10-30-2019 Off-Site Work Session

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for an off-site work session on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at the Viera Company, 7380 Murrell Road, Suite 201, Viera, FL 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.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairman Tina Descovich began the off-site work session at 10:02 a.m.  She thanked Todd Pokrywa, president of the Viera Company, for allowing the Board to utilize the Board Room at the Viera Company.  Mr. Pokrywa welcomed the group.

Roll Call
2. Members Present


Members Present:  Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell


Pledge of Allegiance
Order of Business
Order of Business

3. Calendar Review
Attachment: Board Approved Meeting Dates 2020xx.pdf

Board members reviewed the draft 2020 calendar meeting dates and made some edits as appropriate.


4. Legacy Charter School

Minutes: Dr. Mullins went over the Legacy Charter School audit findings.
5. General Counsel Office


A timeline was established to review and interview general counsel candidates.

Additionally, the re-structuring of the legal office was discussed.

6. Finance/Budget


Board members reviewed the budget.  Revenue opportunities were discussed.  Board members support exploring the revenue opportunity of cell towers on District property by requesting an RFQ.

There was no appetite to eliminate regional bussing for 2020-21, but Board members did want to explore a pay to ride option.

7. Human Resources Update


Dr. Beth Thedy, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Human Resources Officer, provided the Board with an update on a compensation study performed by MGT Services. 

After discussion, the Board directed HR to pay MGT for their services.

8. Facilities Assessment Update

Minutes: Dr. Mullins provided a brief facility assessment project briefing and will ask Sue Hann, assistant superintendent of Facilities Services, to provide a presentation during the December 20, 2019 off-site meeting.
9. JUUL Litigation

Minutes: Board members asked for a presentation at a workshop on November 19, 2019 to determine whether or not Brevard will participate in the JUUL Litigation.  Student Government Association students will be invited to watch the presentation.
10. HB 1279

Minutes: The internal auditor will be a new position per HB 1279 and will work under the general counsel and report to the Board.  There was discussion and agreement about beginning with a shared person between Brevard and another county.
13. Education Committee School Visits


A joint letter will be sent to local Brevard legislators as well as the education committees inviting them to see first hand the great things happening in Brevard.

14. Threat Assessment Synopsis

Minutes: Ms. Belford suggested to create a form that is editable in order to save time for those that do not involve students.

Closing Remarks
11. Closing Remarks

12. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich concluded the meeting at: 4:35 p.m.