08-31-10 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 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 26, 2010 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 Kneessy called the School Board meeting of August 31, 2010 to order 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Chairman Kneessy requested a moment of silence for Joshua Lownes, 8th grade student from Southwest Middle School and An'Tayvious Jordan, 3rd grade student from South Lake Elementary School who passed away unexpectedly.

A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, led the Invocation.

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


Ms. Davis read 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:

Consent Revision:
F-13.   Student Expulsions


Adopt the agenda for the School Board Meeting of August 31, 2010 and its revisions.

Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
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. School Food & Nutrition

6. Proclaim September 13-17, 2010 as Florida School Breakfast Week
Attachment: Florida School Breakfast Week Signed Resolution.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the resolution proclaiming September 13-17, 2010 as Florida School Breakfast Week.

Adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of September 13-17, 2010 as Florida School Breakfast Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Dr. Binggeli thanked Kevin Thornton, Director of Food Services, and his staff for feeding thousand of students on a daily basis.

D. Presentations
D. Brevard School Foundation

7. Introduction of Janice Kershaw as New Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation


Dr. Binggeli introduced Brevard Schools Foundation Board Chairman Mason Williams, President of GrayRobinson, to introduce the New Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation.

Mr. Williams explained that about six months ago a search committee embarked on finding a new Executive Director to lead the Foundation to the next level. The search committee is as follows:

Dr. Brian Binggeli, Brevard Schools Superintendent
David Brock, Community Credit Union
Linda Dale, CPA
Tim Hollingsworth, Florida Tech.
Cindy Kane, Harris
Malcom Kirschenbaum, EKS
Adrian Laffitte, Lockheed-Martin
Mark Malek, Zeiss,Widerman, Sutch and Malek
Mark Mikolajczyk, Florida Today
Kendall Moore, Johnson Law Center
Al O'Connell, MIMA
Jim Platman, Bright House Networks
Sandy Sanderson, Florida Power & Light
Mason Williams, GrayRobinson - Chair
Keith Winston, Brevard Zoo
Norman Wolfinger, State Attorney

Consultant: Rochelle Schwindt
Ginger Blair, Foundation

Mr. Williams stated that there were 300 applicants in which the committee narrowed down to three and selected Janice Kershaw as the New Executive Director. Ms. Kershaw, as you all know well, had spent 10 years as a School Board member serving the teachers, students and the community of this county. She ran VSA Arts for 16 years and has maintained very active in the community.

Ms. Kershaw thanked Mr. Williams and the committee and mentioned  that she is pleased to serve the students of Brevard County once again.

Ms. Kershaw took this opportunity to reintroduce Brevard Schools Foundation by unveiling the new logo (attached) and updating the Board on what the Foundation provides for the students in the district. She also invited the Board and the community to the Taste of Art and Wine on September 17, 2010.

 Dr. Binggeli thanked Ms. Kershaw and Mr. Williams for hatching an aggressive vision on where the Foundation can grow, and it will ultimately be the children and the teachers who will be the beneficiaries of your hard work.


D. Financial Services

8. Budget Presentation


Dr. Binggeli introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, who updated the Board with a budget presentation on the Revenue Forecast. Ms. Preston covered the following information:

  1. Education Jobs Fund
  2. Race to the Top (RTTT or RT3)
  3. Estimating Conference:
  • Ad Valorem
  • Enrollment
  • General Revenue

Dr. Binggeli stated that the important thing to understand is that the 0.25 Mil is not "new". it's a continuation and is currently in the district's operating budget. It is not an additional 0.25 Mil and if it goes away the district is headed in the wrong direction.

Dr. Murray requested that Ms. Preston address the public on this very issue and that we hammer it home at every meeting. She stated her concern regarding the community thinking that the district is getting extra money when in fact we are just replacing funds that have been taken away from the district by the state.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board and Ms. Preston regarding the jobs fund, ARRA funds, funding cliff and the class size reduction. 

D. Accountability, Testing and Evaluation

9. 2009-2010 Assessment and Accountability Data


Dr. Binggeli introduced Dr. Karen Schafer, Director of Testing and Accountability, who  presented the 2009-2010 Testing and Accountability Data Update.

Mr. Jordan questioned what the penalty is for the district for not hitting AYP yearly.  Dr. Schafer stated that the district cannot hit AYP if the schools are not hitting AYP. If the schools do not meet AYP, then the state adds additional requirements which are considered support to schools to help improve their performance.

Dr. Binggeli stated that Dr. Schafer will be presenting at a later Board meeting the results of the SAT, ACT, AP and those results which are very good as well. He stated that Brevard is the only district in the state of Florida that pays for every one of our juniors to take the ACT and the data that was released showed that all of our students out performed the state college bound cohort by quite a bit in the composite for the ACT, which is a phenomenal accomplishment.

E. Public Discussion
10. Public Discussion


Chairman Kneessy reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. She 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 person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Lynne Thomas, Indian Harbour Beach - Teacher Morale
  2. Ellen Miller, Palm Bay - Pay Educators
  3. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge -  Ed Jobs Funds
  4. Steven Thomas, Indian Harbour Beach - Teacher Morale
  5. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  6. Marcus Hochra, Cape Canaveral - Support for our Teachers
  7. Garthenia Francis, Rockledge - Principals Issues

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

11. Audit Committee Representative
12. Approval of Minutes
13. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsion 8.26.10.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

14. Approval of Brevard Schools Foundation Board Members
Attachment: BIO-Bob Seemer 10-Community r2.pdf
Attachment: Corky Calhoun resume.pdf
Attachment: Hewett Resume.pdf
Attachment: Leslie Straus-Fowler Resume.pdf
Attachment: MARTIN RESUME 3 9 09.pdf
Attachment: Ralph McCoig Resume.pdf
F. Accounting Services

15. Warrants Written for the Month of July, 2010
Attachment: Warrants - July 2010.pdf
16. Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) Program
Attachment: Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) Program.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Property Disposal
Attachment: Aug_31_10.pdf
18. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchasing Requests and Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 10-025BP Custodial Supplies.pdf
Attachment: 10-028BM Ceramic-Porcelain Tile Installers.pdf
Attachment: 10-029BM Lift Station, Septic Tank and Grease Trap Pumping and Cleaning Services.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 08-31-10.pdf
20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 08-31-10.pdf
F. Compensation & Benefits

21. 2011 Medical Third-Party Administrator Recommendation
Attachment: C&B_ATTACHMENT A.pdf
F. Certification & Instructional Professional Development

22. Master Inservice Plan
Attachment: MIP Section 1 rev July 10.pdf
Attachment: 2010-11 Alpha Index 8-6-10.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

23. Contracted Services Agreement with Bureau of Education and Research for Professional Development Day
Attachment: C.Boshart-Ed-Research.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

24. Bayside High School Band and Orchestra Field Trip to Boston, Massachusetts
Attachment: Bayside Band and Orchestra Trip March 2011.pdf
F. Facilities Services

25. Termination of Lease Agreement by City of Rockledge - Raider Park
Attachment: RHS Termination of Lease.pdf
F. Environmental, Health & Safety

26. 2010 Annual Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty, and Sanitation Inspection Results
Attachment: 2010 Comprehensive Safety Inspection, Data Summary Memo.pdf
F. District Security

27. Community Oriented Policing Services Secure Our Schools (COPS SOS) Grant Application
F. Approval of Consent

28. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda of August 31, 2010.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Chairman Kneessy called for a video break at 7:09 p.m.
The School Board meeting reconvened 7:22 p.m.

Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate Don Lusk, newly appointed Audit Committee Member, representing Dr. Barbara Murray.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Elementary Programs

29. Lease Agreement between the School Board and the Melbourne Auditorium
Attachment: Melbourne Auditorium Lease Agreement1011.pdf
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

30. Contracted Services Agreement between the Office of Title I and Workshops in a Box, LLC (Dr. Angela Martin Walker)
Attachment: Consultant Agreement-Workshops in a Box (Dr. Angela Martin Walker).pdf
H. Project Management

31. Amendment #2 Agreement for Design/Build Services at Eau Gallie High School
Attachment: Eau Gallie HS Amendment No 2.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled this item to inquire about the return of excess funds in construction that the district faired well on at Eau Gallie High School. He mentioned that these funds will be used for safety code deficiencies and deferred maintenance items. Mr. Ziegler questioned whether Eau Gallie has video surveillance and if the funds could be used for purchasing the surveillance cameras.

Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, stated in response to Mr. Ziegler that Eau Gallie has a few air conditioning problems, roof leaks and a partial security system that works to their satisfaction. He assured the Board that Facilities will look into all the problems as the district closes out the project.

I. Staff Reports
32. 10 Year Facility Improvement Plan Initiative Update


Mr. Curry gave an update to the Board and the public on the Ten Year Facility Improvement Plan Initiative Update. He reported that Facilities has completed 123 school specific projects over the last several years and spent 541 million dollars upgrading our schools and Facilities. There is still a deficit of 241 million dollars worth of work that was identified in 2005 that Facilities has not touched yet and we are looking at those things as we go forward with the budget planning process.


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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
34. Board Member Reports


Dr. Murray recognized the South Patrick resident's association for fully outfitting one child with a backpack at each grade level at Sea Park Elementary.

Dr. Murray thanked the Cocoa Beach Kiwanis for inviting her to speak to them regarding the budget issues that the district is facing and they are very supportive on how we are handling our finances and our plans for the future.

Dr. Murray congratulated Cocoa Beach on several fundraising events that put money back into our economy. The events were Thunder on the Beach Board races and the Kiwanis Barbecue cook off.

Dr. Murray congratulated Cocoa High Football for their success in Volusia County at the Football Jamboree which included teams for all over the Country. Cocoa High will be traveling to Pennsylvania and Texas and Dr. Murray wished them success with their games and all the other teams throughout the County.

Mr. Ziegler mentioned that he will be in his position for another four years and is looking forward to it because of the great team but it will be lots of work.

Mr. Ziegler questioned one of the Board Assigned Task and mentioned that there was no explanation as to why twelve schools have half time art as opposed to full time art. He stated that he is not sure how to answer the question as to why it occurs. Dr. Binggeli stated that these twelve schools had half time art last year by choice. Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent, responded by informing Mr. Ziegler that 8 or 9 of those school have always had a half time art because they are small enrollment schools. The principal chose to either place their additional par into making a full time art program or place it in their basic teaching program.

Mr. Ziegler commented on public discussion and having it renamed to  public speaking. He also requested the history of past practices. Ms. Kneessy stated that the past practice is to work through the Superintendent if you need more information from a public speaker. Each Board Member gave their viewpoint on public discussion. Dr. Murray stated that this is a meeting in public and  not a public meeting. The Board decided that after all the of the public speakers, the Chair would ask the Board if they had any follow up questions for the Superintendent.

Mr. Jordan mentioned to the Board about emails that he received from teachers in regard to step increases with money that the district will be receiving. Although he agreed that employees should be compensated, there is some confusion in regard to the funds and when they can be used.

Ms. Henderson thanked the district and the city of Rockledge for coming together and taking care of our kids after a minor bus accident.

Ms. Kneessy requested more information on the copier contract and to clearing up the misinformation at the school level. Dr. Binggeli noted that a presentation regarding the copier contract was given to the principals at the last Leadership team meeting to clarify the copier change over process.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she was surprised at the amount of publicity that was received in regard to homework and homework policy and invited Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, to speak to the public and the Board on the homework policy during breaks. She mentioned that the principals will touch base with their instructional staff. Ms. Kneessy also shared with the Board a book called, "Rethinking Homework" by Cathy Vatterott.

L. Superintendent's Report
35. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli commended our principals, HR, Title I, Curriculum and Instruction, and ESE staff in bringing solutions to the table in regard to the six day count meetings.

Dr. Binggeli noted that he went on several school visits and the district had a smooth opening and is solidly in the business of teaching and learning.

Dr. Binggeli addressed the Board on the plethera of information requested by the Board on the issue pertaining to the parents request of Edgewood Baseball. The information will be posted for inclusion at the September 14, 2010 School Board meeting.

Mr. Jordan questioned Dr. Binggeli on how much the district used of the 5 million dollars to bring in more teachers towards class size. Dr. Binggeli stated that there was 5.7 million dollars and the district has currently allocated 5.1 million dollars. 

M. Adjournment
36. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of August 31, 2010 was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.