09-14-2010 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, September 14, 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, September 9, 2010. 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 September 14, 2010 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Katherine Henderson, 5th Grade student of Ralph Williams Elementary, read the Invocation.

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

Minutes: Kassandra Ferrer and Jordan Sichler, 4th grade students from Ralph Williams Elementary 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:

Consent Revision
F-11.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Information Revision
H-19.   2011-2012 Charter School Applications

Information Deletion
Eau Gallie AFJROTC Cadet Orientation Flight

Approve the agenda for the School Board meeting of September 14, 2010 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Middle School Programs/K-12

6. Recognition for the Brevard Cultural Alliance Excellence in Visual Arts Award 2010-2013


Dr. Binggeli introduced Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, who said a few opening remarks about Peggy Nolan, Visual Arts/Drama K-12 Resource Teacher, and her passion of keeping arts in the schools.

Ms. Nolan mentioned that Brevard Public Schools has eight visual arts programs of excellence since the inception of the Brevard Cultural Alliance's Excellence in Visual Arts Award in 2005.

Ms. Nolan acknowledged the Cultural Alliance member Pablo Remonsellez, Community and Education Program Director, and Bonnie Finney, Chair-Elect, for all their support.

Chairman Kneessy and Dr. Binggeli congratulated the following recipients:

New Schools receiving their Excellence in Visual Arts designation:
1.  Merritt Island High School: Greg Leary, Chrystal Henry, and Jennifer Betz, Art Teachers; Gary Shiffrin, Principal
2.  Stevenson School of the Arts: Kelly Rodak, Art Teacher;; Michael Corneau, Principal

Schools Renewing their Excellence in Visual Arts designation:
1.   Atlantis Elementary: Christie Berrier, Art Teacher; Sherry Tomlinson, Principal
2.   Longleaf Elementary: Bridget Geiger, Art Teacher; Marilyn Sylvester, Principal
3.   West Shore Jr./Sr. High School: Jim Finch and Annamarie Zink, Art Teachers; Rick Fleming, Principal

Each school received a plaque and a banner to hang in their schools. The art teacher received a monetary award for their art program.


B. Secondary Programs

7. Excellence in Physical Education Award


Ms. Van Meter introduced Valerie Harville, Physical Education, Health, and Driver's Education Resource Teacher.

Ms. Harville gave a brief background  and explained 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 our fourth year of the Excellence in Physical; Education Award and the three-year award will be in effect from 2010-2013.

Chairman Kneessy and Dr. Binggeli congratulated the 2010 Excellence if Physical Education Award Winners:

1.    Croton Elementary: Leslie Walters, Physical Education Teacher; Lisa Larkin, Principal and Lyn Rinehart, Retired-Principal

2.   Golfview Elementary: Mike Fitzpatrick, Physical Education Teacher; Jackie Feagin, Principal

The recipient schools received an EPEA school banner, monetary stipend and a plaque. In addition, the teacher received a polo shirt, pad folio, and business cards designating the school's achievements.   


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Secondary Programs

8. Proclaim September 2010 as Proud To Be An American Month
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ Proud to be Amercan Month ~ Resolution 091410.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming September 2010 as Proud To Be An American Month.


Adopt a resolution proclaiming the month of September as Proud To Be An American Month.

Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
9. Public Discussion


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

  1. Jude Sutherland, Merritt Island - Edgewood Baseball
  2. Joseph Murray, Merritt Island -  Edgewood Baseball
  3. Martha Franco, Cocoa - Community School Issues
  4. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Ed Jobs Bill

Chairman Kneessy mentioned that the concerns about Edgewood Baseball would be addressed during the Consent agenda. She thanked Ms. Franco for supporting her homework policy.

F. Consent
F. Human Resources

10. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 09-14-10.pdf
11. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 09-14-10.pdf
Attachment: 2010 September 14 ESOL.pdf
F. Elementary Programs

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

13. 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
F. Project Management

14. Amendment #2 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Eau Gallie High School
Attachment: Eau Gallie HS Amendment No 2.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

15. Approval of Consent Agenda

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

Motion Minutes: Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate Lisa Kratz for her newly appointed position as Dean/Assistant Principal at Merritt Island High School.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

16. Final Recommendation on Edgewood Baseball
Attachment: Memo- Edgewood Baseball Recommendation.pdf
Attachment: EB -Board Assigned Task.pdf
Attachment: Memorandum - Dr Binggeli on exposure to hire or keep employees.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled this agenda item for discussion regarding the Edgewood Baseball issue. He requested additional information from the district and stated that this could be an opportunity to define how sports would exist if financially the school district can no longer support it.

Dr. Binggeli requested that Mark Langdorf, Director of Risk Management, address the Title IX concern and the allowable disparity of what is fair and equitable between the two genders.

Mr. Langdorf addressed the differences percent-wise  between males and female as it relates to Title IX.

Mr. Bistline made some additional comments in regard to the Title IX laws and gave some background  history on a Title IX lawsuit that the district lost in Titusville and its cost to the district. Dr. Binggeli stated that there is no Title IX protection for the boys.

Dr. Murray stated her concerns about the treatment of the parents of Edgewood and they have met the demands of what the district requested of them. We need to develop a model where we can go to the community for support of athletics.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board and Dr. Binggeli in regard to the feasibility of a parent funded sports in our district and the potential costs related to it if the funding stops. Ms. Kneessy suggested having a workshop to further discuss the options.

H. Curriculum & Instruction

17. Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2010-2011
H. School Choice

18. 2010-2011 Strategic Plan
Attachment: 2010-11 Strategic Plan - September 14, 2010 Board Meeting.pdf
19. 2011-12 Charter School Applications
Attachment: Charter Application Summary - Mavericks.pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesign - Mavericks.pdf
Attachment: II. Organizational Plan - Mavericks.pdf
Attachment: III. Business Plan - Facilities Secured - Mavericks.pdf
H. Adult/Community Education

20. Consultant Agreement between TGA of the Space Coast and Adult/Community Education-21st Century Community Learning Center Zoo Explorers Grant
Attachment: TGA Consultant Agreement.pdf
21. Consultant Agreement between Pro-Health and Fitness of Viera and Adult/Community Education-21st Century Community Learning Center Zoo Explorers Grant
Attachment: Pro-Health and Fitness of Viera.pdf
H. Project Management

22. 2010/11 - 2014/15 District Facilities Work Program
Attachment: Program Guide.pdf
Attachment: 2010-11 - 2014-15 Work Program.pdf
23. Amendment #3 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Satellite High School
Attachment: Amendment No 3.pdf

I. Staff Reports
24. Staff Report(s)

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
25. Additional Public Presentation(s)

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
26. Board Member Reports


Chairman Kneessy addressed the Board regarding the appointed committee and requested that if the they attend one of these meeting to give a brief report at the next meeting.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she attended the FSBA Board of Directors meeting on September 10, 2010. She updated the Board on the impending lawsuits as it relates to class size amendments and the course of action that will be taken. She also noted that school districts around the U.S. are losing schools days. Hawaii has lost 16 schools day. Ms. Kneessy stated that the reason that FSBA brought this information to the Board of Directors is because in the State of Florida it costs 125 million dollars per day to run all the schools. As Florida Legislature goes into session they know that every day that is cut from the school calendar is 125 million they do not have to supply.

Ms. Kneessy mentioned that the FSBA Conference is November 30 to December 3, 2010 and to work with Jackie to register for the conference and that Dr. Brown will be a presenter.

Ms. Kneessy noted that Pearson has paid 20 million dollars in fines for the FCAT issues. 

Ms. Kneessy noted that the National School Board Association (NSBA) just issued a report that they are 17.2 million dollars in the red for unfunded pension liability and the state directors are looking into whether the members are going to be liable.

Mr. Ziegler noted that the Brevard Cultural Alliance has acquired their own property and they are creating their own village which will be a place where artists can get together.

Mr. Ziegler updated the Board on the League of Cities and the issues that are being discussed are the Charter Review Commission and the Hometown Rule. He went onto explain that Hometown Rule is when the County adopts something the cities can decide whether or not they wish to comply.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he is impressed with speakers that come to the Board with solutions rather than demands and referenced the Media Specialists.

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the Central Florida School Boards Coalition meeting in which they discussed Amendment 8 on Class-Size. She mentioned that there was at least one county that would not meet class size and would have to endure the penalty. Ms. Henderson mentioned the Coalition is preparing for the Legislative agenda for the upcoming year and noted that she would be sending something to the Board for their feedback.

Ms. Kneessy questioned whether the Coalition spoke about the results of the FCAT and School Grades. She mentioned that there was a movement to invalidate all the scores across the state and put a hold on next year. Ms. Kneessy questioned whether Dr. Binggeli had heard anything. He stated that he continues to hear rumblings and would be in Tampa for the following three evenings at a FADSS conference and will get more information on the direction of the other counties and state.

L. Superintendent's Report
27. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli mentioned the school district is currently running our Food for Thought drive. Last year, the district provided food for 45 food pantries and we are encouraging anyone that wishes to participate to drop off their donations at any of the district or school facilities.

Dr. Binggeli noted that he met with a group of students from 8 high schools for the Jefferson Awards and noted that our students provide 1.7 million hours in community service to our local hospitals, nursing homes, elementary schools, and other various places.

Although he did not mention this at an earlier Board meeting, Dr. Binggeli noticed that during the high school commencements he attended, the loudest cheers were reserved for the students who's hill was higher then anybody else's. Dr. Binggeli said to the group of students, it was his personal opinion, that we are in a really bad economic time because our public and private sector leaders failed us. He mentioned that although Brevard did very well, it was not because our leaders could not calculate Mathematics, on the contrary,  they could calculate to the nth degree, in ways that was always personally good for them . It wasn't because they could not use the English language powerfully, again on the contrary, they could turn phrases and make you believe things that couldn't be true. What they lack is character and ethics and the understanding that at some point I have to serve something greater than myself. He said that he is very proud of the fact that the district commits to that and makes that part of the experience that we have for our young people in our district K-12.

The Board applauded the Superintendent for his words of wisdom.

M. Adjournment
28. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of September 14, 2010 adjourned at 7:16 p.m.