10-26-2010 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 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 21, 2010. 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 Amy Kneessy called the School Board meeting of October 26, 2010 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Andy Ziegler

Karen Henderson participated by phone.

A-3. Invocation (Morgan Elliott, 6th Grade, Sunrise Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Morgan Elliott, 6th grade student from Sunrise Elementary.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (LeeAnn Latford, 6th Grade, Sunrise Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by LeeAnn Latford, 6th grade student from Sunrise Elementary.

A-5. Entertainment (Sunrise Elementary Chorus)
5. Entertainment


Sunrise Elementary Singing Sea Turtle Chorus and Handchime Harmonies, under the direction of Chorus Director, Kelly Arner, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting and they played one additional musical number.

Chairman Kneessy took this opportunity to thank Ms. Arner and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 5:38 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:44 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Recognition Addition
B-7.   Spotlight on Education
B-8.   Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award

Consent Addition
F-28.   Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Gregory J. Azcueta

Consent Revisions
F-14.   Student Expulsions
F-18.   Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchasing Requests, Sales and Service Agreements

Information Revision
H-36.   Project SEARCH Contracted Services Agreement with Health First, Inc.

Adopt the agenda of the School Board meeting of October 26, 2010 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

7. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli stated that in an effort to share many of the exciting, innovative and excellent programs, activities and projects that are being conducted in our schools, we will be featuring "Spotlight on Schools" at most of our Board Meetings.

Dr. Binggeli introduced Janet Gray, Fashion Design Services Teacher, who gave a presentation to the Board, along with several of her students, regarding the Fashion Design program.

Dr. Binggeli thanked Ms. Gray and her students. He mentioned that there is commonality in many things that we do and that is, we are going to think creatively, solve problems, work collaboratively but we are also going to give back and we teach our young people these powerful 21st Century skills but we also teach them that there are things which are greater then themselves and we appreciate that kind of work in your program.

8. Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award


Dr. Binggeli introduced Dr. Pam O'Kell, Principal of Apollo Elementary who explained the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award and introduced the recipient, Obeth Diaz, teacher at Apollo Elementary.

Mr. Diaz was named one of three educators to win the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award by Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Mr. Diaz said a few words of thanks to the Board, Dr. Binggeli, Dr. O'Kell and the Apollo Elementary family.

B. Elementary Programs

9. Florida Power-Library School Award


Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, introduced Sharon Reynold, K-12 Media Resource Teacher, and remarked on Sharon's diligence for the program.

Ms. Reynolds gave a brief explanation of the Florida Power-Library School Award and stated that it was in it's second year. Brevard schools have met the challenge by earning half of the state's designations again this year. This program is sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Association of Supervisors of Media which recognizes schools for having outstanding school library programs.

As recipients of this three-year designated award, the winning schools will serve as mentor sites for others around the state who seek the Florida Power-Library Award.  The principals and the media assistant received a certificate and the media specialist received a plaque recognizing this accomplishment.

Roy Allen Elementary - Principal Carol Carmichael; Media Specialist Jan Weber; and Media Assistant Dina Creatura
Astronaut High School - Principal Terry Humphrey; Media Specialist Kris Smith
Cocoa High School - Principal Dr. Stephanie Soliven; Media Specialist Sonja Crisafulli; Media Assistant Peggy Wilson
Palm Bay High School - Principal John Thomas; Media Specialists Julie Cooke and Donna Mancini; Media Assistant Becky Ciserano
Saturn Elementary - Principal Dr. Michael Miller; Media Specialist Elizabeth Wareham; Media Assistant Ann Barr
Sea Park Elementary - Principal Ena Leiba; Media Specialist Samantha McGill

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/ Superintendent

10. Resolution - Puerto Rican Heritage Month
Attachment: Puerto Rican Heritage Resolution 2.pdf

Mark Mullins, South Area Superintendent, read the resolution proclaiming October 19 thru November 19, 2010 as Puerto Rican Heritage Month.

Proclaim October 19 through November 19, 2010 as Puerto Rican Heritage Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Mullins invited Samual Lopez from United Third Bridge to accept the framed resolution from Dr. Binggeli and Chairman Kneessy.

C. District Communications

11. Florida Family Engagement in Education Month
Attachment: Family Engagement Month 2010.pdf
Minutes: Ginny Gleason, Parent Involvement Resource Teacher, read the resolution proclaiming November 2010 as Florida Family Engagement Month.

Recognize November 2010 as Florida Family Engagement Month for Brevard Public Schools.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Brevard School Foundation

12. Check Presentation from the Community Foundation of Brevard on behalf of Harris Corporation


Natasha Irizarry, Foundation Coordinator at Harris Corporation, and Sandi Scanelli, President of Community Foundation of Brevard, presented a check from the Community Foundation of Brevard on behalf of Harris Corporation to Mason Williams, President of Brevard Schools Foundation. The generous donation on $140,000 will support many programs for Brevard Public Schools including staff development activities, robotics, BETA and PIRATE Academies, Science Saturday programs and much more.

Ms. Cindy Kane and Ms. Scanelli said a few words regarding the partnership and what it means to the students and programs in Brevard County Schools.

Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, expressed her appreciation to Harris Corporation who provide funds to enhance education. She also then invited Mason Williams to say a few words.

Mr. Williams mentioned that Harris Corporation is a world-wide leader in tele-communications and technology and have supported that students of Brevard for many years. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

E. Public Discussion
13. Public Discussion


The Chairman reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. She also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the  Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Ed Jobs
  2. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Expulsion process/ Zero Tolerance
  3. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  4. Ellen Miller, Palm Bay - Federal Money for Teachers
  5. Izell Hickman, Titusville - Hiring Guidelines

Ms. Kneessy requested that Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, explain the legal bargaining process since a speaker brought up that the Board has the authority to dictate where money is spent.

Mr. Bistline explained that under the Labor Laws of the State of Florida, the negotiations of salary, benefits, and bonuses has to be done within the framework of the statute. He mentioned that it would be inappropriate for BFT and the Board to engage in negotiations in this public meeting.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

14. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsion 10.26.10.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Accounting Services

15. Warrants Written for the Month of September, 2010
Attachment: Warrants - Sept 2010.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

16. 2010-11 State Appropriated Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities (SFAs)
Attachment: 01-0005 - Brevard County Equipment Grant Award.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Property Disposal
Attachment: OCT 26.pdf
18. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchasing Requests and Sales and Service Agreements
Attachment: RFP 11001JO Recommendation of Award.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 10-26-10.pdf
20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-26-10.pdf
F. School Choice

21. 2011 - 2012 Charter School Applications
Attachment: Charter Application Summary - Odyssey (9-12).pdf
Attachment: Application Notes - Odyssey 9-12.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary - Dell'Arte (7-12).pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesign - Odyssey K-8.pdf
Attachment: Application Notes - Odyssey K-8 ?.pdf
Attachment: III. Business Plan - Facilities Secured 9-12.pdf
Attachment: III. Business Plan - Academy Dell'Arte (7-12).pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesign Dell'Arte (7-12).pdf
Attachment: II. Organizational Plan Academy Dell'Arte (7-12).pdf
Attachment: II. Organizational Plan Odyssey K-8 1.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary - Odyssey (K-8).pdf
Attachment: II. Organizational Plan Odyssey 9-12.pdf
Attachment: III. Business Plan - Odyssey (K-8).pdf
Attachment: I AcademicDesigny - Odyssey 9-12.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

22. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Augusta, Georgia
Attachment: MHS Crew Team to Augusta, GA Nov 2010.pdf
23. Eau Gallie High School Advanced Drama Students Trip to New York City
Attachment: EGHS Drama Students to New York City - Feb 2011.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

24. Field Trip for the Satellite High Symphonic Orchestra to perform in Chicago, IL
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_0825_001.pdf
25. Consultant Agreement with Nancy Prizito
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_0849_001.pdf
F. Project Management

26. Extend Continuing Contracts for Professional Services
Attachment: 287.055.pdf
Attachment: Sample Continuing Contract for Professional Services.pdf
Attachment: Sample Amendment.pdf
Attachment: List of Continuing Contracts for Professional Services.pdf
F. District Security

27. Acceptance of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Secure Our Schools (COPS-SOS) Grant For Installation of Video Surveillance Security Systems at Cocoa, Bayside and Palm Bay High Schools
Attachment: Secure Our Schools Grant #2010CKWX0678 Award Letter Letter.pdf
Attachment: COPS SOS Application FINAL.pdf
F. School Board Attorney

28. Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Gregory J. Azcueta
Attachment: Gregory J. Azcueta.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

29. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: ------------------------------
Chairman Kneessy called for a video break at 6:41 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 6:54 p.m.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Curriculum & Instruction

30. Approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2010-2011

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy declared the public hearing open.  No speakers chose to address the Board and the public hearing was closed.

Hold a public hearing and approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for 2010-2011.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Accountability, Testing & Evaluation

31. Approve School Improvement Plans for 2010-2011
Attachment: Chart.SIP of school.10.11.BoardAgenda.Sylvia.10.26.pdf
32. School Advisory Council Membership Report
Attachment: Chart.SIP of school.10.11.SAC.BoardAgenda.Sylvia.10.26.10.pdf
H. School Choice

33. Palm Bay Academy Charter School Follow-Up Financial Audit Report Conducted by RSM McGladrey
Attachment: Sept 2010 Follow-up Palm Bay Academy School Final Report.pdf
Attachment: Appendix A.pdf
Attachment: Appendix A.pdf

Ms. Kneessy requested Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, to update the Board as to why the recommendation is to take no further action at this time and what safe guards will be put in place. 

Ms. Mace gave a brief the report on the follow-up financial audit report conducted by RSM McGladrey and explanation of the recommendation.

Dr. Murray voiced her opinion that Palm Bay Charter Academy is not taking the citings of the audit report seriously and that some of the corrective actions that were left open were unreasonable and should have been corrected at this point.

Ms. Kneessy questioned if there could  be a probationary period or are the only options to approve the Charter continuance or not.

Ms. Mace stated the Florida Statute is very clear regarding the termination of a Charter School in which there is a due process that must be followed.

Mr. Bistline stated there was not middle ground. The choices are to terminate the contract or not.

Ms. Kneessy requested the recommendation include that the Board will proceed with the 90 day notice to terminate the charter contract if Palm Bay Academy fails to correct the identified risks.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board, Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, and Ms. Mace regarding the concerns of the open risks in the financial audit. 

H. Adult/Community Education

34. Brevard Adult & Community Education GED Tests Age Waiver
Attachment: GED Age Waiver.pdf
H. Alternative Sites

35. Agreement between Community Development Institute Head Start serving Brevard County and School Board of Brevard County
Attachment: Head Start Agreement.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

36. Project SEARCH Contracted Services Agreement with Health First, Inc.
Attachment: Contract-Project SEARCH 2010-11.pdf
37. Contracted Services Agreement with PCI Educational Publishing for Training on Dec. 1 and 2, 2010
Attachment: PCI Educational Publishing2010.pdf
Attachment: PCI Quote.pdf
38. Contracted Services Agreement with Nina Reeves, Stuttering Therapy Services and Seminars
Attachment: Reeves-StutteringTherapy.pdf
H. Exceptional Education Administrative Support Services

39. 2010 Revisions for Section 504/ADA Procedures for Students
Attachment: 504 Manual Final 11-16-10.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

40. Bayside High School NJROTC Trip to South Carolina
Attachment: Bayside High NJROTC to South Carolina Jan 2011.pdf

I. Staff Reports
41. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
42. Additional Public Presentation(s)

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
43. Board Member Reports


Dr. Murray thanked the Philip Perry, Daughters of American Revolution, for their contribution to the Merritt Island ROTC.

Dr. Murray requested that principal notify their Board Member when they receive additional funding and support for activities so the Board can publicly thank the private sector businesses for their contributions.

Mr. Ziegler gave a report on the FSBA Annual Committee Day.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the Palm Bay Mayor's Ball as a fundraiser for the Palm Bay Police Athletic League.

Mr. Ziegler stated his displeasure on how the presenters are at times back to the Board. He quoted Dr. Murray by stating that "this is a meeting in public, not a public meeting" and the presenter should be facing the Board.

Mr. Jordan reminded the administrator that he sent out a request for information on Race to the Top. He stated the next meeting was on November 9, 2010 at UCF to discuss the different areas of the subcommittees. The committees are very interested in what the employees have to say about compensation and to please forward any information to him prior to the meeting date.

Ms. Kneessy thanked the principal and staff for their efforts with the 0.25 mill presentation. She also encouraged all our employees to go out and vote. Ms. Kneessy mentioned that we are the largest employers of Brevard County and their employment future is hanging in the balance on Tuesday's vote.

Ms. Kneessy spoke to Dr. Binggeli in regard to the last minute board items.

L. Superintendent's Report
44. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli updated the Board on the Race to the Top Application. The district has received feedback from the Department of Education and there was not any substantive changes, in fact, they were almost complimentary of the application. He mentioned that we will be making those changes and submitting the application prior to the November 9th deadline.

Ms. Kneessy requested to take the meeting back since she forgot to bring up an item. She mentioned to the Board that there is a packet of information regarding Policy 8330 on Directory Information. Ms. Kneessy requested that Ms. Davis address the Board on this policy because there is a conflict with our policy.

Ms. Davis stated that the district has had several public record requests involving directory information. She defined what was currently in our policy as directory information but the requests are also asking for the students school and gender.

Mr. Bistline mentioned that the current statute states that the Board may provide directory information which also means that it may not. He also stated that the old policy used to include what was considered in the directory information.

Ms. Kneessy requested the Board Members and the District Staff to go through Policy #8330 and if there are any changes, place as an information item at the next School Board meeting of November 17, 2010.

Mr. Ziegler requested a list of what was specified in the previous statute as it relates to "directory information" prior to making it more general.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board, Ms. Bistline, and Ms. Davis regarding what the Board wants to do with the current changes in the policy.

Dr. Binggeli cautioned the Board that there are any number of organizations that will want the same information that the district could potentially be giving to the higher ed and the military. According to the statute, the district cannot even ask why a certain group would want that information.

Ms. Davis stated that the only thing that the district can ask is whether this information is for a profit or non-profit situation.

Ms. Kneessy stated to Ms. Henderson that she hopes she feels better soon.



M. Adjournment
45. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of October 26, 2010 was adjourned at 7:38 p.m.