10-12-2010 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, October 12, 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, October 7, 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 Kneessy called the School Board meeting of October 14, 2010 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Absent: Karen Henderson- medical reasons

A-3. Invocation (Boone Anderson, Gr. 6, Saturn Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Boone Anderson, 5th Grade student from Saturn Elelementary, led the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Cavin Dobson, Gr. 2, Saturn Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Cavin Dobson, 2nd Grade student from Saturn Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Saturn Music Makers)
5. Entertainment


Saturn Elementary Music Makers, under the direction of Chorus Director, Joani Slawson, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting and played one additional musical number.

Chairman Kneessy too this opportunity to thank Ms. Slawson and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 5:38 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:42 p.m.


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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Recognition Addition
B-7.   Spotlight on Education

Resolution Addition
C-8.   Coats for Kids

Consent Revision
F-14.   Student Expulsions
F-20.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Information Revision
H-29.   2011-2012 Charter School Applications

Adopt the agenda of the School Board meeting of October 12, 2010 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

7. Spotlight on Education
Attachment: Canine Commandos.pdf

Chairman Kneessy took this opportunity to recognize Laura Waszmer, Education Faculty from Brevard Community College (BCC) Cocoa Campus, along with her Introduction to Teaching Profession class.

 Dr. Binggeli explained Spotlight on Schools, a new traditional that will be implemented at most board meeting that will highlight some of the great and often unique things that are happening in our schools.

Dr. Binggeli introduced Virginia Hamilton, Teacher at Tropical Elementary. Ms. Hamilton and several of her students explained what the Canine Commandos Program is all about and how they helped the community by training dogs that are waiting adoption from local shelters. The students train certain dogs to understand basic commands to help make the dog more easily adoptable. The command taught are "Watch Me", "Sit", "Stay", and "Come". For more information, please see the attached brochure.

Dr. Binggeli thanked the Canine Commandos for presenting to the Board.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. District Communications

8. Coats for Kids
Attachment: 2010-1012 RESOLUTION for Coats for Kids.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, read the Coats for Kids resolution.

Approve the Coats for Kids Resolution for Brevard Public Schools in conjunction with the Brevard County Commissioners.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Transportation

9. Resolution - National School Bus Safety Week
Attachment: RESOLUTION 2010.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the resolution proclaiming October 18 thru October 22, 2010 as National School Bus Safety Week.

Proclaim October 18 though October 22, 2010 as National School Bus Safety Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Adult/Community Education

10. Keeping The Lights On After School - Proclamation
Attachment: Keeping The Lights On After School.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Davis read the resolution proclaiming the School Board of Brevard County is committed to Keeping the Lights on After School.

Approve "Keeping The Lights On After School - A Proclamation"- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Brevard School Foundation

11. Check Presentation from The Boeing Company


Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, introduced Kevin Hoshstrasser, Site Director of Florida Operations for Boeing; Deborah Kelly, Community Investor of Boeing Florida, and Lisa Malone, Director of Public Relations for NASA, who presented a $50,000 check to Mason Williams, President of Brevard Schools Foundation. This funding will support Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Math, Next Generation Science, New Standards Training for K-12 Science Teachers and provide support for 1776, the 11th grade Cultural Experience.

Ms. Kershaw expressed gratitude on behalf of the Foundation and the students of Brevard County.

Mr. Hoshstrasser stated that he represents the men and women from The Boeing Company who have donated this money. He took this opportunity to thank the teachers and the Board for their support for preparing our students for the future and the future workforce.

Dr. Binggeli expressed his sincere appreciation for all that Boeing Company does to support our teachers and students.

E. Public Discussion
12. Public Discussion


Chairman Kneessy 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. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Ed Jobs Fund Program
  2. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  3. Marcus Hochman, Cape Canaveral - ESE Student, Equal Education

Mr. Ziegler, in agreeing with Mr. Bennett, commented on Amendment 8 and expressed his concerns with the class size amendment.

Dr. Murray requested that Dr. Binggeli and his staff look into any changes of placement or IEP adjustments of ESE students as a result of the class size stipulations. Ms. Kneessy concurred.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

13. Approval of Minutes
14. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 10.12.10.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

15. Approval of Carey Gleason as Brevard Schools Foundation Board Member
Attachment: jcgworkresume091510.pdf
F. Financial Services

16. Property Disposal
Attachment: Oct 12.pdf
Attachment: Maintenance Trade-In .pdf
17. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchasing Requests and Sales and Service Agreements
Attachment: 11-001JJ Plumbing Supplies - Plant Operations & Maintenance.pdf
18. Designation of Legal Representative to Apply for Title VIII of Public Law (Impact Aid) Funds
F. Human Resources

19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-12-10.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 10-12-10.pdf
Attachment: 2010 October 12 ESOL.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

21. Contract with the 95 Percent Group
Attachment: PROP Brevard 2010.11.pdf
22. Title I School Improvement Grant Application
F. Adult/Community Education

23. 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
F. South Area Superintendent

24. 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)
25. 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
F. Project Management

26. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Construction Management Services at Heritage High School (CCC)
Attachment: Amendment No 1.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

27. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate Karen Ivery for her appointment to the position of Assistant Principal at Golfview Elementary effective October 13, 2010.

Chairman Kneessy called for a video break at 6:21 p.m.
The School Board meeting reconvened at 6:33 p.m.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Human Resources

28. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations - Action
Attachment: NEOLA Recommendations - Part 1 of 2.pdf
Attachment: NEOLA Recommendations - Part 2 of 2.pdf


Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for Public Hearing to adopt/approve the new/revised School Board policies as listed below:

New Policies













Revised Policies
























Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Ms. Kneessy brought an item of information to the Board regarding the harassment policy. She requested that the Board re-read the policy prior to the upcoming workshop on ethics.

H. Information
H. School Choice

29. 2011 - 2012 Charter School Applications
Attachment: II. Organizational Plan Odyssey 9-12.pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesigny - Odyssey 9-12.pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesign - Odyssey K-8.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary - Odyssey (9-12).pdf
Attachment: III. Business Plan - Facilities Secured 9-12.pdf
Attachment: Application Notes - Odyssey 9-12.pdf
Attachment: Application Notes - Odyssey K-8 ?.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary - Odyssey (K-8).pdf
Attachment: III. Business Plan - Facilities Secured 1.pdf
Attachment: II. Organizational Plan Odyssey K-8 1.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

30. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Augusta, Georgia
Attachment: MHS Crew Team to Augusta, GA Nov 2010.pdf
31. Eau Gallie High School Advanced Drama Students Trip to New York City
Attachment: EGHS Drama Students to New York City - Feb 2011.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

32. Field Trip for the Satellite High Symphonic Orchestra to Perform in Chicago, IL
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_0825_001.pdf
33. Consultant Agreement with Nancy Prizito
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_0849_001.pdf
H. Project Management

34. Extend Continuing Contracts for Professional Services
Attachment: List of Continuing Contracts for Professional Services.pdf
Attachment: Sample Amendment.pdf
Attachment: Sample Continuing Contract for Professional Services.pdf
Attachment: 287.055.pdf
H. District Security

35. Acceptance of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Secure Our Schools (COPS-SOS) Grant For Installation of Video Surveillance Security Systems at Cocoa, Bayside and Palm Bay High Schools
Attachment: COPS SOS Application FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Secure Our Schools Grant #2010CKWX0678 Award Letter Letter.pdf

I. Staff Reports
36. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
37. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
38. Board Member Reports


Mr. Jordan updated the Board on the Race to the Top Grant Committee. He noted that he was appointed to a subgroup committee on compensation and gave a report in regard to that meeting. 

Ms. Kneessy mentioned that she was excited to see a possible approval of a new performing arts Charter School for the October 26, 2010.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she has been doing about two 0.25 Mill presentations a day to homeowners associations, different schools and other various groups to get the correct information out to the voters.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he has been attending the 0.25 Mill presentations at the schools. He also noted that he presented to the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast and the League of Cities Dinner meeting.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the Florida Space and Technology Forum at the Solar Energy Center at BCC earlier in the week with elected State and Local Officials to discuss the trends for space and technology for Brevard County.

Mr. Ziegler attended the 30 year Reunion at Melbourne High School and mentioned that the Saturday event was catered by the Melbourne High Culinary Team. His wife Patty Ziegler came up with the idea to bond current students in high school with alumni. He complimented the professionalism of these culinary students.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended, along with Ms. Kneessy, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, doing a presentation for donations for the culinary teams at the King Center.

Mr. Ziegler requested from Dr. Binggeli that the district establish collection points in the schools for the Coats for Kids. Dr. Binggeli stated that he would get with Betty Dunn, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, in regard to the collection points.

Dr. Murray noted she had the opportunity to attend some schools and classrooms this fall. Most recently she visited Fairglen, Manatee, Mila, Lewis Carroll and Endeavor. Dr. Murray mentioned how proud she feels to serve on the Board when she see all the amazing things that the teachers and the students are doing in class.

Dr. Murray noted that she continues to talk with community members about the millage and to drive the point that the millage is a continuation and how devastating it will be if it is not passed by the voters.

Ms. Kneessy informed the Board that she has requested the district staff work on the 2 mile limit and whether a student should ride the bus or not and what constitutes a dangerous walkway. There has been situations when the county has deemed an area unsafe and then safe and the school district's transportation department has been left out of the loop from the county. She noted as a point of emphasis that in a report of April 2010 the lastest data shows that Florida leads in pedestrian and bicycle deaths.

L. Superintendent's Report
39. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli pointed out that in addition to the 0.25 Mill,  our tax roll on a per student basis is below the state average. He mentioned that for every dollar that is generated locally the state allows us 20 cents which totals to 1.6 million additional dollars that the state provides the district from the 0.25 Mill.

Dr. Binggeli updated that Board and the community on the Race to the Top Application which was submitted on Friday, October 8, 2010 for the Department of Education to review. He mentioned that the grant was worth 7.3 million for Brevard over then next four years. Dr. Binggeli commended Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources, who has done a fantastic job throughout this process of bringing a cross-functional team together to continue to put this application in a way that we think that it will be successful. He also stated that Janet Eastman, President of Brevard Federation of Teachers, has been an important part of the process as the team goes through the Webinars. Dr. Binggeli stated that it has not been the norm in other localities.

Dr. Binggeli reminded the Board that on Friday, October 15, 2010 Class Size will be calculated. He mentioned that our principals have done a phenomenal job in addressing the issues in regard to class size and the district is dead on with the five million that it cost the district for maintaining class size. Dr. Binggeli publicly commended the legions of people, from the principal to the senior staff, that it took to accomplish this enormous logistical task of being in compliance with the class size amendment.

M. Adjournment
40. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of October 12, 2010 was adjourned at 6:53 p.m.