09-11-2012 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, September 11, 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, September 6, 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 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

Member Absent: Andy Ziegler

Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, began the School Board meeting with a commemoration of the 11th Anniversary of 911.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray requested a moment of silence to commemorate the 11th Anniversary of 911 as well as honor the life of William Powell, former School Board Member (1994-2002), who recently passed away.

Chairman Dr. Murray welcomed Cyndi Van Meter who is the Acting Superintendent in the place of Dr. Binggeli during this meeting.  She explained that Dr. Binggeli and School Board member Andy Ziegler joined a team from West Melbourne School of Science in Washington DC.

Ms. Van Meter went on to explain that West Melbourne School of Science is one of six finalist being recognized for their excellence in science from the Intel Corporation 2012 Schools of Distinction Awards.

A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Brianne McInerney, 6th Grade student from Challenger 7 Elementary read the Invocation.

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

Minutes: Brianne McInerney, 6th Grade student from Challenger 7 Elementary led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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


Ms. Van Meter read the following changes into the agenda:

Resolution Addition
C-10.   Florida Adult and Literancy Month - September 2012

Resolution Revisioin
C-9.    Proclamation on Florida School Breakfast Week

Consent Addition
F-12.  Student Expulsions

Consent Revisions
F-16.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Action Revision
G-25    School Board Policy Revision #6320, Purchasing and #6610, Internal Accounts 

Approve the agenda for the School Board meeting of September 11, 2012 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. District Communications

6. Spotlight on Education


Chairman Dr. Murray recognized UCF Professor Shloe Kerness and her students from her Social Studies Elementary class.

Ms. Terry Lee, Principal of Enterprise Elementary; Jean Bartleson, Assistant Principal of Enterprise Elementary; and teacher leaders, Catherine Bortman and Theresa Langley gave an informational presentation in regard to the Enterprise/USF  School and Community Partnership.

Ms. Lee explained that the partnership is a consortium of school, university, professional association and community partners committed to the improvement of student learning outcomes through ongoing collaboration.


B. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

7. National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work


Ms. Van Meter introduced Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources.

Ms. Pace mentioned the number of National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work currently stands at twenty.

Ms. Pace noted, to achieve model status, schools must demonstrate commitment to concepts of learning professional communities, implement those concepts no less than three years, present clear and convincing evidence of improved student learning, and explain the practices, structures, and culture through an application process.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray, Ms. Van Meter and Ms. Pace presented Cynthia Harris, Principal of Jupiter Elementary and her hard working staff with a framed certificated and a uniquely designed banner for reaching this milestone.

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

8. Excellence in Physical Education Award


Ms. Van Meter introduced Barbara Rodrigues, Director of Middle Schools Programs, who said a few words regarding Rachael Winsten, Health and Physical Education Resource Teacher.

Ms. Winsten gave a brief background on the Physical Education Award and announced that this is the sixth year winner of the Excellence in Physical Education Award, which will be in effect from 2012-2015.  She noted that the recipient school received an EPEA school banner, monetary stipend,and a plaque.  In addition, the teacher received a polo shirt, padfolio, and business cards designating the school's achievement.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray and Ms. Van Meter Congratulated the 2012 Excellence in Physical Education Award winner, Randy Minnihan (retiree) and DeWayne Barbee, Physical Education Teachers, Apollo Elementary School; and Dr. Pamela O'Kell, Principal of Apollo Elementary School.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. School Food & Nutrition

9. Proclaim September 17 - 21, 2012 as Florida School Breakfast Week
Attachment: FSBW RESOLUTION 2012 .pdf
Minutes: Ms. Irwin read the resolution proclaiming September 17-21, 2012 as Florida Breakfast Week.

Adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of September 17 - 21, 2012 as Florida Breakfast Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

C. Adult/Community Education

10. Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month-September 2012
Attachment: Florida Adult And Family Literacy Month.pdf

Ms. Irwin stated that this proclamation is dear to her heart as a former Adult Education Director. She introduced Jeff Arnott, Director of Adult and Community Education, who came to Brevard in July 2012 from Monroe County.

Ms. Irwin read the resolution proclaiming September 2012 as Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month.

Adopt the month of September as Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Elementary Programs

11. Historic Commission of Brevard County Donation


Ms. Van Meter introduced Gina Clark, Resource Teacher for Media and Library Services.

Ms. Clark took this opportunity to thank Brevard County Historical Commission for donating a three-volume book set which encompassed nearly five centuries of Brevard's history to all our secondary school library collections.  She welcomed Joe Morgan, Chairman of the Historical Commission, who said a few words regarding the donation.

Mr. Morgan presented a set to Chairman Dr. Murray, who accepted the donation on behalf of the School Board.

E. Public Discussion
12. Public Discussion


Chairman Dr. Murray stated there were sixteen speakers. The Board unanimously decided to hear all speakers instead of splitting them up.

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. John Pilley, Viera - Sibling Preference
  2. Olga Emguslov, Merritt Island - Sibling Preference
  3. Victoria Crane, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  4. Matthew Trine, Cocoa - Sibling Preference
  5. Beth Courtney, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  6. Clifford Repperger, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  7. Kinley Nagle, Cocoa - Sibling Preference
  8. Pam Underwood, Rockledge - Sibling Preference
  9. Tracy Conner, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  10. Jennifer Romanoff, Merritt Island - Sibling Preference
  11. Mike Vinje, Merritt Island - Sibling Preference
  12. Katie Corbett, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  13. Keri Maldonado, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  14. Ana Harris, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  15. Brian Schwind, Palm Bay - Sibling Preference
  16. Tess Schwind, Palm Bay - Sibling Preference

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

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

13. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 9.11.12 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

14. Property Disposal
Attachment: Sept. 11 Board List1.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 09-11-12.pdf
Attachment: 2012 September ESOL Handout.pdf
17. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 09-11-12.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

18. Race to the Top-District
F. Student Services

19. School Health Services Plan 2012-2014
Attachment: Brevard County 2012-14_SH_Services_Plan.pdf
F. Students at Risk

20. RFP: Early Learning Coalition of Brevard County, Inc: Quality Services For Teen-Age Parent Program
F. Facilities Services

21. Superintendent's Designee for Facilities Approvals up to $25,000
F. Project Management

22. 2012/13 - 2016/17 District Facilities Work Program
Attachment: Program Guide.pdf
Attachment: Work Plan District Report.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

23. 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
F. Approval of Consent

24. Approval of Consenst Agenda

Approve the Consent Agenda of September 11, 2012 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

15. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: SSA 13-068-WH Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 13-B-004-CJ Agenda Item & Tab.pdf

Dr. Krupp pulled this agenda item to express his concern with Cengage Learning and the SAM 2010 Assessment and Testing three year site license from 2012-2015. He noted that it speaks of Windows 7 and he is concerned whether the price of $41,000 include upgrades for the next two or three years.

Gino Butto, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Technologies, stated that although he cannot speak to the product, he can speak to Windows 7 which is not embedded into the cost of this product.  He stated updating our operating system is a part of our general upkeep.

Janice Sholtz, Director of Career & Technical Education, responded in the affirmative. She stated that the Operating System will be included to upgrade as much as we need in the three years of the agreement.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a video break at 7:07 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 7:22 p.m.


a)  SSA # 13-068-WH - Cengage Education, SAM 2010 Assessment & Training Site License for Ten High Schools

b)  ITB 13-B-004-CJ - Dry Marker Boards for Warehouse Stock

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

G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

25. School Board Policy Revision - #6320, Purchasing and #6610, Internal Accounts
Attachment: Proposed Policy Change Form 6610 - Internal Accounts.pdf
Attachment: Proposed Policy Change Form 6320 - Internal Accounts 8.31.12.pdf


Authorize the superintendent to advertise for a public hearing to adopt/approve the revisions to Board Policies 6320, Purchasing and 6610, Internal Accounts.

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

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp asked why the current ceiling for purchases is being raised to $25,000 for the superintendent to make in case of an emergency.

Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, stated what is being requested is for the superintendent to delegate his authority to Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, to do it for him. The limit of $25,000 remained the same.


Before moving forward, Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the viewing audience for watching our Half-Cent Sales Tax video as to receive a better understanding as to why we are in such need of community support in November on the Half-Cent Sales Tax Referendum.

G. Labor Relations

26. Board Policy 3120 and 4120 Revisions
Attachment: 4120R.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Form 4120.pdf
Attachment: 3120R.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Form 3120.pdf


Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing and approve the revisions to School Board Policy 3120 and 4120.

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

G. Student Services

27. Revision of School Board Policy 8330 - Student Records
Attachment: 8330 Student Records modified with track changes Thedy.pdf
Attachment: 8330 Student Records change sheet.pdf
Minutes: Chairman Dr. Murray declared the public hearing open.  No speakers chose to address the Board and the public hearing was closed.


Hold public hearing and approve the revisions of School Board Policy 8330 - Student Records.

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

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp brought up a concern that parents are not always notified that they have an option to opt out of directory information.

Ms. Kneessy shared her experiences at Cocoa Beach, Satellite High School, McNair Middle School, and Ocean Breeze.  She stated that the information to opt out has been very clear at registration.

Ms. Henderson questioned whether parents are notified if the school is giving the student directory information to an organization.

Dr. Beth Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, stated that the directory information notification is available in the student handbook and there are no other notification given to the parents.

H. Information
H. Certification & Instructional Professional Development

28. Master Inservice Plan 2012-13
Attachment: MIP - Alpha Index 08-24-12.pdf
Attachment: Chapter 1 of MIP Aug 2012.pdf
H. Curriculum & Instruction

29. 2012-2013 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools
H. School Choice

30. Sibling Preference at Brevard County Choice Schools and Choice Programs


Ms. Henderson pulled this agenda item to update the Board on information she has requested from the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition as it pertains to sibling preference and transportation.  She said that she will be putting together a report to see what other counties are doing.

Dr. Murray stated that she was going to show her hand this evening because she is not sure that we have that much of a problem.  She stated that she feels it is grossly unfair to change course in the middle of a game (sort of speak).  Dr. Murray stated that she will not be supporting changing or doing away with sibling preference.  She stated that she is open to discussion on the possibility of phasing (perhaps) but that is questionable too.  Dr. Murray noted that she is not convinced that it is that great of a problem. In her opinion, our efforts should be focused on the sales tax referendum.  Dr. Murray stated that Ms Kneessy was correct about bringing the topic of corridor bussing up but the Board cannot begin serious discussions until we know what happens on election day.

Ms. Henderson reminded the Board that we took away sibling preference at our current schools when we redistricted and gave examples.  She is not prepared to say whether she is for it or against it but there has to be consistency.

Dr. Murray stated that when we redistricted, we made those changes because there was enrollment issues.  She feels that it is a very different issue than the one that we are facing now.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she continues to support sibling preference because study after study shows that family makes a difference in a child's education.  She cautioned the audience about their perception of neighborhood schools.  Ms. Kneessy stated the reason that the choice schools are out performing the neighborhood schools is because all the students are on grade level or above and when you have a homogeneous group of like individuals they are going to perform higher. She mentioned that she does not like to hear that our neighborhood schools are lessor, they are not.  Ms. Kneessy requested that the parents not throw the neighborhood schools under the bus for their passion for the choice schools.

Dr. Krupp stated to the viewing audience that the sales surtax will not come anywhere near generating what the district has lost in terms of the 75 million in capital. He noted that our capital outlay is in dire straights which means by 2015-16 the district will be bankrupt.  Dr. Krupp stated that corridor bussing is definitely a key player in this whole scenario. He noted that surrounding districts do not provide corridor bussing and it costs this district a little over a million dollars, which we do not have.  Dr. Krupp went on explain how choice schools came about and now having to upkeep a culture that we created. He stated we will need to take a hard look at corridor bussing.

Dr. Krupp stated the following concerns as it relates to schools of choice, sibling preference; how the lottery system is operating and what criteria do we have for those children. He stated that if sibling preference were to go away that he would suggest a grandfather clause for at least ten years to make sure that the students in the pipeline would get what we had promised.

31. Recommend the Approval of CEDAR Academy Charter Contract
Attachment: CEDAR District Final.pdf
32. Recommend the Approval of the Odyssey Charter Preparatory Academy Charter Application
Attachment: 2013-2014 Charter Application Summary Odyssey Charter Preparatory Academy FINAL.pdf
Attachment: 2013-2014 Odyssey High Performing Charter Application - Academic Design FINAL.pdf
Attachment: 2013-14 Odyssey High Performing Charter Application - Organizational Plan FINAL.pdf
H. Students at Risk

33. Lease Agreement with Melbourne Auditorium
Attachment: City of Melbourne Leisure Services.pdf
Attachment: Melbourne Auditorium Lease Agreement.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

34. Eau Gallie High School Trip to New York City
Attachment: Eau Gallie High Drama Dept to New York Feb 2013.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

35. Clint Hurdle Field - Merritt Island High School
Attachment: 4011X-SRI1_4011P-IR3235-B1-116_3458_001.pdf
Attachment: Merritt Island High School Naming Committee.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item, which is the naming of a baseball field.  She requested Mr. Bistline look at the committee representation  because a committee that makes recommendation needs to follow the sunshine laws.  Ms. Kneessy pointed out that six of the twelve committee members has a family relationship.  She explained the importance behind Policy 7250 and what the district went through in  naming Heritage High School.  Ms. Kneessy requested that this item be put on hold till Dr. Bobay, North Area Superintendent, and Mr. Bistline can look into the committee representation.

Dr. Krupp asked whether Mr. Bistline would have that information before the following meeting.  Mr. Bistline answered in the affirmative.

Ms. Kneessy understands that it is very difficult to get people to serve on committees.  She stated that we need our principals to understand that their committees need to operate in the sunshine in terms of notification of the meetings, that the members on the committee are not talking privately about the matter, and all those things.  Ms. Kneessy suggested at a future principal meeting a reminder be given that committees need to operate in the sunshine.

36. Best Instructional Practices for Block Scheduling

I. Staff Reports
37. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

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


Dr. Krupp had no report.

Ms. Henderson noted the she attended the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition meeting in which they voted on and passed a resolution for Amendment 8.  She stated that it also passed the Florida School Boards Association. Ms. Henderson stated that the Coalition asked each of the participating School Boards to vote on this as a Board.

Dr. Murray requested an explanation regarding what is going on with Amendment 8, for the viewing audience.

Ms. Kneessy explained Amendment 8, is also called the Religious Freedom Amendment. She made a side note that the name of the amendment implies that if you vote yes for it, we will get religious freedom. We already have religious freedom under the Federal Constitution.  Ms. Kneessy stated if we amend our state constitution with this amendment, that means your state tax dollars can go to any private or religiously funded institutions.  These institutions have less oversight and less rules to follow, and you cannot pick which institutions that you like and which ones you do not.

Ms. Henderson stated that this is another way to erode funding for education.

Dr. Murray provided some current information on research on the voucher system which will be coming out shortly.  She stated what was interesting and not fully understood is that the parents who take out vouchers for their special needs students, get the tax money in the form of a voucher (McKay Scholarship in Florida) take it to a private school and as soon as they do that, they lose all their rights under IDEA which requires public schools to provide services for special need students.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray asked if the Board wished to move forward on voting for the resolution. The Board was in full agreement and consensus was given.  Dr. Krupp requested that this resolution be read into the record before voting.

Ms. Henderson had no report.

Dr. Murray had no report.

42. Resolution: Amendment 8 Religious Freedom/ Repeal of the "NO AID" Provision
Attachment: Amendment 8 Revised DRAFT 9-10-2012.pdf

Mr. Bistline read Amendment 8 -Religious Freedom /Repeal of the "No Aid" Provision into the record.

Approve Amendment 8 Religious Freedom/ Repeal of the "NO AID" Provision Resolution.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Murray amended the name of the school district to meet that which is the statutory name.  She noted instead of Brevard County Public Schools, as read into the record by Attorney Bistline, be changed to School Board of Brevard County.

L. Superintendent's Report
40. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: There was no Superintendent's report.

M. Adjournment
41. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board meeting of September 11, 2012 at 7:58 p.m.