10-27-2015 Special School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, October 27, 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, September 17, 2015. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order


Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m.

Chairman Kneessy asked for a moment of silence for Barbara Johnson, guidance counselor at Apollo Elementary, who had recently passed away.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

A. Invocation (Alyssa Garner, 5th Grade, West Melbourne Elem.)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Alyssa Garner, sixth grade student from West Melbourne School for Science, read the invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance (Maddax Jurgenson, 6th Grade, West Melbourne Elem.)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Maddox Jurgenson, sixth grade student from West Melbourne School for Science, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment (Pride of West Melbourne, 4th, 5th & 6th Grades)
5. Entertainment


Pride of West Melbourne under the direction of Rebekah Villanueva, provided entertainment prior to the Board meeting and performed one additional number after the meeting began.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 5:44 p.m. so the students could collect their belongings.

She reconvened the meeting at 5:48 p.m.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of the Agenda
Attachment: 2015-1027Supplemental.pdf

Approve the October 27, 2015 Regular School Board Meeting and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Community Relations

7. Spotlight on Education


Representatives from Andrew Jackson Middle School provided information about Jackson's Ultimate Mentoring Program called Jump.  Jackson's principal, Annetha Jones began the presentation by introducing several people in attendance, including her spouse, members of the faculty and volunteer mentors.

A video was shown and Mrs. Jones further explained the positive impact the program has had on her students. 

Mrs. Belford had gone to Jackson the day before and witnessed the program in action.  She commented that she noticed two things that she didn't expect: The first was that mentors were asking to spend more time with their mentees and secondly, every student was fully engaged with their respective mentors. 

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

8. Check Presentation and Recognition of Northrop Grumman


Dr. Blackburn began by telling the viewing audience that  Mrs. Stephanie Fitzsimmons, corporate citizenship, Northrop Grumman Corporation, would be presenting a check to Brevard Schools Foundation represented by Ms. Linda Filippini, programs and development assistant.

Ms. Filippini acknowledged the members of Brevard Schools Foundations's Board of Directors which included David Brock, Patty Martin, Meredith Gibson, Ryan Brandt and Richard Miller. 

Ms. Filippini explained that in addition to funding that Northrop Grumman is providing in support of various Foundation programs, they are providing dollars for the new Innovation Centers program. Northrop Grumman recently invited the Foundation to submit a request in support of a STEM initiative, specifically FabLabs. 

Ms. Filippini introduced Gina Clark, media resource teacher and Ed Short, science resource teacher.  Both echoed how thankful they were to Northrop Grumman for providing the funding, allowing them to make their vision a reality.

Foundation Board member, David Brock provided a few remarks thanking Northrop Grumman for the check in the amount of $135,000.  He also provided them a certificate of appreciation.

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

9. Florida Council for the Social Studies Teachers of the Year


Dr. Blackburn introduced Cyndi Van Meter, associate superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction who facilitated the presentation.

Ms. Van Meter explained that they were honoring three exemplary social studies teachers who were named as Florida's 2015 Social Studies Teachers of the Year.  She said that this is the first time that BPS has been honored with all three awards at one time.  She, in turn, introduced Kassie Erenstoft, social studies resource teacher.

Ms. Erenstoft provided details about the award and said that the recognition includes a cash prize and nomination for National Social Studies Teacher of the Year, a National Council for Social Studies award.  She introduced Brevard Public Schools and Florida Elementary School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Ms. Katherine Newsome.

Ms. Van Meter then welcomed Stacy Skinner, middle school ELA and social studies resource teacher.  Ms. Skinner presented Mr. Eric Miller as the Brevard Public Schools and Florida Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Van Meter introduced Chris Spinale, high school social studies resource teacher, who announced that Ms. Kimberly Garton had been awarded the Brevard Public Schools and Florida High Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/ Superintendent

10. Adoption of Resolution Supporting the Current Version of the Draft Bill Entitled Misuse of Public Office Act
Attachment: Resolution for Support of Draft Bill.pdf
Attachment: Draft Bill - Misuse of Public Office Act.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, read the resolution.

Adopt the resolution supporting the current version of the draft bill entitled Misuse of Public Office Act.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Middle School Programs/K-12

11. Family Engagement in Education Month
Attachment: 2016 Family Engagement Month.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, read the resolution.

Recognize and proclaim the month of November as Family Engagement in Education Month.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. School Choice

12. Sustainability of Campus Charter School


On September 8, 2015, at an informal meeting between the School Board and representatives of Campus Charter School, it was determined by the School Board to allow Campus Charter time to provide a corrective action plan, a revised budget and the outcome of the discussion with the bank.

Shawn Arnold, with Arnold Law Firm, said he is happy to report that he believes the status of the school will be a success story.  He said that the six issues in the letter sent to the school approximately 60 days ago are either cured or are curable.

He said that the school is transforming from a full service management school to a "mom and pop" organization which is really more appropriate due to the size and scope of the school. The budget items and the cost associated with those items have gained about 20 percent.

There are several things that have been added on a go forward basis. Thirteen percent of the FEFP that was previously going to the prior managment company is no longer going there.  That represents a savings of a $130,000 a year. In addition, the rent of the school has been brought more in line.  Mr. Arnold said that he was happy to report that although the landlord is currently in foreclosure, (and the school did guarantee that loan) that the school has worked out an agreement with the bank. The previous rent for the last several years was approximately $13,000. The rent going forward will be $6,000.  This is basically a $75,000 cut in expenses.  The school's budget which was amended and will be adopted by the Campus Charter Board on Thursday, has a total budget of revenue on a conservative enrollment of $1,014,000 and projects to have an $89,000 surplus at the end of the year. This does not include capital outlay. The school hopes to be able to speak to the School Choice office in January to see if they are entitled to that going forward. Mr. Arnold's firm continues to work with the school on all of its compliance issues. Mr. Arnold is happy to report that the school's new Board chair is fully engaged.  He said going forward that the school will be run by the principal and by the Board and will be run for the interests of the children and not serve any outside financial interests.

Mr. Craig asked two questions: 

  1. Are there any outstanding legal issues and challenges?
  2. Who is overseeing the finances?

Mr. Arnold stated in regards to the legal issues, the school is still being named as the defendent in the lawsuit of the foreclosure, however, they have worked out an agreement with the bank  where the rent would be $6,000 which is the market rate that they determined is appropriate. The landlord's attorney just withdrew from the case so they will not have the expedited resolution they hoped for. At this point they don't know if the landlord is going to represent himself or get another attorney so they are at the mercy of that process right now. However, Mr. Arnold has an agreement with the bank that their rent at the end of this process will either be the same or  very similar  to what it is now  or they would have the option to purchase it. In terms of the financials,  a CPA has been engaged for the last two months. One of the agenda items on for Thursday night is the hiring of a full time CPA. In the interim, the finances are being overseen by the Board  and by the principal.

Mr. Craig thanked Mr. Arnold and asked if there were any foreseeable challenges from the old oversight group for termination of contract.    Mr. Arnold responded that he could not predict his behavior, but he said if there is any legal challenge, that their counter claim would dwarf any claim that the petitioner would have against them. The termination letter that Mr. Arnold sent initially to give him 30 days notice had approximately 17 violations to the contract. Since then there have been numerous additional violations found not only in past behavior but on  going forward behavior. By the 90th day, Mr. Arnold will send another letter enumerating those infractions.  He certainly hopes it doesn't come to that because he doesn't want to use school resources to defend this. However, he feels very confident that if they did end up in some sort of litigation, that they would prevail.

Mrs. Kneessy asked what kind of documentation had been provided to Mr. Bistline in regards to the financial matters. Mr. Bistline responded that he had been working with Mr. Arnold ever since this started and has gotten all the information that he needs. He supports what Mr. Arnold is saying and Mr. Bistline thinks they have cleaned up the situation, and they have new Board members.  He knows the attorney for the bank as well and thinks they have done a good job turning this around and at this point he makes a recommendation that the Board withdraw the 90 day notice.   Mr. Bistline said that if things don't work out, the Board can always put it back on the table, but he doesn't see a reason to go to a formal administrative hearing based on the progress they have made.

Mr. Arnold interjected that he has given Mr. Bistline a copy of the updated budget with the numbers being very similar to what they provided previously. The one provided previously had the capital outlay included in it; the revised one has it taken out and the expenses have actually dropped.

Mrs. Kneessy asked if the landlord is still operating a preschool at the site. Mr. Arnold said he doesn't know precisely and said that he would have to comment on that.  Mrs. Kneessy asked about enrollment and staff turnover at the school.  Mr. Arnold commented that the enrollment is stable and staff turnover is not any more than it normally is for this time of year.

Mrs. Kneessy expressed that she wanted to see the documentation herself and is not comfortable.  Mr. Bistline said that it can be provided to the Board, but he wanted to reiterate that there is a timeframe on this process . He continued that Mr. Arnold agreed to extend that timeframe and Mr. Bistline suggests that he put a package of information to him and that Mr. Bistline will provide it to the Board members.   

Mrs. Kneessy said that since Ms. Archer is out of town this week, she did not want to make any decisions  without input from her too. Mrs. Kneessy said that she felt like they needed to have something in writing. Mr. Bistline and Mr. Arnold said they would provide that information. Mr. Arnold agreed to wait until the November 17, 2015 meeting for a decision.

Mrs. Belford said when the information is given to the Board, she would like them to provide the agreements from the bank both short term and long term.  She asked if they had those agreements in writing. Mr. Arnold said they are memorialized in a motion pending  before the court, however, because Cedar's counsel withdrew, the court can't act on it until either the landlord decides to represent himself or he gets new counsel.  They are being held hostage because of this action, but he is happy to give Mr. Bistline all of the correspondence they have between the bank and the school. There is a Florida statute that talks about sequestration of rent that has to come from the court because it is in essence a right that a party is giving up to have that rent applied to the landlord. Therefore, the process is delayed.

Mrs. Belford further stated that Mr. Arnold referenced the statement that Mr. Arnold made about having an $89,000 surplus at the end of the budget year. She asked if this information will be submitted with the breakdown of the budget. Mr. Arnold clarified that yes, it would be included and he will forward to the Board after the charter school's board meeting on Thursday.

D. Elementary Programs

13. Florida Power Library School Award
Attachment: 2015 FPLS Board Meet Oct 27 PPP.pdf

Dr. Blackburn introduced Gina Clark, library media resource teacher, who made the presentations.  She explained about the program and said that Brevard is home to 73% of the Florida Power-Library Schools awarded state-wide since the program began in 2009.

Ms. Clark explained that the award is a three year designation, at which point schools can choose to go through an intensive renewal process. Of the eligible schools in Brevard, 76% completed the process and were awarded a second time.  The eligible renewal schools in the rest of the state had only a 6% renewal rate.

Dr. Blackburn and Mrs. Kneessy presented the awards.

E. Public Comment
14. Public Comment

Minutes: There were no public speakers.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

15. Approval of Minutes
Attachment: 09-14-15 Board Workshop Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 09-18-15 School Board Retreat Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 09-22-15 Legislative Delegation Meeting Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 09-22-15 Special Board Meeting Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Accounting Services

16. Warrants for the Month of September 2015
Attachment: Warrant List - September 2015.pdf
17. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2015
Attachment: BREVARD 3Q15 COMPLETE.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 10-27-15.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 10-27-15.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. SSA #14-048-WH - iAssessment, LLC dba Truenorthlogic Agreement
Attachment: SSA 14-048-WH - Truenorthlogic - Human Resources - Agreement.pdf.pdf
20. Job Description - FNS Equipment Coordinator
Attachment: Coord_FNS-Equip.pdf
21. TNTP Insight Survey
Attachment: Brevard Public Schools Insight - Proposal - vF (2).pdf
22. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 10-27-15.pdf
23. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 10-27-15.pdf
F. School Choice

24. 2016-2017 Charter Application Recommendation for Approval
Attachment: Charter Application Summary for Odyssey Space Coast 2016-2017.pdf
Attachment: OdysseySpaceCoastAppEvaluation.pdf
Attachment: Charter Application Summary for Legacy 2016-2017.pdf
Attachment: LegacyAcademy - Evaluation.pdf
F. Students at Risk

25. Federal Entitlement Grants: Title III, Part A, Supplementary Instructional Support for English Language Learners
F. South Area Superintendent

26. Melbourne High School Crew Team Trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee
Attachment: Melbourne High Crew Team - Chattanooga, TN Nov 2015.pdf
27. Heritage High School Marching Band Trip to Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina
Attachment: Heritage High Band to Winston-Salem State University, NC - Oct-Nov 2015.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

28. Field Trip - Johnson Middle School - Faces of Florida
Attachment: JMS Faces of FL trip.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

29. Edgewood Junior Senior High Field Trip to New York, NY
30. Merritt Island High School Cheer Squad field trip to Charlotte, North Carolina
F. Project Management

31. Merritt Island High School Pool Repair - Close Out Change Order #1
Attachment: MIHS pool close out change order.pdf
32. Endeavour Community Hub Portable - Design Build Services
Attachment: Endeavor Elementary Community Hub Portable GMP proposal.pdf
33. Tropical Elementary School and Jefferson Middle School - Design Build Contract and Preconstruction Services - RFP #16-P-022-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Tropical Jefferson attachments.pdf
34. Discovery Elementary School and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School - Design Build Contract and Preconstruction Services RFP #16-P-021-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Discovery Roosevelt attachments.pdf
35. Atlantis Elementary School - Educational Technology - Preconstruction Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Atlantis educational technology fire alarm attachments.pdf
36. Cape View Elementary School - Design Build Preconstruction Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Cape View attachments.pdf
37. Oak Park Elementary School - District Security - Construction Management Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Oak Park District Security Attachments.pdf
38. Facility Design Standards Update
Attachment: facility design standards update attachment.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

39. Approval of Consent

Approve the October 27, 2015 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

40. Department/School Initiated Agreements
Attachment: a - SSA 16-315-DP - TNTP.pdf
Attachment: b - SSA 16-344-WH - HMH - Web Hosting.pdf
Attachment: c - SSA 16-347-DP - EDI - Professional Learning.pdf
Attachment: d - SSA 16-348-DP - Cambridge Education.pdf
Attachment: e - SSA 16-362-DP Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.pdf
Attachment: f - SSA 16-333-DP - Technology Educators.pdf


Approve the Sales and Services Agreements (SSAs) listed below:

a - SSA #16-315-DP - The New Teacher Project (TNTP) - Human Resource Services - $180,000.00

b - SSA #16-344-WH - HMH - District Wide Web Hosting - Curriculum & Instruction - $150,000.00

c - SSA #16-347-DP - U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI) - Human Resources - $75,000.00

d - SSA #16-348-DP - Cambridge Education - Human Resources - $72,000.00

e - SSA #16-362-DP - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company - Magnet Schools - $36,000.00

f - SSA #16-333-DP - Dr. Larry Chew, Technology Educators - South Area - $1,900.00




Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: John Craig
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

41. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - SC 16-SC-042-OC - Research Laboratory Supplies.pdf


Approve the State Contract (SC) purchase below:

a - SC #16-SC-042-OC - Research Laboratory Supplies - Purchasing & Warehouse Services - $280,200.00

Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye

G. Curriculum & Instruction

42. 2015-2016 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools


Chairman Kneessy declared the public hearing open at 6:49 p.m. and asked if there was anyone in the audience  who wished to speak on this item.

Hearing no comments and having no speakers, Chairman Kneessy concluded the public hearing at 6:49 p.m.

Mr. Craig had a question regarding the middle school ELA where we removed the "required," but kept placement and he thinks the way it is worded sounds like we are still going to just place them there without discussion. He just wants to make sure it is all understood that the reason we removed required was so that we would have that discussion, but it may not be evident by just reading what is written.

Dr. Blackburn asked for Ms. Van Meter to come forward to address Mr. Craig's questions. Ms. Van Meter said that Mr. Craig was correct in that it is not required, but there will be a letter to every parent whose child we are recommending to be placed in that class, but ultimately it will be the parent's decision.

Mr. Craig questioned whether it was a recommendation or is it an offering? He said that is the big issue that he has. Ms. Van Meter said it would be a recommendation. Mr. Craig said that it is based solely on that one test score and he does not feel that is their place.  He said that our place is to say that we have an offering  that has proven to be advantageous to students that in the previous years have shown an issue in this area. That doesn't mean that it is right for your student. He said that to recommend says that is what we are going to do unless we hear otherwise from the parent.

Ms. Van Meter said that recommendation is not based on a sole test. It is on the child's previous two or three years and their academic performance in their class.  


Hold a public hearing and approve the Brevard Public Schools' Student Progression Plan for 2015-2016.

Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

43. 2016-17 Budget Adoption Schedule
Attachment: School Board Trim Timetable.pdf
44. Resolution Relating to the Flexibility of Categorical Funding
Attachment: The 2015 Florida Statutes.pdf
Attachment: Categorical Flexible Spending Resolution.pdf
45. Designation of Legal Representative to Apply for Title VIII of Public Law 107-110 (Impact Aid) Funds
H. Elementary Programs

46. Elementary Music Festival Lease Agreement with the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Attachment: 2016 EF KC contract signed CVM 10.27.15.pdf
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

47. Elementary and Secondary Student Art Shows at Area Malls
Attachment: 2016 K12 Mall Art Show Melb Square contract CVM.pdf
48. All-County Festival Lease Agreement with the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Attachment: 2016 AC KC contract signed CVM 10.27.15.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
49. Board Member Reports


Mr. Ziegler

He was invited to South Brevard Hispanic Center. He said that the persons there were very interested in the school district and posed some very interesting questions, some of which he shared.

  • Why can girls dress up in very revealing clothing? 
  • Why can elementary students color their hair, but middle school students cannot?
  • Why do some schools have student ID cards and some do not?  If a student walks to and from school and something happens to them, how would they be identified? 
  • The favorite topic of the group was uniforms and most supported having them.

Mr. Ziegler said that he wanted some input from staff.  He said that it bothers him that when there is a report of an inappropriate action or misconduct by an employee, it seems like we automatically assume they are guilty.  Many times they are placed on leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation. He feels that many employees are worried that this might happen to them even though it is not justified. He wants us to provide better support to staff so they know they are appreciated.

  • Dr. Pace addressed his concerns and said that we are mandatory reporters . It is very important that we don't do or say anything that would interfere with the investigation and said this is for the employees' protection as well as the school and students.

Mr. Ziegler also wanted staff to bring something back to the Board outlining how an increase in minimum wage will affect the district.

Ms. Belford

  • On the 15th, she  attended ICOC meeting and received lots of great information.
  • On the 23rd she attended the Community Leaders function at  FIT. She commented that there was great food.  She said that her son wants to go to FIT so she is looking forward to having some of that food later in life.  
  • Last night, she and Dr. Blackburn went to the North Brevard Democrats for a meet and greet and Dixie Crossroads.

Mr. Craig

  • He said that they had all got to deliver some mini-grants last week and that is always a fun time.  One was to a kindergarten teacher at Tropical Elementary,  Barbara Wilcox, and the stuff she has planned for her class and for the entire kindergarten class is just phenomenal.  
  • Mr. Ziegler and he attended the  Governor's appearance at Harris. There was a variety of things that he was taking about; Field of Dreams, and he gave a medal to Deputy Smith. One of the biggest things was the connection of his desire to provide at least a million dollars to provide opportunities for teachers  to intern at engineering companies and at corporations throughout the state,  where during the summertime, they can actually go in and be in the workplace and work with engineers and scientists. By doing so, they can  determine what the requirements are for today's and future jobs so they can be reflected back in the classroom. He feels it is a great program. Mr. Craig said that he did get a chance to talk to the Governor for a couple of minutes and asked him to support the FADSS resolution. 

Mr. Craig said that there needs to be a standardized protocol we follow regarding communication of a threat to a building or locale and more importantly an individual or body of persons. He had spoken to Dr. Blackburn and encouraged Board members to give input if they have ideas on how the process should be shaped.

Ms. Henderson

She agreed with Mr. Craig regarding a standardized communication protocol.

  • Ms. Henderson delivered checks to RHS and Sabal and she thanked the Foundation for the opportunity.
  • She attended the  FSBA Legislative Committee meeting. They went over their legislative platform and said they have an awesome chair  and in a few short hours were able to go from 35 issues to four. The resolution that was created supported  FADSS. 

Ms. Henderson said that when speaking with her daughter, her daughter showed her the Algebra II results which was divided into three categories.  In the first category, she got two more points than her friend; in the second category she got one more point than her friend; in the third category, they both received the same.  But when it came to creating a percentile rank, her daughter got two points less than the friend who missed three more questions.  Ms. Henderson said that this is ridiculous. She did speak to Ms. Van Meter about this. She asked Dr. Blackburn to bring this up when he meets with the Commissioner because this is awful.

She mentioned that last week there was a discussion about CTE and equity. She asked that when Dr. Blackburn was looking into that, she would like for him to think about a couple of things. She said that the definition of equity needs to be defined and should we be looking at costs of programs in regards to equity.  

Ms. Kneessy

  • She said that she had been delivering checks as well.
  • Ms. Kneessy said she also had the opportunity to go with the Surfside chorus who was invited to sing the National Anthem at a Solar Bears hockey game.

Ms. Kneessy had one issue to bring before the Board. She is  concerned about the number of vacancies we have and the effect on Class Size.  She said that we need to be making plans now.  She asked for staff to let the Board know where we are at in the planning stages.

Dr. Blackburn said they would bring something back to the Board.



L. Superintendent's Report
50. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn had no report.

M. Adjournment
51. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the meeting at 7:21 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).