10-22-2013 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 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 10, 2013. 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 Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.


A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: 

Members Present:  Dr. Michael Krupp, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, and Andy Ziegler.

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Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray requested a moment of silence for Thelbert Harper, a teacher from Atlantis Elementary who recently passed away.


A-3. Invocation (Kieran Sheridan, 12th Grade, West Shore Jr./Sr.)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Keiran Sheridan, 12th grade student of West Shore Jr./Sr. High, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Lydia Howald, 7th Grade, West Shore Jr./Sr.)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Lydia Howald, 7th grade student of West Shore Jr./Sr. High, led the pledge of allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

West Shore Jr./Sr. High School's Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Amy Davis, Chorus Teacher, entertained the Board and viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting and then played one additional number.

Dr. Murray thanked Ms. Davis and her students for entertaining the Board.

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Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a brief recess at 5:40 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:43 p.m.
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A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Addition
F-14. Student Expulsion(s)
F-23. Consultant Agreement with Learning-Focused

Consent Revision
F-21.  Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-28.  Jackson Middle School Quest Team Field Trip to Washington, DC

Information Addition
H-44. School Year Calendar Standards and the 2014-15 School Year Calendar

Information Revision
H-51.  Field Trip - Johnson Middle School - Faces of Florida



Motions:
Approve the October 22, 2013 School Board agenda and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


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

7. Spotlight on Education

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli introduced Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary's Principal, Michael Corneau, Assistant Principal, Rick Sheppard, 5th Grade Teacher, Elizabeth Foster and 6th Grade Teacher, Matthew Mertz, to provide an overview of their school's Professional Learning Community - A Delivery System for Learning and Instruction.

The presenters introduced themselves and gave a brief overview. 

Dr. Murray stated that she has had the privilege of visiting Stevenson a couple of times in the last few weeks and actual observed and took part in one of their townhouse meetings and wanted to congratulate the staff, student and administration for initiating these processes because the learning was phenomenal.  She said that it was interesting to see the older children taking on the responsibility of modeling for the younger children.  Dr. Murray said that she, the Board, and administration look forward to more great things coming out of Stevenson Elementary.

B. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

8. Recognize the Office of Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE for Receiving the Meritorious Budget Awards for 2012-13

Minutes: 

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, announced that the Budgeting Office has been awarded two prestigious awards, the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFAO).  She stated that these honors represent the highest form of recognition for excellence in the preparation and issuance of a governmental entities annual budget.  Ms. Preston stated the district has received the ASBO award for its fifth consecutive year and the GFAO award for its fourth consecutive year.  To put it in perspective, in 2012-2013 only 123 school districts of over 14,000 districts nationwide received the ASBO award.  As for the GFOA award, there were 1,353 awards and only 86 of those were for school disticts.  Out of the 86 school districts, only 8 of those were awarded to the state of Florida. 

Karen Strickland, Director of Planning, Budget and Reporting, and Gail Danver, Budget Analyst, were instrumental in achieving these prestigious awards for Brevard Public Schools due to their hard work and due diligence.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray and Dr. Binggeli presented the ASBO and GFAO plaques to Ms. Strickland and Ms. Danver along with their congratulations.

B. School Choice

9. Recognize Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant Recipients, 2013-16

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli introduced Stephanie Archer, Director of School Choice, who presented the Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant Recipients for 2013-16. 

Ms. Archer stated that Brevard Public Schools was awarded a $11.3 million grant from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program and gave an overview of the grant.  Only 27 districts from 12 states received this grant.  Ms. Archer then congratulated and introduced the quality project design team, and their fantastic STEAM teams (teams to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

Dr. Binggeli stated that it is good that we were awarded this grant because many of the schools have already begun deploying some of the plans, as the teachers believed that it was in the best interest of the students.  He explained that it is that passion that helped us win this grant.  Dr. Binggeli wanted everyone to understand that we only have one grant writer throughout the district and we beat many districts for this immensely competitive grant.  He thanked everyone who contributed towards this effort on behalf of all the children who will benefit from their work. 

B. Adult/Community Education

10. Zero Robotics Summer Program Awards Recognition

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli introduced Jeffrey Arnott, Director of Adult & Community Education, who provided information about the Summer Zero Robotics Middle School competition. 

Mr. Arnott recognized the schools who hosted the competition and invited Todd Forschino, Program Development Coordinator for School Age Child Care to the podium to present the awards.  Mr. Forschino gave an additional overview on the competition, then presented the awards to the recipients.  


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Financial Services

11. Budget and Referendum Presentation
Attachment: Board Meeting - 22Oct2013.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Brian Binggeli and Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, gave a brief presentation to the Board pertaining to Budget and Referendum Information as a follow-up to the previous presentation given at the October 8, 2013, meeting.  

Dr. Binggeli began with a slide that gave a conceptual understanding of how a prioritized cut list was going to be established to prepare the public on what would be at stake if the sales tax did not pass.  He stated that the list will be critical, not only for 2014-15, but as we move forward with the decisions that we need to make following any sales tax initiative.  He explained that it would be a very inclusive process to even develop the first draft of the list, as we will be reaching out to every principal, teacher leaders, support leaders, and parent leaders via a survey mechanism.  Dr. Binggeli stated that through getting representative input from all of the stakeholder groups, his hopes are to develop the first draft by late December or early January, and as we have done every year, the list will go out to the community at large.   He said that it is an immensely important task as we have to be thoughtful, strategic and transparent in the months leading up to when the legislation finishes their work, because we know that their work finishes as the new school year is upon us.

Dr. Murray asked for Ms. Preston to review how we create our budget and when we know how much money we are going to have.  Ms. Preston explained the process and indicated that a preliminary budget is created while they wait for the certified tax roll and final budget from the state.  Dr. Murray stated that in a nut shell, Florida operates after the fact.  She explained that we do the budget and begin a new school year, then months later, almost at the end of the year, we find out how much money we have.  She stated that other states do not operate this way and asked the public to think about that in their household terms.  She explained that we are basing our budget on trends and projections, so when we have shortfalls in our assessments it really does imbalance the process.  

Ms. Henderson stated that in addition, we also have the last minute laws that affect the budget like virtual school and dual enrollment, which actually cost the district more money.  This information doesn't come out until May, so we have a short amount of time to make the necessary changes and to know what the real numbers are going to be.  Ms. Preston stated that the categoricals often haunt us.  She explained that when you started with this year's budget it was $22.6 million, but after the categoricals were taken out, 75% was gone. 

Dr. Binggeli added that sometimes you also need to know when the state is wrong and reserve dollars.  He referred to a time when the state said that we were going to be getting a lot of Haitian students, the district disagreed and chose to reserve those dollars.  The state pays you for the students and if you used the money and the Haitian students don't show up, which they didn't, you have to give the money back. 

Dr. Murray stated how accurate Ms. Preston's projections are and her recommendations for reserving dollars.  She said that in her seven years on the board, Ms. Preston's batting average is almost spooky.  Dr. Murray stated that Ms. Preston has kept us out of trouble so many times because she is far more accurate than what the state numbers are every single time.   She stated how lucky the Board is to have that type of accuracy within the district's financial department because other districts do not and have run into difficulties.

Mr. Ziegler indicated that the prioritized list is a breathing, moving list and we expect input from our community.  He stated that we have a budget coming up where we have to create a normal list, as done each year.  Mr. Ziegler suggested that we have a second line on the list, one for our normal budgeting and one so the community knows what additional items would be cut if the sales tax does not pass.  This would ensure that it is very clear and transparent to our community. 


E. Public Comment
12. Public Comment

Minutes: 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time for each speaker of three minutes and that the Board will not respond to the comments or requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

  1. Jeffrey Jacklein, Melbourne - Security for Harbor City Elementary
  2. Martha Elliott, Melbourne - Security for Harbor City Elementary
  3. Dean Paterakis, Melbourne - Unethical Behaviors
  4. David Meader, Cocoa - Proposed Tax Increase
  5. Richard Smith, BFT - Labor Issue
  6. Phil Jackson - Teacher Evaluation
  7. Misty Belford, Titusville - Sales Tax
  8. Shannon Gronich, Palm Bay - School Bus Transportation for Joint Household
  9. Margaret Goudelock, Cocoa - Budget
  10. Greg Cope, Merritt Island - Tax

Dr. Murray thanked the speakers and stated that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated.


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

13. Approval of Minutes
14. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: 10.22.2013 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

16. 2014-15 Budget Adoption Schedule
Attachment: School Board Trim Timetable.pdf
F. Accounting Services

17. Warrants for the Month of September, 2013
Attachment: Warrant List - September 2013.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Property Disposal
Attachment: Oct. 22 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: Oct 22 Board Letters.pdf
19. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: h - RFP 14-P-024-DR - Life and Disability Insurance for Brevard Public Schools.pdf
Attachment: n - SSA 14-007-CJ - Jostens - Yearbook.pdf
Attachment: f - PB 14-PB-050-CJ - Furniture for Pasco Schools.pdf
Attachment: j - SC 14-SC-061-CJ - Mail Processing Equipment.pdf
Attachment: o - SSA 14-109-WH - NCS Pearson, Inc - Pearson VUE.pdf
Attachment: e - PB 14-PB-049-WH - Cisco Hardware, Software and Maintenance.pdf
Attachment: k - SS 14-SS-048-WH - Technical Training Aids.pdf
Attachment: p - Additional String Info.pdf
Attachment: c -BW 14-BW-054-DK-College Board.pdf
Attachment: d - ITB 14-B-015-DW - Playground Surface Material.pdf
Attachment: m - SSA 13-506-KR A1 - Teaching Strategies, LLC.pdf
Attachment: i - RFQ 14-Q-004-KR Continuing Contract for Roofing and Building Envelope Services.pdf
Attachment: l - SSA 1245CO A1 - NCS Pearson Sabal.pdf
Attachment: b - BW 14-BW-053-DK - UCLES.pdf
Attachment: a - BW 14-BW-047-DK - International Baccalaureate.pdf
Attachment: g - RFP 13-P-088-LL-Electrical Contractors.pdf
F. Human Resources

20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-22-13.pdf
21. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 10-22-13.pdf
22. Job Description - Coordinator-Position Control
Attachment: Coord-Position Control.pdf
F. Office of Professional Learning and Development

23. Consultant Agreement with Learning-Focused
Attachment: Learning-Focused Consultant Agreement.pdf
F. School Choice

24. 2014-2015 Charter Application Recommended for Approval
Attachment: Pineapple Cove - Business Plan FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Pineapple Cove - Academic Design FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Pineapple Cove - BPS Charter Application Summary FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Pineapple Cove - Organizational Plan FINAL.pdf
F. Students at Risk

25. Federal Entitlement Grant Title X, Part C
F. South Area Superintendent

26. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Augusta, Georgia
Attachment: MHS Crew Team Trip to Augusta, GA - Nov 2013.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

27. Wild About Birds Consultant for Imperial Estates Elementary
28. Jackson Middle School Quest Team field trip to Washington, DC
F. Educational Technology

29. Educational Service Facility Structured Cabling Upgrades
Attachment: Quote - Ruby Bldrs - 101013.pdf
F. Facilities Services

30. Easement to AT&T at Port Malabar Elementary School
Attachment: UTILITY EASEMENT FOR PORT MALABAR ES.pdf
F. Project Management

31. Gemini E.S. - Guaranteed Maximum Price for HVAC Replacement
Attachment: Gemini EL HVAC Replacement GMP & Budget Sheet.pdf
32. Kennedy M.S. - Guaranteed Maximum Price HVAC Replacement
Attachment: Kennedy MS HVAC Replacement & Budget Sheet.pdf
33. Jefferson M.S. - Guaranteed Maximum Price HVAC Replacement
Attachment: Jefferson MS HVAC Replacement & Budget.pdf
34. Golfview E.S. - Guaranteed Maximum Price HVAC Replacement
Attachment: Golfview EL HVAC Replacement & Budget.pdf
35. Pinewood E.S. - Guaranteed Maximum Price HVAC Replacement
Attachment: Pinewood ES HVAC Replacement & Budget.pdf
36. Southwest M.S. - Guaranteed Maximum Price HVAC Replacement
Attachment: Southwest MS HVAC Replacement & Budget.pdf
37. Change Order No. 1 - Head Start Playgrounds at Sherwood ES, Cocoa HS, Port Malabar ES
Attachment: Head Start Playground Change Order 1.pdf
F. District Security

38. Brevard County Sheriff's Office Agreement for Criminal Justice Information
Attachment: BPS - BCSO Interagency Agreement - BULLET Access 9.23.13 hp.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

39. Approval of Consent Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli congratulated the following:

  • Carol Burns for her reclassification/transfer from the position of Guidance Professional at Eau Gallie High School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Riviera Elementary School, on annual contract, effective October 23, 2013.


Motions:

Approve the consent agenda of October 22, 2013, with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Financial Services

15. Referendum for One-Half Cent Sales Tax

Minutes: 

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Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a break at 7:19 p.m.  The Special School Board Meeting was reconvened at 7:34 p.m.
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Motions:
Approve moving forward with a one-half cent sales tax referendum for the November 4, 2014 ballot.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to express that she is planning to support the half-cent sales tax.  She stated that as she was the hold out vote in 2012 she wanted to explain her reasons to the public.  Ms. Kneessy explained that there were several pieces missing in 2012 to make it a successful initiative, but she is very pleased to see them in place for this year.  This include ample time and the prioritized list of cuts to provide transparency to the community.  She stated that we have a huge hill of capital expenditures ahead of us and without this sales tax referendum there is no place to go except for operating.  Ms. Kneessy explained that she sincerely hoped that everyone educates themselves as it relates to the half-cent sales tax and she looks forward to getting out with the public to spread the word.

Dr. Krupp added that out of 67 school districts in the state of Florida, over 80% have a surtax on sales.  He stated that if anyone were to look at the districts that have the surtax and see what they are offerings for the monies that they are bringing in and also look at what they need to cancel even though they receive the sales tax, they would see a light bulb come on as Brevard has been doing a great job in managing the funds the way we have.  Dr. Krupp asked the public to think long and hard on where the half-cent sales tax will be going because it will be well spent and well needed in this County


G. Action
G. Curriculum & Instruction

40. 2013-2014 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools


Motions:

Authorize the superintendent to advertise for a public hearing regarding the approval of the Student Progression Plan for 2013-2014 for Brevard Public Schools.

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Students at Risk

41. Revision of School Board Policy 5517.01
Attachment: Bullying and or Harassment Policy Change.pdf
Attachment: Bullying and Harassment Bylaws and policies.pdf
Minutes: 

Motions:
Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing to approve the revisions of School Board Policy 5517.01.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy asked Dr. Binggeli what efforts are going to be made to inform parents of the changes to the policy as Bullying is a big national topic, one that is near and dear to many parents.  Dr. Binggeli deferred the question to Dr. Beth Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. 

Ms. Henderson also asked that Ms. Thedy include how we were going to inform our students and to let them know that if they do bully, there will be consequences.

Ms. Thedy explained that the revisions to the policy have to do with changes in state statute (Cyber Bullying and Consequences).  She stated that if and when the policy is fully approved, then the notification process will begin through our principals, schools, teachers and administrators to ensure parents and students are aware of the new changes.      

Ms. Kneessy stated that the student handbooks would not reflect the new information which continues to be her concern on how we are going to get the information out.  Dr. Thedy confirmed that the printed handbooks will not contain the changes, but the online handbooks will be changed.  Handbooks are no longer printed for every student, only for the first grade level the student attends at each school.  She stated that information will be given to the principals and area superintendents related to the changes to the policy to be included in newsletters and any student who received a hard copy of the handbook will get a replacement. 

Dr. Murray asked if there was a way to get information to the parents that they would have to sign.  Dr. Thedy explained that parents sign a drug addendum which includes bullying.  This form will also need to be updated because it is based on old language.  Dr. Murray asked if these forms would be updated now or in the fall.  Her concern is that if there is an infraction on the new language and the signature of the parent is on the old language, then we are setting ourselves up and what is the burden of the student or parent to know that changes have been made. 

Ms. Kneessy asked that we ensure with principals that they go above and beyond in sharing the bullying information as it is such an issue nation-wide and she would rather get the information out there one too many times than not enough.  Dr. Thedy said that they can do that.  Dr. Binggeli added that after it is approved, we will work with our Area Superintendent and principals to look at the various ways we can generate the communication to parents. 


H. Information
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

42. Designation of Legal Representative to Apply for Title VIII of Public Law 107-110 (Impact Aid) Funds
H. Risk Management

43. Memorandum of Understanding between the Central Brevard Humane Society, the School Board of Brevard County, and Canine Commandos
Attachment: 2013-16 MOU SBBC CBHS and CCP 10-4-2013.pdf
H. Office of Professional Learning and Development

44. School Year Calendar Standards and the 2014-15 School Year Calendar
Attachment: Standards for Later Start Calendar Draft 2014-2015 10-18-13.pdf
Attachment: 2014-2015 Calendar Draft_A1A_10-18-2013.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Henderson stated that the changes to the school calendar is due to the start date being moved forward because of the district grades and this is the type of thing that she really wants parents to know about as it should really be a district issue and not a state issue.  She explained that parents should be informed so they can lobby their legislators to help us make this a district issue.

Ms. Kneessy thanked the district staff for having the calendar available so soon.  Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, stated that it has been a true partnership between Curriculum and Instruction and our Unions. 

Dr. Krupp asked Ms. Pace how many days are in each semester with the new calendar ... overall is there a great disparity.  Ms. Pace explained that there are more days in the second semester than there are in the first semester but we were still able to get our FTE minutes in.  Dr. Krupp asked if this was going to have any impact on Dual Enrollment students.  Ms. Pace answered that it will not affect these students and stated that this was another real push to have our exams in by winter break because that is the same type of calendar our dual enrollment student face.

Dr. Murray emphasized that some of our parent groups that are interested in supporting us with issues, really need to jump on to change that because it needs to be a local controlled decision and not stated controlled.   She stated that the district is at fault sometimes for not rallying the parents to help carry our messages for us and encourages the district staff to push on this issue.

Mr. Ziegler asked if our policy language could be scrutinized now so that it covers all angles and doesn't hinder us in the event that the legislature removes this criteria.  He stated that he will be lobbying the legislature as he believes this is correctable, but doesn't want our own policy to circumvent that and force us to the late start date.

Dr. Murray clarified that whatever policy we pass, it should give us flexibility, because if the state gives us relief we automatically stay where we are so we don't have to bring it back to the Board and catch the parents off guard.  Mr. Ziegler stated that this is exactly what he was referring to because our process of revising policies can cause a time delay.   He wants to ensure that we have it properly crafted.  Ms. Pace stated that perhaps she should amend the agenda item to include a second calendar in the event that the language from the state is changed and if this is the case we can go back to the early start date.  Dr. Murray and Mr. Ziegler stated that yes, this was the intention.  Mr. Ziegler asked if that would give us enough time as a procedural point of view to go back to the early start date at such a late time.  Ms. Pace stated that it would be a real challenge because people do make plans in advance per the school calendar but she will follow whatever action is given by the Board.  Mr. Ziegler asked what the penalty was for not complying with the law.  Ms. Preston stated that this would have to be researched and information will be available by the next Board Meeting.

H. Accountability, Testing & Evaluation

45. School Improvement Plans (SIP)
Attachment: Chart.SAC Membership Vickie 2013 2014.pdf
H. Elementary Programs

46. Lease Agreement between the School Board and the Melbourne Auditorium
Attachment: Lease Agreement with the Melbourne Auditorium.pdf
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

47. All-County Festival Lease Agreement with the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Attachment: 2014 All County Band and Chorus Contract rev2.pdf
48. Elementary Music Festival Lease Agreement with the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Attachment: 2014 ESF Contract.pdf
H. Student Services

49. National Organization of Victims Assistance (NOVA) Training
H. Central Area Superintendent

50. Field Trip - Cocoa High School FIRST Robotics - FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri
Attachment: CHS Robotics St Louis 2013-14.pdf
51. Field Trip - Johnson Middle School - Faces of Florida
Attachment: Johnson Trip 3-17-14.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

52. Titusville High School Fundraiser "The Country Legends"
Attachment: The Country Legends.pdf
H. Educational Technology

53. Technology Infrastructure Design Services for Rockledge High School
Attachment: Fee Proposal Brevard Rockledge 2013.pdf

I. Staff Reports
54. Staff Report(s)

Minutes: 

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, gave a summary of what was able to be accomplished in regard to class size leading up to last Friday.  She stated that the goal was to come as close as possible to meet class-by-class requirements (K-3rd is 18, 4th - 8th is 22 and 9th - 12th is 25).  She provided the unofficial district results as the official results won't be available by the state for another few weeks.

Ms. Van Meter explained that their decisions for moving forward to meet class size were always for the best interest of students.  She stated that over the past three years as we met the requirements, 3-5 weeks into the school year we were adding new teachers, splitting classes, and creating multi-grade classrooms, but this year we did not move in this direction.  After the 6-day count meetings, when additional personnel allocations were provided to the schools, the classes were created where the students would stay, which left the student with the teacher that they formed a relationship with.   Ms. Van Meter stated that some individuals will say that we violated class size, but you won't hear any of the parents complaining, because it was not in the best interest of the student when they were moved after forming a relationship with the teacher. 

Discussion ensued amongst the Board pertaining to the topic.


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

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
56. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp stated that it has been a busy couple of weeks.  On October 9th there was a Meet and Greet with he Titusville Police Department where all north area administration and Ms. Alford from District Security attended.  He explained that this is an annual breakfast for everyone to put faces to the name.  Dr. Krupp thanked the Titusville Police Department for doing this. 

On October 11th, Dr. Krupp stated that he met with the Brevard Cultural Alliances' (BCA) Finance Committee and Neil Lavine, their Financial Officer, is from England.  He thought it was interesting and wanted to share that in England residents pay 20% sales tax, on top of the 40% income tax.  Dr. Krupp asked Mr. Smith where his queue cards were as 60% of the money that they earn goes to the government 

On October 14th, Dr. Krupp attended the League of Cities meeting where mayors and city fathers gather.  He stated that Northrop Grumman had some good news as they have broken ground (6 days ahead) on their building in Melbourne which will bring 1,000 jobs to Brevard County.  

On October 15th, Dr. Krupp attended the grand opening of the Coffee in the Pit.  This is manned by our ESE students from Titusville High.  He stated that this is an entrepreneur program that just started through the benefit of a grant and he looks forward to seeing those students do bigger and better things.

On October 19th, at the request of friends and families from Astronaut High, Dr. Krupp attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for Dunkin Donuts on state road 46.

Lastly, Dr. Krupp attended the Lights on Afterschool Event which was held through 21st Century grants.  He gave Kudos to everyone who planned the event as it was a great grand opening at KSC and children and parents had the chance to tour the facility.

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Ms. Henderson reminded the Board and viewing audience that our Henderson  Cape Coast Conference is continuing and ending this week with district and regional sporting events happening throughout the county.  She stated that if anyone is able to attend an event and support our children, she encourages them to do so.

Ms. Henderson also stated that at the Coalition meeting this past week, FHSAA attended and gave a presentation.  She explained that she was a little stunned when they shared a pie chart which indicated that they spend 42% for administration.  

Ms. Henderson stated that by the end of the week, she will be able to deliver checks from the Foundation to teachers throughout our district who earned grants for their classrooms.  She expressed that she is looking forward to doing it.

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Ms. Kneessy also wanted to talk about the Brevard Schools Foundation as there has been a meeting since the last Board meeting and she wanted to congratulate all of the mini grant winners and thank everyone who has been out delivering the checks.  She wanted to remind the Board and viewing audience that next month is one of the Foundation's biggest fundraisers, which is Bids for Kids.  Ms. Kneessy stated that it is an online auction where you can bid on unique items and 100% of the proceeds go to support the Foundation.

Ms. Kneessy requested to receive information as to how the private transportation service is going.  She also wanted to know how our schools of choice are getting along now that there is no regular bus service.  Ms. Kneessy wants to know how they have been able to acclimate to the changes and wants to know of any changes and concerns they have. 

Ms. Kneessy also wanted to know how the conversion from 7-12 went with Cocoa High School.  She stated that out of all the changes, this was the one that was the most dramatic as we moved elementary students to another elementary school, but we converted Cocoa High from a 9-12 to a 7-12 and would like an update.

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Mr. Ziegler relayed information to the Board that he received from the Student Advisory Committee that he meets with monthly, which is comprised of students from Heritage H.S., Bayside H.S., Palm Bay H.S., Melbourne H.S., West Shore H.S., Eau Gallie H.S., Southwest M.S. and Central M.S.   He stated that you never know where the students are going to go with ideas to better education and their schools and he thought the Board would find their suggestions interesting.  Mr. Ziegler referred to a Career and Technology matrix which the students were able to review.  The students would like to see more career training opportunities, one of their main focuses was on TV Production, which a lot of these are going away.  The students are not particularly clear why these are being eliminated but the understanding is the inability to maintain the equipment.  The students whom no longer have the TV Production would still like it as a club as they enjoyed it and are disappointed that it is no longer available.  Mr. Ziegler noted that as the students scanned the matrix they saw some inconsistencies, one of which was there are schools that offer TV Production that were not bulleted on the list, including West Shore.  Mr. Ziegler would like to know the difference between the TV Productions, ones that are on the list and not on the list.   

Mr. Ziegler discussed another topic received from the students which is they like that businesses in the area offer student discounts but they don't always know which ones do.  He suggested that for the purposes of our business partners, it would be nice to list these for the students.  Mr. Ziegler also said it would be helpful to point our employees to the businesses that offer discounts. 

Mr. Ziegler indicated that the students complained about the computers being slow and that there is no Microsoft Office on them, just Open Office which is a free program.  This creates problems with some of the documents that they need to do for class.  Mr. Ziegler was under the impression that there was a district-wide license for Microsoft Office and was wondering why these computers do not have it.   He informed the students that we would find out this information for them.

Mr. Ziegler stated that the students are very concerned about Edline.  They look at Edline, probably more than their parents, because they want to see what their grades are and what they need to do get their grades up.  The students indicated that the teachers don't post the grades for maybe a month or longer.  Mr. Ziegler informed the students that he was unsure on the policies requirements.  The students also mentioned that it takes 24 hours for them to view it after the teachers post.  Mr. Ziegler doesn't believe this is the case, but that they are being told that it is posted and it actually is not posted.  He wants to get back to the students with the policy requirements.

Mr. Ziegler stated that the students spoke about homework.  They do their homework, turn it in and frequently don't get it back or the teachers don't grade it.  So, the students are questioning the purpose of doing the work if they don't get it back and it's not graded.  Mr. Ziegler said that he was unable to answer the question for them as he is not an educator, but would like to provide them with an answer.  Mr. Ziegler also indicated that the students would turn in homework and it isn't posted on Edline, which reflects a zero.  He stated that when it finally is posted, it is too late for the students to do anything about it.

Mr. Ziegler said that the students actually criticized the Board for taking away the teachers second planning period.  The students said that it is having a negative impact on their education, which he didn't understand so asked them to clarify how.  Mr. Ziegler stated that the students reply was that teachers are telling them that they don't have time to help them because the Board took away their second planning period.  Mr. Ziegler told the students that he would relay this information.  He stated that this issue was consistent across the schools and explained that in order for a topic to be discussed the students have to concur that it is happening at multiple schools and is district-wide.

Mr. Ziegler explained to the students the savings that we have incured and asked if they could come up with some suggestions.  The students came up with a few ideas that Mr. Ziegler thought were interesting.  The first idea was why are interim reports printed and what does that cost.  The next idea was why are we putting new flat screen TV's in classrooms.  They indicated that they are hardly ever used and when you need to watch something it can be put over their projectors, which he thought was a good point.  Mr. Ziegler asked the students if they are really never used and the students replied that they are not used for classroom functions but used ever day to display a clock, even though there is a clock in the classroom.  The students thought this was a waste of power to have it on all day to only display a clock.  Mr. Ziegler suggested that maybe we can save a little more power by turning off the TV.

Mr. Ziegler also stated that the students complained that the night classes are going away for Dual Enrollment next semester.  He stated that he was unaware of this change.  The students were concerned that if they were unable to take these evening classes they may not be able to do it or wouldn't be able to stay involved in afterschool activities.  Mr. Ziegler said that he and the students are curious as to why they are going away.

Mr. Ziegler stated that the students are concerned about their recycling clubs because the district has distributed the blue recycle bins to all the schools.  For an example, Palm Bay High's recycling club has been put on hold because they say there is nothing for them to do anymore.  The students also said that there is confusion when the blue bins are in the cafeteria because students are putting their trash in them and they are not an effective recycling receptacle.

Mr. Ziegler reiterated that this is information that he received from the committee that meets every month.  He invited anyone from the public to come and sit in on a meeting if they are interested.  These are perspectives that we would never think of and it is purely a students point of view.

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Dr. Murray stated that she had the privilege of visiting seven schools in the last couple of weeks.  She said the Dr. Ken Winn, principal at Edgewood, was in a wonderful black and red wig while working with seniors on their senior wall. 

Dr. Murray also indicated that she visited with the principal at Roosevelt, Ms. Richardson, and was able to see a lot of good things going on there. 

Dr. Murray mentioned that as she met with Ms. Mercer at Cambridge Elementary she was able to watch a grade level of kindergarten or 1st grade students going from point A to point B in the hallway and they were walking in line, no one was talking and not one student put their hands on another student.  She stated that it was amazing ... the students knew their purpose, their mission and knew what they were supposed to be doing and that is exactly what was going on.  Dr. Murray commended the teachers at Cambridge and their value on education. 

Dr. Murray also visited Endeavor and met some people there.  

Dr. Murray commented on her experience when visiting a Ms. Wilcox's kindergarten and first grade classroom at Tropical, whom has been an award winning teacher at every place she has been assigned.  She informed the principal, Ms. Alison, that when you have a teacher that is award winning anywhere they teach, it speaks volumes for the quality of that teacher.  Dr. Murray asked the teacher what they would be doing that afternoon and she said that they would be doing math.  The teacher said to the students "let us show Dr. Murray some of the math that we know".  The teacher posed a question of what numbers can we add together to get to the number five.  Dr. Murray stated that during the old days you would have said 2 + 3 equals what, but today's methods related to the common core (that higher level thinking and processing), actually gives the students the answer and they figure out the process and how you get there.  Dr. Murray mentioned that several students raised their hands with the variety of possible correct answers which she thought was phenomenal.

Dr. Murray indicated that she will be visiting Cocoa High School to get a tour.  She understands that things are going well with the conversion and believes that the middle school teachers have provided new insight on the meaning of teaching and flexibility.  She also stated that she will be attending some of the homecoming events at Merritt Island High School.  She said that it is a busy time for all of us with the schools.

Dr. Murray also wanted to discuss the concern of how we address some of the inaccuracies of our public speakers.  She indicated that some of tonight's speakers made very valid points and others thought their points were accurate but were confused and didn't have accurate information.  Dr. Murray stated that she understands that Dr. Binggeli cannot correct all of the comments, but she is at the point now that the Board should insist that we create a process where specific staff members can provide detailed answers to the public and the answers should be either on the website or made public in some way so the public, in this very critical time, are getting correct information.  She stated that currently they are hearing confusion and incorrect information without hearing the districts response.  Dr. Murray stated that the Board really needs to move in this direction as we owe it to our public for honesty and transparency.


L. Superintendent's Report
57. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli stated that it was ironic as he was going to take this opportunity to address some of the inaccuracies from the public speakers. 

Dr. Binggeli said that there was a gentleman that commented on Dialog Day and there were certain things that came out from each sub-committee.  He stated that Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, has the notes from every sub-committee and she confronted him during the break with the fact that his information was not completely accurate.  Dr. Binggeli said that speakers can stand there and say it, but this wasn't accurate in total. 

On a second note, Dr. Binggeli indicated that he was a social studies teacher but he is not bad at math and he is not in the habit of lying in press releases.  He clarified on comments made by Mr. Smith (BFT).  He indicated that the number that was presented ($12.6 million) is accurate.  The Teacher Salary Allocation of $12.6 million was provided to Brevard Public Schools from the Legislature for teachers and school-based administrators.  The language is very clear that the dollars had to be spent on raises during the 2013-14 school year. 

BPS previously bargained a 1.5 percent increase for the 2013-14 school year.  When these new dollars became available, and per our contract, we went back to the table and all monies in the contract were discussed and absolutely consisted with the legislative edict.  The $12.6 million is slightly more (as indicated by Mr. Smith) and was offered to teachers and school-based administrators for the 2013-14 school year (4.53 percent, totaling $1,945).  This included the 1.5 percent, and at the request of the union, we added $1,300 for every teacher group, regardless of experience. 

In Mr. Smith's comments he stated that the first 1.5 percent doesn't count, but the Department of Education says it does count.  It is fair to say that we have a difference in opinion, but it is not fair to say that only $1,300 was offered to teachers and school-based administrators for 2013-14, because that is not true.


M. Adjournment
58. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board Meeting of October 22, 2013 at 8:39 p.m.

For futher details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).








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