09-24-2019 Board Workshop (Curriculum and Legislative Priorities)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Workshop on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. 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

Minutes: Chairman Descovich called the meeting to order at: 2:06 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Descovich led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
Order of Business

4. Curriculum
Attachment: Workshop - Leading and Learning.pdf

Jane Cline and Stephanie Soliven, assistant superintendents of Elementary and Secondary Leading and Learning provided the presentation.

They delineated how they define progress and what they are looking for; both strengths and weaknesses and how instruction is being delivered.

Questions included:

  • Can we show the AVID student success rate?
  • What are the supports being put into place for Algebra EO
  • What are the supports being put into place for Algebra EOC?
  • What is the situation with math coaches?

Board members were very appreciative of the information provided. 



5. Legislative Priorities
Attachment: DRAFT BPS legislative priorities 2020.pdf

Matt Reed, Assistant Superintendent of Government and Community Relations, provided a list of possible priorities to the Board. 

Mr. Reed recommended the following top five priorities:

  • Support Governor Ron DeSantis' intent to significantly increase base pay for teachers to make Florida more competitive in recruiting talent and, in turn, strengthen the economy.
    • Board members were in agreement.  They wanted to make sure it did not come at the cost of mental health services or school resource officers.  Board members also support elevating the pay and FRS status of voluntary Pre-K teachers
  • Seek $150,000 for modern welding equipment to complete a new welding training lab jointly funded by the District and Legislature.
  • Amend the College and Career Readiness cell in the school grade to include military readiness in the numerator.  Specifically, students who have completed tw years of JROTC with a minimum of 31 on ASVAB.
  • Include a placeholder for a student led legislative ask.
    • Refine the request before the ask
    • Further action on vaping and addiction as a mental-health problem
  •  Amendment of FRS rules to allow retired personnel to - immediately after termination
    • become employed by school districts as substitute teachers, bus drivers and others
    • be able to continue to receive retirement benefits.  


Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich adjourned the workshop at: 4:16 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).