09-26-2017 Board Workshop - Capacity Planning

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a board workshop on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today on Wednesday, September 20, 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

Minutes: Chairperson Belford called the meeting to order at: 2:06 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Facility and School Capacity Planning
Attachment: September 26, 2017 Workshop Presentation - Final posted.pdf

Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services explained that the presentation would be three parts.

Sue Hann, director of Planning and Project Management, provided the Capital Projects Report.

Mr. Theodore provided recommendations regarding the district's vacant property. He had two slides; one that had properties that he recommended could be sold; the other were properties that had encumbrances on them and not recommended for sale.

Regarding the parcels of vacant land recommended for sale, Dr. Blackburn wanted to get the Board's thoughts on 1. selling land at a loss and 2. where that process to sell said land will cost more than it can be sold.

Board discussion and questions ensued.  Dr. Blackburn clarified the take-away on the discussion.  On the first slide, staff did not include the hold costs or liability risks on the assessments so in the future staff will take a look at those two things and the appraisal of the entire parcel at Mid-South and recommend an identified portion of those lands to be sold.  On the second slide, staff would not bring back a recommendation for any of those parcels to be sold. Mr. Craig added that he would like information on the potential restrictions for funds from the sale of recommended properties.

Capacity Planning was the next topic.  Mr. Theodore, Ms. Hann and David Lindemann  facilities planning coordinator, provided information on the process, data, analysis and proposed boundaries.

Board members followed with discussion and questions.  Mr. Theodore asked for clarification:  Is staff supposed to develop a scenario where all of the students from Melbourne High to Palm Bay High would now go to Heritage High?  Mr. Ziegler said that could be Option 2. Mr. Theodore further clarified that the students that staff is proposing to move out of Melbourne High to preclude moving in portables on MHS  translates to about 16 portables at the cost of approximately $1M and there would be nowhere for the portables to be placed.  

In information sent to the Board by Mr. Theodore it mentioned "grandfathering." Mr. Craig asked what that would mean and how it would be addressed? Mr. Lindemann said that it was discussed in earlier meetings that this issue would be brought before the board for direction on whether special consideration would be given for 11th and 12th grade students.  Mr. Theodore said that rising 11th and 12th grade students would be given special consideration and not be rezoned. The District would not provide them transportation and typically preference would not be given to siblings.  Mr. Craig expressed interest in having staff look at incoming 10th, 11th and 12th grades and how that affects capacity.

Mr. Ziegler wanted to find out how keeping siblings together would affect capacity as well.

 Dr. Blackburn asked for Mr. Theodore to run some scenarios for the Board to review after Ms. Descovich posed a question about MHS students being bussed to Satellite High.

Mr. Susin asked about moving some boundaries to attend Eau Gallie High. Dr. Blackburn said staff will take a look at that for the Board as well.

Mr. Susin also had some recommendations he would like to have reviewed. The idea is to have the students who are now bussed to Sea Park from the mainland go back to Suntree.  Mr. Susin said that he has met with staff and transportation and this would save the district in transportation costs.  Additionally, on Pineda Causeway, there was an area that could easily be moved from Longleaf to Suntree. There is a third area that goes past Longleaf all the way to Sherwood.  He recommends those students return to Longleaf.  He said that we bus some students to Creel that could easily go to Sherwood. He asked for staff to put that in part of their recommendations.  Mr. Susin also proposed building a K-8 school at the end of Pineda and asked for staff to look into this. 

Ms. Hann wrapped up with policies/processes.  She said the purpose was to make sure the board was ok with answers  that would be given to parents.  She said that staff would like to be able to say that rising 6th, 8th, 11th and 12th grades would be given special considerations to remain at their current schools.  Consensus was given to include those topics into the recommendations that would come before the board as a vote. Also, Ms. Hann would like to not grant special consideration to siblings.  Staff's recommendation is not to include transportation into special consideration.  Ms. Belford asked for staff's opinion on offering transportation as a paid option if space permitted. Mr. Theodore said that it is important to make the determinations at this time and then other considerations can be brought forward later. Mr. Craig said they need a lot more granularity in the transportation piece because it is a "big deal." 

Ms. Hann continued with the plan for public involvement.  There was no more discussion on the part of board members with this piece.

5. Vacant Property


The presentation on vacant property was included in facility and school capacity planning. 

Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

Minutes: Chairperson Belford thanked staff for all of the planning and effort put into the rezoning process.

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at 3:54 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).