11-18-2008 Organization of the Board with Oath and Regular Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, November 13, 2008 and the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Please note that due to computer error, Larry Hughes is showing as a Board Member. He was not present at this meeting as a Board Member since his term had ended.

A-1. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Superintendent Dr. Richard DiPatri called the Organizational Meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Oath of Office (Administered by Judge Ben Garagozlo)
2. Oath of Office

Minutes: The Honorable Judge Benjamin Garagozlo administered the Oath of Office to Board Member Elect, Amy Kneessy from District #3, and newly elected Board Members, Karen Henderson from District #4 and Andy Ziegler from District #5.

A-3. Roll Call
3. Roll Call

Minutes: 

Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Dr. DiPatri requested a moment of silence for Kevin Freeman, a former tenth grade student at Astronaut High School, Brittany Beyel, a second grade student at Saturn Elementary, and Layla Gray, a ninth grade student from Rockledge High School.


A-4. Invocation (Brianna Frank, 5th Grade, McAuliffe Elementary)
4. Invocation

Minutes: 

The Invocation was led by Brianna Frank, 5th grade student, McAuliffe Elementary.


A-5. Pledge of Allegiance (Thomas Rogers, 6th Grade, McAuliffe Elementary)
5. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Thomas Rogers, 6th grade student, McAuliffe Elementary.

Dr. DiPatri requested the students return to thier seats until a new Chairman of the Board is named.


A-6. Organization of the Board
I. Superintendent Presiding

6. Election of Chairman

Minutes: 

With the Superintendent Dr. Richard A. DiPatri presiding until the election of a Chairman, the Board preceeded to organize in compliance with Section 1001.371, Florida Statutes.

   Robert Jordan, District #1 - term expires November 2010
   Barbara Murray, District #2 - term expires November 2010
   Amy Kneessy, District #3 - term expires November 2012
   Karen Henderson, District #4 - term expires November 2012
   Andy Ziegler, District #5 - term expires November 2010

School Board Attorney Harold Bistline explained the process for the election of the Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Ziegler nominated Robert Jordan as Chairman. There being no further nominations, the nominations were closed. The Superintendent called for a vote for the nomination of Robert Jordan.



Motions:
Elect Robert Jordan as Chairman of the Board.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Larry Hughes- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Robert Jordan was elected Chairman for 2008-2009 and presided from this point. Mr. Jordan took this oppurtunity to thank the Board for the nomination.
II. Chairman Presiding

7. Election of Vice Chairman

Minutes: Chairman Robert Jordan opened the floor to nominations for Vice Chairman. Mr. Jordan nominated Dr. Barbra Murray for Vice Chair. There being no further nomination, the nominations were closed.

Motions:
Elect Dr. Barbara Murray as Vice Chairman for 2008-2009.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Robert Jordan
Karen Henderson- Aye
Larry Hughes- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Chairman Jordan spoke with the students from McAuliffe Elementary who did the Pledge and Invocation.

The second grade chorus from McAuliffe Elementary, under the direction of Music Director, Penny Bryant entertained the Board and the audience with a musical number.

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The Chair called a break at 5:50 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 6:00 p.m. with the Leasing Corp. time certain meeting.
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8. Designate Date, Time and Place of Regular and Special Monthy Meetings with Exceptions
Attachment: BOARD DATES 2009-Tentative.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Kneessy questioned whether the November meeting was during the week of Thanksgiving. Dr. DiPatri stated he would bring this back as a separate item if the Board meeting was on the week of Thanksgiving.

Motions:
Approve the Superintendent's recommendation for the Board to adopt the dates, times and place for the School Board meetings for 2009.-
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Larry Hughes-
Robert Jordan- Aye

III. Chairman Appointments of Board Representatives

9. Chairman Appointments of Board Representatives

Minutes: 

Chairman Appointments of Board Representatives 2008-2009

a.       League of Cities – Andy Ziegler

b.      Brevard County Values Adjustment Board – Amy Kneessy

c.       Children’s Services Council – Barbara Murray

d.      Professional Development Council – Barbara Murray

e.       Federal Legislative Committee – Karen Henderson

f.       National School Boards Association Conference Representatives – Barbara Murray

g.       Brevard Cultural Alliance – Karen Henderson

h.      Brevard Tomorrow – Amy Kneessy

i.        Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition – Karen Henderson (Robert Jordan as alternate)

j.        Growth Management Coalition – Robert Jordan

k.      FSBA Legislative Liaison – Barbara Murray (Amy Kneessy as alternate)

l.        FSBA Board of Directors – Amy Kneessy (Barbara Murray as alternate)

IV. Board Authorization

10. Board Authorization


Motions:
Authorize the Superintendent to have signature facsimiles made of the Chairman and Superintendent to be used for the signing of checks and approve the continued use of the current signature facsimiles for district checks until such time that the new facsimilies are received.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Larry Hughes- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


A-7. Adoption of Agenda
11. Adoption of the Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Additions
F-18.   Amendment to 2008-2009 School Calendar

Consent Revisions
F-16.   Student Expulsion

Information Revisions
H-42.   Naming of High School "CCC"

Information Delections
Central Middle School Trip to Denver, Colorado



Motions:
Adopt the agenda of the Regular School Board meeting of November 18, 2008 and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Larry Hughes- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. Financial Services

12. Recognize Financial Services for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri took this opputunity to recognize Dr. Brenda Fetrow, Deputy City Manager for the City of Cocoa.

Dr. DiPatri introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services. Ms. Preston recognized the accounting services staff for receiving two distinctive awards for excellence in financial reporting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007. The awards are the Government Finance Offices Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reportings and the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reportings .  Ms. Preston presented JoAnn Clark, Director of Accounting Services, and all three Accounting Managers, Kathy Jackson, Charlene Neel and Christine Zamadias with the two awards.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the Finance Division has both applied for and received these awards.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Exceptional Education

13. 2008 Inclusive Schools Week
Attachment: 8thAnnualInclus.SchoolsWk.12-1-5-2008.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to commend the Board for its support in the area of inclusion.

Wes Sumner, Director of District Communication, read the proclamation recognizing the week of December 1-5, 2008 as 2008 Inclusive Schools Week.



Motions:
Adopt the Proclamation designating the week of December 1 - 5, 2008 as the 8th Annual Inclusive Schools Week for Brevard Public Schools.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Larry Hughes- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


D. Presentation
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

14. Astronaut Student Government Association District V
Attachment: Student Government Assoc.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri introduced Ms. Cheryl Shivel, Advisor at Astronaut High School, who introduced Al Carroll, President of Astronaut High School's Student Government Association. Mr. Carroll explained that Astronaut High School is the President School of the Florida Association of Student Councils' Fifth District. As the President School, Astronaut High School's Government Association is hosting a district meeting on Friday, December 5, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center and encourage other high schools in Brevard County to be a part of the student government.

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to recognize the students associated with Astronaut High School's Student Government Association.


E. Public Discussion
15. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

The Chair reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. He also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Dr. Brenda Fettrow, Deputy City Manager of the City of Cocoa - Business
  2. Janet Eastmen, BFT, Rockledge - Misc. Topics
  3. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Education/Teachers
  4. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Welcome to new Board Members
  5. Michael DiNapoli, Palm Bay - Naming of High School "CCC"

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

16. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 11.18.08.pdf (Confidential Item)
17. Approval of Minutes
18. Amendment to 2008-2009 School Calendar
Attachment: Oct 21 - Letter to DOE -Make-up Days.pdf
Attachment: Nov 6 - Response from DOE Make-up Days.pdf
Attachment: Nov 14 - Letter to DOE - Make-up Days.pdf
Attachment: Waiver Response from DOE for Tropical Storm Fay 11.17.08.pdf
F. Accounting Services

19. Financial Statement for the Quarter Ending September, 2008
Attachment: September 2008 Financials.pdf
20. Investment Performance Report for Quarter Ending September 30, 2008
Attachment: BREVARD_Sept_2008_COMPLETE.pdf
21. Warrants Written for the Month of October, 2008
Attachment: Warrants - 1008.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

22. Surplus Property
Attachment: NOV_18_08.pdf
Attachment: 11-18-08 Letter.pdf
23. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 07-017BM Option Year 2 Gymnasium Floor Refinishing and Repair Contractor.pdf
Attachment: 08-018BM Option Year 1 Portable Classroom and Mobile Trailer Relocation.pdf
Attachment: 09-012JJ Water Coolers.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0904CH - PFM Asset Management.pdf
F. Transportation

24. Isolated Transportation 2008-2009, J.G.
F. Human Resources

25. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 11-18-08.pdf
26. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 11-18-08.pdf
F. Accountability Testing & Evaluation

27. Approve School Improvement Plans for 2008-2009
Attachment: Chart.SIP of school.2008.2009.pdf
28. School Advisory Council Membership Report
Attachment: Chart.SIP of school.2008.2009.pdf
F. Secondary Program

29. Approval of Proposed Additions to Major Areas of Interest
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ MAI ~ Attachment 102808.pdf
Approval of Consent Agenda

30. Approval of Consent Agenda Items


Motions:
Approval of consent items with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Larry Hughes- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Accounting Services

31. Amendment of Series 2007C Certificates of Participation
Attachment: Series 2007C Project Substitution Memo 10-24-08.pdf
Attachment: COPS-Amendment-Ground Lease 2007C.pdf
Attachment: COPS-Amended-Schedule-2007C.pdf
Attachment: 2007C COP-Amend-Lessee-Res.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Henderson pulled this item to discuss her concerns on the building of a baseball field with this COP when there are schools that need air conditioning and other facilities upgrade.

Dr. DiPatri explained the history of the COP and the commitment made to the community. He also stated that COP must be new constructions. Discussion ensued amongst the Board in regard to the COP and its history.

Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services, stated that the COPs are heavily restricted to new construction, we are not using them anymore. These certificates and funding are in the bank and we need to use them. The district chose the Rockledge project because it fits the qualification for the Certificate of Participation.



Motions:
Authorize the amendment of the 2007C certificates to remove the original project of Central Area Adult / Alternative Education Center at a cost of $3,801,000 and substitute it with Phase II of the Rockledge High School Improvement Project which was also included in the 7-year Facility Improvement Plan. Both projects were estimated to cost $3.8m.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Nay
Larry Hughes- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Elementary Programs

32. Lease Agreement between the School Board and the Melbourne Auditorium
Attachment: Melb Aud lease agreemnt08.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Murray pulled this item to inquire whether the sound system has been corrected with the Melbourne Auditorium. Brenda Blackburn, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, stated that it is her belief that the problem with the sound system was repaired but would follow up on it.

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Chairman Jordan called for a video break at 6:57 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at :7:10 p.m.
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Motions:
Approve the Lease Agreement with the Melbourne Auditorium for the Area I and II Science and Art Fairs.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Larry Hughes- Not Present
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


G. Action
H. Information
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

33. School Improvement Grant Application
H. Middle School Programs

34. Elementary Music Festival Lease Agreement with the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Attachment: Facility use agreement.pdf
Attachment: Elem Mus Festival est of cost.pdf
35. All-County Festival Lease Agreement with the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Attachment: Chapman All county band and chorus estimate 09.pdf
Attachment: Chapman All County Facility use agreement 09.pdf
36. AVID Letter Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and the AVID Center
Attachment: Robert Mclaren Letter Agreement Brevard DD revision.pdf
H. Secondary Programs

37. Regional Science Fairs in Area Malls
38. Science Fair Field Trips
H. Career & Technical Education

39. Career Pathways Consortium of Brevard--Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins IV)
Attachment: Career Pathways 08 09 SUBCONTRACT AGREEMENT Final.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

40. Harbor City Elementary School Staff Development Training by Dr. Martha H. Hopkins
Attachment: HC Consultant.pdf
41. Harbor City Elementary - AIMS: Number Sense Workshop
Attachment: HC-AIMS Number Sense.pdf
42. Naming of High School "CCC"
Attachment: Naming Committee Minutes 10-23-08-Revised.pdf
Attachment: Naming Committee Agenda 10-6-08.pdf
Attachment: Naming Committee Minutes 10-6-08-Revised.pdf
Attachment: Naming Committee Agenda 10-16-08.pdf
Attachment: Naming Committee Minutes 10-16-08.pdf
Attachment: Naming Committee (Names) 10-29-08.pdf
Attachment: Naming Committee Agenda 10-29-08.pdf
Attachment: Naming Committee Minutes 10-29-08.pdf
Attachment: Naming Committee Agenda 10-23-08.pdf
H. Area III Superintendent

43. Field Trip - Cocoa High School FIRST Robotics - FIRST Connecticut Regional in Hartford, CT and FIRST World Championship in Atlanta, GA
Attachment: Robotics Back up 08-09.pdf
44. Consultant Agreement: Gardendale Elementary - Forney Educational, Inc.
Attachment: Forney Ed Agreement_09.pdf
Attachment: Forney Ed Info.pdf
H. Educational Technology

45. Wide-Area Network (WAN) & Internet Circuit Upgrades
H. Project Management

46. Amendment #2 to Agreement for Design/Build Services for Additions and Renovations at Satellite High School
Attachment: Satellite Amendment No. 2.pdf

I. Staff Reports
47. Staff Reports

Minutes: There are no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
48. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)

Minutes: There are no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
49. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Dr. Murray noted she took the liberty to contact Wayne Blanton from Florida School Board Association in regard to the Superintendent Search. She learned some interesting things that the Board should consider. First of all, they are fully equipped to do National Searches, training modules (even if we do not choose them), and there is a cap of $7500.00 to do the search in its entirety. Dr. Murray recommends that the Board consider adding FSBA to the search firms to be interviewed.

Dr. Murray also stated that she called a School District in Cincinatti in regard to the search firm they used and reported to the Board on some of the information that she was told.

Mr. Jordan asked the Board about including FSBA in the workshop on December 8, 2008. The Board agreed. Mr. Bistline stated that he would contact FSBA and that the Board Secretary would renotice the meeting for one hour earlier begining at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Murray stated that giving consideration to Mr. Ziegler now being on the Board, he would have to get a replacement for himself on the audit committee. Mr. Ziegler stated that this was completed.

Ms. Kneessy noted for the public that the Board agreed to waive the two days before Christmas as part of winter vacation.

Ms. Kneessy stated she met with Dane Theodore, Director of Permitting Department and Jay Stannard, Facility Planner about the boundaries for High School "CCC". When the Board voted to move for hearing at the October 28, 2008 School Board meeting, two of the three Board Members that voted to approve those particular boundaries are no longer on the Board. The boundaries could change since there is a new Board and new numbers with this year's data. Dr. DiPatri stated that the Board should look at the data and ask any questions that they may have after reviewing the new information.


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

Minutes: There was no Superintendent's report.

M. Adjourment
51. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of November 18, 2008 was adjourned at 7:24 p.m.






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