3. Pledge of Allegiance
Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dr. Murray turned the meeting over to School Board Attorney Harold Bistline who explained the process of the Impasse Hearing. Mr. Bistline stated that this is a Legislative Hearing under Section 4447.403 Florida Statutes and the purpose of the hearing is to resolve the disputed impasse issue between administration and the employees' unions (BFT - Local 2098). The School Board of Brevard County declared impasse on negotiations regarding Article XVII-Salary.
Mr. Bistline stated that the impasse issue was referred to Special Magistrate, Mr. Mark Lurie, who was selected by the parties and a hearing was held on September 26, 2013. Mr. Lurie issued his report and recommendations on October 28, 2013. Mr. Bistline explained that the Special Magistrate recommended that the District's wage proposal be adopted. The Superintendent informed PERC that he accepted the Special Magistrate's recommendation but the Union (BFT) notified PERC that they rejected the Special Magistrate's recommendation.
Mr. Bistline explained that due to this dispute, the School Board is meeting as a Legislative body to resolve the impasse issue. Following the action of the Board, the parties shall reduce the language to writing and the union shall submit the language for ratification to their membership. He stated that if the language is ratified, then the language will become part of the contract. It the language is not ratified, the legislative body's actions shall take effect for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Mr. Bistline turned the meeting back over to Dr. Murray.
5. Administration's Presentation
Dr. Murray introduced attorney Mr. Wayne Helsby and Dr. Brian Binggeli, Superintendent of Schools, to provide a presentation on behalf of the administration.
Mr. Wayne Helsby stated that he assisted the Superintendent through the impasse procedures. He briefly explained the legal issue that was referred to by the Union pertaining to the district legally utilizing the Teacher Salary Allocation (TSA) to fund the negotiated 1.5% wage increase. Mr. Helsby stated that the Department of Education (DOE) made it clear that the district could utilize the TSA dollars to fund a previously negotiated and agreed to increase. He explained that the Special Magistrate agreed with the district's position on this issue. Mr. Helsby then turned the meeting over to Dr. Binggeli.
Dr. Binggeli proceeded to give his presentation to support the position of the Administration. A copy of Dr. Binggeli's presentation is available in the School Board Office upon request.
6. Public Comments
Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray opened the floor for public comment. There being no public speakers, the meeting proceeded to Board Discussion.
7. Board Discussion
Discussion ensued amongst the Board and both parties pertaining to the issue.