09-28-2010 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 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 23, 2010. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A-1. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Amy Kneessy called the School Board meeting of September 28, 2010 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

A-3. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Eliana Murray, 5th grade student from Oak Park Elementary, led the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Delaney Lumpkin, 3rd grade student from Oak Park Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment
5. Entertainment


Oak Park Chorus, under the direction of Chorus Director, Mary Jackson, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting and played one additional musical number.

Chairman Kneessy took this opportunity to thank Ms. Jackson and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 5:38 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:41 p.m.


A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of the Agenda


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Revisions:
F-13.   Student Expulsion(s)
F-21.   Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-24.   Consultant Agreement Between Pro-Health and Fitness of Viera and Adult/Community Education - 21st Century Community Learning Center Zoo Explorers Grant.


Adopt the agenda for the School Board meeting of September 28, 2010 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Elementary Programs

7. Recognition for the Just Read! Florida 2010 Middle School Reading Teacher of the Year for the State of Florida


Prior to the recognition for Just Read! Florida, Ms. Kneessy took the opportunity to introduce Susan Lamm-Merritt and Marika  Koch, Education Faculty at Brevard Community College, and their Introduction to the Teaching Profession classes.

Dr. Binggeli introduced Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs, who made a special presentation to honor Tina Rice Susin, DeLaura Middle School Teacher, for being named as the 2010 Just Read! Florida Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Florida Department of Education.

Chairman Kneessy and Dr. Binggeli presented Ms. Susin with a plaque and their congratulations.

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

8. Annual Recognition of District PRISM Scholar Winners
Attachment: 09.28.10 PRISM Scholar agenda attachment.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Beth Thedy, Director of Middle School Programs, who stated that the PRISM Scholars Program has entered its fourth year, and the district is recognizing the Brevard students for their outstanding accomplishments in Mathematics and Science. Ms. Thedy turned the meeting over to Ginger Davis, Science Resource Teacher, who is filling in for Kim Bragg, Middle School Math and Science Resource Teacher and Coordinator of the PRISM Scholars Program.

Ms. Davis explained the PRISM Scholars Program to the Board and the viewing public.  Each student on the attached list was congratulated by Dr. Binggeli, Chairman Amy Kneessy and received a $500 US Savings Bond.

Ms. Davis recognized the major donation contributors to the PRISM Scholars Programs: DeVry University, Electronic Arts, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Florida Virtual School, Lockheed Martin, Orlando Science Center, Regions Bank, University of Central Florida.

Ms. Davis thanked the Board Members, Superintendent, Principals, Teachers, and parents for their great support.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. School Food & Nutrition

9. Proclaim October 11-15, 2010 as National School Lunch Week
Attachment: NSLW Signed Resolution.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communication, read the resolution proclaiming October 11-15, 2010 as National School Lunch Week.

Adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of October 11-15, 2010 as National School Lunch Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Exceptional Education

10. Disability History and Awareness Instruction Week
Attachment: Disability Awareness Resolution.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis, read the resolution proclaiming the first two weeks in October as Disability History and Awareness Instruction Weeks.

Adopt the Resolution declaring the first two weeks in October 2010 as "Disability History and Awareness Instruction Weeks".- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion


The Chairman reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. She also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Fred Jacob Coladonato, Melbourne - Taxes
  2. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Ed Jobs Fund
  3. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Amendment 8
  4. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  5. Angela Bonnici, Titusville -  Read email
  6. Saffrone Emerson, Merritt Island - Edgewood Baseball

Ms. Kneessy asked if there were any Board Members that would like to comment or ask a question.

Dr. Binggeli directed Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, to assist Mr. Coladonato with some of his concerns regarding the taxes for this years budget. Dr. Binggeli clarified for the viewing audience the process that took place as it relates to public input for the budget.

Mr. Jordan stated that there was a little misunderstanding and he did not request Ms. Bonnici to read the email that she read so passionately about the arts, but had asked that he forward the email to the other Board Members and he did. Mr. Jordan noted the importance of arts in our schools and that sometimes that is the driving force for our young students.

Mr. Ziegler made comments on what Mr. Bennett said in his presentation.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Approval of Minutes
13. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsion 9.28.10.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

15. Property Disposal
Attachment: Sept 28.pdf
16. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchasing Requests and Sales and Service Agreements
Attachment: SSA #1103 - NCS Pearson - University Park.pdf
F. Accounting Services

17. Warrants Written for the Month of August, 2010
Attachment: Warrants - Aug 2010.pdf
18. Establish a Petty Cash Fund for Riverview Elementary School
F. School Food and Nutrition

19. 2010-11 State Appropriated Equipment Assistance Grants For School Food Authorities (SFAs)
Attachment: 11BS02_FNN_SFSFEquip.pdf
F. Human Resources

20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 09-28-10.pdf
21. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 09-28-10.pdf
Attachment: 2010 September 28 ESOL.pdf
F. School Choice

22. 2010-2011 Strategic Plan
Attachment: 2010-11 Strategic Plan - September 28, 2010 Board Meeting.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

24. Consultant Agreement Between Pro-Health and Fitness of Viera and Adult/Community Education-21st Century Community Learning Center Zoo Explorers Grant
Attachment: HealthFirstContract.pdf
25. Consultant Agreement Between TGA of the Space Coast and Adult/Community Education-21st Century Community Learning Center Zoo Explorers Grant
Attachment: TGA Contract 10.11.pdf
F. Project Management

26. 2010/11 - 2014/15 District Facilities Work Program
Attachment: Program Guide.pdf
Attachment: 2010-11 - 2014-15 District Facilities Work Program.pdf
27. Amendment #3 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Satellite High School
Attachment: Amendment No 3.pdf
28. Easement to the City of West Melbourne - Minton Road at Meadowlane ES
Attachment: Easement to West Melbourne.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

29. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Board Office/Superintendent

14. Final Recommendation on Edgewood Baseball
Attachment: EB -Board Assigned Task.pdf
Attachment: Memorandum - Dr Binggeli on exposure to hire or keep employees.pdf
Attachment: Memo- Edgewood Baseball Recommendation.pdf

Prior to the Board discussing the final recommendation on Edgewood Baseball, Chairman Kneessy gave Dr. Binggeli the opportunity to make some final comments.

Dr. Binggeli stated he appreciates the opportunity to make it clear and put a frame around his recommendation of not approving the request for bringing Edgewood baseball as a Florida High School Association sport.

Dr. Binggeli stated his concern on the precedent that the district would set and it has to be balanced with the need to look to additional community support during these tough budget times. He mentioned that he does not think that the answer lies in an invited practice of having parents with the means to fund positions and/or programs in their child's school that do not exist in other schools. It has to be a model that is equitable.

Dr. Binggeli explained to the Board the reasoning behind his recommendation for his refusal of allowing baseball at Edgewood. He made points in the following areas:

  1. Title IX Compliance - Brevard School District already have lost two cases
  2. Facilities - Read Court Statements

After going into detail in regard the above mentioned issues and other concerns, Dr. Binggeli stated that his recommendation has and continues to be that the district cannot honor this parental request. He requested that if the Board does not accept the recommendation to provide clear direction on moving forward.

Mr. Ziegler has pulled this item to state his position and mentioned his concerns about Title IX.

Dr. Murray noted that she still stands by her statement about the treatment of the parents at Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School. She mentioned that she is concerned about the financial situation that the district is in and this request is untimely.  Dr. Murray would like for this to happen but stated that it would not be prudent for the Board to support this at this time due to the potential financial fallout that would more than likely occur. She stated that she supports the Superintendent's recommendation at this time but requests that the district look into other options.

Ms. Henderson stated that after reviewing the documentation on this issue, the information for both sides are completely opposite. She mention that she reviewed the Title IX lawsuits but it will cost the district money from Title XI litigation.

Mr. Jordan stated his concern on the cost that this could potentially cost the district when all these good parents are no longer at the school.

Ms. Kneessy made some closing comments where the district stood on Title XI and getting more information on pay-to-play. She gave Mr. Ziegler a reality check on Title XI and how it came to be.



Approve Superintendent's recommendation for the Board not to take a position requiring the administration to change the structure at Edgewood.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. School Choice

23. 2011-12 Charter School Applications
Attachment: I AcademicDesign - Mavericks.pdf
Attachment: III. Business Plan - Facilities Secured - Mavericks.pdf
Attachment: II. Organizational Plan - Mavericks.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary - Mavericks.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to compliment Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, and her staff for their thorough job on these Charter School Applications. She requested to go on record that there is an impression out there that if the school district does not approve a Charter school application then we are not Charter school friendly. The Board is friendly to any school that provides a quality education. The application that the Board is voting on tonight has very serious concerns, one being that the students in their four other Charter Schools have made zero learning gains. The district is not anti-Charter schools. We are anti bad Charter Schools.


Recommendation to deny the approval of the charter application for Mavericks Charter High School.

Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Chairman Kneessy called for a video break at 7:01 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 7:14 p.m.

G. Action
G. Curriculum & Instruction

30. Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2010-2011

Approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2010-2011 and authorize the superintendent to advertise for a public hearing.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Financial Services

31. Designation of Legal Representative to Apply for Title VIII of Public Law (Impact Aid) Funds
H. Human Resources

32. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations - Information
Attachment: NEOLA Recommendations - Part 1 of 2.pdf
Attachment: NEOLA Recommendations - Part 2 of 2.pdf
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

33. Contract with the 95 Percent Group
Attachment: PROP Brevard 2010.11.pdf
H. Adult/Community Education

34. Memorandum of Understanding Between Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration/Police Athletic League and Brevard Public Schools Adult/Community Education through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Zoo Explorers Grant
Attachment: Alliance for Neighborhood Contract & MOU 10.11.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

35. Eau Gallie High School AFJROTC Cadet Orientation Flights Provided by the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida (USAF Funded Curriculum in Action Field Trip)
36. Palm Bay High School Academy of Law and Public Safety Trip to Washington, D.C.
Attachment: PBHS Law Academy to Washington D.C. Dec 2010.pdf
H. Project Management

37. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Construction Management Services at Heritage High School (CCC)
Attachment: Amendment No 1.pdf

I. Staff Reports
38. Staff Reports

Minutes: There are no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
39. Additional Public Presentation(s)

Minutes: There are no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
40. Board Member Reports


Mr. Jordan noted that he was asked by the Governor to be on the task force for the Race to the Top grant. Ms. Kneessy congratulated Mr. Jordan on his appointment.

Mr. Ziegler noted that Friday, October 29, 2010 is the Brevard Cultural Alliance Festival of Arts in Downtown Eau Gallie.

Ms. Ziegler noted that he attended the Central Florida Boy Scout Advisory Committee meeting at Full Sail University.

Dr. Murray noted that she attended a professional development council meeting in the district. She mentioned how hard the teachers and the administrators are working to make the class size work. She also mentioned the lesson study, which is a requirement to Race to the Top. Dr. Murray stated that Teresa Wright, Director of Title I, and Dr. Shelton, had interesting information on how the district is going to implement another Federal mandate with the time and money constraints. She also mentioned that President Obama is talking about lengthening the school day which she feels is poor timing.

Dr. Murray noted the drop in the amount of expulsions.

Ms. Kneessy questioned the Board on whether anyone could attend the FSBA Committee Day. Mr. Ziegler and Ms. Henderson stated they would check their schedules. 

Ms. Kneessy noted Ms. Davis will share with the Board the 0.25 Mil presentation schedule and the Board will receive a binder with a color presentation.

Ms. Kneessy had a information item on the voter registration drive.


L. Superintendent's Report
41. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli spoke in regard to the Race to the Top and the lesson study and updated the Board on what was learned at an all day workshop and that it is only mandatory for those districts who has schools in the bottom 5 percent in which Brevard does not have any schools there.

Dr. Binggeli gave a shout out to IEP Worldwide who had a golf tournament in which he participated in for a fund raiser to support the teachers and students in Brevard. They are business partners with eight of our schools and they do a lot to support education.

M. Adjournment
42. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of September 28, 2010 was adjourned at 7:27 p.m.