10-26-2015 Legislative Affairs Workshop - Part II

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Legislative Affairs Workshop on Monday, October 26, 2015, 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 15, 2015. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Excercises


In Chairman Amy Kneessy's absence, Vice Chairman Karen Henderson chaired the meeting and called it to order at 11:01 a.m.



Roll Call
6. Roll Call


Members Present: Misty Belford, John Craig, Karen Henderson and Andy Ziegler

Amy Kneessy was absent due to illness.

Pledge of Allegiance
2. Pledge of Allegiance


Vice Chairman Henderson led the Pledge of Allegiance at the special meeting immediately preceeding this workshop.

Order of Business
3. Order of Business
Attachment: 2015 Regular Session Legislative Issues.pdf

Superintendent Blackburn explained that the workshop had been called to review the legislative priorities prepared by Mixon and Associates for future implementation.  He further commented that the priorities were established based on dialogue at the September 28, 2015 workshop.

Dr. Blackburn introduced Jessica Janasiewicz from Mixon and Associates. Ms.Janasiewicz introduced Corrine Mixon who would be assisting. Ms. Janasiewicz explained that they had two documents in front of them with the first one being the legislative platform which covers what two other persons from Mixon and Associates gleaned from the meeting held on September 28. This is their best effort on trying to get everything down on paper that the Board said they saw as a priority.  She asked Ms. Mixon to go over  schedule prior to going over each item.

Ms. Mixon thanked the Board for having them down. She explained that they are midway through a special session  on the state senate map redistricting which convened last week.  They look to see that completed by the end of the coming week. Next week will be an active political committee week. They will be coming back for two additional weeks in November, and a week that begins the week of November. Regular session convenes January 12, 2016. The length of the regular session is 60 days.

Ms. Henderson said she was looking at something which said there were a lot of education bills that had been presented. She wanted to know if it was correct that even though this week and last was for the senate map redistricting, they are still putting forth new modifications and laws for approval.  Corrine indicated they could make the Board aware of bills that are being carried forward from the previous sessions, who the bill sponsors are, and who they will be. They will try to point out what they see coming as well as what is already going on in the legislative sessions.   

Ms. Janasiewicz interjected that they anticipate things heating up  once they resolve the map issue. There have been a lot of bills filed, but they haven't seen a lot of work in committees.   

Ms. Henderson said that she has been looking at the presentations that have been going on and wanted to know if there would be one from FSBA or Mixon and Associates on anything that is important to education. Ms. Janasiewicz said there have not been any stakeholder presentations; most are vendor or product related. The only thing that was a non-vendor presentation was from FHSAA.

Ms. Janasiewicz proceeded with going over each legislative priorty item as set forth by the Board at the September 28, 2015 Board Workshop. There were extensive comments and discussion among Board members as well as suggestions to Mixon and Associates.

Another document was provided to the Board with the legislative priorities of FSBA and the Central Florida School Boards Coalition.  The Board determined whether or not to incorporate some of the language contained in those documents into their own.


Closing Remarks
4. Closing Remarks

Minutes: Ms. Janasiewicz asked the Board to please call her if they had any questions. Ms. Henderson thanked both Ms. Janasiewicz and Ms. Mixon for attending.

5. Adjournment

Minutes: Vice Chairman Henderson adjourned the meeting at 12:28 p.m. 

For further details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).