09-22-2015 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 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 10, 2015. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Kneessy asked for a moment of silence for Hayley Johnson, a 9th grade student at Astronaut High.  She expressed her sympathy to Hayley's family and friends during this difficult time.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Misty Belford, John Craig, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson and Andy Ziegler.

A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of Agenda


Motions:
Approve the September 22, 2015 Special School Board meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
5. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: 

Dr. Blackburn welcomed and introduced newly appointed administrative staff who included:

  • Suzanne D. Barry - Transfer from the position of AP at Jupiter Elementary to the position of AP at Quest Elementary.
  • John E. Rusch - Reclassification/Transfer from the position of Guidance Service Professional at Cocoa High to the position of AP at Eau Gallie High.
  • William J. Dennis - Reclassification/Transfer from the position of Guidance Service Professional to the position of AP at Merritt Island High.

Each staff member was given the time to address the audience and introduce family, friends and colleagues who were in attendance. Dr. Blackburn congratulated each of them.



Motions:

Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

The transfer of Suzanne D. Barry from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Jupiter Elementary to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Quest Elementary, on annual contract, effective September 8, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of John E. Rusch from the position of Guidance Service Professional at Cocoa High School to the position of Assistant Principal (SH 10 month) at Eau Gallie High School, on annual contract, effective September 23, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

The reclassification/transfer of William J. Dennis from the position of Guidance Service Professional at Titusville High School to the position of Assistant Principal (SH 10 month) at Merritt Island High School, on annual contract, effective September 23, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


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

6. Florida Arts Model Schools (FAMS) Awards

Minutes: 

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, introduced Bridget Geiger, Visual Arts & Theatre Resource Teacher and Cindy Johnson, Music Resource Teacher who presented awards to the Florida Arts Model Schools who are among the first to receive this new designation.  BPS had fifteen schools who received the award and six of the fifteen schools designated state-wide are from Brevard.  Awards were presented to:

FAMS Designation for Visual Arts:

  • Longleaf Elementary: Principal Marilyn Sylvester; Art Teacher Lucy Hertz

FAMS Designation for Music

  • Andersen Elementary: Principal Denise Johnson; Music Teacher June Hartley
  • Apollo Elementary: Principal Frank O’Leary; Music Teacher Logan Thomas
  • Satellite High School: Principal Mark Elliott; Music Teachers Tim Liscum, Carey Moorman, Patrick Phillips, and Christopher Simons
  • Titusville High School: Principal Gary Preisser; Music Teachers Minnie Orr, Ian Schwindt, Marcey Sperr, and Jennifer Zahn

Dr. Blackburn and the Board expressed their congratulations to the group.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. School Food & Nutrition

7. Proclaim October 12 - 16, 2015 as National School Lunch Week
Attachment: NSLW RESOLUTION 2015.pdf

Motions:
Adopt the attached Resolution proclaiming the week of October 12 - 16, 2015 as National School Lunch Week.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Nay

C. Transportation

8. Resolution - National School Bus Safety Week
Attachment: Resolution.pdf

Motions:
Adopt the attached Resolution proclaiming the week of October 19-23, 2015 as National School Bus Safety Week.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Student Services

9. Disability History and Awareness Instruction Weeks
Attachment: 2015 Disability History and Awareness Instruction Weeks.pdf

Motions:
Adopt the Resolution declaring October 1 - 15, 2015 as Disability History and Awareness Instruction weeks. - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
10. Public Comment

Minutes: 

Chairman Kneessy reminded the speakers that the maximum allotted time for each speaker is three minutes. Clarification of information presented and answers to questions specific to district business and educational matters will be posted on the School Board's website under the section called "4 The Record." Speakers in order of appearance were:

  1. Richard Smith, BFT - Best & Brightest
  2. Darcey Addo - Test Prep 
  3. Karen Clark - Progression Plan 
  4. Paulette Combs - Premiere Innovations 
  5. Shagufla Wilson - Premiere Innovations 
  6. Don Bogard - Premiere Innovations 
  7. Avery Plavin-Vadella - Premiere Innovations
  8. Teresa Jones - Premiere Innovations 
  9. Sarah Figueroa - Premiere Innovations 
  10. Samuel Lopez - Premiere Innovations
  11. Dan Bennett - Class Size/Good News
  12. Jose Riviera-Villamanan - FL/Hispanic Chamber Concerns

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

11. Approval of Minutes
Attachment: 2015-0903 Board Workshop Draft.pdf
Attachment: 2015-0903 Final Public Hearing Draft.pdf
Attachment: 2015-0903 Spec. SB Meeting Draft.pdf
Attachment: 2015-0908 Informal Meeting Campus Charter.pdf
Attachment: 2015-0908 Regular SB Meeting Draft Minutes.pdf
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

12. Approval of Richard Miller to Brevard Schools Foundation Board of Directors
Attachment: Miller_Background_Data.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

13. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 09-22-15.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters 09-22-15.pdf
F. Human Resources

15. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 09-22-15.pdf
16. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 09-22-15.pdf
Attachment: ESOL Out of Field 09-22-15.pdf
F. Career & Technical Education

18. 2015-2016 Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV) Grant Award
Attachment: 2015-2016 Perkins Grant Award Document.pdf
F. Students at Risk

19. Title X, Part C Education for Homeless Children and Youth Competitive Grant
F. North Area Superintendent

20. Merritt Island High Cheer Squad trip to Columbia, SC
F. Educational Technology

21. Digital Classroom Plan
Attachment: 2015-2016 DCP Complete.pdf
F. Facilities Services

22. Consolidated Mitigation and Concurrency Agreement with The Viera Company
Attachment: Viera DRI Agreement.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

23. Approval of Consent


Motions:
Approve the September 22, 2015 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Andrew Ziegler
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- 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 16-B-016-OC - Disc Jockey (DJ) Services.pdf
Attachment: b - PB 16-PB-08-WH - Voluntary Suplimental Health Insurance Provider.pdf
Attachment: c - SSA 16-158-OC- Herff Jones - Melbourne High.pdf
Attachment: d - SSA 16-187-WH - McGraw Hill ESE.pdf
Attachment: e - SSA 16-198-CW - Phillip Schweigert.pdf
Attachment: f - RFP 15-P-086-EP - State Legislative Services.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Craig pulled this item for discussion on letter F. State Legislative Services.  He stated that Dr. Blackburn was going to be sharing information regarding the Mixon & Associates contract and he wanted to make sure that all Board Members were on the same page. Dr. Blackburn explained the changes to the contract and presented the highlights as we move forward.  He identified date certain events that will occur as part of the contract, which includes a Legislative Affairs Workshop on September 28th where the Board will discuss their priorities and then Mixon & Associates will draft a plan for the Board to review, then there will be a follow-up Legislative Affairs Workshop on October 26th to approve the plan.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he understands what Dr. Blackburn wants to do but he personally thinks that we need to expedite the conversation for a Government Affairs individual for a couple of reasons.  He explained that during the Legislative Delegation meeting that morning, it was brought up that we did not have a specific point of contact to communicate with them on behalf of Brevard Public Schools to inform them of items they should be made aware of as they enter committee meetings.  He feels that while it is prudent to take the time to develop that strategy, we are missing a golden opportunity and that is establishing relationships at the State level. Building these relationships would be more successful if we do it when our leadership is strong in Tallahassee.  He explained that when the speaker of the House says to speak with a person the other representatives say yes sir.  If we wait another year it is going to a lot harder to establish, so if this is something that we are going to do, then he thinks the conversation should be expedited.

Misty Belford seconded Mr. Ziegler's sentiment only because of where we are on timeline with changing of the guard and she had some opportunities to have one-on-one conversations earlier after the Delegation Meeting that reaffirmed that message that now is really the time to seize the day.  She feels that it is important going forward that we have someone that has made those connections.  Ms. Belford mentioned that she felt that it was important that each Board Member reach out to our delegation and have some conversation with them on this because we have to be careful not to rush things to the point that we get someone in there that is not going to be effective for us because that could be equally detrimental. 

Karen Henderson agreed with Ms. Belford's second part and her concern is rushing it too fast and not being able to have a firm look as to what we want to do and who we want in that position. 

John Craig agreed with all of the Board Members and he reiterated Mr. Ziegler's comments of timing and stated that he took Dr. Blackburn's message as this is a two-pronged approach and we were continuing what we have and at the same time actively developing a job description and figuring out what exactly we are looking for.  He commented that he believed that all Board members were saying the same thing but it is the timeline that needs to be looked at ... is it tomorrow, or next month?  Mr. Craig stated that we could quickly put together a job description for a Government Liaison and at least start down that road to get input to see what exactly we are looking for.  This would allow for us to get something in paper so we are ready to implement.  Mr. Craig also mentioned that Dr. Blackburn and staff should determine the extent needed for the position (full-time, part-time, etc.), what the turn of return we are looking for and how to massage the job description to get the best bang for the buck.

Amy Kneessy mentioned a comment that was made during the Delegation Meeting earlier that day which was looking at where we want to be and working backwards.  She asked Mr. Ziegler when he would like to see this person there so they can work backwards.   Mr. Ziegler stated that he felt this person should be engaged in the upcoming session so they can start up there establishing relationship and the Board could assist with that endeavor.  Mr. Ziegler identified the month of January for a good time to implement this change.  Mr. Ziegler suggested that we include this topic as a point of discussion at the Legislative Affairs Workshops.

Dr. Blackburn reiterated Mr. Ziegler's point of discussing it at the upcoming workshop.



Motions:
Award the Invitation to Bid (ITB) listed below: ITB #16-B-016-OC - Disc Jockey (DJ) Services - Purchasing & Warehouse Services Approve the Piggyback (PB) listed below:

b - PB #16-PB-018-WH - Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Providers

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

c - SSA #16-158-OC - Herff Jones - Melbourne High School - South Area

d - SSA #16-187-WH - McGraw Hill - ESE - Student Services

e - SSA #16-198-CW - Phillip Schweigert - Curriculum & Instruction

Approve the Request for Proposal (RFP) listed below:

f - RFP #15-P-086-EP - State Legislative Services - Financial Services

 

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: John Craig
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. School Choice

17. 2015-2016 Charter Application Recommendation for Denial or Approval
Attachment: PremierCharterAppEvaluationFINAL.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary for Premier 2015-2016.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler pulled this item and first wanted to make sure the community was aware that BPS is very rich in Career and Technology Education programs and he believes that some of the thoughts out there are vocation and there is definitely a market out there for them.  He stated that Board Members and the Superintendent actively speak to new businesses coming into the area looking for partners to establish some of the programs.  He reiterated that this a need and he applauds any organization who is willing to fill that void; however, this situation boils down to an application that we are very criticized on by the DOE and Auditor General.  Mr. Ziegler stated that what concerns him the most and the main reason for pulling this item was a point that was made and if it is true that a particular portion of the application is identical to the previous year, and it was rated differently, then he would wonder whether a standard has changed or whether the evaluation was judged differently.  He asked that Stephanie Archer, Director of School Choice, inform them if there is any validity to that statement as he knows that our teams work very hard to approve applications.

Ms. Archer reviewed the process for approving applications and the reasoning behind this decision with the Board and confirmed that the statement was not valid.

Amy Kneessy asked Ms. Archer to give clarification on the statement that a document that we are using is illegal.  Ms. Archer explained that there is a DOE form that we are required to use and do use.  The statement that was made was towards a rubric that we generated to use as a tool to paint a picture to evaluate what meets or what doesn't meet standards.  The rubric was designed to provide an overview to be fair and it was not the make or break of the application.  The decision was based on the DOE required form and our rubrics was just a tool to aide us in making a more visible decision.  Ms. Archer confirmed that the DOE form is the only thing that gets submitted to the State and there is nothing that states that we can't create internal documents to help make informative decisions.

John Craig thanked Ms. Archer and stated that vocational education was a topic for discussion at the earlier Delegation Meeting as the State does not have a comprehensive program and he sees that as a detriment in many ways and explains his reasoning regarding this area.  He stated that our State Representative Steve Crisafulli recognizes this as well.  Mr. Craig said that legislation knows that this is an issue and hopefully we will see something in the near future and that is what the Board and community need to advocate for.  He set this as a precedent as there is a definite need for vocational training in Brevard County and he is excited about it.  He included that he doesn't care where the school comes from, whether it's a charter school/private school, it doesn't matter to him if we are training and giving educational opportunity to the students.  Mr. Craig commented that his concerns were regarding responses to questions he posed to Premiere pertaining to curriculum and what manufacturing meant and how they were going to address it.  He stated that there were a couple people in the room during their meeting that couldn't even tell him what the three pillars were that they were actually going to instruct in.  There was no fidelity of what they were going to do which is what he had expected to see.  Mr. Craig stated that he understands the frustration because they are passionate and committed to a great idea but he just doesn't see the concrete foundation that says that they are ready to open. 

Misty Belford commended the Premier team for their passion and desire to meet the needs of students in the areas in which they are focusing, especially with at-risk students and she does feel that there is a need there that needs to be filled.  She stated that her concern, especially when working with at-risk students, is that the importance of stability cannot be overstated and with the information that has been put forth she doesn't have evidence that the charter has not connected all of the dots.  Ms. Belford stated that she thinks they are on the right track and that they have a great vision with great passion/commitment but believes there are still lose ends to be tied up to really give the Board the confidence that if they do approve the application that the charter is going to be that source of stability for the students.  Ms. Belford expressed that she truly hoped that they continue to work on the details and bring it back to the Board in the future.

Karen Henderson stated that there wasn't enough detail.  She stated that she does love their passion and thinks its a great idea but what is missing for her is what exactly the manufacturing will be and what equipment will be there and how its going to work with the curriculum.

 



Motions:
Deny Premier Innovations Career and Technical Education Center charter application.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


G. Action
G. Curriculum & Instruction

24. 2015-2016 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools


Motions:

Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing to approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2015-2016.

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


H. Information
H. Central Area Superintendent

25. Field Trip - Satellite High Symphonic Orchestra - Orchestra America National Festival - Indianapolis, IN
Attachment: SHS Orchestra trip Indiana 2016.docx.pdf
H. Project Management

26. 2015-16 to 2019-20 District Facilities Work Program
Attachment: 2015-16 Five Year Work Plan District Report.pdf
Attachment: 2015-16 Program Guide.pdf
H. Environmental, Health & Safety

27. 2015 Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casuality Safety and Sanitation Inspection Report
Attachment: 2015 BPS Comprehensive Safety Inspection Data.pdf
Attachment: 2015 BPS District Schools Comprehensive Safety Inspection Report.pdf
Attachment: 2015 BPS Charter School Safety Inspection Report.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
28. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Misty Belford expressed her recognition to the great people throughout the district  as it has been a very busy couple of weeks of interacting with constituents.  She commented on her attending the Advisory Council meeting on August 11th and gave an overview of the meeting and then thanked the group involved on the committee as they are really doing some great work.  On August 12th, she attended Hannah's Heroes Celebration of Hope held at the YMCA in Titusville.  She stated that this group was formed by the loss of one of our students at Jackson and she was thrilled to see that we had staff there supporting and presenting at the event and wanted to thank Dr. Thedy and her team who have been involved in this issue.  On August 15th, she had the pleasure of attending the Oak Park PTO meeting with Lt. Scully to discuss the new plans for safety and security at their school and she stated that he did a fabulous job communicating with the group.  Ms. Belford also wanted to thank her fellow Board Members and Dr. Blackburn for a wonderful Board Retreat on September 18th.  This week, Ms. Belford attended the Community Day at KSC which was an amazing program and her and her family really had a great time.  She gave kudos to the staff who put on this event and for going beyond the regular school day.  On September 19th her and Karen Henderson attended the BASA social and she expressed appreciation to Gary Shiffrin and his group for the wonderful event.  Lastly, she thanked Mark Langdorf for assisting with correcting a communication issue regarding the Biometrics Screening.  She thanked the entire team for their help in ensuring that the process goes a little smoother this time.

Andy Ziegler stated that it was a great meeting earlier in the day with our Delegation and explained it in more detail to the audience.  He stated that he was glad to hear from them that they had a lot to take away from our meeting and included that last year due to our meeting they championed some items at the State level for BPS.  Mr. Ziegler added that there were a lot of points that they would be bringing back with them from the meeting and especially that we are going to be working collaboratively.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he has been hearing concerns from Principals on how the 1/2 cent capital money is going to be used as a priority for repairs.  He gave an example of a school that doesn't have AC in a gymnasium vs. another school that has AC but it died and it is being repaired ... the school who never had it feels a little slided.  He asked the Board if they have heard any concerns from Principals who have had issues for a long period of time that are not rising to a priority level on the list.  He stated that he didn't want to have conversation about it now by wanted to throw it out there because he is a bit concerned.

Mr. Ziegler asked staff if they can come back to us at some point as a Board Update or presentation on looking into an alternative hotline number where students can call for assistance or counseling.  He understands that there has been some movement on that and would like for an update.

Karen Henderson stated to Mr. Ziegler that we have 6 schools that have never had AC and the issue is when we don't have any money to fix it, we never put any money towards to do it and there never seems to be a right time and she agreed with him that it has been coming up and at some point we are going to have to address it.  

Ms. Henderson also thanked the team for inviting the Board to the BASA social.  She stated that it was a great event and that she attends it every year and that it is always great to see the leaders in the organization together on a more casual level.  Ms. Henderson also stated that she went to Manatee Elementary with Michelle Irwin to honor Daniel Crouse, 6th grade teacher, who was awarded the Shining Scholar Award for the University of West Florida.  She just received here degree and they chose her as their super star out of all of the students.  She explained that she and Ms. Irwin surprised her with the information.

Ms. Henderson went back to conversations related to the Delegation meeting and stated that one of the reasons we were so successful last year is that we had a concise message and it was part of a state-wide effort.  When everyone is talking about the same thing it helps with moving the issue forward.

Ms. Henderson stated that Jeff Arnott, Director of Adult Education, who was invited by the DOE to the Higher Education Workforce Sub-Committee in Tallahassee to talk about the new workforce efforts and partnerships he has put place here in Brevard.  She thanked Mr. Arnott for representing our district and for doing a great job with turning the whole program around.  She also included that she attended the Viera High American Flag Act where Governor Scott came in and signed the act in front of the students who helped create it and then explained the law and the process in more detail.  She congratulated all the students involved in the process.  Ms. Henderson also indicated that she went to the Cocoa Forum with Dr. Blackburn and he did a great job and it was a packed house.

Ms. Henderson asked for an update on status of the Assessment and Accountability person who was hired as that position is coming up for renewal in November.  She asked that staff provide more details on that job ... is it still needed and what were the benefits.

John Craig noted that he attended back-to-back receptions on the 9th and 10th, which were  LEAD Brevard and St. Paul AME and both were awesome.  He thanked Dr. Blackburn for how he has dove into the community.  He stated that it is greatly appreciated and highly regarded.  Mr. Craig also stated that he was able to give the address at the Merritt Island Honor Society induction which he thought was really great to see with a wonderful group of student (about 62) taking their oath and leading at that school.  He also included that he attending the 911 Patriot Day held at Patrick AFB where they took some vets on a cruise for counseling and that Merritt Island's JROTC was heavily involved in the event as well as other students from surrounding schools who lined the streets and gave the patriots a rousing send off and it was nice to be a part of.  Mr. Craig indicated that he and Mr. Ziegler were able to attend the Exemplary Math Teacher Awards and that it is always great to recognize these teachers who are awesome with such passion.  He also included that he attending the Take Stock in Children Gala that was put on by the Brevard Schools Foundation and that those folks are doing a great job and commented on their dedication for such a influential and important program in this county.  Lastly, he noted that one his passions is STEM and he thinks they all agree that science, technology and math and the basic principals of engineering are important and we want to create more interest and excitement around them.  He then referenced an upcoming open house at Craig Technologies where they will be holding a STEM showcase where different organizations and individuals come together to share resources and plans for moving forward in Brevard with a goal and a purpose.

Amy Kneessy stated that with all of the other Board Members going first, most areas have already been discussed, but one thing that she wanted to share was her school visits at Stone Middle and Satellite High with Dr. Blackburn.  She also noted that while listening to the Board Reports and after eleven years of being a Board Member, she stated that it is a pleasure to work with the current group as she hasn't worked with Board Members who are so outgoing and actively involved attending all of the events and activities.  Ms. Kneessy expressed her appreciation for the Boards excitement and commitment and she stated that she is proud to be working with each of them.


L. Superintendent's Report
29. Superitendent's Report

Minutes: 

Desmond Blackburn stated that he appreciates all of the comments from the Board and he is noticing a theme of collaboration between Board Members and Senior Staff.  He stated that it is the best case scenario when you have these groups working together on items and issues and he thinks that is great.  Dr. Blackburn also noted that as he is walking into community events throughout Brevard it is always good to see familiar faces and he thanked the Board for being at these events with him.  He also indicated that he is doing a lot of listening with the community at large and it is the intention to turn everything that is learned into a strategic plan moving forward and he would like the community at large to come to the table as informed as humanly possible when it comes to strategic planning.  He invited the community to read the book "Good Strategy, Bad Strategy" which is a book currently being read by the BPS leadership team and Board.  Lastly, Dr. Blackburn stated that the meeting early with the Delegation Members was phenomenal.  He noted that it gave him the drive to up our Government strategy after hearing concrete evidence on how what was taken from previous sessions got turned into what they drove in Tallahassee last year and that we have some key leaders that will be sun setting soon.


M. Adjournment
30. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the meeting at 7:26 p.m.

For further details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).








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