08-28-2012 Special School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 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 23, 2012. 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 Dr. Barbara Muurray called the School Board meeting of August 28, 2012 to order at 5:32 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A-3. Invocation (Heather Pituch, Grade 12, Viera High School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Heather Pituch, 12th grade student of Viera High School, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Dixie Keyes, Grade 12, Viera High School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Dixie Keyes, 12th grade student of Viera High School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli read the following changes to the agenda:

Presentation Revision
D-10. Sibling Preference at Brevard County Choice Schools

Consent Additions
F-23. Contracted Services for Students-In-Transition
F-24. Application for Title X, Part C, Homeless Children & Youth Grant, 1st Year

Consent Revision
F-19. Instructional Staff Recommendations

 



Motions:
Approve the agenda for the School Board meeting of August 28, 2012 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. District Communications

6. Spotlight on Education

Minutes: 

Prior to the Spotlight on Education being presented, Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray took the opportunity to commend the crossing guards and police officers in Rockledge, who are supported by Chief Ron Krueger of the Rockledge Police Department.  She noted that they are to be commended for keeping our students and community safe during a recent storm where the rains were blinding and blowing sideways. These fine officers were out of their vehicles making sure that students crossed the street safely.  Dr. Murray stated that deserves some recognition as well as all the other police agencies that support Brevard Public Schools to ensure the safety of our students.

Dr. Binggeli noted that he sent a letter to the chiefs of every law enforcement agency to thank them for their presence as our students and our community transition back to school being in session.

Spotlight in Education

Dr. Binggeli introduced Liz Sivco, Viera High School Broadcast TV instructor and two Viera High seniors, Heather Pituch and Dixie Keyes.

Ms. Sivco stated the contest was a call to all the public schools, elementary through high school, in the state of Florida to create a 1 to 3 minute video with a choice of three topics. Heather and Dixie chose "What's Super About Public Schools". They received third place for their short documentary and a generous monetary award from the Florida School Boards Association in the amount of $1000.

The award winning documentary was played for the Board and the viewing audience.

Ms. Pituch and Ms. Keyes explained to the Board that their award winning piece not only showcases the production of an effective video but also the importance of composition, lighting, and audio in delivering a message.

 

7. FSBA Video Contest Check Presentation

Minutes: 

The Florida School Boards Association (FSBA), held its second annual state wide video contest for student from elementary through high school.  The schools were able to choose from three topics.  Listed below are the winning schools that were announced at the joint conference of FSBA and Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) during the month of June 2012.

2nd Annual FSBA Video Contest
1st Place - Wiregrass Ranch High School, Pasco County
• 2nd Place - Canal Point Elementary School, Palm Beach County
• 3rd Place - Viera High School, Brevard County

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray and Dr. Brian Binggeli presented Ms. Sivco and her students, Heather Pituch and Dixie Keyes, with an honorary check in the amount of $1000.

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

8. Check Presentation and Recognition of TD Bank

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli noted that TD Bank has been involved as a business partner in several schools and has recently extended their support to the Brevard Schools Foundation as a new business sponsor. He introduced the following people from TD Bank:

Debra Pavlakos, Regional Vice President for Brevard County; store managers from Brevard locations: Jennifer Crumpler,Palm Bay; Heidi Lemberg, Palm Bay; Lisa Conroy, Indian Harbour Beach; Terri Hulse, Indialantic; and Lisa Jensen, Field Marketing Manager for Central Florida. 

Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, explained the many activities that TD Bank has generously offered to the students of Brevard Public Schools.  From the WOW! Zone Financial classes, Career Days, to their offer of a Summer Reading Program that provides financial incentives to children that read at least 10 books over the summer.

Ms. Kershaw noted that TD Bank was named Business Partner of the Year by Sunrise and Lockmar Elementary Schools and recognized at the 2012 ABC Awards.   She welcomed on behalf of Brevard Schools Foundation, TD Bank as a new business sponsor and invited Ms. Pavlakos to make the check presentation.

 

Ms. Pavlakos said a few words about the new partnership and presented Ms. Kershaw a $5,000. check on behalf of TD Bank.

 

Ms. Kershaw noted that the funds raised by Brevard Schools Foundation help invest directly in our schools.  She stated how grateful we are for TD Bank and their support in education.  Ms. Kershaw presented Ms. Pavlakos with a certificate as a token of appreciation. 


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Secondary Programs

9. Proclamation Declaring September 2012 Proud To Be An American Month
Attachment: Proud To Be An American Month Proclamation ~ 08282012.pdf
Minutes: 

Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaming September 2012 as Proud To Be An American Month.



Motions:

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

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


D. Presentations
D. School Choice

10. Sibling Preference at Brevard County Choice Schools
Attachment: Sibling Preference Data -Elementary Choice Schools.pdf
Attachment: Sibling Preference Data - Secondary Choice Schools.pdf
Attachment: Ratio Charts for Elem and Sec Schools Modified 8-23-12.pdf
Attachment: Sibling Preference Presentation 8-28-12 Final Corrected.pdf
Minutes: 

Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, presented to the Board and the viewing audience, a information as it relates to sibling preference at Brevard County Choice Schools.

Dr. Murray thanked Ms. Mace for all the work that went into the presentation. She noted that earlier this summer she had requested that Ms. Mace put together a variety of recommendations  and give examples. The recommendations should be as fair as possible for most of the people involved.

Dr. Binggeli clarified the criteria as it relates to the FCAT scores and the acceptance rate.

Ms. Kneessy question why the application process between Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School and West Shore Jr./Sr. High School is different.  Ms. Mace stated the process is the same but the way the screen the students is slightly different. She stated the three elementary schools follow the same process but a little different in the way that they do their siblings then the secondary schools.  Ms. Mace stated, to her understanding, the secondary schools give students a lottery number as well.

Mr. Ziegler noted he spoke to both principals at the secondary level and one gives a lottery number as one does not. Discussion ensued about the lottery for the choice schools and a sibling lottery.  Ms. Mace stated that she would get in writing the lottery process for all the choice schools.

Ms. Kneessy questioned what the twin policy is.  Ms. Mace stated that if a student is a twin and gets chosen in the lottery, the other twin is entered in the school of choice as well.

Ms. Mace explained that parents are allowed to enrolled in multiple choice schools and the schools work very hard to get the parents their first choice.

Ms. Henderson explained to the viewing audience the reason sibling preference is being reviewed is due to parents complaining to the Board that the sibling preference process is not fair and there were too many seats taken.  She stated the Board has an obligation to ensure that we have a fair process that is equitable for all students.

Ms. Henderson stated what she felt is missing from the presentation, is students getting into a choice school from sibling preference and the winning lottery ticket holder is long gone from the school.  Ms. Mace stated that this data on the presentation is only showing what it looked like at the application time and what students are accepted.  She noted that she has not presented the data on how many siblings are attending these choice schools.

Discussion ensued about the number of siblings that enter the choice schools through sibling preference.  Mr. Ziegler brought up corridor bussing and its logistical nightmare and whether it is fair and equitable for those who are participating in the choice programs.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she see corridor bussing ending in the near future due to the cost.  She stated if corridor bussing is still on the table as a potential cut, it would be extremely unfair to end sibling preference at the same time.  Ms. Kneessy noted that it would make our choice schools next to impossible to attend. She just wanted to make sure that the Board Members are looking at all the data and the impact it would have.

Dr. Murray addressed the use of equitable and fair interchangeably. She noted that things that are equitable and not always fair.  Dr. Murray stated that is why it is so important that we have parental input.  Dr. Murray requested information on where the parents reside in terms of other options that they may have in their zoned area.

Dr. Krupp explained the history of choice schools and corridor bussing and the culture that was created in the 1970s and 80s. He questioned whether it is still a wise expenditure of taxpayers dollars to keep this culture. It is not, in Dr. Krupp's opinion.

Ms. Kneessy requested that on the web page for gathering information on sibling preference and choice schools the parents be asked the following question: If they had the choice of keeping corridor bussing or sibling preference, which one would they choose.  She stated that if they had to give up something, what would they be willing to give up.

Mr. Ziegler brought up inconsistencies between some of the choice schools as it relates to parental commitment of volunteer hours and requested more consistency.

Dr. Murray requested, on behalf of the Board, a report that show us the state of our corridor bussing. She noted the report should include the amount it is costing the district and the number of students on particular routes.

Ms. Kneessy noted that if we are going to make any changes to corridor bussing, it is not something that can be put on the back burner since the meetings start in November for the following school year.  Ms. Kneessy mentioned she is not sure how we will get good information for the corridor bussing since at some schools the parents are all told to sign up whether they use the bus or not so they can show high usage numbers.

Dr. Binggeli mentioned the Board had received a report a few years ago on corridor bussing since it had been on the chopping block for cuts.  He noted that in anticipation of the Boards requests, information is being gathered from the transportation department to get the numbers of busses and then to count actual students.  Dr. Binggeli noted that the numbers are much more fluid at the beginning of the school year.


E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

Due to the high number of public speakers, the Board unanimously decided to do the consent agenda prior to public discussion and than listen to all the speakers at once rather than splitting them.

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

  1. Kinley Nagle, Sharpes - Educating public and schools regarding the cause of learning disabilities.
  2. Cristina Giammarinaro, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  3. Kerry Johnson, Satellite Beach - Sibling Preference
  4. Amy Moore, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  5. Alex Calabro, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  6. Darren Johnson, Melbourne - School Dress Code
  7. Rachelle Dunlevy, Indialantic - Sibling Preference
  8. Tess Schwind, Palm Bay - Sibling Preference
  9. Gina Lindhorst, Merritt Island - Sibling Preference
  10. Katye Campbell, West Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  11. Ron Tinkham, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  12. Pam Underwood, Rockledge - Sibling Preference
  13. John D. Pilley, Viera - Sibling Preference
  14. Sara Houston, Merritt Island - Sibling Preference
  15. Todd Buras, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  16. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  17. Anne Street-Dean, Indialantic - Sibling Preference
  18. Aphi Fancon, West Melbourne - Sibling Preference

 Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the speakers for their willingness to speak before the Board.

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Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a video break at 8:06 p.m.
She reconvened the meeting at 8:19 p.m.   
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F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Approval of Minutes
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

13. Approval of Contract between WINconomy and Brevard Schools Foundation
F. Accounting Services

14. Warrants for the Month of July, 2012
Attachment: Warrant List - July 2012.pdf
15. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2012
Attachment: BREVARD_2Q12_COMPLETE.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

16. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: 21st CCLC Art Explorers Grant SSA's Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 21st CCLC Space Explorers Grant SSA's Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 21st CCLC Zoo Explorers Grant SSA's Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 21st CCLC Zoo Explorers South Grant SSA's Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 13-PB-008-LL Playground Equip Surfacing and Inst Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 13-PB-009-DR Food Services Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 13-PB-007-CJ Sign Language Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: RFP 10001BM Extension Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: SACC Enrichment Program SSA's Agenda Item.pdf
17. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board List Aug. 28.pdf
F. Human Resources

18. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 08-28-12.pdf
19. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 08-28-12.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

20. Interagency Agreement with Eckerd Youth Alternatives
Attachment: Eckerd Interagency Agreement.pdf
21. Head Start Program Governance
Attachment: B967BEE8-4447-4594-B74B-80F870FD4134.pdf
F. Students at Risk

22. Consultant Agreements for Staff and Youth Trainings to Address Bullying and Cyber-Bullying
Attachment: E.Englander 2012.pdf
Attachment: McCoy-2012.pdf
23. Contracted Services Agreement for Students-In-Transition (Homeless Students)
Attachment: Contracted Services Agreement for Homeless.pdf
24. Application for Title X, Part C, Homeless Children & Youth Grant, 1st Year
Attachment: Brevard-1273A-13A095.pdf
F. Facilities Services

25. Solar Array for Jefferson Middle School
Attachment: FPL Contract - Solar Array for Jefferson Middle School.pdf
F. Project Management

26. Change Order #1 to Bleacher and Grandstand Repairs - Safety to Life
Attachment: Change Order #1 to Bleacher and Grandstand Repairs - Safety to Life.pdf
27. Relocatable Classrooms for University Park Elementary School
Attachment: Relocatable Classrooms to University Park.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

28. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
Approve 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: 

Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate the following administrators for their new appointed positions from over the summer months.

Sherry Tomlinson, for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Principal at Atlantis Elementary School to the position of Principal at Madison Middle School.

Terri Barlow, for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Tropical Elementary School to the position of Coordinator of Head Start, Curriculum and Instruction.

Peter Quinlan, for his reclassification/transfer from the position of Guidance Services Professional at Jefferson Middle School, to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Titusville High School.

Kimberly Rogers, for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Principal at Alternative School Sites, Curriculum and Instruction, to the position of Director of Student Services (Students at Risk).

Miguel Alba, for his transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Viera High School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School.

Meara Trine, for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Teacher at Cocoa High to the position of Dean/Assistant principal at Jackson Middle School.

Cynthia Adams, for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Oak Park Elementary School to the position of Principal at Atlantis Elementary School.

Kathleen Campione, for her reclassification from the position of Teacher at Sunrise Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Sunrise Elementary School.

Adrienne Schwab, for her reclassification from the position of Teacher at Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School.

Karry Castillo, for her reclassification from the position of Teacher at Tropical Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Tropical Elementary School.

Mary Myers, for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Teacher at Cambridge Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Saturn Elementary School.

Holli Zander, for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Guidance Services Professional at Bayside High School to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Hoover Middle School.

Tami Davis, for her transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Clearlake Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Kennedy Middle School.

Lena Koch, for her transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Kennedy Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Clearlake Middle School.

Debra Guenzi, for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Jackson Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Viera High School.

Elizabeth Hill-Brodigan, for her reclassification /transfer of from the position of Teacher at Freedom 7 Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Oak Park Elementary School.

Dr. Danny Dotson,  for his reclassification/transfer of from the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Satellite High School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Jackson Middle School.

Joseph Flora, for his reclassification/transfer from the position of Teacher at Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Satellite High School.


Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Purchasing & Warehouse

29. School Board Policy Revision - #6320, Purchasing and #6610, Internal Accounts
Attachment: 6320 - Purchasing Revised 8-9-12 Redline.pdf
Attachment: 6610 - Internal Accounts Revised 8-9-12 Redline.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler pulled this item to state his concern about giving some authority to department heads for expenitures.  He stated the Board has made it clear about addressing the use of pcards.  Mr. Ziegler wanted to make sure that these changes do not take us in the wrong direction and that the appropriate controls are in place. He wanted to know how this policy relates to pcards at the school level.

Dr. Murray commented that since we have drastically increased our oversight in purchasing. She wants to make sure that these changes do not reverse our improvement.

H. Labor Relations

30. Board Policy 3120 and 4120 Revisions
Attachment: Policy Change Form 3120.pdf
Attachment: 3120R.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Form 4120.pdf
Attachment: 4120R.pdf
H. Student Services

31. School Health Services Plan 2012-2014
Attachment: Brevard County 2012-14_SH_Services_Plan.pdf
H. Facilities Services

32. Superintendent's Designee for Facilities Approvals up to $25,000
Attachment: Policy 6340.pdf
H. Environmental, Health & Safety

33. 2012 Annual Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty Safety, and Sanitation Inspection Report
Attachment: 2011-2012 Annual Fire Safey Inspection of District Facilities.pdf
Attachment: 2011-2012 Annual Safety Inspections Of Charter Schools.pdf

I. Staff Reports
34. Staff Report(s)

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public speakers.

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

Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp thanked the Department of Adult Education for their 21st Century Grant. He noted that the Brevard Cultural Alliance is the recipient of the $57,000 grant to help support teaching over 900 students after school in arts and technology.

Ms. Henderson had no report.

Ms. Kneessy spoke about the misconception by our choice school families about our neighborhood schools.  Dr. Murray noted that she had a discussion with McKenzie from Florida Today and touched upon those same points. She stated that an article could be coming in the near future.  Ms. Kneessy noted that we are doing all the same great things at our neighborhood schools as being done at our choice schools.

Ms. Kneessy requested a memo be sent out to the teachers to remind them that as they discuss the elections not to be partial over one candidate or another. Ensure that we are being politically correct.  Dr. Murray stated that the purpose is to facilitate research on the student's part and let them do their own homework and make their own educated decisions.

Ms. Kneessy commented that we would not have speakers like we did tonight if the district had a stricter dress code.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated Sunrise Elementary for their FCAT Awards program. He was astounded by the number of students receiving 4s and 5s on their FCAT.  To celebrate, the student were allowed to slim Principal Barry Pritchard.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Dr. Mark Mullins for sending a memo to all the schools on which days to fly the flags. 

Mr. Ziegler mentioned that he and his family went to the Brevard Zoo to enjoy the Treetop Trek, which he said was very vigorous.  He thanked Brevard Zoo for their partnership in education and for all that they do for our students.

Dr. Murray brought to the Boards attention an article in Parenting Magazine. She noted that the article is titled, "The Best Schools in America". Dr. Murray stated that Brevard's own Freedom 7 is featured in the article. She congratulated all those in the Freedom 7 family.

Dr. Murray noted that she represented the Board at the Florida Public Relation Association, Inspiring a Generation dinner.  The evening was to honor Rosalind Harvey as the Toastee for the partnership that Port Canaveral has with the School District on the EMBARK program.

Dr. Murray congratulated Cocoa High School for their victory on national television representing the district and all our other sports teams that got off to a good school year. She took this opportunity to mention our Rockledge boys for winning the World Series in baseball.  Dr. Murray stated that although it was not a school event, most if not all the boys are Brevard Public School students. She mentioned that winning a world series is a fine representation of the Brevard community as a whole.  Dr. Murray suggested that we recognize the Rockledge Junior with a resolution at some point in the near future as well as any other student or team that rises to that level of regonition.

Dr. Murray noted that she received a letter from Glen Cook from the American School Boards Association in regard to the 2012 Magna Awards.  She explained that this years Magna Award will select schools districts for having outstanding programs.  Dr. Murray felt as though this is something that the district should go for and has spoken to Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, about potentially doing this on the Zoo and EMBARK programs.


L. Superintendent's Report
37. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli mentioned the grand efforts that we do to try to bring opportunities in for our students. He noted that 2013 Magna Award had been passed on to Ms. Van Meter and the Area Superintendents. 

Dr. Binggeli pointed out that if you look at the organization chart, we do not have an army of grant writers. He stated what we do have is a couple of very dedicated workers and we are tenaciously competing for some very competitive grants.  Dr. Binggeli thanked Ms. Van Meter, Ms. Debra Pace, Associate Director of Human Resources, and staff members who have come together to collaborate on these grant efforts.  He noted that we will compete successfully because we have a good story to tell to get some of the grant dollars that are out there.

Dr. Murray notified the Board that she gave permission to Dr. Beth Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, and Ms. Van Meter approval to write several grants since the deadline for these grants did not fall in line with the Board meetings. She noted that Dr. Thedy would be sending an email to the Board to bring them up to speed.


M. Adjournment
38. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board Meeting of August 28, 2012 at 8:36 p.m.






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