10-25-2011 Special School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, October 25, 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.

A-1. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting of October 25, 2011 to order at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Murray requested a moment of silence for Shauna Clary, 8th grade student from Stone Middle School.


A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: 

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


A-3. Invocation (Michelle Cherne, 12th Grade, Melbourne High School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Michelle Cherne, 12 grade student of Melbourne High School, led the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Riley Fallen, 12th Grade, Melbourne High School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Riley Fallen, 12th grade student of Melbourne High School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Melbourne High School Advanced Jazz Band)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

Melbourne High School Advanced Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Clark, Band Director, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Murray commented on the outstanding performance of Brevard's finest. She also thanked Mr. Clark and his students for an incredible performance.

Dr. Binggeli stated that although he cannot play any of the instruments that the students played this evening, he takes personal pride and satisfaction that he works for an organization that help gives this sort of opportunity for the students.  Dr. Binggeli mentioned the reason that we have entertainment prior to the Board meeting is so that we never forget that it is our mission.  He thanked Mr.Clark for what he brings to our students and for performing for the Board this evening.

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Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a break at 5:42 p.m.
The meeting was reconvened at 5:48 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:

Resolution Agenda
C-9.   Resolution for Puerto Rican Heritage Month

Consent Revision
F-11.   Student Expulsions
F-18.   Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-21.   2012-2013 Charter Application Recommended for Denial of Approval



Motions:
Adopt the agenda of October 25, 2011 and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
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: 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray welcomed on behalf of the Board, Scoutmaster, Bill Felski, and Boy Scout Troup 369 from Grace United Methodist Church in Merritt Island for attending the school board meeting.

Dr. Murray took this opportunity to recognize some locals heroes from the 1st and 2nd grade classes of Endeavour Elementary. She stated that as the students were on a wild life field trip to Canaveral National Seashore, one of the students accidentally discovered a buried mother sea turtle and her numerous struggling hatchlings.  With the help of Ranger Nancy Corona, and other parent volunteers, and teachers; Donna Arnister, Kellie Campbell, Beth Toleda, and their students, help save the mother sea turtle and twenty one of her hatchlings.

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Dr. Binggeli introduced Tony Hines, Principal; and teachers, Wanda Krajewski and Katie Matthews, who presented highlights of the Cambridge Program at Rockledge High School.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray congratulated them for their successes and what they are doing for the students of Brevard.

B. Curriculum & Instruction

8. BPS Awarded Continuing District Accreditation with AdvancED SACS CASI

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli introduced Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, who gave background information on Brevard Public School being awarded the Continuing District Accreditation with AdvancED SACS CASI.  She mentioned the Dr. Beth Thedy, Director of Student Services and Teresa Wright, Director of Early Childhood Education & Title I, took the lead in Brevard's accreditation process and the exceptional job that they did.

Dr. Walt Christy, Director of Secondary Schools, read and presented the Brevard County District Accreditation plaque to the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Binggeli and the School Board on behalf of AdvancED SACS CASI counsel.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the administrative staff, teachers, students, community, and all those involved in the accreditation process on behalf of the School Board.

 


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. District Communications

9. Resolution - Puerto Rican Heritage Month
Attachment: Puerto Rican Heritage Month.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming November as Puerto Rican Heritage Month.

Motions:
Proclaim October 19 through November 19, 2011 as Puerto Rican Heritage Month.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
10. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion.  She stated that the Board would not respond to the comments or requests this evening but the Superintendent of Schools would investigate them and respond in a timely manner.  The following persons addressed the Board:

1. Richard Zmijewski, Cocoa - Abuse and Waste of Tax Dollars
2. Dan Bennett, BFT, Cocoa - Labor Relations
3. Reggie Revis, Palm Bay -  Charter School Applications
4. Alberta Clinkscales, Cocoa - Charter School Applications

Chairman Murray thanked the speakers for their willingness to speak to the Board.


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

11. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: 10.25.11 Expulsion.pdf (Confidential Item)
12. Approval of Minutes
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

13. Space Week Contract with DNC Parks & Resorts at KSC, Inc.
Attachment: Space Week Contract 2011.pdf
F. Accounting Services

14. Warrants for the Month of September, 2011
Attachment: Warrant List - September 2011.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

15. Property Disposal
Attachment: OCT_25_11.pdf
16. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, and Sales and Service Agreements
Attachment: RFP 12003BP - Supplemental Charter Bus Service Award Summary.pdf
Attachment: SSA 1208LL SolidWorks Recommendation of Award.pdf
F. Human Resources

17. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-25-11.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

19. Agreement for Services between the School Board of Brevard County and the School Board of St. Lucie County
Attachment: Agreement.pdf
F. School Choice

20. 2012-2013 Charter Applications Recommended for Approval
Attachment: III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan Emma Jewel.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-13 (K-8) Organizational Plan Emma Jewel 9-30-11.pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesign 2012-13 Emma Jewel.pdf
Attachment: III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan Viera.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Emma Jewel Charter Application Summary TO USE.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-13 Organizational Plan Viera Charter School 9-13-11.pdf
Attachment: III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan CEDAR.pdf
Attachment: I Academic Design 2012-13 Viera Charter School.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-13 (K-8) Organizational Plan CEDAR Academy.pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesign CEDAR Academy.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Charter Application Summary CEDAR Academy.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Charter Application Summary Viera Charter.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

22. Teaching American History Grant Weekend Scholar Visit Inservices
Attachment: Errico resume 10.11.11.pdf
Attachment: Errico contract.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

23. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee
Attachment: Melbourne High School Crew Team - Chattanooga, TN Nov 3-6, 2011.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

24. Field Trip - Rockledge High, Band and Orchestra to attend the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC
Attachment: bai band wash DC.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

25. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
Approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Human Resources

18. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: 2011 October 25 Instructional staff.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Murray pulled the Instructional Staff recommendation and stated that, under the attachments, it lists the out-of fields assignments. She questioned why the district is supporting people that are out-of-field in elementary education and does not feels that the district should support this since those teachers certified in elementary education are all over the place and available for hire in content areas.

Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, stated that these were brought to us from Imagine Schools and she did not ask for additional information from staff but will do that.

Ms. Mace gave an explanation on what was thought to have happened. She went on to explain that, Imagine Schools sent their out of fields to our district for approvals which should not be approved by our Board.  Imagine Schools has their out of fields approved by their own governing Board.  Ms. Mace felt this was an error but that could not be confirmed at this point.

Dr. Murray stated her concern about Imagine Schools not hiring qualified teachers.



Motions:

Move to strike the out-of-field assignments from Imagine School on the attachment from Item F-18 Instructional Staff Recommendations.

 

 

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

Motion Minutes: Ms. Kneessy thanked Dr. Murray for catching that charter school staffing was on our agenda. She also mentioned that she shared with Dr. Murray her concerns since this is the only F school in our district and now they are hiring out-of-field teachers when there are a lot of teachers looking for positions that would be in their field of study.  Ms. Kneessy requested that the district staff take a second look at what Imagine Schools is doing.

Motions:

Approve the routine instructional staff recommendations.

Approve the transfer of Ana Diaz from the position of Principal at Turner Elementary School to the position of Area Coordinator, South Area Superintendent's Office, effective October 26, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

Approve the reclassification/transfer of Dawn Janee Campbell from the position of Guidance Services Professional at Eau Gallie High School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 mo.) at Stone Middle School, effective October 26, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

Approve the reclassification/transfer of Jessica Wicker from the position of Teacher at Atlantis Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Croton Elementary School, on annual contract, effective October 26, 2011.  Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

 

 

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

Motion Minutes: 

Item F-18 and Item F-21 were discussed in reverse order during the live meeting.

The attachment was changed to remove the out-of-field assignments from Imagine Schools.

Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to congratulate the administrative appointment listed under Item F-18 Instructional Staff Recommendations.

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Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a video break at 7:09 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 7:23 p.m.
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F. School Choice

21. 2012-2013 Charter Applications Recommended for Denial of Approval
Attachment: 2012-13 Charter Application Summary Florida ALS.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Charter Application Summary Florida Odyssey Space Coast Academy MODIFIED 10-23-11.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-2013 Organizational Plan Somerset Academy - Palm Bay 9-26-11.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-13 (K-8) Organizational Plan Odyssey Space Coast Academey MODIFIED 10-23-11.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Charter Application Summary Odyssey High.pdf
Attachment: III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan Florida Virtual Academy.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Charter Application Summary Florida Virtual.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-13 Organizational Plan Florida Virtual.pdf
Attachment: III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan ALS.pdf
Attachment: I 2012-13 (K-8) Academic Design Odyssey Space Coast Academy MODIFIED 10-23-11.pdf
Attachment: Odyssey Space Coast Academy Comments Repeated from 2011-2012.pdf
Attachment: Odyssey Space Coast Academy Description of Repeated Concerns.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-13 (K-8) Organizational Plan ALS.pdf
Attachment: III. 2012-13 Business Plan Odyssey High 9-8-11.pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Somerset Academy Palm Bay Charter Application Summary - .pdf
Attachment: 2012-13 Charter Application Summary Somerset High.pdf
Attachment: III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan Odyssey Space Coast Academy MODIFIED 10-23-11.pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesign 2012-13 Florida Virtual Academy.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-2013 Organizational Plan Somerset Academy - Palm Bay High 9-26-11.pdf
Attachment: I. Academic Design ALS 10-6-11.pdf
Attachment: 2012-2013 I AcademicDesign Somerset Academy - Palm Bay 9-25-11.pdf
Attachment: 2012-2013 I Academic Design Somerset Academy1 - Palm Bay High 10-11-11.pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesign Oyssey High.pdf
Attachment: II. 2012-13 Organizational Plan Odyssey High 9-8-11.pdf
Attachment: 2012-2013 III. Business Plan Somerset Academy - Palm Bay.pdf
Attachment: 2012-2013 III. Business Plan Somerset Academy - Palm Bay High.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler pulled this agenda item to speak primarily about the denial of Odyssey Space Coast Academy.  He requested the Board reconsider certain points in regard to why the charter application was denied approval and made several points to why this particular charter application should be reconsidered.

Vicki Mace, Director of Schools Choice, responded to each of Mr. Ziegler's concerns, especially as it relates to the charters inability to provide an operating budget covering each year of requested charter term, which is the crux of the application.  She went on to explain other requirements in the application and the reasons why the Charter Review Team denied this application.

Dr. Binggeli discussed his concerns over Odyssey Space Coast Academy.  He mentioned that he did not want anyone walking away thinking that any charter application was denied based on grammar, semantics, and clerical errors as previously mentioned by Mr. Ziegler.  Dr. Binggeli stated that we would not accept that level of performance from any of our schools.

Ms. Henderson commended Ms. Mace on her work.  Ms. Henderson stated that the application and the process are lengthy and that Ms. Mace does an excellent job in determining the recommendation to bring to the Board on which application should be approved or denied.  Ms. Henderson stated that there is no way could not support what Ms. Mace has recommended.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he appreciated that Ms. Mace and the review team gave Odyssey due consideration because of their good track record.  He requested to vote on this charter application separately because he is making a case for this particular charter application.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray agreed that to splitting the recommendation. She also mentioned that it is unfair to the Board Member when items are not separated out for voting.



Motions:

Recommend to deny the approval of the following charter applications:

  • Florida High School for Accelerated Learning Brevard County
  • Florida Virtual Academy at Brevard
  • Odyssey Charter High School for Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies
  • Somerset Academy Palm Bay
  • Somerset Academy Palm Bay High

      excluding Odyssey  Space Coast Academy

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

Motion Minutes: Dr. Krupp stated that after looking at all the data, a glaring mistake,  is that they did not address State Statute of Senate Bill 736. He stated that you must address SB 736 as Ms. Mace mentioned.  Dr. Krupp suggested that they redo their application and the Board would revisit it next year.

Motions:
Recommend the approval of charter application for Odyssey Space Coast Academy. - FAIL
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Michael Krupp- Nay
Barbara Murray- Nay
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy requested further clarification on Odyssey's application and whether they addressed SB 736.

Ms. Mace stated that the applicant,Odyssey Space Coast Academy, stated in their application that they will consider using Brevard County's merit award plan.  This plan is no longer acceptable according to Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations. The application does not say that they will use Brevard's plan.  Ms. Mace stated that if anyone should know about Senate Bill 736 and Race To The Top, it's Odyssey, because they are participating in our Race To The Top and Charter schools are not exempt from Senate Bill 736.

Ms. Kneessy questioned whether this particular charter is suppose to be a replica of the existing K-8 Odyssey Charter School and have they followed everything that we have asked them to do throughout the years including following state statutes.  Ms. Mace stated that she has no reason to believe that they have not responded accordingly.

Ms. Kneessy questioned what in the application is different for us not to believe that we would not have a replica in Odyssey Space Coast Academy as we do in Odyssey Charter in Palm Bay.  Ms. Mace stated that the major reason for denying this application is the budget. She stated that it has a deficit budget.  Ms. Mace also stated concerns about how they are going to follow through with there theme of being a green school, as stated in their proposal. The application does not address how they are going to take the dilapidated building, of the former Rollins College, and make it a green building for the charter school.

Chairman Dr. Murray asked for clarification from Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, that if the Board approves this application, then does Odyssey Space Coast Academy become a charter. He responded in the affirmative.  Chairman Murray clarified to the Board that we are approving a legal contract in which the district would be bound. She stated this contract has a great deal of vague and ambiguity.  Mr. Bistline stated that there is also some missing information that is required.  Chairman Murray stated that is dangerous territory.



Motions:
Ms. Henderson called for the question.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second:
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: After Board voted on calling the question, they went back to vote on the motion of recommending the approval of charter application for Odyssey Space Coast Academy.

Motions:
Recommend the motion to deny the approval of Odyssey Space Coast Academy.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Nay

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy gave an explanation of why she did not wish to call for the question.  She stated that she believes in the work that had been done at Odyssey Charter in Palm Bay but after the discussion this evening, as it relates to Odyssey Space Coast Academy, she has to follow the law.  Ms. Kneessy stated that she wished the Board and the audience to understand why she did not support replicating Odyssey at this time, although she really wanted it to happen.

 


G. Action
G. Human Resources

26. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations - Action
Attachment: Bylaws and Policies - NEOLA - 11-12 - 1 of 2 - Action.pdf
Attachment: Bylaws and Policies - NEOLA - 11-12 - 2 of 2 - Action.pdf
Minutes: 

Motions:

Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for Public Hearing to adopt/approve the new/revised School Board policies as listed below:

New Policies

 

1211

3211

 

3120.03

4211

 

 

Revised Policies

1122.02

2460

3131

3242

4161

9160

1130

3120

3140

3410

5500

9270

1160

3122.02

3160

4122.02

5511

1161

3128

3161

4131

5630.01

 

1242

3130

3220

4160

6610

 

 

 

 

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

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler commented on 1211, 3211 and 4211 on the Whistle Blower Policy.  He stated that he is glad that we are making it clear to our employees that those who stand up and help us correct problems should not fear doing so, which is the intent of this policy.  Mr. Ziegler stated that he takes issue with restating statute.  He would like to remove this policy since we do not need one that just reiterates what statute implies.

Mr. Bistline agreed that although we hired Neola for assistance with what we should put into policy, there is a limit to it because the policy book will end up being humongous. He stated that it is the Board's responsibility, under Chapter 120, to implement statutes based on policy.

Dr. Binggeli stated that our employees might seek guidance in our policy manual and would not have otherwise known to seek it in legislation.

Ms. Pace stated that Neola recommended that we consider including the Whistle Blower in our policies.  After discussion with staff, it was decided that this policy would give our employees protection and provide additional information to our staff members, under the law, if they do come forward with information.  Ms. Pace stated that if this Board feels as though state covers this well enough, then we will strike it from the record.

Mr. Bistline stated that this particular policy should be considered by the Board since the employees will not be looking for the information that it provides in state statute.

Discussion ensued regarding where the Whistle Blower policy should be located. Suggestions under consideration: in state statute, alone;  it's own policy; or within the ethics policy.  It was decided that Mr. Bistline would work with Ms. Pace on the Whistle Blower policy.

Mr. Ziegler stated his concerns about the requirements in Policy 3120.03. Discussion ensued about the certification required for adjunct professors.

Ms. Pace stated that they would work with the adjunct professors to receive their professional certificate.

The Board decided that the Whistle Blower policy will remain as currently written and the Adjunct Professor Policy will come back with additional information.

G. Curriculum & Instruction

27. Brevard Public Schools' Student Progression Plan for 2011-2012

Minutes: 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray declared the public hearing open. No speakers chose to address the Board and the public hearing was closed.

Notice of the meeting was advertised is the Florida Today Newspaper on newspaper on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.



Motions:
Hold a public hearing and approve the Brevard Public Schools' Student Progression Plan for 2011-2012.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


H. Information
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

28. 2012-13 Budget Adoption Schedule
Attachment: School Board Trim Timetable.pdf
H. School Choice

29. 2011-2012 Strategic Plan
Attachment: 2011-12 Strategic Plan 10-12-11 CLEAN COPY.pdf
Attachment: 2011-12 Strategic Plan 10-12-11.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp pulled this item to discuss 3.1.2 Minority Recruitment Programs on the 2011-2012 Strategic Plan.  He spoke about the district being more realistic on the outcome indicators and not having to lofty of a goal.

Dr. Binggeli mentioned that reviewing the outcome indicators was one of the primary areas of focus on our Strategic Plan retreat.  We provided in a Board workshop setting, that there was in fact some indicators that had been in the Strategic Plan for a long time and they really did "shoot us in the foot", as stated previously by Dr. Krupp.  Dr. Binggeli stated the we took some strides to eliminate those without taking away the goals that are meaningful.

Ms. Pace reported that as of October 25, 2011, our new hire report shows the district is at 14.42 percent minority for our new hires this year.  She stated that this district is higher than June 30, 2011 and very close to achieving that 15 percent goal.

Ms. Kneessy requested information on how our school demographics match our community demographic.

Dr. Murray stated that there are federal guidelines that indicate what the district has to do due to Unitary Status.  She mentioned that having Unitary Status requires us to keep a racial balance between our schools in proportionate to the community.

Mr. Bistline stated that achieving Unitary Status, which the district did long ago, we were free from the order that the courts entered in the sixties, that established the goals that we had to do to desegregate.  Brevard School District achieved those goals declared by Federal Judge Young in which we were granted unitary status.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she wants to understand the data and how we are using this data in the district.

 

 


I. Staff Reports
30. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
32. Discussion Point: Workshops

Minutes: 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray began the discussion points on the topic of workshops. She suggested the Board send any topic of interest to Jacqueline Joy, Administrative Assistant to the School Board.  She stated that a workshop date will be scheduled for after the first of the year.

Dr. Murray and Dr. Binggeli discussed topics that have not had closure.  One was student fees, in which Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, is ready to make a presentation; expulsion review process, which has taken place with all the school administrators; drug dogs, in which Andrea Alford, Director of District Security, requested a month to put together either a policy or initiative on how we would more specifically implement the process; Communication Plan and Fast Facts, Ms. Davis mentioned that the Fast Facts are currently being broken into smaller components and is in the hands of the districts only graphic designer.  The Board will receive more detailed information in the Board Update of October 28, 2011.  She reported that the is currently setting up a time with Dr. Binggeli to review a draft version of the Communication Plan to then bring it to the Board by the following week.

33. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy thanked Dr. Murray for all that she has done for the district as Chairman of the Board over this past year.  She mentioned that it was Dr. Murray last meeting to chair prior to the organization of the board.

Ms. Kneessy requested a presentation about the IB programme since prior to the redistricting since it impacts some of the decisions that need to be made.  Dr. Murray stated that request had already been made.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the Art of Sand School Competition. He congratulated Bayside High School for winning in the secondary category and Manatee at the Elementary category.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the Marching Band Performance Assessments.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Brevard Foundation for giving the Board Members the opportunity for handing out mini-grants (checks) to our local schools.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended a meeting at Christa McAuliffe Elementary relating to the evaluation process and the concerns of our teachers.

Dr. Krupp noted he attended the Art of Sand and its success. He took this opportunity to thank all the students, staff, and teachers that were involved county-wide.

Dr. Krupp noted that he had the opportunity to give away monies, up to $1500, through the Brevard Foundation to Madison Middle, Challenger 7 Elementary, Enterprise Elementary and Fairglen Elementary School.

Dr. Krupp attended the Lights on After School Celebration with Coquina Elementary students which was held in the Rocket garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Ms. Henderson noted that she also had the pleasure to give away mini-grant money from the Brevard Foundation to Sable and Quest Elementary. She thanked Brevard Schools Foundation.

Ms. Henderson noted the she attended the marching band performance. She commented on all the talented students that we have in our district.  Ms. Henderson thanked all of our music teachers and the district for providing such music opportunities for our students.

Ms. Henderson attended a Veterans Celebration at Kennedy Middle School.  In attendance were Senator Haridopolis and Altman, Rockledge Police and Fire Department. She explained some of the touching moments of the celebration.

Chairman Dr. Murray yielded to Dr. Binggeli.


L. Superintendent's Report
34. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli stated that he attended everything that the Board previously mentioned with the exception of the Veterans Celebration at Kennedy which he was unable to attend due to a conflict in his schedule.

Dr. Binggeli reported to the Board that we received from the Department of Education Brevard's validation on class-size. He stated that on our student's over class-size maximum report is stated in three words, No Data Found, which means that Brevard is in compliance.  Dr. Binggeli thanked the many people that accomplished whatever needed to be done for a district of 73,000 students to make class-size in every classroom.

Chairman Dr. Murray began by thanking the Board for the past year and its accomplishments.  She reminded the Board that statute requires, once elected, we represent all the students throughout the district not just those in our voting area.  Dr. Murray stated that once we enter into the redistricting decision making process, it is important to make those data driven decisions that are not based on emotion but are based on data and in the best interest of our students.  She requested from Dr. Binggeli to put together packets of information for the Board on redistricting issues.

Chairman Dr. Murray gave kudos to the Board stating they are the best School Board in the State of Florida.

M. Adjournment
35. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of October 25, 2011 adjourned at 8:08 p.m.






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