10-20-2009 Budget Workshop


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a budget workshop on Tuesday, October 20, 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 15, 2009 and 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 Excercises

Minutes: Chairman Robert Jordan called the Special Budget Workshop of October 20, 2009 to order at 3:34 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Mr. Jordan stated the reason for this meeting was for the Board to get information and understand get clarification of issues raised at the School Board meeting in regard to the health care plans. The Board will be asking questions for clarification but will not be making any decisions or voting at this meeting.

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance


Dr. Brian T. Binggeli, Superintendent, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Self-Funded Health Care Plan
Attachment: Workshop Benefits Presentation 10-20-09 Final.pdf
Attachment: Overview of Self Funded.pdf
Attachment: History of Health Plan.pdf
Attachment: Cost Analysis.pdf
Attachment: 2009 SIAC.pdf
Attachment: Fund OP Costs.pdf
Attachment: Premium Cost Data.pdf
Attachment: 06 Premium Holiday.pdf

Susan Standley, Director of Compensation and Benefit, introduced Jan Bush, Principal Owner of Robinson./Bush.

Ms. Bush presented an overview to the Board on the Self-Funded Health Care Plan for Brevard Public Schools.

Ms. Standley and Ms. Bush answered questions by the Board to clarify information that was presented.

Chairman Jordan called for a break at 6:25 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 6:39 p.m.

5. Financial Information - Key Points
Attachment: October 20 Budget Workshop (2).pdf

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, presented financial information which included fund balance as a portion of the overall budget, breakdown of operating budget fund balance and clarifications of issues raised at the School Board meeting of October 13, 2009.

Board discussion and questions and answered session ensued regarding different financial information presented at the Impasse Hearing.

6. Budget Review Dialogue


The Board took this opportunity to question Ms. Preston in regard to the operating budget and the financial impact that is going to effect the district in the forseeable future.

Closing Remarks
7. Closing Remarks


Dr. Binggeli asked for clarification from the Board regarding the Strategic Plan Priority 4.1.7 -  to evaluate the cost effectiveness of various district operations (i.e.: Food Services, Transportation, School Age Child Care) by 2010-2011 school year. He stated that the district will be engaged in a comprehensive review of the budget which will begin with a program by program examination. Dr. Binggeli went on to explain the process in which the district would follow in regard to this comprehensive review.

Dr. Binggeli then asked if this was a responible expectation of the Strategic Priority 4.1.7. The five Board Members answered in the affirmative.

Mr. Jordan made a few closing statements regarding the tough financial times ahead  and thanked the district personnel for all the work that was done.

8. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Budget Workshop of October 20, 2009 was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.