10-29-2019 Board Workshop and Rule Development
The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Rule Development and Board Workshop on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 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 17, 2019. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.
1. Opening Exercises
Minutes: Chairman Tina Descovich called the meeting to order at:2:03 p.m.
2. Roll Call
Minutes: Members Present: Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell
Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance
Minutes: Chairman Descovich led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Order of Business
Rule Development (Policy)
4. Board Policy 6320 Purchasing
Attachment: 6320 Exe. Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-22-19).pdf
Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, provided the executive summary of the reasons for the changes of Policy 6320 Purchasing and the incorporation of parts of policies 6330, 6423, 6460, and 6540.
This meeting was the public's first opportunity for comment on the policy revision.
Chairman Descovich asked if there was anyone present who wished to make comments on the policy revisions in 6320.
There was no one present who wished to speak.
5. Board Policy 6330 Acquisition of Professional Architectural, Engineering. Landscape Architectural, or Land Surveying Services
Attachment: 6330 Executive Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf
Chairman Descovich asked if there was anyone present who wished to make comments regarding the suggested repeal of Board Policy 6330 Acquisition of Professional Architectural, Engineering, Landscape Architectural or Land Surveying Services.
There was no one present who wished to address the repeal of 6330.
6. Board Policy 6423 Use of Purchasing Cards
Attachment: 6423 Executive Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf
Chairman Descovich asked if there was anyone present who wished to discuss the repeal of Board Policy 6423 Use of Purchasing Cards?
There was no one present who wished to address the repeal of 6423.
7. Board Policy 6460 Vendor Relations
Attachment: 6460 Executive Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf
Chairman Descovich asked if there was anyone present who wished to address the repeal of policy 6460 Vendor Relations.
There was no one present to address the repeal of Board Policy 6460.
8. Board Policy 6540 Consultants Agreements
Attachment: 6540 Executive Summary, Neola, Redline and Clean (10-4-19).pdf
Chairman Descovich asked if there was anyone present who wished to make comments regarding the repeal of policy 6540 Consultants Agreements.
There was no one present who wished to address the repeal to Board Policy 6540.
9. Board Policy 5500 Student Conduct
Attachment: 5500 Exe. Summary, NEOLA, Redline, Clean (10-22-19).pdf
Chris Moore, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, provided the executive summary of the revisions to Board Policy 5500 Student Conduct.
Chairman Descovich asked if there was anyone present who wished to address the revisions to Board Policy 5500.
There was no one present who wished to address the revisions.
Order of BusinessClosing Remarks
Attachment: Substitute Data Presentation 10 29 2019 BT 10 29 2019ii.pdf
Dr. Beth Thedy, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer, reviewed the presentation with Board members.
There was discussion surrounding fill rates and possible incentives for substitutes. Ms. Campbell expressed the need to promote the child care discount as a benefit for substitutes.
Mr. Susin stated that having non-filled positions is a detriment to student achievement. He asked if we had considered hiring full time subs as an option. Ms. Cline said that they have tried full time subs and they simply cannot keep them.
Discussion continued and Board members bounced around ideas and suggestions including paying a bonus to teachers who cover classes during planning, as well as incentivizing attendance.
Dr. Mullins cautioned that if it was determined to only incentivize one or two schools as a pilot, it might negatively impact other schools.
Dr. Thedy believed the first step should be to survey the substitutes to get a better idea of what they feel would make them more apt to sub.
Dr. Mullins said that he would bring an update to the December 20, 2019 off-site meeting that would include the financial impact of suggested incentives. He would talk to schools to see if the school could absorb the cost of lunches for substitutes.
Attachment: Advertising Board Workshop (005).pdf
Matt Reed, Assistant Superintendent, Government and Community Relations, and Debra Foley, Supervisor, Marketing and Outreach, provided an overview of the advertising opportunities currently available within the District.
Board members were very complimentary to Ms. Foley and the work she is doing with advertising as well as fostering business partnerships. There was discussion about having an outside agency assist.
Ms. McDougall commented that she believed the that Partner in Education coordinators at schools should receive a stipend for their efforts.
Dr. Mullins asked if the Board had an appetite for expanding advertising opportunities across our District. Board consensus was yes, with some restrictions of the types of advertisers and advertisements.
12. RBT Update
Ms. Moore provided a tentative timeline for moving forward on RBT process. It will be presented to principals at the December Leadership Team Meeting and will be ready to implement in the second semester.
13. Closing Remarks
Minutes: Chairman Descovich adjourned the workshop at: 4:26 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).