10-24-2017 Board Workshop (ET Updates and Legal Services)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a board workshop to receive updates on ET and Legal Services, October 24, 2017, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office. Closing Remarks for Minutes:

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairperson Belford called the meeting to order at: 2:17 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, John Craig, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Educational Technologies Update
Attachment: ET tech plan workshop_draft_V2 .pdf

Russell Cheatham, assistant superintendent of Educational Technologies, gave an overview of the presentation.  Educational Technologies is working on an educational technologies plan. 

Mr. Craig asked whether the Digital Classroom Plan was product based or capability based? Mr. Cheatham said the approach was an applications process and is based on the allotment that DOE provides. Further discussion included the possibility of limiting platforms to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Mr. Craig said that they had heard some great things about Launchpad, however there were specific concerns about login issues.  He asked if there is a way to address those problems. Mr. Cheatham said they are piloting QR codes. Another concern heard is that most teachers do not feel  they are technology teachers.  Is there a way to address that better? Mr. Cheatham said they are working with Leading and Learning. 

There was some discussion about the number of devices currently being utilized in the District. Right now, staffing for technology services is based upon the number of students in the school and does not take into account the number of devices. Mr. Cheatham said they are looking at some tiered approaches to address this concern.   He said that after 1,000 devices, an additional tech is needed at the school. They have to put that into the plan and see what the cost will be, but before they do that they want to do an efficiency study to make sure the need is really there. 

Mr. Craig asked if we provide any training when hiring techs.  Mr. Cheatham said they do not currently pay for any certifications for employees.

Regarding the 90,000 devices, Mr. Ziegler clarified that those are student devices.   

5. Legal Services
Attachment: Office of Legal Services - workshop presentation (10-24-17).pdf

General Counsel Amy Envall provided an overview of Legal Services.  She explained the need to add an additional attorney and outlined the costs.

There was discussion about the role of the new attorney and conflict of interest in the representation of the superintendent.  Ms. Envall explained that the new attorney would be an employee of the superintendent rather than the board, yet under Ms. Envall's supervision.  


Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn expressed gratitude to Ms. Envall on behalf of himself and staff for the assistance she has provided.

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at: 3:15 p.m.