09-27-2016 School Board Workshop

he School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Workshop on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today on Thursday, September 6, 2016. 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 Andy Ziegler called the meeting to order at 2:02 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Ziegler led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Capacity Planning, Capital Allocations, and Impact Fees
Attachment: September 27 2016 Workshop Rev 2.pdf

Dane Theodore, assistant superintendent of Facilities Services, went over the presentation with the Board.  As part of  capacity planning, some assumptions were presented. Dr. Blackburn explained that we can change the assumptions, but then the model being presented would also change.

Dr. Blackburn briefed the Board on the various options staff was presenting and he opened the meeting up for questions from the Board.

Mr. Theodore expressed that the least disruptive option is Option 6 which is a combination or blend of adding portables, changing attendance boundaries and constructing new capacity.

Board members requested information:

  • How are enrollment projections determined?
  • What is the metric used to determine what constitutes a disadvantage to boundary change?
  • Is there a way to move programs to allow utilization of space more effieciently?
  • Are there buildings that could be used for early childhood programs?
  • What are the projections school by school?
  • What is the percentage of ESE students vs general education students at each school?
  • More detail on capital allocation line items is needed before an acceptance of priority can be provided by the Board.
  • What is the cost for "hybrid" solution?
  • Provide information on how much of impact fees have been used for paying off debt.
  • Explore other avenues for revenue
    • Put out an invitation to bid for the opportunity to represent the district in selling unused property that is not suitable for educational use
      • Board agreed


  • Disruption to students who would go to new schools
  • More options utilizing the assests we currently have
  • Look at all space both owned and unowned
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Look at increasing choice options and put program options in schools that have capacity
  • Some new student stations in the Cocoa area
  • School of Choice for elementary
  • Bring back ADA recommendations for high school stadiums
  • Windows in all administration doors

Closing Remarks
7. Closing Remarks


The Board and staff discussed the next steps needed to garner public input.

Mr. Ziegler added that these meetings need to be true community meetings and recommended that we reach out to all municipalities and ask for them to assist in getting higher participation. 

The Board indicated that it was important to have community input concluded by the end of November. 

8. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Ziegler adjourned the meeting at: 4:14 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).