09-09-2008 Regular School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, September 4, 2008 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 Kershaw called the School Board meeting of September 9, 2008 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Board Members Present: Larry Hughes, Robert Jordan, Janice Kershaw, Amy Kneessy, Dr. Barbara Murray

A-3. Invocation (Kimmey Spencer, 5th Grade, Croton Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Kimmy Spencer, 5th grade student from Croton Elementary.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Philip Yorio, 5th Grade, Croton Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Phillip Yorio, 5th grade student from Croton Elementary.

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

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Resolution Deletions
Amendment #7 - Religious Freedon/Repeal of the "No Aid" Provision

Consent Revisions
F-14.   Appoint School Board Representative to the Brevard County Value Adjustment Board
F-19.   Budget Amendment #1 for the 2007-08 Debt Service Funds
F-20.   Budget Amendment #1 - 6 for the 2007-08 Capital Projects Funds
F-21.   Budget Amendment #1 for the 2007-08 Special Revenue - Food & Nutrition Fund
F-22.   Budget Amendment #1 for the 2007-08 Special Revenue - Other Budget Funds
F-24.   Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
F-26.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Information Revisions
H-42.   Tentative Facilities Work Program for 2008/09 - 2012/13

Information Deletions
Educational Horizons Renewal Charter Contract
School Year Calendar Standards

 

 

 

 



Motions:
Adopt the agenda of the Special School Board meeting of September 9, 2008 and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. School Food & Nutrition

6. USDA HealthierUS Challenge Award for Jupiter Elementary
Attachment: USDA Congrats Letter for Jupiter.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, who gave background information in regard to the USDA Healthier Challenge Award. Ms. Preston stated that Jupiter Elementary, recipient of the USDA Healthier Challenge Award, is the first school in Florida to achieve this distinctive honor.

Ms. Preston introduced Steve Hortin, Deputy Director for Special Nutrition Programs for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's Southeast Regional Office, who made a few comments and presented the award to the following Jupiter Elementary Staff.

Principal Cynthia Harris; Assistant Principal Barbara Martin; Food Service Director Kevin Thornton; Dawn Menz, District Food and Nutrition Manager; Debbie Christian and all of her Cafeteria Staff; Carol McManus, Physical Education Teacher; Jimmie Johnson, District Operations Manager; and Lori Nelson, District dietitian.

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

7. Recognition for the Brevard Cultural Alliance Excellence in Visual Arts Award 2008

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced Peggy Nolan, Arts Resource Teacher, who recognized the following 2007-2008 Winners of the Brevard Cultural Alliance Excellence in Visual Arts Award along with Chairman Kershaw and Dr. Richard DiPatri.

Quest Elementary; Karen Monahan, Art Teacher and Elia Lea, Principal and Sunrise Elementary; Sheri Snow, Art Teacher and Barry Prichard, Principal. 

B. Secondary Programs

8. Excellence in Physical Education Award

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced Valerie Harville, Physical, Health and Drivers' Education Resource Teacher who gave a brief background and introduced the second year winners. As winners of the Second Annual Excellence in Physical Education Award, the winning schools and teachers will receive a monetary stipend, polo shirts, portfolios and business cards as well  as an EPEA banner for the school.

After a portfolio review and site visit, these physical education programs received the Brevard public Schools Excellence in Physical Education Award (EPEA) which will remain in effect for 2008-2011:

Dr. Pamella O'Kell, Principal
DeWayne Barbee and Randy Minnihan, Physical Education Teachers
Apollo Elementary

Marilyn Sylvester, Principal
Thelma Werner, Physical Education Teacher
Longleaf Elementary

Dr. Betsy Butler
Sara Fernandez and Gary Odum, Physical Education Teachers
Mila Elementary

Ms. Kershaw, Chairman and Dr. DiPatri, Superintendent, presented each with a banner and a plaque.

 

 


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. School Food & Nutrition

9. Proclaim September 15-19, 2008 as Florida School Breakfast Week
Attachment: FSBW 2008.pdf
Minutes: Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the proclamation.

Motions:
Adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of September 15-19, 2008 as Florida School Breakfast Week.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye


D. Presentations
D. Adult/Community Education

10. Announcement of Grant Award from United States Department of Education

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, who informed the Board about the 21st Century Learning Grant Award from the United States Department of Education. Brevard Public Schools has been selected to be awarded 1,846,266.40 million dollars.

John Wigley, Director of  Adult Education and Child Care Program, introduced the grant writing team; Debi Embry and Barbara Clift, who spoke about the benefits that the Space Explorer Program will bring to our students and community.

Dr. DiPatri and Mr. Kershaw congratulated the team on their efforts.


E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

The Chair 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. Emily Dowdy, Rockledge - Lowering School Lunch Prices
  2. Marjorie Ebersbach & Betsy Butler, BASA, Rockledge - Check Presentation to Brevard Schools Foundation
  3. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Make-Up Days
  4. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Make-Up Days Increasing Time of Public Discussion

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Student Expulsions
13. Approval of Minutes
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

14. Budget Amendment #10 for the 2007-08 Operating Fund
Attachment: Budget Amendment #10, 2007-08.pdf
15. Budget Amendments #1-3 for the 2007-08 Internal Service Funds
Attachment: Budget Amendment 1-3, 2007-08, Internal Service Funds.pdf
16. Budget Amendment #1 for the 2007-08 Enterprise Fund
Attachment: Budget Amendment 1, 2007-08, Enterprise Fund.pdf
F. Accounting Services

17. Warrants Written for the Month of July 2008
Attachment: Warrants July.pdf
18. Budget Amendment #1 for the 2007-08 Debt Service Funds
Attachment: FY08 Debt Service Budget Amendment.pdf
19. Budget Amendments #1 - 6 for the 2007-08 Capital Project Funds
Attachment: FY08 Capital Projects Budget Amendments.pdf
20. Budget Amendment #1 for the 2007-08 Special Revenue - Food & Nutrition Fund
Attachment: FY08 Food and Nutrition Budget Amendment.pdf
21. Budget Amendment #1 for the 2007-08 Special Revenue - Other Budget Funds
Attachment: FY08 Special Revenue Other Budget Amendment.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

22. Surplus Property
Attachment: SEPT_9_08.pdf
23. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: SSA 0902CH Curriculum Advantage.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0903CH - Wimba.pdf
Attachment: Re-Award Summary 08-013BP - Musical Instruments - OY1.pdf
F. Human Resources

24. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 09-09-08.pdf
25. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 09-09-08.pdf
Attachment: 9.09.08 ESOL Only.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

26. Adult Education Fee Schedule
Attachment: 2008-09WFFees.pdf
27. 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant 2008-2009 (Space Explorers)
Attachment: Brevard County 2 Space Explorers- Award Letter.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

28. Contract Renewal between the School Board of Brevard County and MAXIMUS, Inc.
Attachment: Medicaid - MAXIMUS 9-9-08.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

29. Eau Gallie High School AFJROTC Cadet Orienation Flight Provided by the 301st Rescue Squadron PAFB, FL on October 16, 2008
30. Eau Gallie High School AFJROTC Cadet Incentive Flight Program Provided by F.I.T. Aviation, LLC
F. Facilities Services

31. Bill of Sale & Easement - City of Palm Bay - Bayside High School
Attachment: Bill of Sale & Easement - City of Palm Bay - Bayside High School.pdf
F. Project Management

32. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design / Build Services at Melbourne High School
Attachment: Amendment No. 1.pdf
Attachment: Exhibit A.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

33. Approval of Consent Agenda Items


Motions:
Approval of consent items with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Board Office/Superintendent

34. Appoint School Board Representative to Brevard County Value Adjustment Board
Attachment: Stan Retz Resume.pdf
Attachment: Mulberry.Brenda resume.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Hughes requested this item be pulled to explain to the Board why he is opposed  to the appointing of a representative to the Value Adjustment Board. He stated that the Value Adjustment Board should be accountable to the people and as elected officials they would be.

Ms. Kershaw reminded Mr. Hughes that this change was made in state law and was not the choice of the Value Adjustment Board.



Motions:
Appoint Stanley E. Retz as the School Board Representative to the Brevard County Value Adjustment Board by District I Board Member Robert L. Jordan. Appoint Brenda Mulberry as the School Board Alternate to the Brevard County Value Adjustment Board by District II Board Member Dr. Barbara Murray.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri  stated that as a result of the Board action, he is pleased to announce Brevard Public Schools’ acceptance of a 21st Century Learning Grant from the US Department of Education.  The 1.8 million dollar grant extends for 5 years and provides after school and summer enrichment opportunities for students and families at Riverview, Coquina, and South Lake Elementary Schools through the Space Explorers Program.  He commended John Wigley, Debi Embry, Barbara Clift and Jackie Francisco for their successful grant writing initiative.  Ms. Kershaw joined Dr. DiPatri at the podium to accept a check for 1.8 million dollars on behalf of the Board. 

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Chairman Kershaw called for a BPS News video break at 6:28 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 6:42 p.m.
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G. Action
G. Curriculum & Instruction

35. Approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2008-2009
Attachment: ProgPlanMemo.pdf
Attachment: 2008 SPP DRAFT.pdf

Motions:
To approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2008-09 and authorize the superintendent to advertise for a public hearing.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: Ms. Kneessy brought up the state's PE requirement of the minimum of thirty minutes every day in the elementary school and implored the public to let our Legislature know that this requirement looks good on paper but is not working well in school. Since the students' need the time to socialize with their peers.
36. Revision to Board Policy 5421 Grading
Attachment: Policy 5421.pdf

Motions:
Approve the Revision to Board Policy 5421 on grading and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing.- FAIL
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Nay
Robert Jordan- Nay
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Nay

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Murray pulled this item to caution the Board on stepping on policy language that crosses the line from governance to administration and instruction.

Discussion ensued amongst Dr. Murray, Ms. Kneessy and Mr. Jordan in regard to this policy.


H. Information
H. Area IV Superintendent

37. Satellite High School Field Trip - AFJROTC Students to Fly Aboard USAF HC-130 (Fixed-Wing Aircraft) at Patrick AFB, FL
38. Satellite High School Cross Country Teams to Attend the Great American Cross Country Festival in Hoover, AL
39. Consultant Agreement - Recruiting Realities, Inc. Presentation at Satellite High School
Attachment: Consultant Agreement-recruiting realities (2).pdf
H. Facilities Services

40. Payment of COP Debit Service with Impact Fees
Attachment: Sources and Uses 8-25-08.pdf
41. Redistricting Goals for New High School CCC

Minutes: 

Ms. Kershaw requested the district add into the redistricting goals the balancing of the ESE diversity as well as the economic diversity.

Mr. Hughes questioned how the committee was named for the New High School CCC. Dr. DiPatri and John Tuttle, Principal of High School CCC responded to Mr. Hughes concerns.

H. Project Management

42. Tentative Facilities Work Program for 2008/09 - 2012/13
Attachment: 080813_COC Mtg Minutes.pdf
Attachment: 08.28.08 Draft Work Program.pdf
Attachment: Sources and Uses 8-25-08.pdf

I. Staff Reports
43. Staff Reports

Minutes: There are no staff reports this evening.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports
44. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Dr. Murray thanked Barry Pichard, Principal at Sunrise Elementary, and his teachers, parents and students for inviting her to their FCAT Celebration.

Dr. Murray also took this opportunity to thank Brenda Mulberry for agreeing to service on the Value Assessment Board as her representative.

Ms. Kneessy had a question on Robert's Rule and asked to go back to the Revision of Board Policy 5421 and ask for reconsideration because the item was only asking to advertise for public hearing and was not to pass the policy. Mr. Bistline stated that reconsideration a motion has to be made by someone that was in the majority and has to be made at the same meeting as the action was taken.

Ms. Kneessy brought up concerns about the school calendar and make up days and the fiscal impact. Dr. DiPatri stated he will ask Commissioner Smith directly at the upcoming Superintendent's meeting. At this point the district must attend 180 days and  900 minutes in a semester.

Mr. Jordan emphasized what Ms. Kneessy stated in regard to the calendar.

Mr. Jordan took this opportunity to thank BASA for the check presentations for Food 4 Thought, United Way but the one that touched his heart the most was the contribution in memory of Dr. Tom McIntrye.

Mr. Jordan thanked Stan Retz for his enthusiasm for being a representative on the Value Adjustment Board. He also noted that the requirements that were put in place to find a business owner to serve on the Value Adjustment Board were very difficult.

Mr. Hughes stated his views on the make-ups days. He stated his concerns about the level of importance that having a few extra days off is in comparison to education and that in other countries education is the number one important activity.

Ms. Kershaw agreed with Mr. Hughes in regard to the tone of the importance of education starts here. She also stated her concerns regarding the school calendar and if the policy is not followed, no one will take it seriously in the future.

Ms. Kershaw reminded the public that this was the week for the Food 4 Thought Drive.

Ms. Kershaw brought up a concern, possibly a rumor, that Palm Bay Community Charter School-Patriot Campus may close up during the year and if we have the capacity in the area to absorb the students. Dr. DiPatri stated it is more than a rumor and we are prepared to absorb the students if need be.


L. Superintendent's Report
45. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

There is no Superintendent's report this evening.


M. Adjournment
46. Adjournment

Minutes: 

The School Board meeting of September 9, 2008 was adjourned at 7:13 p.m.







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