09-20-2017 Legislative Luncheon Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met with members of the Brevard Legislative Delegation during a luncheon to discuss matters of importance regarding education on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today newspaper on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises


Chairperson Belford began the meeting at 11:14 a.m.  She welcomed the delegates, and thanked them for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with the Board. She explained that they would first like to hear thoughts from the legislators and find out their priorities for education.


Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present:  Misty Belford, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler

Mr. Craig was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

Legislative delegates present  included: Representative Tom Goodson, Senator Thad Altman, Representative Rene Plasencia, Representative Randy Fine, and Senator Dorothy Hukill.  Senator Debbie Mayfield was unable to attend. 

Pledge of Allegiance
Order of Business
3. Order of Business


Each legislator expounded on issues important to them.  They cautioned that Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida may make finding funding more difficult. Delegates also encouraged the Board and staff to engage with the legislature all year long. Following their comments, delegates and board members enjoyed a lunch prepared  by the Melbourne Arts Culinary Arts students under the direction of Chef Michael Ferguson at 11:40 a.m.

Beginning at 12:00 p.m., discussions resumed.  The Board listed top priorities as money for busing and vocational programs. The District received $10.2 million from the state to bus students, and the cost is $18.3 million which forces the board to take money from other areas.  The Board insisted the current formula utilizes a funding formula that puts districts such as Brevard without enough money to bus every student. 

The District also discussed pursuing $900,000 as a one-time cost to get program "Launch Academies" up and running. Other funding requests were to maintain the current local millage and rate as well as look at the district cost differential which shifts money to more affluent districts and puts Brevard at a disadvantage.

Prior to the closing of the meeting, Chef Ferguson and his students were welcomed and thanked for the beautiful meal.  Chef Ferguson provided some comments.


Closing Remarks
4. Closing Remarks


Chairperson Belford expressed her appreciation to the delegates once again.

5. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12:40 p.m.