11-14-2017 Board Workshop (Attendance Boundaries)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board workshop to discuss attendance boundaries on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. 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: Chairperson Misty Belford called the meeting to order at 9:08 a.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present:  Misty Belford, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin, and Andy Ziegler

John Craig arrived at 10:00 a.m. due to a previous commitment.

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Attendance Boundary Changes
Attachment: Agenda for November 14 2017 Workshop 11 06 2017.pdf
Attachment: Reference Material compiled.pdf
Attachment: Community Meeting Comments and Sign In Sheets Compiled.pdf
Attachment: Workshop Presentation 11 05 2017.pdf
Attachment: Survey Results 11-13-2017_Redacted.pdf

Superintendent Blackburn began by explaining what brought us here and what problems we are trying to solve.  While we anticipate student growth in the next several years, we have to plan how to accommodate that growth without incurring new debt or taxes.

Dane Theodore, assistant superintendent of Facilities Services, provided a brief overview at which point significant conversation took place.

Recommendations  to bring Forward

Croton to Longleaf

  • A
    • Forward to Evaluation Committee

Kennedy to McNair

  • B1
    • Forward to Evaluation Committee
  • B2
    • Forward to Evaluation Committee

Manatee & Quest to Williams

  • All C Scenarios
    • Defer this year. Conduct comprehensive analysis of new elementary/middle school alternatives. Utilize portable capacity to address enrollment increases.

Meadowlanes to Discovery

  • D
    • Forward to Evaluation Committee

Endeavour and Cambridge to Saturn

  • E
    • Forward to Evaluation Committee

Melbourne High Boundary Changes

  • F1-F5 Scenarios
    • Defer this year.
  • F6
    • Forward to Evaluation Committee
    • Grandfather current students (+/-5)
  • Central to Southwest
  • G
    • Forward to Evaluation Committee

Fairglen to Enterprise

  • H
    • Defer this year. Conduct comprehensive analysis of Fairglen and Challenger 7.

Longleaf to Suntree

  • I
    • Defer this year. Include with comprehensive analysis of new elementary/middle school alternatives.

Creel to Sherwood

  • J
    • Defer this year. Include with comprehensive analysis of new elementary/middle school alternatives.

Sherwood to Longleaf

  • K
    • Defer this year. Include with comprehensive analysis of new elementary/middle school alternatives.

Mr. Susin questioned why Board members scenarios were not included. Ms. Cline said they did meet with principals.

  1. Number one concern of principals was another boundary shift when a new school is built.
  2. Parents already have an option to attend another school through ELO and most do not consider that option.
  3. Limited new student growth in area along river and Pineda Causeway that attend Sea Park.
  4. Principals have asked for a "pause" on those ideas until we have all of the information.

Mr. Susin asked for more clarification on new student growth along the river by the Pineda Causeway.  He said when knocking on doors, he knows for a fact that there are students under kindergarten age. He further commented that there is something to be said for bussing these students over two causeways.

Mr. Susin said that he would have loved to have been part of the conversation with the principals when this was being discussed. Mr. Susin did feel that the numbers representing students asking for ELOs were significant.  He asked Mr. Lindemann to confirm.

Mr. Ziegler asked why this was not being considered if the community wanted it. In Ms. Belford's opinion, she said it will be better to see where the new school will be built so they can see the bigger picture. 

Mr. Susin commented that he had put a lot of time into knocking on doors and evaluating the options.  He asked for  Board thoughts.  Mr. Craig said that they appreciate all that he has done, but feels at this point they need to see the big picture view.

In addition to looking at a K-8 grade model, direction was given to staff to look into 6th grade in middle school and into a 6th grade in the north, central and south middle schools.

Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks


Before the meeting was adjourned Ms. Hann asked for confirmation on the following:

At least One more community meeting before the Evaluation Committee meets on December 6, 2017.

The Evaluation Committee lost the Teacher of the Year committee member due another commitment. There was a suggestion by Ms. Belford to pull one of the TOY runner-ups to which everyone agreed.  

6. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the workshop at 11:21 a.m.