09-25-2018 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 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 13, 2018. 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 Craig called the meeting to order at: 5:30 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A. Moment of Silence
3. Moment of Silence

Minutes: There was no one for whom to hold a moment of silence.

A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Matt Reed, Assistant Superintendent of Government and Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
5. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions

Minutes: Board members and Dr. Mullins used this opportunity to recognize students, staff and community members and emphasized the importance of each to Brevard Public Schools.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda
Attachment: 2018-0925 Supplemental.pdf

Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins read into record the changes on the Supplemental Agenda which are changes made to the agenda since it was first released to the public on September 18, 2018.


  • A-7. Administrative Staff Recommendations
  • F-14. Instructional Staff Recommendations
  • H-23.  Board Policy 3211
  • H-24. Board Policy 3210
  • H-25. Board Policy 8210
  • H-26. Board Policy 8800
  • H-27. Board Policy 8810
  • H-28. Board Policy 5772
  • H-29. Board Policy 7217
  • H-30. Board Policy 2240
  • H-31. Board Policy 2520


  • F-15. Critical Teacher Shortage Subject Areas 2018-2019
  • K-32. Board Discussion-RSM Audit Findings

Addition- Subsequent Revision

  • F-16. Suspension of Instructional Employee


Adopt the September 25, 2018 School Board Meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Tina Descovich
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Mullins welcomed and congratulated the administrative staff persons present and offered them opportunity to provide comments.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Debra J. Crannell from the position of Director of Elementary Leading and Learning, effective December 31, 2018.

The reclassification/transfer of Theresa A. Benson from the position of short term teacher at Ralph Williams Elementary to the position of Assistant Principal (10 Month) at Viera High School, on annual contract, grade 24, effective September 26, 2018.





Vote Results
Motion: Misty Belford
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. SLL Acceleration & Enrichment

8. Florida Arts Model Schools (FAMS) Awards


Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Leading and Learning, Lucy Hertz, K-12 Visual Arts and Theatre Content Specialist and Cindy Johnson, K-12 Music Resource Teacher were the presenters for the awards.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
9. Public Comments


Chairman Craig reminded speakers that each would have three minutes in which to provide comments as well as the decorum expected while speaking.

Speakers in order of appearance:

  • Anthony Colucci -Negotiations (provided hand-outs to the Board members)
  • Vanessa Skipper - Graduate supplement for teachers (Chairman Craig asked Dr. Mullins to investigate the issues brought up and get back with the Board regarding his findings.)
  • Ronald Bradley - Did not speak
  • James Speight - School Security (Chairman Craig asked him to speak to Dr. Beth Thedy, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operations Officer.)
  • Arthur Christianson - Stevenson Elementary (Chairman Craig asked for Mr. Christianson to wait for Dr. Thedy to return to discuss his concerns with her. He provided hand-outs to Board members.)
  • David Hardy - Teachers leaving (Chairman Craig asked for Mr. Hardy and next speaker Ms. Martin to get with Jane Cline, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Leading and Learning regarding their concerns.)
  • Bonnie Martin - Teachers leaving

F. Consent
F. Board Office

10. Meeting Minutes
Attachment: 2018-0905 Board Work Session (Retreat).pdf
Attachment: 2018-0906 Special Meeting Minutes.pdf
Attachment: 2018-0906 Final Public Budget Hearing Minutes.pdf
Attachment: 2018-0911 SB Meeting Minutes.pdf
Attachment: 2019-02 Expulsion Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)

Attachment: 2019-03 Expulsion Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2019-04 Expulsion Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

11. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 09-25-2018.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters 09-25-18.pdf
12. Investment Performance Report for Quarter Ending June 30, 2018
Attachment: 2Q18 Investment Report - School Board of Brevard County.pdf
F. Human Resources

13. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 09-25-18.pdf
14. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 09-25-18.pdf
Attachment: 2018 September 25 ESOL.pdf
15. Critical Teacher Shortage Subject Areas 2018-19
Attachment: Critical Teacher Shortage Subject Areas 2017-18 SUBMITTED.pdf
Attachment: Critical Teacher Shortage Subject Areas 2018-19 SUBMITTED2.pdf
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning

17. Field Trip - Melbourne High School Crew Team to Augusta, Georgia
Attachment: Melbourne High Crew - Head of the South Regatta Itinerary November 2018.pdf
F. Equity, Innovation & Choice

18. Royal Palm Charter School's Request for Year Round Calendar
Attachment: Royal Palm Year Round Calendar.pdf
Attachment: RoyalPalmRequestforyearroundcalendar.pdf
F. District Operations

19. Safety and Security of School Buildings - Educational Facilities Security Grant
F. Project Management

20. Bayside High School - Technology Infrastructure and Facility Renewal - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Bayside educational technology and intercom attachments.pdf
Attachment: Bayside Cost Benefit Analysis Form.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

21. Approval of Consent

Approve the September 25, 2018 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Labor Relations

16. Suspension of Instructional Employee
Attachment: Kofkin Letter 1 day Susp.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled the item for discussion.  He said that he had no intention of pulling the item until he heard the two speakers who made public comments about the teacher in question who said she has already been out of school, yet the day of suspension is listed as September 28, 2018.  He said he was confused because if she is already out of school, then it appears she is serving her suspension. He asked if anyone could give some information about that process.

Dr. Mullins asked for Rivers Lewis, Director Professional Standards and Labor Relations, to come to the podium.  Mr. Lewis stated that the teacher was still working and he was unsure of the circumstances that the speakers were commenting about.   Mr. Ziegler asked for the matter to be researched to see why the parents had that perception.

Approve the one-day Suspension of Ms. Kofkin to be served September 28, 2018.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

22. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - ITB 18-B-066-SH-A2 - Security Cameras.pdf
Attachment: b - PB 19-142-PB-NC - Cafeteria Equipment, Large.pdf
Attachment: c - RFQ 18-Q-096-NC - Charter Bus Services.pdf
Attachment: d-SC # 19-117-SC-SH Agriculture and Lawn Equipment.pdf


Approve the Invitations To Bid (ITBs) Name Change below:

a - ITB 18-B-066-SH-A2 - Security Cameras and Low Voltage Installation Projects - Educational Technology - $3,000,000.00 - Operating Other

Approve the Piggy Backs (PBs) below:

b - PB 19-142-PB-NC - Cafeteria Equipment, Large - Food & Nutrition Services - $Various - Operating Other

Approve the Request For Qualification (RFQ) below:

c - RFQ 18-Q-096-NC - Charter Bus Services - Purchasing and Warehouse Services - $Various - Operating Other

Approve the State Contract (SC) below:

d - SC 19-117-SC-SH - Agriculture and Lawn Equipment - Facilities Services - $400,000.00 - Operating Other


Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

23. Board Policy 3211 Whistleblower Protection
Attachment: Policy 3211 Executive Summary, Current, NEOLA, Redline, Clean - RDWS (9-25-18).pdf
H. Human Resources

24. School Board Policy 3210-Standard of Ethical Conduct
Attachment: Policy 3210 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline and Clean - RDWS (9-25-18).pdf
25. School Board Policy 8210 - School Calendar
Attachment: Policy 8210 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline, Clean - RDWS (9-25-18).pdf
H. Student Services

26. School Board Policy 8800 - Religious/Patriotic Ceremonies and Observances
Attachment: Policy 8800 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline and Clean - RDWS (9-25-18).pdf
27. School Board Policy 8810 - The American Flag
Attachment: Policy 8810 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline and Clean - RDWS (9-25-18).pdf
H. District Operations

28. School Board Policy 5772 - Weapons
Attachment: Policy 5772 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline and Clean (RDWS 9-25-18).pdf
29. School Board Policy 7217 - Weapons
Attachment: Policy 7217 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline and Clean - RDWS (9-25-18).pdf
H. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

30. School Board Policy 2240 - Controversial Issues
Attachment: Policy 2240 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline and Clean - RDWS 9-25-18.pdf
31. School Board Policy 2520 - Selection of Instructional Materials and Equipment
Attachment: Policy 2520 Executive Summary, Current, Neola, Redline, Clean -RDWS 9-25-18.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
32. Discussion Point - RSM Audit Findings


Chairman Craig stated that the RSM audit, which was performed at the request of the Board following a whistleblower complaint, had been provided to the Board on 9/24/18. Mr. Craig thanked General Counsel Envall for continuing the make the whistleblower process stronger than ever. RSM provided a summary of findings and the Board is strongly in favor of continuing to follow Board policy.

Dr. Mullins said that the audit did cite some Board policy that needs to be reviewed and he will be working very closely with Ms. Envall to determine what should be brought to the Board, further clarifying that process and tackling administrative procedures to ensure that  tight controls and processes are in place to hold us accountable moving forward.

Chairman Craig further commented that the Board does recognize its responsibility to approve all salary differences and changes and they take that responsibility very seriously. They will make sure they have the correct processes, policies and procedures in place to make sure that happens. 

33. Board Member Reports


Mr. Susin said the Viera growth group met and he was going to send Board members some minutes from the meeting so that Board direction can be formulated. 

Chairman Craig thanked Mr. Susin for his efforts.

L. Superintendent's Report
34. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Mullins had nothing further to report.

M. Adjournment
35. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Craig adjourned the meeting at: 6:27 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).