10-15-2019 Board Workshop (Policy Work Session and Capacity)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a policy work session and capacity workshop on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 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 3, 2019. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office. >

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairman Descovich called the meeting to order at: 2:04 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Descovich led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
Policy Work Session

4. Board Policy 5500 Student Conduct
Attachment: 5500 Executive Summary NEOLA Redline Clean (10-11-19).pdf

Dr. Patricia Fontan, Director of ESE Support Services, provided the executive summary.

Board member had several questions and suggestions for revisions. Ms. Descovich had concerns about "G" and the minimum period of the expulsion period being one year.  Much discussion ensued regarding being able to adjust as situations merit and also definitions of physical assault.  After lengthy conversation, Board consensus was to leave the length of time for a physical attack on a school board employee or elected official. 

Board members also made some suggestions for modifications for numbering and lettering. 



5. Board Policy 6320 Purchasing
Attachment: 6320 Exe. Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf

Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, and Kristy Rodriguez, Purchasing Director, provided the executive summary for the changes.

Board members asked for the items on the "Cone of Silence" be issued to them once a month. Some suggestions were made for technical changes to the policy.

6. Board Policy 6330 Acquisition of Professional Architectural, Engineering. Landscape Architectural, or Land Surveying Services
Attachment: 6330 Executive Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf
7. Board Policy 6423 Use of Purchasing Cards
Attachment: 6423 Executive Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf
8. Board Policy 6460 Vendor Relations
Attachment: 6460 Executive Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf
9. Board Policy 6540 Consultants Agreements
Attachment: 6540 Executive Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf
Order of Business

10. Capacity
Attachment: Board Workshop Package-2019-10-15 updated 10 14.pdf

Sue Hann, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services and David Lindemann, Manager of Planning and Intergovernmental Coordination, provided an overview of the Information Package. They brought forth some recommendations  to achieve a better balance between boundaries and explained that they are looking at capacity very differently; making it more teacher, family, student and community driven.

The plan is not to have an attendance boundary for the new elementary school and no bus for the first year.

Board members were in agreement.

Regarding other potential boundary changes, there was consensus to move forward with discussions with the affected communities to garner feedback and gain support.

Closing Remarks
11. Closing Remarks


Mr. Susin mentioned that we need to highlight the great things going on in our district more often.

In reference to capacity, Mr. Susin feels that Viera High will soon be over capacity and suggested using impact fees to build an additional wing.

12. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich adjourned the meeting at: 4:18 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).