10-13-2009 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 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 8, 2009 and 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 Robert Jordan called the October 13, 2009 School Board meeting 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 (Anton Snowden, Grade 6, Sabal Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Anton Snowden, 6th grade student, Sabal Elementary.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Gina DAngiolillo, Grade 6, Sabal Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led be Gina D'Angiolillo, 6th Grade, Sabal Elementary)

A-5. Entertainment (Sabal Intermediate Strings, Sabal Elementary)
5. Entertainment


Sabal Elementary School Intermediate Strings, under the direction of Music Director,Michelle Couch, entertained the Board and the audience prior to the start of the meeting, played an additional musical number.

Mr. Jordan took the opportunity to thank Ms. Couch and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Jordan called for a recess at 5:45 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:50 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Presentation Revision:
D-13.   Concerns About Changes in Health Insurance

Consent Revisions:
F-15.   Student Expulsions
F-20.   Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-26.   Designation of an Alternate to the Building Official
F-27.   2009-2010 Energy Conservation Plan- Phase 1 Capital Projects
F-28.   Criteria to Evaluate Attendance Boundary Changes



Approve the published agenda for the October 13, 2009 School Board meeting and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. District Communications

7. BPS named as a 2009 Best Employer for Workers Over 50

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli recognized Brevard Public Schools for the fifth straight year and the only school district in the nation to be recognized, as the recipients of the 2009 AARP Best Employer for Workers over 50. Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, noted that Brevard was selected for its recruiting practices, opportunities for training, education and career development, workplace accommodations, alternative work options such as flexible; scheduling, job sharing, and phased retirement, employee health and pension benefits, retiree benefits and age diversity of the workforce. Special thanks were given to the School Board, Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent, Susan Standley, Director of Compensation and Benefits, and Kathy Estrada, Administrative Secretary to Compensation and Benefits for their involvement. Dr. Binggeli and Mr. Berry presented the award to Chairman Jordan.
B. Elementary Programs

8. Florida Power-Library Schools Designation


Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, spoke about Sharon Reynolds, Resource Teacher, and her roles and responsibilities to Brevard Public Schools. Ms. Blackburn turned the meeting over to Ms. Reynolds who explained the Florida Power-Library Schools Program.

Florida Power-Library Schools program in its inaugural year is sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Association of Supervisors of Media. Schools were evaluated based on collaborative instruction in information literacy, curriculum and assessment, resource management, program administration, environment, and advocacy. This three-year designation includes the expectation that these schools will serve as mentor sites for others around the state. Eleven of Brevard's schools were among the twenty-six from around the state to receive this designation.

The following award-winning schools were honored at a state ceremony and given a banner to display in their schools. Chairman Jordan and Dr. Brian Binggeli honored each principal with a certificate and their media specialist with a plaque recognizing their accomplishment.

Apollo Elementary -Principal Dr. Pam O’Kell; Media Specialist Melissa Slack.

Atlantis Elementary -  Principal Sherry Tomlinson; Media Specialists EddyLynn Kledzik and Jan Marks.

Audubon Elementary -  Principal Lynn Francisco; Media Specialist Kathy Crisafulli

Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High - Principal Timothy Cool; Media Specialists Linda Dean and Jessica Speicher

Harbor City Elementary -  Principal Barbara Belanger; Media Specialist Coleen Ward

McNair Magnet School  - Principal Rosette Brown; Media Specialist Julie Wales

Meadowlane Primary -  Principal Karen Kise; Media Specialist Connie Benavidez

Ocean Breeze Elementary -  Principal Dr. Colleen Skinner; Media Specialist Sarah Aloise

Ralph M. Williams Elementary -  Principal Cynthia Ford(not present); Media Specialist Joye Kralovec

Suntree Elementary -  Principal Lisa Larkin; Media Specialist Kim Swinehart  

Viera High School - Principal Mark Tormoen;Media Specialists Beth Harris and Eryn Worcester 


Dr. Binggeli thanked all the honorees for doing their part to make our schools great places for our children to grow and learn.



B. Exceptional Education

9. Special Recognition of Riviera Elementary School as a Glasser Quality School


Eva Lewis, Director of Exceptional Education, introduced Dr. Brad Green and Jeanette McDaniel, Senior Faculty Members of the Glasser Institute, and Linda Piccolella, Principal of Riviera Elementary School.

Riviera Elementary School in Brevard's sixth Glasser Quality School. The Glasser Quality School focuses on quality relationships, sage learning environment and quality work by students. Riviera Elementary joins Indialantic Elementary, Ralph Williams Elementary, Saturn Elementary, Lewis Carroll Elementary and Enterprise Elementary as a Glasser Quality School in which there are six additional school on the "quality school journey."

Dr. Greene and Ms. McDaniel presented a plaque to Ms. Piccolella.

Dr. Binggeli and the five Board Members congratulated Ms. Piccolella for her schools accomplishments.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/ Superintendent

10. Resolution - Puerto Rican Heritage Month
Attachment: Puerto Rican Resolution 10.13.09.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communication, read the resolution proclaiming October 19 thru November 19, 2009 as Puerto Rican Heritage Month.

Proclaim October 19 through November 19, 2009 as Puerto Rican Heritage Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye

C. Transportation

11. Resolution - National School Bus Safety Week
Attachment: RESOLUTION.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communication, read the resolution proclaiming October 19 thru October 23, 2009 as National School Bus Safety Week.

Proclaim October 19 through October 23, 2009 as National School Bus Safety Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Adult/Community Education

12. Keeping The Lights On After School - Proclamation
Attachment: Proclamation 09.10.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communication, read the proclamation for "Keeping the Lights on After School".

Approve "Keeping the Lights on After School - A Proclamation"- 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
D. Labor Relations

13. Concerns About Changes in Health Insurance
Attachment: Transfer History provided by BFT.pdf
Attachment: Trust Fund Timeline.pdf
Attachment: BFT 2006-07.pdf
Attachment: Bargaining Update from BFT.pdf
Attachment: BDPresentation.pdf
Attachment: Summary Budget.pdf
Attachment: BFT 2005-06.pdf
Minutes: Dan Bennett, Second Vice President of Brevard Federation of Teachers (BFT), and Janet Eastman, President of BFT, presented to the Board their views as it relates to the changes in health insurance.

E. Public Discussion
14. Public Discussion
Attachment: BFT Vote 10.13.09.pdf

The Chairman reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. He 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 persons addressed the Board:

Janet Eastman, President of Brevard Federation of Teacher's (BFT) read into the record the results of the tabulation of the ballots cast in the election held on October 7, 2009 in regard to the School Board of Brevard County's imposed changes to the district's insurance plan. The results of the ballots are attached.

  1. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Health Benefits
  2. Kevin Chancellor, Palm Bay - Health Benefits
  3. Carrie Chancellor, Palm Bay - Health Benefits
  4. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Health Benefits
  5. Robert Cruz, Local 1010, Viera - Health Benefits
  6. Debra Greco, Local 1010, Orlando - Health Benefits
  7. Mary Helen Velkoff, Indian Harbour Beach - Health Benefits
  8. Linda Vinson, Melbourne - Health Benefits
  9. Kim Hunt, Titusville - Health Benefits
  10. Terri Lowe, Satellite Beach - Health Benefits

Mr. Jordan requested that Harold Bistline, Attorney to the School Board, explain the process as it relates to the Impasse Hearing and where the district and the union stands.

Mr. Bistline explained that both BFT and Local 1010 declared impasse on the health insurance issue that was being negotiated. Both the unions and the administration waived the appointment of a special magistrate and elected to proceed to the Legislative Hearing before the Board. On September 29, 2009 the Board conducted a public hearing at which time the partied explained their positions on the impasse issues. The Board accepted the position of the administration at the Legislative Hearing. The Unions submitted the impasse language at their perspective memberships and have been informed on October 13, 2009  that the membership has not ratified the imposed language.  Under Section 447.403 if the language is not ratified by all parties, the Legislative Bodies action shall take effect as of the date of the Legislative Hearing for the remainder of the first fiscal year through June 30, 2010.

Ms. Jordan spoke to the unions, teachers and support staff in regard to their frustration in regard to the health insurance. He stated that the district is in a financial bind and the district recently received a letter from Eric Smith, Commissioner of Education, which stated the projected annual deficit of 12 percent for 2011, a 22 percent deficit for 2012, and  an additional 20 percent for 2013. Mr. Jordan explained the priority of the Board has been in protecting the jobs of its employees. In order for the district to not have an increase in health insurance it would have to lay off 225 employees. Mr. Jordan requested a Board workshop to look at all the issues and numbers of the budget including the insurance trust fund.

Chairman Jordan called for a video break at 7:34 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 7:56 p.m.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

15. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: 10.13.09 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
16. Approval of Minutes
F. Accounting Services

17. Increase in Cafeteria Petty Cash Fund for the Educational Services Facility
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchasing Requests and Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 10-001BP Lawn Maintenance.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-13-09.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional 2009 October 13.pdf
Attachment: 2009 October 13 ESOL (3).pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

21. NASA K-12 Competitive Grant--Lead the Way Project
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

22. School Improvement Grant Application
F. Student Services

23. Title III, Part A for Immigrant Children and Youth - Grant Application
F. Area I Superintendent

24. Contracted Services Agreement between Riviera Elementary and Kagan Professional Development
Attachment: Riviera - Kagan 10-16-09.pdf
F. Area III Superintendent

25. Contracted Services Agreement between Learning Wheels and Sherwood Elementary School
Attachment: Learning Wheels.pdf
F. Facilities Services

26. Designation of an Alternate to the Building Official
Attachment: Named Alternate to the Building Code Official.pdf
F. Project Management

27. 2009-10 Energy Conservation Plan - Phase 1 Capital Projects
Attachment: RCM Board Attachment.pdf
Attachment: ECM Matrix Phase 1 cost - Board Attachment 9-21-09 revision.pdf
Attachment: Project Management Plan Board Attachment 9-21-09 revision.pdf
29. Impact Aid for School Construction and FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

30. Utility Easement - Florida Power & Light - Rockledge High School
Attachment: Easement - FPL - Rockledge High School.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

31. Approval of Consent Agenda

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

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Project Management

28. Criteria to Evaluate Attendance Boundary Changes
Attachment: Attachment #1.pdf
Attachment: 090930_Parent Input and Sign-in Sheets.pdf
Attachment: News Release.pdf
Attachment: Parent Package.pdf
Attachment: Sample Attendance Boundary Alternative Rating Sheet.pdf
Attachment: Parent Input Rankings Graph, Summary Data, and Sample.pdf

Ms. Henderson pulled this item to request that the district go with the average weight on the criteria of attendance boundaries and to include the parents input.

Dr. Murray stated that she agreed to some extent and mentioned her concern in regarding the little attention given to the socio-economic and racial balance in which the district is under government guidelines and requirements to maintain an appropriate balance in those areas.

Dane Theodore, Director of Planning and Project Management, gave the Board an explanation on the results of the criteria.

Ms. Kneessy and the Board stated they support the average weight and not shift any of the criteria points.

Mr. Jordan stated his concern about making sure that the district does not end up with an all black school or an all white school.

Ms. Kneessy stated that all children are equal in this county and some of the inferences come across as though we are not.

Dr. Binggeli stated that last year the Board requested the district come up with criteria that would guide us through the process for redistricting. He also stated that there is no rezoning effort before the Board at this time and the first thing that needs to be done is understand the criteria that will be used to guide us. 


Approve the General Guidelines and Weighted Criteria recommended by the Attendance Boundary Criteria Committee for use by evaluation committees to rank alternatives of proposed attendance boundary changes for recommendation to the School Board. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
H. Information
H. Financial Services

32. Designation of Legal Representative to Apply for Title VIII of Public Law (Impact Aid) Funds
H. Transportation

33. School Bus Driver Cellular Phone Use-Revision to Board Policy 8606
Attachment: 8606 School Bus Driver Cellular Phone Use rev.pdf
Attachment: policy change sheet cell phone.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled this item to get clarification from Mike Connors, Director of Transportation, on when the bus drivers can and cannot use their personal cell phones. Ms. Kneessy also questioned Mr. Connors on different scenarios in regard to the cell phone and the bus dispatch system. Dr. Murray also has a question regarding the protocol during an emergency situation.

H. Elementary Programs

34. Lease Agreement between the School Board and the Melbourne Auditorium
Attachment: Melbourne Auditorium.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

35. Contracted Services Agreement between Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary School and Nancy Prizito Consulting, Inc.
Attachment: Nancy Prizito Contracted Svcs. Agreement.pdf
36. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Augusta, Georgia
Attachment: MHS Crew Team to Augusta, GA Nov 2009.pdf
H. Project Management

37. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Bayside High School
Attachment: Amendment No 1.pdf
38. Transfer and Use of Educational Facilities Impact Fees
Attachment: Previous Impact Fees Project Collections.pdf
Attachment: COP Debt Schedule.pdf
Attachment: Educational Impact Fee Collections thru June 09.pdf
Attachment: Advisory Committee Recommendations for Meeting #7.pdf
Attachment: Request for Impact Fees thru June 2009.pdf
Attachment: Eligible COPs.pdf
Attachment: Master Spreadsheet.pdf
Attachment: Transfer Request for Previously Collected Impact Fees.pdf
Attachment: Interlocal Agreement.pdf
Attachment: Master COP Schedule.pdf

I. Staff Reports
39. Staff Report(s)

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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


Mr. Jordan named several people that were on the list for public discussion who had left the meeting with the exception of the following:

  1. Kathy Tidwell, Merritt Island - Health Insurance Concern

K. Board Member Reports
41. Board Member Reports


Dr. Murray noted that she attended the fundraiser for Take Stock in Children along with Mr. Ziegler and that it was a nice event.

Dr. Murray noted that she was invited to speak to the Merritt Island Rotary and met a number of community leaders who are very supportive of education and wanting to help were needed.

Dr. Murray noted that she attended the Merritt Island High School dedication along with Dr. Binggeli which was very well done. The community should be proud of the facility. She stated that she is looking forward to the completion of the Cocoa facility and its dedication.

Mr. Ziegler noted the he attended the FSBA Commitment to Educational Revenue Committee meeting, in which he is Co-Chair. The state funding and the class-size amendment implementation was the topic of discussion. The committee will be reviewing all potential revenue streams for the state and try to determine if any of the revenue would be for eduction.

Mr. Jordan thanked the Board for their professionalism during the meeting.  He noted that the Board has a workshop on November 20, 2009. Mr. Jordan stated the Unions are a part of what the Board is doing as it regards to the health care insurance of the employees. The financial outlook is not going to get any better but the Board and the Unions can try to soften the blows to the employees in the coming years.

L. Superintendent's Report
42. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli echoed some of the same comments of Mr. Jordan.

M. Adjournment
43. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of October 13, 2009 was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.