09-10-2013 Regular School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 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 29, 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

Minutes: 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, and Andy Ziegler.

Chairman Dr. Murray requested a moment of silence for Jamerson Jones, Assistant Principal from Endeavor Elementary, and Elaine Trapani, former Assistant Principal from Edgewood Jr./Sr. High, who recently passed away.

A-3. Invocation (Dyandria Anderson, 12th Grade, Viera High School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Dyandria Anderson, 12th grade student of Viera High School, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Alexander McKeel, 12th Grade, Viera High School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Alexander McKeel, 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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Presentation Additions
D-9. Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) Selection Process

Consent Revisions
F-12.  Annual Financial Reports & Cost Reports for Fiscal Year 2012-13
F-14.  Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
F-15. Instructional Staff Recommendations

Information Deletions
H-26. Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School Band Trip to the Heritage National Music Festival in Chicago, IL

Approve the September 10, 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 Mims Elementary School's principal, Shari Tressler, and her husband, Barry Tressler to provide an overview on their All Pro Dad Program.

Mr. and Mrs. Tressler presented information to the Board and viewing audience regarding the All Pro Dad Program. 

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

7. Excellence in Physical Education Award


Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction introduced Rachael Winsten, Health and Physical Education Resource Teacher.

Ms. Winsten gave a brief background and explained that the purpose of this award is to identify, recognize and promote exemplary physical education programs at the K-12 levels in Brevard Public Schools. She mentioned that this is the School Board's seventh year of the Excellence in Physical Education Award and the three-year award for Manatee Elementary, which will be in effect from 2013-2016.

Chairman Dr. Murray and Dr. Binggeli congratulated Manatee Elementary School's Principal, Mr. Carl Brown and Physical Education Teacher, Tabitha Best for winning the Excellence if Physical Education Award.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. School Food & Nutrition

8. Proclaim September 16-20, 2013 as Florida School Breakfast Week
Attachment: FSBW RESOLUTION 2013 .pdf

Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming September 16th - 20th as Florida School Breakfast Week.

Dr. Binggeli indicated that we are one of five districts that provide breakfast to all children.  He stated that we are able to provide the breakfast because we are willing to do the extra work to secure the funding with the federal government.  Dr. Binggeli expressed that some of the other district do not participate due to the volume of work involved.  He explained that Mr. Kevin Thornton, Director of Food Services, does the work and makes it happen with less staff than other districts.  Dr. Binggeli thanked Mr. Thornton on behalf of the families that he serves.

Adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of September 16-20, 2013 as Florida School Breakfast Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Human Resources

9. Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) Selection Process
Attachment: Question and Answers Memo.pdf
Attachment: Pharmacy Management Services Presentation.pdf
Attachment: Cigna Contract Terms.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Cheryl Olson, Director of Purchasing & Warehouse Services and Susan Standley, Director of Benefits and Special Projects who gave a presentation on the Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) selection process, which included:

  • Introduction of Team Members
  • Brevard Public School Health Trust Fund
  • Schedule of Events for Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Analysis Summary
  • Questions and Answers

District staff were accompanied by insurance consultants from Willis, Chris Woertz, Senior Client Manager and John Pauly, Vice President and Actuary,  who provided an explanation of the comparative cost analysis and remained available to answer questions posed by the Board.

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. Debbie Sandstrom, BFT - Labor Relations
  2. Richard Smith, BFT - Labor Relations
  3. David Kearns, Palm Bay - Modification of History Text

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. Financial Services

12. Annual Financial Reports & Cost Reports for Fiscal Year 2012-13
Attachment: ESE 348.pdf
Attachment: ESE 145.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

13. Property Disposal
Attachment: Sept. 10 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: Sept. 10 Board Letters.pdf
F. Human Resources

15. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 09-10-13.pdf
16. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 09-10-13.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

17. Adult & Community Education GED Testing Fees
F. Facilities Services

18. 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
19. Replacement of Thermal Energy Storage Plant at Cocoa High School
Attachment: Cocoa TES Bid Tab Sheet.pdf
F. Project Management

20. DCR Portable LL-13 at Merritt Island High School
21. Change Order #1 for 2013 Food Service Capital Projects for Apollo ES, McAuliffe ES, Roosevelt ES, West Shore Jr/Sr HS and Westside ES
Attachment: Change Order No. 1 Apollo ES.pdf
Attachment: Change Order No. 1 McAuliffe ES.pdf
Attachment: Change Order No. 1 Roosevelt ES.pdf
Attachment: Change Order No. 1 Westshore JrSr HS.pdf
Attachment: Change Order No. 1 Westside ES.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

22. Approval of Consent Agenda


Dr. Binggeli congratulated the following:

  • Robert Farrel for his reclassification/transfer from the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10-month) at Bayside High School to the position of Assistant Principal (12-month) at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School
  • Lucius Chambers, Jr. for his reclassification from Certified School Counselor at Endeavour Elementary School to the position of Interim Assistant Principal (10-month) at Endeavour Elementary School.

Approve the consent agenda of September 10, 2013 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

14. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - ITB 14-B-019-CJ - Supplemental Disc Jockey (DJ) Services.pdf
Attachment: b - PB 14-PB-030-KC - Drug and Alcohol Testing.pdf
Attachment: d - SSA 14-001-CJ - Walsworth Publishing Company, Inc.pdf
Attachment: e - SSA 14-091-WH - FLVS - BLC.pdf
Attachment: f - SSA 14-092-WH - FLVS - VLL.pdf
Attachment: g - SSA 14-099-KC - Soliant Health.pdf
Attachment: h - SSA 14-104-WH - Digital Directions International.pdf
Attachment: c - RFP 13-P-077-CO - Pharmacy Benefits Management Services.pdf

Ms. Henderson pulled this agenda item as she thought it was important for Heather Price, Assistant Principal for the Brevard Virtual Instruction Program (BVIP) to provide the Board and viewing audience with information as to why we have the Florida Virtual School - Blended Learning Community contract, what the State law is now requiring and the costs that are going to occur.

Ms. Price explained that students used to be able to take virtual courses outside of their school day in addition to their full school day, which had no financial impact on the district.  She stated that the statute now says that every student is limited to one FTE (1.0) for all entities.  For example, a child taking seven classes at school and one virtual course outside of the regular school day, is no longer going to be at no cost to the district.  The students' classes would be provided to the State from the School Board of Brevard County and Florida Virtual School, then State will take the funding and divide it amongst the two entities, instead of in past when each received full funding.  Ms. Price stated that all classes a student takes at Florida Virtual School will now have a financial impact to the School Board of Brevard County even when the classes are taken in the evening or over the summer.

Ms. Henderson pointed out that these students are in our schools using our teachers all day and we will be loosing funding when they decided to take these additional classes on their own.  She wanted to ensure that the public understood this.

Ms. Price stated that Ms. Henderson's point was correct.  In fact, a student would generate full funding for the district if they were with us all year for 7 classes.  If that child decided to take an additional class over the summer, the State will go back and do a recalibration of funding and they will take money from the district and give a portion to Florida Virtual School.

Ms. Henderson stated that the State is requiring every student to take these online courses and we are going to be dinged for it.  Ms. Price confirmed that it is required for every student currently in the 11th grade or younger. 

Ms. Price stated that Brevard Virtual School, her school, which is a franchise for Florida Virtual School, provides a different option for families.  With this option, if a student decided to take an evening class with Brevard Virtual instead of Florida Virtual, the funding will stay in Brevard County.  She indicated that the curriculum would be the same and the instruction will be excellent.

Mr. Ziegler asked what the projected cost is going to be.  Ms. Preston answered that the recalibration was about 918 FTE (students) for an estimated total dollar value of $3.5 million, which is a conservative number as she thinks they will be reducing the categorical areas as well.

Dr. Murray asked Ms. Preston if there has been any discussion of increasing the required number of online courses for students.  Ms. Preston answered that there has been discussion and a movement to make it a requirement for one course for every year leading up to graduation.

Ms. Kneessy stated that we now have to pay for Dual Enrollment courses and Virtual classes.  With the direction that funding is heading, she asked on a strictly funding basis, if it was in their best interest to continue having 7 periods a day in high school.  She understands that we want to continue offering options for our students, but it is going to cost us and she feels that a cost analysis on the number of periods a day needs to be looked at.  Ms. Kneessy stated that if this is the way we are going to be funded, then we need to look at how we are operating our programs to maximize student opportunities without taking away funding.

Ms. Preston wanted to make it clear to the audience that the amount of $3.5 million is the amount of revenue the State is reducing from us by taking and reducing our student projections by 918.  She stated that as of now, she is unsure if the $3.5 million is correct as it is an estimate, but her fear is that it might be even greater.  Ms. Preston stated that this is affecting all the districts in Florida.  She believes that this was an effort to control the number of FTE's (students) that the State would have to fund. 

Ms. Henderson asked if we are getting a double whammy, because they reduced the FTE and stopped paying for the students to take the classes.  Ms. Preston said that was correct. 

Dr. Krupp asked Ms. Preston if the 5 of 6 would bring any savings to the district as opposed to the 6 of 7 that is at the high school now.  Ms. Preston stated that she is unsure and would have to analyze to see if it would make a lot of difference. 

Dr. Murray explained that we should exercise caution as to what it does to electives.  She stated that was one reason we chose to go to the 6 of 7 in the first place, because of all the additional increases in requirements.  Dr. Murray agrees that we should look into it but expressed that we should really exercise caution when doing so.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a break at 6:52 p.m. The Regular School Board Meeting was reconvened at 7:00 p.m.


Award the Invitation to Bid (ITB) listed below:

a - ITB #13-B-020-CJ - Supplemental Disc Jockey (DJ) Services - District Wide

Approve the Piggyback (PB) listed below:

b - PB #14-PB-030-KC - Drug & Alcohol Testing

Approve the Request for Proposal (RFP) Amendment listed below:

c - RFP #13-P-077-CO - Pharmacy Benefits Management Services - Employee Benefits

Approve the Sales and Services Agreements (SSAs)  listed below:

d - SSA #14-001-CJ - Walsworth Publishing Company, Inc - Palm Bay High School

e - SSA #14-091-WH - Florida Virtual School - Blended Learning Community - Curriculum and Instruction

f - SSA #14-092-WH - Florida Virtual School - Virtual Learning Lab - Curriculum and Instruction

g - SSA #14-099-KC - Soliant Health - Student Services

h - SSA #14-104-WH - Digital Directions International - HELP Math - Student Services

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

G. Action
H. Information
H. Human Resources

23. Non-Bargaining Salary Schedule for 2013-14
Attachment: NB Salary Schedule 13_14.pdf
24. Job Description - Human Resources Assistant
Attachment: HR Assist.pdf
H. Curriculum & Instruction

25. Application to FL DOE for Access to the Common Core for Exceptional Student Success (ACCESS) Project
Attachment: ACCESS Grant for 2013-2014.pdf
H. Exceptional Student Education

26. Approve the New Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Policies and Procedures (SP&P) Effective 2013-2016
Attachment: SP P 2013-2016 Final 8 12 2013.pdf
H. Educational Technology

27. Computer Lab Upgrades for 9 Schools
Attachment: Ruby Builders Inc Agreement.pdf
H. Facilities Services

28. Solar Arrays for Cocoa High School and Satellite High School
Attachment: FPL Contracts - Cocoa HS.pdf
Attachment: FPL Contracts - Satellite HS.pdf
29. 2013/14 - 2017/18 District Facilities Work Program
Attachment: Work Plan District Report 130830.pdf
Attachment: Program Guide 130830.pdf

I. Staff Reports
30. Staff Reports

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

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


Mr. Ziegler congratulated the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) for winning their first football game.  He stated that it was an exciting game and is great for our community.

Mr. Ziegler also wanted to mention that he is starting up the district Five Student Advisory Committee next Monday and he invites the Board or the public to come and see how it works.  He stated that it will be interesting to see what comes out of the students' great minds as to how we can improve our schools.


Ms. Kneessy stated that Thursday night is the Common Core Community discussion, located in the Board Room at ESF.  She requested that it be taped so that community members who are not able to attend can have the ability to view it.  Michelle Irwin, Director of Communications, stated that she would make the arrangements necessary to have it taped.


Dr. Murray thanked Dr. Binggeli for forwarding the address to the Michigan Legislature.  She stated that it was full of very valuable and informative information.


Dr. Murray asked Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, to come to the podium to give a brief update on the World History Book due to the comments made earlier by a public speaker which had a tremendous amount of misinformation.  Ms. Van Meter stated that a memo was sent to all Brevard County World History teachers that advised them to provide balanced information and to ensure that they look at a lot of different resources to share with students.  She stated that this information was shared with the teachers again yesterday as they attended their Professional Development Day.  Ms. Van Meter explained that the next step is to have the targeted experts participate in reviewing the textbook and to look for balance to see where they need to supplement.  She has asked the Board members to nominate two representatives from their community to participate in the focus group to share some of the concerns they have with the textbooks.  Ms. Van Meter stated that textbooks would be provided for each community member and once they had time to review them a meeting was going to be set to discuss their concerns, which would then be shared with the targeted experts.  She stated that after completing these steps they will be working on preparing supplemental materials in a format that can be used by teachers.  

Dr. Murray asked Ms. Van Meter to verify that the handout referred to by the public speaker was in no shape or form a part of any teacher materials being used in the County.  Ms. Van Meter confirmed that it is not being used in the County.

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

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli reminded the Board and viewing audience that our Food 4 Thought drive is underway for Brevard Public Schools.  He explained that doing this is our effort to try and restock the shelves of over 40 food pantries in our community.  Dr. Binggeli stated that the pantries shelves are depleted during the summer months when students are not provided breakfast and lunch at school.  He expressed his appreciation for the generosity showed by employees throughout the organization who step up and help a community in need and encourages everyone to participate once again this year.

M. Adjournment
34. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board Meeting of September 10, 2013 at 7:12 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).