10-09-2012 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, October 4, 2012. 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


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting of October 9, 2012 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Dr. Michael Krupp, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray asked for a moment of silence for Andre Myer, Senior at Satellite High School, who recently passed away.

A-3. Invocation (Julius Tolozano, 6th Grade, Sherwood Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Julius Tolozano, 6th grade student of Sherwood Elementary, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Julia Levine, 6th Grade, Sherwood Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Julia Levine, 6th grade student of Sherwood Elementary, who led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Sherwood Elementary Chorus, Orff, and Int. Strings)
5. Entertainment


Sherwood Chorus, Orff, and Intermediate Strings, under the direction of Music Director, Bonnie Spanogle, who entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Ms. Spanogle and her students for entertaining the Board this evening.

Chairman Dr. Murray called for a brief recess at 5:42 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:49 p.m.


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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Agenda Revisions
F-17.   Student Expulsions
F-22.   Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-35. Recommendation to Deny the Approval of Pineapple Cove Academy Charter Application

Consent Deletions
Recommendation to Deny the Approval of Imagine Academy of the Arts Charter Application
Agreement with Brevard Public Schools and Young Men of Promise, Inc. (YMOP)

Mr. Ziegler stated that he did not have any discussion but moved to amend the agenda by striking the agenda in regard to Sibling Preference.

Remove Sibling Preference from the agenda.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Mr. Ziegler explained to the listening audience that a motion is to take action. He noted, since the Superintendent's recommendation is to not make any changes to Sibling Preference which is to take no action at this time.

Approve the agenda of October 9, 2012 and its revisions (including the deletion of the Sibling Preference agenda item).- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler stated to his fellow Board Members, that he did not make this change to circumvent any conversation but to bring the conversation to the front of the meeting.

Dr. Murray stated to the audience that the Sibling Preference has been stricken from agenda  and no action will be taken. She explained that the current policy and practices will remain in place.

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. District Communications

7. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli introduced Lori Migliore, Principal of Palm Bay Elementary, and Acacia Woodley, sixth grade student and creator of The Friendship Bench.

Ms. Migliore and Acacia presented to the Board and the viewing audience the history of what inspired a tiny girl with a big dream on her creation of The Friendship Bench.  Ms. Acacia's focus is on random acts of kindness.  She mentioned that if there was more focus on kindness than cruelty the results would be amazing. Ms. Migliore stated that at Palm Bay Elementary, after putting Acacia's idea into practice, for every bully report that she receives, she receives a stack of kindness reports.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray said to Acacia that she is an amazing young lady and we are so proud of you and happy to have you within our schools. Dr. Murray stated that she has not seen something so outstanding in many, many years.

Mr. Ziegler stated that recently Dr. Binggeli mentioned that we should speak to the students on how to handle bullying in our schools. Mr. Ziegler said that Acacia would be an expert on the solution on how to handle bullies.

Acacia's dream is to have a Friendship bench in every school not only in  Brevard County but across the United States. Ms. Migliore stated that Home Depot donated the paint for her bench and Knowledge Exchange will help her as well. She mentioned that her mom has been a big part of this.

Ms. Kneessy asked where people could go to make donations and find out more information about The Friendship Bench.  Acacia stated that all the information will be located on the Palm Bay Elementary website.

Acacia thanked her teacher, Mr. Rist and Mr. Bracken for helping her with the video.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. District Communications

8. Puerto Rican Heritage Month
Attachment: Puerto Rican Heritage Month.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming October 19 through November 19 as Puerto Rican Heritage Month.

Proclaim October 19 through November 19, 2012 as Puerto Rican Heritage Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. School Food & Nutrition

9. Proclaim October 15 - 19, 2012 as National School Lunch Week
Attachment: NSLW RESOLUTION2012.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Irwin, read the resolution proclaiming October 15-19, 2012 as National School Lunch Week.

Adopt the attached resolution proclaiming the week of October 15 - 19, 2012 as National School Lunch Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Transportation

10. Resolution - National School Bus Safety Week
Attachment: RESOLUTION2012.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Irwin, read the resolution proclaiming October 22-26, 2012 as National School Lunch Week.

Proclaim October 22 through October 26, 2012 as National School Bus Safety Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Human Resources

11. National Principals Month
Attachment: National Principals Month.pdf

Ms. Irwin, read the resolution proclaiming October 2012 as National Principals Month.

Approve the Resolution for National Principals Month for October 2012.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Adult/Community Education

12. "Keeping the Lights On Afterschool" Proclamation
Attachment: Keeping the Lights On Afterschool.pdf

Approve "Keeping the Lights On Afterschool" - A Proclamation- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Secondary Programs

13. 2011-2012 District Results for Science Research, Odyssey of the Mind, and Future Problem Solving
Attachment: Secondary Programs School Board Presentation 10-09-12.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, who gave a brief introduction about the presenters.

Bob McLaren, Middle School English, Arts and Social Studies Resource Teacher, presented the results from the Future Problem Solving Competitions.

Evelyn Skermetta, Gifted and Accelerate Programs Resource Teacher, shared the results for Odyssey of the Mind Competitions.

Ginger Davis, Secondary Science Resource Teacher, presented the 2012 results for the Science Research competitions.

Dr. Binggeli gave praise to the teachers and the students in the programs listed above. He mentioned that the way that you compare the district internationally is to take them on in competitions such as these.

D. Adult/Community Education

14. Announcement of Grant Award from United States Department of Education

Minutes: This agenda item was presented after the consent agenda.

E. Public Discussion
15. Public Discussion


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes for each speaker.  She also stated that the Board will not respond to the comments or requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

  1. Beth Courtney, Melbourne - Sibling Preference*
  2. Amy Moore, Melbourne - Sibling Preference
  3. Laene Keith, Viera - Sibling Preference
  4. Richard Smith, BFT, Rockledge - Teacher Issues
  5. Sharon Stringer, Merritt Island - Sibling Preference
  6. John Pilley, Viera - Sibling Preference
  7. Rachelle Dunlevy, Indialantic - Sibling Preference*
  8. Naomi Mitchell, Merritt Island - Sibling Preference*

*Left the meeting prior to public discussion.

Chairman Dr. Murray thanked this evening's speakers and mentioned that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated.


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

16. Approval of Minutes
17. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: 10.9.2012 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Accounting Services

18. Warrants for the Month of August, 2012
Attachment: Warrant List - August 2012.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

19. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: 13-058- WH NCS Pearson Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 13-100- WH Edulog Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: SSA 13-105-WH Educational Learning Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 13-115-WH Pearson Turner Agreement.pdf
Attachment: 10-004BM Roof Repair Extension Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 10-005BM Metal Roof Repair Extension Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: PB #13-PB-018-LL Home Depot Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 13-PB-021-KR Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: 13-PB-024-CO Online Surplus GovDeals Agenda Item.doc.pdf
20. Property Disposal
Attachment: Oct. 9 board list 1.pdf
F. Human Resources

21. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-09-12.pdf
22. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 10-09-12.pdf
Attachment: 2012 October 9 ESOL Supplement.pdf
F. School Choice

23. Sibling Preference at Brevard County Choice Schools
F. Elementary Programs

24. Lease Agreement between the School Board and the Melbourne Auditorium
Attachment: Lease Agreement with the Melbourne Auditorium.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

25. 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant 2012-13 Explorers University
F. South Area Superintendent

26. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Augusta, Georgia
Attachment: Melbourne High Crew Team Trip to Augusta, GA - Nov 2012.pdf
27. Bayside High School NJROTC Trip to Parris Island/Charleston, South Carolina
Attachment: Bayside ROTC Trip to Parris Island-Charleston, SC Nov 2012.pdf
28. Palm Bay High School Academy of Law and Public Safety Trip to Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Palm Bay Law Academy to Washington, D.C. Dec 2012.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

29. Field Trip for Satellite High School AF JROTC students to fly aboard USAF-HC-130
F. Project Management

30. Modification #1 to Shutter Grant Project - Central Middle School
Attachment: Modification #1 to Shutter Grant Project - Central Middle School.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

31. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the Consent Agenda of October 9, 2012.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp requested that corridor bussing be placed on the agenda for discussion.  He stated that he would like to see corridor bussing be removed in future years.  Dr. Krupp stated that he does not see that it is an item that the district can continue to afford in this county with the situation that we are facing with the budget.

Dr. Binggeli  introduced Ms. Van Meter, who presented information on "Explorers University".

Ms. Van Meter stated that this evening the Board approved to accept the funding of a new five-year 21 Century Community Learning Center grant offered by the FLDOE, for Adult & Community Education, in the amount of $3,080,000. This grant  provides expanded learning opportunities for children with limited access to afterschool programs and supports the creation of 14 new positions. Ms. Van Meter introduced Jeff Arnott, Director of Adult and Community Education.  He took the opportunity explain that the 21st Community Learning Center grants are all 5-year grants that provide academic support in reading, science, math, and technology through project based learning activities during the afterschool hours.  The funding supports enrichment activities such as homework help, fine arts and music, fitness and parenting workshops. 

Jackie Francisco, Assistant District Coordinator for School Age Child Care, focuses on the operations of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.  Ms. Francisco has also been recently named as Florida’s Afterschool Ambassador through the National Afterschool Alliance.  She is one of just 12 leaders from across the country to be chosen for the honor this year. The Ambassadorship is sponsored by Bright House Networks, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to afterschool initiatives and to STEAM in education. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)

Ms. Francisco, recognized the following guests and thanked them for their efforts in providing these services to the children in Brevard County. These folks are in the key roles that make our 21st CCLC grant programs an ongoing success for Brevard and model programs for the State of Florida:

Dawna Bobersky, Principal– Discovery Elementary
Christine Moore, Principal – Harbor City Elementary
Cynthia Harris, Assistant Principal – Jupiter Elementary
Barry Pichard, Principal – Sunrise Elementary
Chris DeLorey, Education Director, Brevard Zoo
Christine Crotty, Supervisor, Health First Pro-Health and Fitness
Pablo Remonsellez, Community Services Coordinator, Brevard Cultural Alliance
Marthenia Jones, Executive Director, Greater Melbourne Police Athletic League (PAL)

The above named came forward for the check presentation.


The Board unanimously chose to forgo the break and to continue with the meeting.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Labor Relations

32. Board Policy 3120 and 4120 Revisions
Attachment: 4120R.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Form 3120.pdf
Attachment: 3120R.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Form 4120.pdf

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray declared the public hearing open.  No speakers chose to address the Board and the public hearing was closed.


Hold Public Hearing and adopt the revised School Board Policies 3120 and 4120.

Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Risk Management

33. Modify the 1981 Cherie Down Park Agreement with the Board of County Commissioners of Brevard County
Attachment: 2012-13 Cherie Down Amendment agreement.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Cherie Down Amendment agreement - Overhead photo of property.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Cherie Down Amendment agreement - Copy of 1981 Agreement.pdf
H. Purchasing & Warehouse

34. Bay Area Schools Purchasing Consortium Interlocal Agreement
Attachment: Bay Area Consortium Final Document 9-5-12.pdf
H. School Choice

35. Recommend to Deny the Approval of Pineapple Cove Academy
Attachment: Pineapple Cove 2013-2014 Application - Business Plan Evaluation FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Pineapple Cove 2013-2014 BPS Charter Application Summary FINAL.pdf
Attachment: FLDOE Required Evaluation Document - Pineapple Cove Academy.pdf
H. Central Area Superintendent

36. Field Trip - Cocoa High School FIRST Robotics - FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri
Attachment: CHS Robotics St Louis 2013.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

37. Titusville High School NJROTC trip to Parris Island, SC
38. Titusville High School Field Trip to New York City
H. Facilities Services

39. Solar Arrays for McNair, Central and Johnson Middle Schools, and ESF
Attachment: Ronald McNair Magnet School.pdf
Attachment: Central Middle School.pdf
Attachment: L. B. Johnson Middle School.pdf
Attachment: ESF.pdf

I. Staff Reports
40. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
42. Board Member Reports


Ms. Kneessy noted that she met with our Brevard County SWAT students who are working on tobacco prevention.  She mentioned that they would like to see a policy in our district to make all of our campuses tobacco free, 100 percent of the time.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she attended a program at Holland Elementary called Celebrate America. She stated that it was a wonderful patriotic program and enjoys it when the Board is invited to events.

Ms. Kneessy shared a story that she called the power of the written word. She met with the Satellite High School Theater teacher so that he could share what the school is doing in terms of their programs. The teacher originally sent an email to get some language changes in the play that they are doing, Neil Simon's "Rumors".  The email came back to say that he could not make the changes.  The teacher always told his students that if you want to get someones attention send a letter, so the teacher sent a letter to Neil Simon requesting the changes.  Neil Simon called the teacher and he was given permission to change the script for the school play.

Mr. Ziegler explained to the Board about expecting a response on the status of evaluation opportunities such as cell towers or antennas on properties.  He stated that he is disappointed that it is taking an exceptionally long time to get a response to community partners who have the school districts best interest in mind to the point of holding up business opportunities.  Mr. Ziegler stated that the district has frequent requests from companies that are interested in leasing pieces of land for towers or whatnot. He stated that we need a standard procedure when those requests are made.  Mr. Ziegler stated that it was brought to his attention that when leasing land, we need to be concerned about liability.  He stated that we should have standard language that must be in the contract for leasing land and a list of questions on the usage of the property.  Mr. Ziegler stated that we need to have these conversation once and not each time that the requests are made.

Ms. Henderson noted that she and Dr. Binggeli presented the Half-Cent Sales Tax presentation to the City of Rockledge.  She stated that it went very well.

Ms. Henderson noted that she went to the Viera Women's Club and gave the Half-Cent Sales Tax presentation to approximately sixty women. She stated that was an overwhelming success. She also presented at Kennedy Middle School, which she could safely say that 100 percent of the people in attendance were for the half-cent sales tax.

Ms. Henderson noted that band performances were being conducted at our different high school to showcase their talents. She invited the community to attend if they have a chance.  Ms. Henderson noted that we have some very talented students in our district.

Ms. Henderson noted that Cape Coast Conference is in effect at this time. She stated that Boy's and Girl's Golf was today and diving and other competitions are this week.

Dr. Krupp noted that he had the pleasure of accompanying Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, to a Cocoa Rotary function to present the Half-Cent Sales Tax presentation. He stated that the reception was quite warm.

Dr. Krupp noted he attended the public forums at Madison and Jackson Middle School.  He requested the that public take the opportunity to attend these forums and let your voice be heard in regard to the half-cent sales tax referendum.

Dr. Krupp referred to a memo that was sent by Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, on October 8, 2012 in regard to the estimated cost of school bus routes.  He brought attention to the fact that it costs the district 300 percent higher for the choice bus run versus the regular bus.  Dr. Krupp again implored that corridor bussing be placed on the agenda so that it can be discussed and removed so the monies can be put to better use in our operating or capital budget.

Dr. Murray noted that she has been getting a lot of support for the half-cent sales tax in the community.  She has been receiving positive comments as it relates to shifting the burden from the home owners to the tourists.  Dr. Murray stated that the Board and the district appreciates all the support and encourages full support.

Dr. Murray congratulated Ms. Irwin for the write-up on her in Brevard Business. They did a very nice profile and interview on Michelle. She thanked Ms. Irwin for representing the district so well.

Dr. Murray requested that staff look into concern that she received from a patron.  The concern is in regard to low income students or students on free and reduced lunch who are not being permitted to attend pep assemblies, field trips and things of that nature because they do not have the funds to pay.  Dr. Murray wanted to bring this concern to the Board's attention and has witnessed it herself, since she is a volunteer in the school district. She stated that this is not an acceptable practice and requested a strong message to be sent to the building leadership and all our employees that is they have students that cannot afford these activities there are ways to get the funding for them. Dr. Murray gave the example of partnerships and foundations to help with the funding and that no child should do without.

L. Superintendent's Report
43. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli followed up on an earlier comment made by Mr. Ziegler in regard to bullying. He noted that he addressed personally students from every one of our secondary schools. The students were brought together to discuss bullying on campus and that the district needs their help to make inroads into finding meaningful solutions.  Dr. Binggeli mentioned that they requested that the student leaders stay connected through digital media as to what is working in the schools and what is not working. These students will be brought back in to advise the district and potentially the Board as to what is needed to help reduce/eliminate bullying and cyber-bullying for our campuses.

M. Adjournment
44. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board meeting of October 9, 2012 at 7:09 p.m.