10-23-2012 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 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 18, 2012. 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


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

Chairman Dr. Murray called for a moment of silence for Abraham "Lincoln" Collingsworth, Former Superintendent of Schools for Brevard County 1988-1993, who recently passed away.

A-3. Invocation (Natalie Olinger, 8th Grade, Hoover Middle School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Natalie Olinger, 8th grade student of Hoover Middle School, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Sean Alcorn, 8th Grade, Hoover Middle School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Sean Alcorn, 8th grade student of Hoover Middle School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Hoover MS Advanced Orchestra)
5. Entertainment


Hoover Middle School Advanced Orchestra, under the direction of Crystal Golinello, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Ms. Golinello and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a brief recess at 5:40 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:45 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Presentation Addition
D-12.   2012 Results: ACT & SAT

Consent Additions
F-23.   Renewal of Agreement for Services between the School Board of Brevard County and the School Board of St. Lucy County

F-24.   Strategies for Understanding and Enhancing the Communicative Competency in Children with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

Consent Revisions
F-14.   Student Expulsions
F-21.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Approve the adoption of the agenda for the School Board meeting of October 23, 2012.- 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
Attachment: Horse Therapy2.0.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Oak Park Elementary Principal Ron Dedmon, Assistant Principal Elizabeth Hill-Brodigan, and Program Director, Monique Muldowney. They showed a video about the program and gave a PowerPoint presentation about the Horse Therapy program.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the above presenters for sharing information about the Horse Therapy program. She noted that our military has begun to use a lot of Horse Therapy with our injured soldiers that are coming home. Dr. Murray noted that we are very excited to have this program in our schools.

Dr. Binggeli thanked the great folks from Oak Park for coming here and presenting.

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

8. Check Presentation and Recognition of Harris Corporation and Community Foundation for Brevard


Dr. Binggeli introduced Cindy Kane, Director of Corporate Relations for Harris Corporation, along with Sandi Scanelli, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, and Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation.

Ms. Kershaw gave some background information about Harris Corporation and their dedication to the community and the school district. She noted that  Harris has donated over $1 million in case and in-kind in the past ten years.

Ms. Kershaw  mentioned that Harris' contribution is made through Community Foundation for Brevard, which serves as a leader, catalyst, and trusted resource for philanthropic individuals and organizations to expand, enhance , and sustain Brevard's quality of life.

Ms. Kane and Ms. Scanelli presented a check in the amount of $110,000. from the Community Foundation for Brevard on behalf of Harris Corporation to Meredith Gibson, President of Brevard Schools Foundation and Ms. Kershaw.

Ms. Kershaw thanked Harris Corporation for their generosity in supporting public education in Brevard County. She stated that the funding will primarily support STEM education in Brevard Public Schools, including staff development activities, robotics, engineering academies, Science Saturday's and much more. Ms. Kershaw noted that in addition to their financial contribution, Harris employees donate hundreds of volunteer hours to support our schools.

Ms. Gibson thanked Harris Corporation and the Community Foundation for Brevard and presented Ms. Kane and Ms. Scanelli a certificate as a token of appreciation.

Dr. Binggeli expressed the district's extreme appreciation to Harris Corporation. He also mentioned the following things that Harris Corporation does for Brevard Public Schools: Harris Volunteers are in the classrooms, they provide professional development directly to our teachers, they mentor our students, judge our kids at science fairs, and many other volunteer initiatives from the Harris Heroes. Dr. Binggeli noted that Brevard Public School will never take for granted the tremendous support that we receive from Harris Corporation.

B. Compensation & Benefits

9. Healthy District Award


Dr. Binggeli introduced Dr. Lana Saal, Manager of Compensation & Benefits, and Wellness Program. 

Dr. Saal introduced Melodie Griffin, Executive Committee Member of Florida Action for Health Kids.  Ms. Griffin commended the Brevard Public School (BPS) District for establishing a culture and climate in which students and staff can reach their personal potential through the coordinated school health approach.

Ms. Griffin presented the Silver Level Florida Healthy School District flag to Dr. Saal on behalf of the Brevard Public School district.  Ms. Griffin noted that BPS demonstrated a high level of success in several areas. The most noteworthy are listed below:

  1. Health Promotion for Staff
  2. Physical Education
  3. District Infrastructure

Dr. Saal and Ms. Griffin presented the flag to Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray and Dr. Brian Binggeli.

Ms. Griffin thanked them for being at the forefront of ensuring the future of a healthy Florida by creating healthy schools and workplace environments for the students and staff.

B. Elementary Programs

10. Florida Power-Library School Award


Dr. Binggeli introduced Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, who said a few words about the programs and turned the meeting over to Gina Clark, Resource Teacher, and her roles and responsibilities to Brevard Public Schools. Ms. Van Meter turned the meeting over to Ms. Clark who explained to the listening audience the Florida Power-Library Schools Program.

Florida Power-Library Schools program in its fourth year is supported 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. Currently, Brevard is home to  twenty-eight of the sixty designations awarded in the entire state of Florida.

The following award-winning schools were honored at a state ceremony and given a banner to display in their schools. Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray 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

Audubon Elementary - Principal Lisa Paniale; Media Specialist Kathy Crisafulli

Harbor City Elementary - Principal Christine Moore; Media Specialist Coleen Ward

Hoover Middle School - Mollie Vega; Media Specialist Ana Woodbrey

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

Ralph M. Williams Elementary - Principal Cynthia Ford; Media Specialist Joye Kralovec

Turner Elementary -  Principal Tanya Knowles; Media Specialist Sharon Justin 

Viera High School - Principal Jim Hickey;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.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Middle School Programs/K-12

11. Family Engagement Month
Attachment: 2013 Family Engagement Month Resolution.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Van Meter read the Resolution proclaiming November 2012 as Family Engagement Month.

Recognize and proclaim the month of November as Family Engagement Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Accountability, Testing and Evaluation

12. 2012 Results: ACT, SAT Accelerated Programs
Attachment: 2012 AP SAT ACT Board Presentation Final.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Dr. Karen Schafer, Director of Testing and Accountability, who presented the 2012 Results for ACT and SAT.

Ms. Kneessy asked why the Board does not get the comparison results for the ACT and SAT like they do for the FCAT.   Dr. Schafer stated that we do not receive the scores that are reported to other districts. She noted that she has even researched other districts websites for the information but to no avail.

Ms. Kneessy brought up the conflict between state testing week and spirit week at the high schools.  She asked if we encourage schools to look at when the high stakes tests are taking place when they plan these activities. Dr. Schafer noted that a specific memo was not sent out but in the future, that would be a good idea.

Dr. Binggeli pointed out several of the encouraging results as our students step up to this rigorous testing. He thanked Dr. Schafer for her presentation.

E. Public Discussion
13. Public Discussion


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

The following community members spoke before the School Board:

  1.  John Pilley, Viera - Corridor Bussing
  2. Ana Moreno, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  3. Marcelino Moreno Jr., Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  4. Teresa Torsiello, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  5. Yessenia Moreno, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  6. Kinley Nagle, Cocoa - Supporting our children and my work
  7. Daisy Favela, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  8. Xiomara Favela, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  9. Jeanevone Dorvil, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  10. Diana Dodard, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  11. Kristen Medley, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  12. Stephanie Maurency, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  13. Bieanna Thompson-Ceasar, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  14. Taylor Vereen, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  15. Aysia Brandon, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  16. Cassandra Lee, Melbourne - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  17. Evangeline Hughes, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  18. Julia-Rose Ohwovoriole, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  19. Vernie Wade, Palm Bay -  Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  20. Willian Pagan, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  21. Cortize Dismuke, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  22. Sabine Ovide, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  23. Michael Vazques, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  24. Hailee Jefferys, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  25. Teresc Torsiello, Palm Bay - Heritage High School Band Director Mr. Wilkins
  26. Jenn Stokes, BFT, - Labor Relations*
  27. Dan Bennett, BFT, - Labor Relations*
  28. Richard Smith, BFT, - Labor Relations*

* Due to the nights events, BFT did not find it appropriate to be talking about any other topic.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the speaker's and stated that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated. She stated that on behalf of the Board, we appreciate your respect, and kindness. She also commended the students on how well the articulated their concerns and they were nothing less than spectacular.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a video break at 7:42 p.m.
The meeting was reconvened at 7:54 p.m.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

14. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 10.23.2012 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
15. Approval of Minutes
F. Accounting Services

16. Warrants for the Month of September, 2012
Attachment: Warrant List - September 2012.pdf
F. Risk Management

17. Modify the 1981 Cherie Down Park Agreement with the Board of County Commissioners of Brevard County
Attachment: Attachment 1 2012-13 Cherie Down Amendment agreement.pdf
Attachment: Attachment 2 2012-13 Cherie Down Amendment agreement - Overhead photo of property.pdf
Attachment: Attachment 3 2012-13 Cherie Down Amendment agreement - Copy of 1981 Agreement.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: (a) SSA #1228-CO ThomasKelly Software Amendment Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: (f) SSA #13-050-KR Viera Pro-Health & Fitness Center (Art Explorers) Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: (d) SSA #13-044-KR Viera Pro-Health.pdf
Attachment: (g) PB #13-PB-012-DR Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: (e) SSA #13-047-KR Viera Pro-Health & Fitness Center (Zoo Explorers South) Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: (c) SSA #13-007-PH Cleverex Systems, Inc (PROMIS) Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: (b) SSA #13-003-PH Blackboard Learn Amendment Agenda Item.pdf
19. Property Disposal
Attachment: Oct. 23 Board List.pdf
20. Bay Area Schools Purchasing Consortium Interlocal Agreement
Attachment: Bay Area Consortium Final Document 9-5-12.pdf
F. Human Resources

21. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 10-23-12.pdf
22. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-23-12.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

23. Renewal of Agreement for Services between the School Board of Brevard County and the School Board of St. Lucie County
Attachment: Agreement for Services with St. Lucie County - Bennett Buckles.pdf
24. Strategies for Understanding and Enhancing the Communicative Competency in Children with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
Attachment: Philip Schweigert - Vita.pdf
Attachment: Schweigert - Contracted Services Agreement.pdf
Attachment: Schweigert - W9.pdf
F. School Choice

25. Recommend to Deny the Approval of Pineapple Cove Academy
Attachment: FLDOE Required Evaluation Document - Pineapple Cove Academy.pdf
Attachment: Pineapple Cove 2013-2014 BPS Charter Application Summary FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Pineapple Cove 2013-2014 Application - Academic Design Evaluation FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Pineapple Cove 2013-2014 Application - Organizational Plan Evaluation FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Pineapple Cove 2013-2014 Application - Business Plan Evaluation FINAL.pdf
F. Career & Technical Education

26. 2012-2013 Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV) Grant Award
Attachment: 2012-2013 Perkins Grant Award Notification.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

27. Field Trip - Cocoa High School FIRST Robotics - FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri
Attachment: CHS Robotics St Louis 2013.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

28. Titusville High School NJROTC trip to Parris Island, SC
29. Titusville High School field trip to New York City
F. Educational Technology

30. Blackboard-GradeQuick Web SSA
Attachment: Edline Standard Terms and Conditions (FINAL).pdf
F. Facilities Services

31. Solar Arrays for McNair, Central and Johnson Middle Schools, and ESF
Attachment: Ronald McNair Magnet School.pdf
Attachment: Central Middle School.pdf
Attachment: L. B. Johnson Middle School.pdf
Attachment: ESF.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

32. Approval of Consent Agenda

 Approve the consent agenda of October 23, 2012.- 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: Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate Paul Fahy, for his appointment to the position of Assistant Principal (12 months) at Palm Bay High School, effective December 3, 2012.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

33. School Board Policy Revision - #6320, Purchasing and #6610, Internal Accounts
Attachment: 6610 - Internal Accounts Revised 8-9-12 Redline.pdf
Attachment: 6320 - Purchasing Revised 8-9-12 Redline.pdf


Hold public hearing and adopt/approve the revisions to Board Policies #6320 - Purchasing and #6610 - Internal Accounts.

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

G. Curriculum & Instruction

34. 2012-2013 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools


Hold a public hearing and approve the Student Progression Plan for 2012-2013 for Brevard Public Schools.

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

H. Information
H. Board Office/Superintendent

35. District Analysis of Cell Towers


Mr. Ziegler pulled this agenda item to discuss the cell towers.

Prior to Mr. Ziegler's discussion regarding the agenda item on cell phones, Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray stated that the Board was approached by a Charter School to put their agenda item on the Consent agenda for approval, therefore by-passing the Information agenda for Board review totally.  She noted that the request was denied by a variety of staff members prior to reaching her.  Dr. Murray felt as though she needed to give the Board an explanation as to why this agenda item was not on for consent if they were expecting to see it there.  Dr. Murray noted that the district followed the same protocol used for all the other Charter Schools and decided not fast track this particular charter schools request.

Mr. Ziegler stated he pulled item on cell towers so the Board could give the staff a clear direction on how we would like them to act when opportunities to lease land to erect cell towers come about which are revenue opportunities for the district.  He mentioned that there are many concerns and we need to determine and whether they are hurdles that can be overcome. If they are, then the Board could give direction on considering these opportunities.  Mr. Ziegler mentioned one thing that he did not consider when entering this type of contract is the tremendous amount of liability.  He agreed that one of the hurdles is complete indemnification in the contract from any liability. He brought up the concerns of public perception, safety of the children and radio frequency.  Mr. Ziegler brought up the cell tower that has been erected near Viera High School and the School Board which is not on our property although most people will think that it is.

Ms. Henderson thanked Mark Langdorf, Director of Risk Management, for his wonderful and thorough information on the analysis of cell towers. She informed the Board that the Planning and Zoning Committee is required to inform people within 500 feet of a tower. Ms. Henderson asked the Planning and Zoning Committee if Viera High School was notified about the cell tower,they could not tell her at the time of her request.  She noted that everyone will want the technology, just not in their backyard. Ms. Henderson noted that most people think that the cell tower (near the School Board and Viera High) is our property although it is not. She noted that she is not sure which way that she will go on this because she needs to do a little more research.

Ms. Kneessy would like to know whether proper process took place from the Planning and Zoning Committee on notifying the district that a cell tower would be placed and the permitting process. She suggested further discussion on this topic at the November 9, 2012 Facilities Workshop.

Dr. Krupp noted several problems, one is that there are too many unknown hazards and secondly, will the monies generated be enough to defray the cost which might be incurred based on the known and unknown hazards.  He gave an example of many cancer patients around the area of the Patrick Air Force Base Tracking Station, which has since been removed.  There are too many unknowns for him to say yes. Dr. Krupp stated that he did not feel that the monies generated would not be substantial enough to even look at it.

Dr. Murray agreed with Dr. Krupp. She stated that after lengthy discussion with Mr. Langdorf and Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services, the proposed revenue over time is not remotely enough to offset any potential hazard.  Dr. Murray stated that she is not willing to support the unknown and take chances with our students.  Dr. Murray brought up the concern about having a structure on our property in which we have no control.  She also brought up the fact that in twenty years that cell phones could potentially be obsolete since many companies are going with satellite technology.  Dr. Murray stated that we have enough information to give the Superintendent and his staff to give them a recommendation.

Discussion ensued between Dr. Murray and Ms. Kneessy about the process that was taken by the Planning and Zoning Committee. It was agreed that staff would look into whether there was proper notification given and if not, the Board will send a letter to the Planning and Zoning Committee on their disappointment for circumventing the system.

Mr. Ziegler wanted to make a clear point to our community and our community partner, so they do not take any of the discussion the wrong way. He stated that we should always be open minded to generate revenue.

Dr. Murray stated one of her concerns is that the company did not contact Mr. Langdorf or Dr. Binggeli but went straight to a School Board member, and that is disturbing.

Mr. Ziegler stated that a company never approached him, it was a County Commissioner and a Property owner.  Dr. Murray mentioned that the proper communication channels were not followed and that causes concern and confusion in the district.

Discussion ensued between the Board members regarding their opinions of having or not having cell towers on district property, the liability, and the revenue it could generate.

The Board decided to further this discussion at the Facilities Workshop of November 9, 2012 and that no further staff time will be used gathering information as it relates to this issue.

H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

36. 2013-14 Budget Adoption Schedule
Attachment: School Board Trim Timetable.pdf
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

37. Elementary Music Festival Lease Agreement with the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Attachment: 2013 King Center Elem. Fest. Contract.pdf
38. All-County Festival Lease Agreement with the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Attachment: 2013 King Center AC Band and Chorus contract.pdf
H. Career & Technical Education

39. CAPE Bonus FTE
Attachment: CAPE Teacher Bonus Funds SY 12-13.pdf
Attachment: CAPE Academy Bonus FTE SY 10-11.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

40. Bayside High School Wrestling Team Trip to Kingsland, Georgia
Attachment: Bayside Wrestling Team to Kingsland, GA - Dec 2012.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

41. Wild About Birds Consultant for Imperial Estates Elementary
Attachment: Wild About Birds.pdf

I. Staff Reports
42. Update on The New Meal Pattern Impact on School Lunch
Attachment: Final October 23 MeetingB.pdf

Dr. Binggeli noted that in a slight shift in the agenda, we will forego the presentation on the New Meal Pattern Impact on School Lunch.

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


There are no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
44. Discussion Point: Procedures for Staff Reports to Board Members


Dr. Murray requested that a formalized tracking process be put in place so we do not experience the delays that sometimes happen.

Chairman Dr. Murray spoke to the Board about her concern toward the diminished role as the governing body for Brevard County Schools.  She noted that she has been in lengthy discussion with Florida School Board Association and has reviewed the best practices written by the National School Boards' Association.

Dr. Murray noted that the Board, Superintendent, and the District are faced with many critical decisions during the upcoming months. She pointed out the Board's focus has slipped from a focus of Governance to an accelerated momentum toward day-to-day operations and micro-management.  She reiterated that the Board's authority is founded in Florida Statute and the Boards' purpose is that of establishing policy and governance of that policy.  She also reminded the Board that the day-to-day operations are the responsibility of the Superintendent and his staff.

Dr. Murray stated that she has been advised to call upon the Board to reflect on the dangers of individual agendas which include but are not limited to speaking for the Board when no vote has occurred, giving directives to personnel that are counter to that of the Board and/or the Superintendent, and making commitments to vendors without the Board's knowledge.

Dr. Murray stated that it is highly acceptable to have individual ideas and those welcomed ideas should be brought to the Board for discussion during an open meeting and determined by the Board for future direction by the Board as a whole. This process will enable the Superintendent to act upon a unified direction from the Board and eliminate confusion.

45. Board Members Reports


Ms. Kneessy informed the Board about a meeting that she will be having with Mike Connors, Director of Transportation, and Space Coast Area transit, to see if there is any way that they could help with the corridor bussing situation. 

Dr. Murray commended Ms. Kneessy as noted that on the same order she had a similar conversation with Dr. Binggeli which compares pay-to-play and choice and the constitutional mandate of free schools.

Dr. Binggeli explained the district is looking into, the whole concept of pay-to-pay, pay-to-participate and whether that expands onto things that folks can chose for their children that are above and beyond the normal school. Dr. Murray stated that some of her colleagues came up with that concept.

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the FSBA Legislative meetings in Tampa, Florida. She informed the Board that she went to these meetings with some ideas for changes in mind for the Legislative Platform and learned the leaders are not adaptive to change.  Ms. Henderson stated that she would send to the Board what changes she was trying to have the committee look at to be able to make a difference.

Ms. Henderson noted that she has been participating in the Assessment and Accountability meetings along with Dr. Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs.  Ms. Henderson stated that the committee was tasked with giving a list of five items for the Governor to work on.  Ms. Spadaccini was able to get some things revised, but the committee is not open to change.

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the Kennedy Middle School Band Concert and mentioned how good the kids are for only being in school for a couple months.

Dr. Murray noted that several years back that she brought some information to FSBA and the lobby folks with ideas to bring revenue into public education. She stated that they were not her ideas but were that of legislatures from South Florida and it was totally ignored.  Dr. Murray stated that it is time that the folks up there work for the Boards in this state and that we do not work in a vacuum. She concurred with Ms. Henderson's opinions.

Mr. Ziegler noted that as the Board representative for the FSBA, he has had some pointed conversations with the committee, and relayed the same sentiments. He mentioned that we need to change FSBAs way of thinking towards legislation.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the Heritage Parkways groundbreaking.

Mr. Ziegler reported that the Children's Hunger Project, which placing food in the children's backpacks on Fridays, is currently serving 500 students in twelve schools. He mentioned that they were going to be expanding with help from the United Way.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the Pinewood Elementary National Honor Society Inductions.

Dr. Krupp noted that our grant monies are serving us well. He attended the Head Start Gala and the Fall Festival at the new Riverview School. Dr. Krupp thanked the personnel that made it happen.

Dr. Krupp noted that our grant monies for the Lights on Afterschool, in which students are participating in educational activities, as well as fun and games, kicked off this past week. He mentioned that he went to Oak Park Elementary and South Lake Elementary.  Dr. Krupp thanked the individuals that made it possible.

As it relates to  Head Start, Dr. Murray made a  request to encourage all the parents that are willing to get involved, get in touch with Dr. Teresa Wright, Director of Early Childhood & Title I; or Terri Barlow, Head Start Coordinator, because we need to get together the Head Start Advisory Board. She noted that there is a reluctance to get involved for fear of the unknown.

Dr. Murray congratulated all of our schools for making class-size for three years in a row. She wished everyone luck on the upcoming school grades and thanked the teachers for all they do for the students of Brevard County.

Dr. Murray mentioned that this is the last Special meeting prior to November 6, 2012.  She encouraged the voters to support our efforts on the half cent sales tax to enable us to fund building maintenance, busses and other items discussed throughout the community.

Ms. Kneessy noted that both herself and Ms. Henderson won their races in August to be sworn in at the November meeting. She asked if Judge Jim Earp could be notified to do the swearing in.  The Board agreed and requested that the Administrative Assistant to the Board contact Judge Earp's office to set this up.


L. Superintendent's Report
46. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: There was no Superintendent's report.

M. Adjournment
47. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Murray adjourned the School Board meeting of October 23, 2012 at 8:58 p.m.