10-13-2015 Regular School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 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 1, 2015. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A. Invocation (Kate Collings, 6th Grade, Tropical Elem.)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Kate Collings, 6th grade student from Tropical Elementary School, read the invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance (Salvatore Carlson, 5th Grade, Tropical Elem.)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Salvatre Carlson, 5th grade student from Tropical Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment (Tropical Chorus, 5th and 6th Grades)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: Prior to the Board meeting, the Tropical Chorus, under the direction of music teacher, Daniella Sunderland, entertained the Board and the viewing audience. They performed one additional number after the beginning of the meeting was called to order.
Chairman Kneessy called for a brief recess at 5:40 p.m. so that the students could gather their belongings. Chairman Kneessy resumed the meeting at 5:47 p.m.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of the Agenda
Attachment: 2015-1013 Supplemental Agenda.pdf

Approve the October 13, 2015 Regular School Board Meeting and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn recognized Principal Cynthia Wilson on her retirement from Sherwood Elementary, effective October 31, 2015.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Cynthia L. Wilson, Principal of Sherwood Elementary, effective October 31, 2015.

Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Transportation

8. National School Bus Safety Week

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn introduced Arby Creach, director of Transportation who led the recognition. He took a moment to recognize Suns State Bus Centers, Maudlin International and Luke Air Conditioning for their gracious sponsorship of 600 specially designed t-shirts to commemorate National School Bus Safety Week.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Adult/Community Education

9. "Keeping the Lights On Afterschool" Proclamation
Attachment: Keeping the Lights On After School Proc 2015.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, read the proclamation.

Approve the "Keeping the Lights On Afterschool" proclamation.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Student Services

10. National School Psychologist Awareness Week, November 9-13, 2015
Attachment: Proclamation National School Psychologist Week 2015.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, read the proclamation.

Adopt the attached proclamation designating November 9-13, 2015 as National School Psychologist Awareness Week in Brevard County Public Schools.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Students at Risk

11. National Bullying Prevention Month
Attachment: National Bullying Prevention Month 2015.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, read the resolution.

Adopt the Resolution declaring October as National Bullying Prevention Month. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Human Resources

12. TNTP Insight Survey Presentation
Attachment: Insight Survey Board Presentation.pdf
Minutes: Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, presented the Board and audience information on the TNTP Insight Survey results.
D. Career and Technical Education

13. Industry Certification Results Update
Attachment: Industry Certifications Return on Investment Student 2016.pdf
Attachment: SY 2015 Industry Certification Book 9 23 15.pdf

Janice Scholz, Director of Career and Technical Education, presented Industry Certification Results to the Board and viewing audience.

There were some questions about how the schools were selected and who received new CTE programs.

Ms. Scholz said that whenever they look to begin a new program, they look for a facility that will accommodate the equipment, then they look for building a curriculum, and look for a teacher to be able to teach the curriculum and also the willingness of the administration to have the program, and having an enrollment as such that students could sign up for it.

Mrs. Kneessy said that while the offerings are outstanding, students may be limited to attending if it is not offered at his or her school. She would like to have a process to allocate resources for these programs that is equitable and see an expansion in all schools. She would like to see it as part of a strategic plan where we bring in all of the partners and see where we are at and where we can go.

Mr. Craig echoed Mrs. Kneessy's sentiments and said that anytime there is a new program in the works, we need to make sure it is a fit for the whole county.    

While Mr. Ziegler agreed that it would be great if every child had access to every opportunity, we must be careful to not eliminate opportunites created by businesses that may step up to partner with certain schools.  He cautioned about limiting opportunities just because they are not accessible to everyone.  

Dr. Blackburn said he has heard consistently throughout the community that the programs offered are outstanding and will make sure that they have extensive dialogue to address concerns.

E. Public Comment
14. Public Comment


Chairman Kneessy reminded the speakers that the maximum allotted time for each speaker is three minutes. Clarification of information presented and answers to questions specific to district business and educational matters will be posted on the School Board's website under the section called "4 The Record." She asked that comments be related to public education and the business of the Brevard County School Board. She also asked that speakers refrain from making slanderous statements or personal attacks on others.

Speakers are listed in order of appearance:

1. Kinley Nagle - Bullying students w/ Learning Disabilities
2. Dan Bennett - Negotiations
3. Richard Smith - Labor Relations
4. Gary Shiffrin - Insight Survey
5. David Kearns - School Buses Poor Condition

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

15. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2016-02.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2016-03.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2016-04.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2016-05.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Accounting Services

16. Warrants for the Month of August 2015
Attachment: Warrant List - August 2015.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 10-13-15.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 10-13-15.pdf
18. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: b - BW 16-BW-035-DK - NHA Certification Exams.pdf
Attachment: f - ITB 16-B-019-LU - HVAC Equipment Rental.pdf
Attachment: j - SSA 16-276-DP - Thinking Maps.pdf
Attachment: d - ITB 15-B-082-OC - Classroom, Office and Art Paper Supply.pdf
Attachment: g - SC 16-016-CW - Motor Vehicles.pdf
Attachment: l - SSA 16-282-WH - ACT, Inc.pdf
Attachment: n - SSA 16-300-WH - Achieve3000.pdf
Attachment: p - additional accounting strings.pdf
Attachment: h - SC 16-017-CW - Rental Vehicles.pdf
Attachment: k - SSA 16-278-WH - Houghton Mifflin - Cape View.pdf
Attachment: a - BW 16-BW-031-OC - Grad Bash Gradventure.pdf
Attachment: e - ITB 16-B-023-LU - Sale of Surplus Land.pdf
Attachment: i - SSA 16-236-WH - Certiport - CTE.pdf
Attachment: c - CA 16-267-DP - James S Boettner - Enterprise Elem.pdf
Attachment: m - SSA 16-289-DK - East Coast Zoological Society.pdf
Attachment: o - SSA 16-301-DP - Marshall Graphics Systems - CTE.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. FLDOE District Instructional Leadership and Faculty Development Grant
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 10-13-15.pdf
Attachment: 2015 October 13 ESOL FINAL.pdf
21. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-13-15.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

22. Title II, Part A: Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund
F. Students at Risk

23. 2015-2016 Multiagency Service Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)
F. ESE Program Support

24. 2015-2016 IDEA (Individuals with Diabilities Act) Grant Application
Attachment: IDEA Part B Pre-K Entitlement.pdf
Attachment: IDEA Part B K-12 Entitlement.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

25. Field Trip - Satellite High Symphonic Orchestra - Orchestra America National Festival - Indianapolis, IN
Attachment: SHS Orchestra trip Indiana 2016.docx.pdf
F. Project Management

28. Sea Park Elementary School - Design Build Preconstruction Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Sea Park design build preconstruction services attachment.pdf
29. Design Build Services for Tropical Elementary School and Jefferson Middle School - RFP#16-P-022-DR - Permission to Negotiate - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Attachment F Sales Surtax Funded Detail Report Jefferson and Tropical.pdf
30. Design Build Services for Discovery Elementary School and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School - RFP #16-P-021-DR - Permission to Negotiate - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Attachment F Sales Surtax Funded Detail Report Discovery and Roosevelt.pdf
F. Environmental, Health & Safety

31. 2015 Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casuality Safety and Sanitation Inspection Report
Attachment: 2015 BPS Comprehensive Safety Inspection Data.pdf
Attachment: 2015 BPS District Schools Comprehensive Safety Inspection Report.pdf
Attachment: 2015 BPS Charter School Safety Inspection Report.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

32. Approval of Consent

Approve the October 13, 2015 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Facilities Services

26. Easement to FPL at Gardendale Education Center
Attachment: FPL Utility Easement at Gardendale Education Center.pdf

Mr. Craig pulled this item in conjunction with F.27 on the 2015-16 to 2019-20 District Facilities Work Program.  He wanted to elevate this to a priority item.  It outlines that we will be building new schools and he believes they have not had the appropriate Board discussion nor have they had community outreach to see if that is what is wanted. He said that we have not seen an extensive long term strategic plan on how we would pay for those schools.

Dr. Blackburn replied to consider it elevated as a priority.

Approve the attached utility easement to FPL at Gardendale Education Center.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Project Management

27. 2015-16 to 2019-20 District Facilities Work Program
Attachment: 2015-16 Five Year Work Plan District Report.pdf
Attachment: 2015-16 Program Guide.pdf

Authorize the Superintendent to approve and submit the Brevard County School District Facilities Work Program for 2015-16 to 2019-20 to the Florida Department of Education as required by 1013.35 F.S.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
H. Information
H. Human Resources

33. Job Description - FNS Equipment Coordinator
Attachment: Coord_FNS-Equip.pdf
34. TNTP Insight Survey
Attachment: Brevard Public Schools Insight - Proposal - vF (2).pdf
H. School Choice

35. 2016-2017 Charter Application Recommendation for Approval
Attachment: LegacyAcademy - Evaluation.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary for Legacy 2016-2017.pdf
Attachment: OdysseySpaceCoastAppEvaluation.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary for Odyssey Space Coast 2016-2017.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

36. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee
Attachment: Melbourne High Crew Team - Chattanooga, TN Nov 2015.pdf
37. Heritage High School Marching Band Trip to Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina
Attachment: Heritage High Band to Winston-Salem State University, NC - Oct-Nov 2015.pdf
H. Central Area Superintendent

38. Field Trip - Johnson Middle School - Faces of Florida
Attachment: JMS Faces of FL trip.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

39. Merritt Island High School Cheer Squad field trip to Charlotte, North Carolina
40. Edgewood Junior Senior High Field Trip to New York, NY
H. Project Management

41. Facility Design Standards Update
Attachment: facility design standards update attachment.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
42. Board Member Reports

  • Misty Belford

    On September 30, she and Dr. Blackburn attended the Titusville Police Department's school administrator appreciation ceremony. She said that it was a wonderful opportunity to build connections and relationships with local law enforcement.  
  • On October 1, she attended a  BFT Retiree Luncheon. She said that two things came to light. The first one is that we have a lot of BFT retirees that are not familiar with our Legacy Club. The second item is that our BFT retirees have been doing a program called the Three Rs; Recycling, Reusing and Rewarding. They have been collecting lightly used books and stuffed animals and have been delivering them to schools. So far they have delivered to Endeavour, Cambridge, University Park and Harbor City for the primary grades. The group needs Lego books, snake figures and snake books, cars, Frozen books, books about sharks and books about Star Wars. They can be dropped off at the BFT office or you may contact Fran Baer.
  • On October 5, she met with new principal of Astronaut to start building that relationship and thanked HR and the area superintendent for providing substantial  support and guidance that other administrators in other districts do not receive.
  • On October 8, she attended the Superintendent's Advisory Council.
  • On October 8th and 9th, she attended Arts and Algorithm.
  • On October 26, she met with representatives at  Madison Middle School as they begin a new parent group.

Andy Ziegler

  • Mr. Ziegler said that he and a group of business professionals have gone to various schools for "Tie Day." The purpose is to teach young 7th grade men respect, how to shake hands when you meet someone and how to address people. They give the young men ties and show them how to tie them. He commented that it is always an amazing experience. Recently they went to Hoover. Before they had gone to Stone.
  • Last Tuesday was Walk to School Day and he walked with students from Stone Middle School. He noticed some of the students were wearing ties and he asked one young man if he had tied the tie himself to which the young man proudly responded yes. 
  • On October 26, he, Dr. Blackburn and Ms. Irwin went to the Central Florida School Board Coalition to discuss the legislative agenda. Everyone's top priority was testing and accountability. He said that he reiterated the importance of standing with the FADSS' resolution.

Mrs. Henderson

Mrs. Henderson began her report by saying that last week the commissioners delayed for a year blending the  impact fees. She said that she had received some calls from some of the small businesses in the area and from a few of her constituents asking what had happened. She wanted to outline the process that occured so  that everyone would understand.

She provided detailed dates and topics of meetings the Board had been part of to discuss asking the County Commission to consider blending impact fees into one district, and various correspondence they had received regarding this matter.  She also addressed studies that had been done and County committees represented by every Brevard city who had looked into this matter.  Florida Today had reported that two School Board members had urged the County Commission at the last minute to not approve the recommendation. She was not aware this had happened  and felt that it went against the wishes of the majority of the Board. When her constituents asked her why she didn't fight for this to pass, she said she couldn't because she had no idea there was anything to fight for.

She asked that in the future that items of consensus at Board Workshops be brought back as consent items at subsequent Board meetings so that an actual vote can be made.

  • Mrs. Henderson attended Empowering and Celebrating Effective Teaching. In her opinion, this the the  best program we have going. 
  • She visited Johnson and Creel with Jane Cline.
  • She attended the STEM teacher workshop and went to all five sessions.
  • It was gratifying to her to be at Kennedy Middle School which was one of  several schools along Fiske Blvd. in Rockledge that  had students standing outside for Sheriff Deputy Casey Smith. 
  • On Thursday she will attend the FSBA Legislative Priorties in Clearwater.
  • She mentioned that Mrs. Irwin had some meetings with parent leaders to encourage them to start an email writing campaign.

John Craig

  • Mr. Craig mentioned the STEM Manufacturing Day held at Craig Technologies. There were about 150 people in attendance.  It was an open house that highlighted manufacturing STEM opportunities.   

In response to Mrs. Henderson's statements about the County Commission vote, he first wanted to apologize to Mr. Theodore and Dr. Blackburn as it was a last minute decision to approach the County Commission.

He clarified that the County Commission did not vote on the issue, they determined to table it for a period of time.

He said that they (the Board) had discussed this matter. But he has had some very specific questions to facilities and finance that have not received answers. There also has been no community input. Additionally, the plan that was presented to them in March was with the previous superintendent and he has not been in a meeting yet where Dr. Blackburn has weighed in. He commented that we need to have a plan and outline our options.

Amy Kneessy

  • Ms. Kneessy thanked Dr. Mullins for letting her tag along on visits to Hoover and Palm Bay Elementary. She was happy to have sat in on a couple of strategic planning meetings and see what that looks like at the school level.

She hoped that Board members had an opportunity to look at the Board update regarding the new look of the purchasing bids agenda items. She asked if Board members were in agreement for it to roll out on the next agenda. They agreed.  

Ms. Kneessy said she would like to add a resolution  at the next meeting supporting the Misuse of Public Office Act. The Board members were in agreement to add the resolution.   

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


Dr. Blackburn thanked the Board for making it abundantly clear that staff morale and staff compensation is a priority.  That has fueled conversation that moved toward the contract agreement. He thanked Dr. Pace,  staff and negotiators.

He said that before the winter break, he will report to the Board and the community what is coming so far as strategic planning.  1. He will want some level of confirmation that he has actually heard the right pieces of information. 2. He wants to discuss how those priorities can be achieved. 3. He is looking for men and women to raise their hands to help make those strategies come to fruition.

Dr. Blackburn explained that at the end of September, at a FADSS conference, 63 of 67 superintendents met for several hours to determine a unified voice to present to the legislature. There is a complete vote of no confidence in the current accountability system. It is useless to continue to tweak a flawed system.  

FADSS recommends:

  • Do not produce school grades based on 2015 FSA results
  • If they feel compelled to produce a grade, make it be a grade of I.
  • Reject the concept that the standards set for the FSA mirror levels of the NAEP.
  • Conduct an extensive review of the accountability system.

Dr. Blackburn said they also need to  consider what negative impact the technology glitches had  on performance of our children last year and apply a touch of common sense.


M. Adjournment
44. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the meeting at 8:16 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).