09-05-2013 Special School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Thursday, September 5, 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 Thursday, August 28, 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 Special Board Meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

Chairman Dr. Murray requested a moment of silence for Jay Moskowitz, Science Teacher from Heritage High, who recently passed away.


A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A-3. Invocation
A-4. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Deletion
F-7. Annual Financial Reports & Cost Reports for Fiscal Year 2012-13

Approve the September 5, 2013 Special School Board agenda and it's revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

5. Analysis of Operating Budget Ending Fund Balance 2012-13
Attachment: Ending Fund Balance - September 5, 2013.pdf

Dr. Brian T. Binggeli, Superintendent, gave a presentation regarding the Analysis of the Operating Budget Ending Fund Balance for 2012-13, which included the following:

  • Ending Fund Balance
  • How Did We Realize This Surplus
  • 2012-13 Discretionary Carry Forward
  • Recommended Utilization
  • Question and Answers

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray opened the floor for Board discussion. 

Dr. Krupp expressed that he understands Dr. Binggeli's passion about providing the ACT test to students, but he stated that he cannot support it as he believes it is the parent's responsibility. 

Dr. Binggeli stated that he believes that for the dollars, it is worth considering to continue.

Dr. Murray requested direction from the Board pertaining to approving Dr. Binggeli recommendation for the utilization of the fund balance. 

Ms. Kneessy explained that she understands what Dr. Krupp is saying, but she does support the decision to continue providing the ACT test to students.  She believes the benefit far outweights the initial cost.  Ms. Kneessy stated that for providing opportunities for students to be successful in high school and beyond, this is money well spent.

Mr. Ziegler recognized Dr. Krupp's point as it is valid, but stated that clearly the benefits outweigh the cost and if this is being used to help guide students to opportunities they might not have, it is a good return on the investment and he supports it.

Ms. Henderson agreed with Mr. Ziegler's comment and added that due to the differences in scores this year, it provides us with an ongoing baseline and is a good way to see how students are really doing, so she absolutely supports it.

Dr. Krupp proposed that instead of eliminate giving the ACT test to students, make it voluntary so they would have the option to opt out if they did not want to take it.  If this was done, Dr. Krupp stated that could support it, but otherwise he cannot. 

Ms. Kneessy added that it seems to be that the ACT test has been the one consistent valid data that we have had.  She stated that she does not trust the FCAT or other testing that has come from the State. 

Overall, Dr. Binggeli's recommended utilization of the fund balance was supported and approved by the Board.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a recess at 5:29 p.m. to begin the time certain Final Budget Public Hearing commencing at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting reconvened at 6:52 p.m.

Approve Dr. Binggeli's recommendation to continue to provide the ACT testing to students.-
Vote Results

E. Public Comment
6. 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. Greg Cope - ACT/Budget

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

F. Consent
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

7. Operating Budget Amendment #10
Attachment: Budget Amendment #10 - June 30, 2013.pdf
8. Enterprise Fund Budget Amendment #2 for the 2012-13
Attachment: 2012-13 Enterprise Fund Budget Amendment #2.pdf
9. Medical Funds Budget Amendment #2 for the 2012-13
Attachment: 2012-13 Medical Budget Amendment #2.pdf
10. Casualty Funds Budget Amendment #2 for the 2012-13
Attachment: 2012-13 Casualty Funds Budget Amendment #2.pdf
F. Accounting Services

11. Capital Project Funds Budget Amendments #5 - 7 for the 2012-13
Attachment: Budget Amendment - Capital Funds - Resolutions #5 - 7.pdf
12. Debt Services Funds Budget amendment #1 for the 2012-13
Attachment: Budget Amendment - Debt Service - Resolution #1.pdf
13. Special Revenue - State and Federal Budget Amendment #1 for the 2012-13
Attachment: Budget Amendment - Federal and State Special Revenues - Resolution #1.pdf
14. Special Revenue - American Recovery Reinvestment Act. Budget Amendment #1 for the 2012-13
Attachment: Budget Amendment - American Recovery Reinvestment Act - Resolution #1.pdf
15. Special Revenue - Food & Nutrition Fund Budget Amendment #3 for the 2012-13
Attachment: Budget Amendment - Food Services - Resolution #3.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

16. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda of September 5, 2013 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
18. Board Member Reports


Mr. Ziegler reported that Dr. Binggeli spoke before the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce this morning and commented that it was one of his best presentations.  Mr. Ziegler stated that he was very impressed and asked that the presentation be put on our website and also sent to the Chamber for them to distribute to all of their members.  Mr. Ziegler congratulated Dr. Binggeli on the great job.

Ms. Kneessy commented that the Brevard Schools Foundation has a new coupon book available.  She explained the value of purchasing this book and noted that proceeds go to a very good cause.  Ms. Kneessy stated that if anyone is interested in purchasing the coupon book they can ask their local school or the district.

L. Superintendent's Report
M. Adjournment
17. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the Special School Board Meeting of September 5, 2013 at 7:00 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).