mr. Theodore how much was spent on Astronaut, Titusville, and Mims, which were just a few of the schools that were renovated in the North Area.  Mr. Theodore gave the dollars amounts spent at these three schools, which totaled $78 million.  Dr. Krupp expressed to Commissioner Fisher, if he was listening, that we spent $78 million on just three schools and he is sitting on $8 million that belongs to the School Board.  He asked that we get real about this, and as Ms. Kneessy stated,"grow up".

Dr. Murray apologized to the Board for having to cancel the joint meeting with the County Commissioner's Office at the last minute.  She stated that there seemed to be some confusion and lack of awareness about how the School Board operates under a different set of rules than the County, in terms of providing notice of the meetings and our agenda to the public. 

Dr. Murray provided the Board with a timeline of events that have occurred pertaining to establishing the joint meeting. She thought it was time to bring this topic to the table for the Board to make a unified direction as to what we are willing to do for this meeting.  Dr. Murray stated that in May, it was agreed upon by all parties that we would house the meeting but Andy Anderson and herself would co-chair the meeting.  At this time a list of topics were established for the joint meeting and the County was going to decide what they wanted to do and she was going to bring it to the Board, which never occurred until the draft agenda was received last week. 

Dr. Murray feels it is necessary to request the Board's input on topics for this meeting.  She stated that this meeting needs to happen and quickly; therefore, she suggested a discussion be held pertaining to how we should proceed with this at this point in time. 

Discussion ensued among the Board on a proposed meeting date and additional topics for the agenda.

Dr. Murray stated that the State mandated ethics training for all elected officials.  When this arose last Spring she advised Ms. Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, to establish an in-house training to alleviate the off-site expenses.  Mr. Bistline explained his intentions to review the rules to ensure that we would be in compliance.

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


Dr. Binggeli informed the Board and viewing audience of the smooth opening of schools and stated that we are looking to be close to our student enrollment projections.  The last time the Board met was the night before the first day of school and at that time, he commented on the amount of work that is involved by staff member to get things ready.  Since then, Dr. Binggeli visited about a dozen schools and within days our students are back and we are in the routine of teaching and learning.  Dr. Binggeli stated that he watched the process for car loop drop-off at three elementary schools and dismissal at two others.  He commented on the tremendous amount of work that is involved with safely getting student in and dismissing them in a timely fashion. 

Dr. Binggeli expressed that he looks forward to a positive year.

Mr. Ziegler explained that he was taken back by BFT's comment that we have hired from outside the District before rehiring teachers that were let go due to cuts.  He understands that there could be good reason, but asked if the Board could get a list of new hires versus non-renewed teachers by certification. 

Discussed ensued amongst the Board pertaining to this topic.

Ms. Pace agreed to provide the Board with the requested information.

M. Adjournment
34. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board Meeting of August 27, 2013 at 7:26 p.m.

For futher details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).