10-24-2011 School Board Redistricting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Redistricting Workshop on Monday, October 24, 2011, 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 20, 2011. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Welcome/Purpose of the Workshop


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board workshop to order at 1:22 p.m.

Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, briefly reviewed for the Board Odyssey Space Coast Academy 2012-2013 Charter School Application.  She reviewed the areas in which the application partially or did not meet the standard as it relates to the Department of Education (DOE) application question.

Mr. Ziegler expressed concerns regarding the application process and if the district provided guidance.  Ms. Mace responded in the affirmative and provided the Board with Odyssey's Education Plan, Organizational Plan and Business Plan.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the Charter School portion of the meeting and called the Redistricting Workshop to order at 1:30 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Attendance Boundary Changes
Attachment: 10-24-11_WorkshopPresentation.pdf
Attachment: FAQ-10-24-11.pdf
Attachment: Potential School Attendance Boundary Staff Recommendations 10-24-2011 A.pdf
Attachment: Potential School Attendance Boundary Staff Recommendations 10-24-2011 B.pdf
Attachment: Labor & Non-Labor Saving for One Elementary School.pdf
Attachment: 2011-12 School Capacity and Student Membership.pdf
Attachment: Criteria and Guidelines for Attendance Boundary changes.pdf
Attachment: Out of Area Impacts.pdf

Dr. Binggeli shared with the Board and the viewing audience a report from the Department of Education (DOE) in regard to classes with students over the class-size maximum for 2011-12.  He stated that there was only three words on the report: No Data Found. He thanked all the school administration for attaining Class-Size.

Dr. Binggeli made opening remarks in regard to review and discuss potential boundary changes and potential school closings.  

Dr. Binggeli stated that one of the Board priorities, soon after becoming Superintendent, is to bring all of the schools within the 100 percent level of service target.  This meant school rezoning in every geographic area of our school district.

Dr. Binggeli stated that there will be special webpage dedicated to the redistricting process and will be updated each week.

Dr. Binggeli stated that the second priority was that we must involve the community.  He stated that the district staff will hold four public meetings to present the proposal that the Board directs the staff to move forward with and gather input from the community on these proposals.

Dr. Binggeli stated that when changing attendence boundaries, the goal has been to solve the problem for the forseeable future with a target of four to five years.

Dr. Binggeli stated that it is vital for the district and for us to leave this workshop with a clear direction on the following:

  1. Proceed with a proposal or not proceed with a proposal.

  2. Create an additional option for a current proposal for consideration,

  3. Create additional proposal for consideration.

 Dr. Binggeli turned the meeting over to Dane Theodore, Director of Planning.

He presented to the Board and answered the What, Why, Where, Who, When, How, and the communication between the district and the community as well as student enrollment and capacity utilization.

5. Related Issues


Mr. Theodore covered the following related issues:

  1. Cost Savings to Close an Elementary School
  2. Out-Of-Area Impacts
  3. Criteria and Guidelines for Attendance Boundary Changes (approved 2 years ago)

Dr. Binggeli reminded the Board and the community that there were many stakeholders involved in the process of formulating the critera and guidelines.  Mr. Theodore stated that an evalutaion committee was formed to come up with the criteria which was comprised of parents and staff members.  He noted that he brought these criteria to the community. Over 900 community members gave their input.

Ms. Kneessy reminded the Board that with this redistricting, it includes high schools.  She noted that there will need to be some Board adjustments on the criteria since high school is so different then elementary school.

6. Review of Proposals / Staff Recommendations


Mr. Theodore went over the Staff Recommendation for the eight proposals.

Proposal 1 - Reduce Enrollment at Viera High School
Staff Recommendation: Option H

Proposal 2 - Reduce Enrollment at Cocoa beach Jr./Sr. High School
Staff Recommendation: Option G

Proposal 3 - Reduce Enrollment at Kennedy Middle School
Staff Recommendation: Option C

Proposal 5 - Reduce Enrollment at Meadowlane Elementary School
Staff Recommendation: Option E

Proposal 6 - Convert Roosevelt Elementary School to a Middle School
Staff Recommendation: Option C

Proposal 8A - Change Attendance Boundaries between Astronaut and Titusville high Schools and Madison and Jackson Middle Schools.
Staff Recommendations: Option A

Proposal 14 - Close Sea Park Elementary School
Staff Recommendation: Option B

Proposal 16A - Close Riverview Elementary School
Staff Recommendaiton: Option B

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray recessed the meeting at 2:36 p.m.
The Redistricting Workshop resumed at 2:53 p.m.

7. School Board Discussion/Questions/Directions


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray took this opportunity to thank Mr. Theodore and his staff.  She opened the floor for any questions at it relates to the various proposals which were taken in order.

Proposal 1 - Reduce Enrollment at Viera High School

Ms. Henderson asked how many out-of areas that are in academies in Viera High School.  Mr. Theodore stated that there were no out of area students in the academies at Viera High. He stated that the schools are being asked to valid the information.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she likes the feeder chain on this proposal.

Dr. Krupp noted his concern about the bus ride.

There was a consensus from the Board as it relates to Proposal 1.

Proposal 2 - Reduce Enrollment at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School

Ms. Kneessy stated she would not accept anything less than 7-12 at Cocoa Beach High School.

Dr. Krupp requested the district to look into a K-8 at Roosevelt.

Discussion ensued about the concerns as it relates to the Out-of-Areas, Middle Years Program, IB program and the boundary lines.

Dr. Binggeli stated that the capacity at Cocoa Beach Jr. /Sr. High School is at 123 percent.  He noted that there is a Board priority and directive to get the school to 100 percent and all that has been discussed is what we can't do or shouldn't do.

Ms. Henderson requested that the out-of-area students be verified.

Dr. Murray reminded the Board that a few years ago there was a Board directive about removing portables because they are not cost effective.

Dr. Binggeli suggested that we jump to proposal 6 since they are connected. Mr. Theodore skipped to Proposal 6.

Mr. Theodore stated that maybe taking the Middle Years students out is not the way to reduce the capacity but after 12 hours of meetings, this is the best option that we came up with.  He stated that the Board does not have to do anything but if you don't, there are other considerations that need to be made such as policies and interlocal agreements.

Ms. Kneessy suggested closing Clearlake and putting Clearlake into Cocoa High.  She stated that the savings we would generate from a beach side closing we could generate from closing Clearlake and that option is not being presented as one of the options.  Mr. Theodore stated the question was posed to the committee three times and the vast majority of the committee did not recommend moving this proposal forward as an option.

Dr. Krupp stated that Cocoa High is at 52 percent capacity could absorb Clearlake tomorrow and still have seats available. Dr. Krupp noted that there is no bailout from the state next year.

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum Instruction, responded to questions and concerns as it relates to the Middle Years Program and the IB Program and the impact on the programs if these redistricting options were chosen. 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray recapped that the Board is looking for the following from staff. Different configuration from K-8, closing Roosevelt as an elementary and spreading their population out to the North and South, and close Clearlake as an option and make Cocoa a Jr./Sr. High School.

Mr. Theodore stated that he would make a slight tweak to leave the beach side out-of-area there.

Proposal 3 - Reduce Enrollment at Kennedy Middle School

Ms. Henderson asked if the proposed charter school Viera Charter School was taken into consideration when these recommendations were made.   Mr. Theodore stated that we cannot anticipate what the enrollment would be at the 7th and 8th grade at the Charter School.   Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, stated that the Viera Charter School would only have a seventh grade for next year.

There was a consensus from the Board as it relates to Proposal 3.

Proposal 5 - Reduce Enrollment at Meadowlane Elementary School

Mr. Theodore stated that the staff is suggesting a soft redistricting.

Ms. Henderson and Ms. Kneessy suggested moving the students that were not effected in the redistricting of  two years ago which, would make the transition much quicker.  Dr. Murray concurred.

Dr. Binggeli stated that there are some parents that may choose to return to the school and once that happens, it is a final decision.

Mr. Ziegler brought up a concern in regard to 8 walkers in the Riviera Area and the potential of needing courtesy bussing.

Mr. Theodore stated they will get back to the Board after getting more community input from the Meadowlane and Riviera area and relooking at the data.

Proposal 6 - Convert Roosevelt Elementary School to a Middle School

Dr. Binggeli stated that if we do not do one of the proposals, if effects the others since they are all interconnected.

The Board went back and discussed Propasal 2 which is intertwined with Proposal 6.

Proposal 8A - Change Attendance Boundaries between Astronaut and Titusville high Schools and Madison and Jackson Middle Schools.

Dr. Krupp applauded the option.

Dr. Murray questioned why it is necessary if there is no problem and no cost savings, why would we want to balance enrollment and cause disruption with the students.  Dr. Ron Bobay, North Area Superintendent, stated that the schools are both getting pretty small and this is an attempt to balance the enrollment to help facilitate the breath of programs that we are anticipating.  He noted as the high schools get smaller and smaller it is harder to provide all of the electives.

There was a consensus from the Board as it relates to Proposal 8A.

Proposal 14 - Close Sea Park Elementary School

This recommendation was put on hold since it is contingent upon a previous recommendation.

Mr. Ziegler brought up a concern about Tortoise Island and whether a bus goes into that community. If there is, that community should not be split up. Mr. Theodore stated that they would look into it.

Proposal 16A - Close Riverview Elementary School

Dr. Krupp suggested repurposing Riverview by moving the Abeyance Center from Cuyler School to Riverview and move the Adult Education Center from Whispering Hills to Riverview to save on any infrastucture renovations that Riverview needs. He stated that we could also save money administratively.

Dr. Krupp suggested that Cuyler School be repurposed as VPK or Head Start Center as proposed in earlier working papers. Dr. Krupp suggested moving the Maintenence Department out of the bus compound into Whispering Hills. 

Dr. Bobay stated that Riverview is an open spaced school which has some uniquely designed spaces that does not lend itself very well to an Adult Education program.  He commented that is would probably lend itself better as a Head Start Center than an Adult Education Center.  Dr. Bobay summarized that there is plenty of opportunity to repurposing Riverview Elementary.

Ms. Kneessy stated that there is a school that did not come up for discussion that she and Ms. Henderson feels as though it should be, which is Gardendale. The school is currently at 64 percent capacity. She is concerned about the capacity and the calendar schedule that it is on.

Mr. Theodore explained that the committee studied Gardendale, and that there is physical capacity on the island to accommodate closing an elementary school.  He stated that the problem with closing Gardendale is that 250 come into Gardendale from out-of-area.  If we were to close Gardendale, it sends the utilization at several mainland schools into the 96-97 percent range. Mr. Theodore stated that several of the mainland schools would have portables as a result.

Brief discussion about switching programs between Stevenson and Gardendale and why it would not be feasable from a repurposing point of view.


Closing Remarks
8. Closing Remarks


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray noted that there is a lot of information to digest and to call Dr. Binggeli and Mr. Theodore if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Mr. Theodore reminded the Board that the Community Form at Meadowlane on November 1, 2011 and at Manatee on November 3, 2011 were canceled and will be rescheduled.

9. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbar Murray adjourned the Redistricting Workshop of October 24, 2011 at 4:20 p.m.