12-10-2013 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 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 21, 2013. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

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

Minutes: Chairman Karen Henderson called the School Board meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Chairman Karen Henderson requested a moment of silence for Jessica Dalyremple, eighth grade student at Jefferson Middle School, Jacob Woodley, 11th grade student at Bayside High School and Lynne Gelinas, third grade teacher at Gemini Elementary all who recently passed away. 

A-3. Invocation (Sarah Donovan, 4th Grade, Ocean Breeze Elementary)
50. Invocation

Minutes: Sarah Donovan, 4th grade student from Ocean Breeze Elementary, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Taylor Lane, 6th Grade, Ocean Breeze Elementary)
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Taylor Lane, 6th grade student from Ocean Breeze Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Ocean Breeze Musical Theater Troupe)
49. Entertertainment

Minutes: 

Ocean Breeze Musical Theater Troupe under the direction of Ms. Debbie Parks, music teacher and Ms. Dana Pitman, PE teacher, entertained the Board and viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting and then played one additional number.

Chairman Henderson thanked Ms. Parks, Ms. Pitman and their students for entertaining the Board.

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Chairman Henderson called fro a brief recess at 5:42 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:44 p.m.
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A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Addition
F-14. Student Expulsion(s)

Consent Revision
F-15.  Financial Statements for the Period Ending October 31, 2013
F-18.  Instructional Staff Recommendation

Information Revision
F-44.  Revision to Policy 7710-Student Accommodation
H-37.  Human Resources Policy Change Recommendations



Motions:
Approve the December 10, 2013 School Board agenda and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


A-8. Administrative Staff Recommendations
B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. District Communications

5. Spotlight on Education

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli introduced Jupiter Elementary's principal, Cynthia Harris, guidance counselor, Crystal Daniels and Keith Donald, founder and family coach of Steadytown to provide an overview of the school's "Jupiter Family First" project.

The presenters introduced themselves and gave a brief overview of the program.

Chairman Henderson thanked Steadytown for what they are doing for our children.

 

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

6. Check Presentation and Recognition of BB&T Corporation

Minutes: 
Dr. Binggeli provided comments about a meeting he attended in August with individuals from BB&T where they pledged to support Brevard's homeless students as part of an initiative to support homeless students throughout Central Florida.

Executive director of the Brevard Schools Foundation, Janice Kershaw and homeless student liaison Dr. Sally Shinn explained the dire circumstances that face homeless students and their special educational needs.

Barry Forbes, market president of BB&T Banking and Trust  presented a check for $125,000 check to BSF to help support homeless student education.

Ms. Kershaw presented Mr. Forbes with a certificate of appreciation.

Chairman Henderson and Dr. Binggeli thanked Mr. Forbes for the assistance his company is providing to our students.
7. Check Presentation and Recognition of IAP Worldwide Services

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli introduced Barbara Jerich, vice president of Human Resources from IAP Worldwide Services and Janice Kershaw, executive director from the Brevard Schools Foundation.

Ms. Kershaw said that for the past several years, IAP Worldwide Services has hosted a charity golf tournament to raise funds for Brevard Public Schools.  The funds support district wide programs such as Space Week, the Back to School Supply Safari, the ABC Awards, and many more initiatives at each of IAP's 15 partner schools. 

Ms. Jerich presented Ms. Kershaw with a $30,000 check.

Ms. Kershaw thanked Ms. Jerich and presented her with a certificate of appreciation.

Chairman Henderson and Dr. Binggeli thanked Ms. Jerich and IAP for their support.
8. Check Presentation and Recognition of National Space Club Florida Committee

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli introduced Jim McCarthy, deputy general manager of the NASA/KSC Institutional Services contract for URS and National Space Club chairman, and  Adrian Laffitte, Lockheed Martin retiree and the National Space Club's Space Week chairman who presented a check to the Brevard Schools Foundation.

After some comments by Ms. Kershaw, Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Laffitte made the check presentation for $40,000.

Ms. Kershaw thanked them for the donation and presented  them with a certificate of appreciation. Ms. Kershaw also said that Brevard Schools Foundation is able to secure matching funds for the donation from the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant program through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations making the total $80,000.
Chairman Henderson and Dr. Binggeli thanked them for the donation and their support.  
B. Elementary Programs

9. Florida Power-Library School Awards

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli introduced library media resource teacher, Gina Clark who came forward to say a few words  and show a video about the Florida Power Library Award.

Ms. Clark invited Dr. Binggeli and Ms. Henderson to present awards to the media specialists, principals and media assistants from the eight schools who were recipients of this year's awards.

 

 

B. Secondary Programs

10. Harris Science Teacher Hall of Fame

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli said that he was pleased to recognize the ongoing contributions of our active Hall of Fame Science Teachers and to induct two new members to this impressive group.

Harris Corporation and the Brevard Schools Foundation funded a $1,000 honorarium to the newest inductees (John Latherow and Debbie Minor) and a $100 honorarium to each of the previously inducted teachers (Ryan Cilsick, Jana Gabrielski, Scott McCord, Raul Montes, Richard Regan, Lisa Scott and Wendy Sheldon).

Dr. Binggeli  introduced Ginger Davis, science resource teacher for Secondary Programs who announced the existing Hall of Fame teachers and then introduced the new inductees. 

Dr. Binggeli and Ms. Henderson helped present the checks.


C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Secondary Programs

11. Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
Attachment: 2014 Proclamation - literacy week1.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin read the proclamation declaring January 13th - January 17th, 2014 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

Motions:
Approve and adopt the week of January 13-17, 2014, as Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
12. Public Comment

Minutes: 

Chairman Karen Henderson reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes for each speaker. She also stated that the Board will not respond to the comments of requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

1. Janet Vititoe, Teacher Relations
2. Virginia Hayes, Teacher Issues
3. Joanne Seale, Raises Salaries

Chairman Henderson thanked this evening's speakers and mentioned that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated.


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

13. Approval of Minutes
14. Student Expulsion
Attachment: 12.10.13 Expulsion.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

15. Financial Statements for the Period Ending October 31, 2013
Attachment: October 2013 Financials.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #2 - October 31 2013.pdf
Attachment: October 2013 Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

16. Property Disposal
Attachment: Dec. 10 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: Dec 10 Board Letters.pdf
F. Human Resources

18. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 12-10-13.pdf
20. Job Description - Specialist-Dispatch & Routing
Attachment: Specialist - Dispatch & Routing.pdf
19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 12-10-13.pdf
21. Job Description - Bus Routing
Attachment: Specialist - Bus Routing.pdf
22. Job Description - Field Trip Routing & Training
Attachment: Spec - Field Trip & Training.pdf
F. Labor Relations

23. Increase to Florida's Minimum Wage
Attachment: Substitute Minimum Wage Change effective 01-01-14.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

24. Elementary and Secondary Student Art Shows at Area Malls
F. Central Area Superintendent

25. Field Trip - FIRST Robotics "Pink" Team to the FIRST Regional in College Park, MD and FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO
Attachment: RHS 13-14 Robotics Travel Request.pdf
26. Field Trip - Cocoa High School FIRST Robotics - Finger Lakes Regional in Rochester, NY and Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada
Attachment: Back Up for Rochester NY.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

27. Field Trip - Merritt Island FIRST Robotics Team 801 - FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri
F. Facilities Services

28. Storage for U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation and Museum at South Lake Education Center
Attachment: Space Walk of Fame Request Letter.pdf
29. Brevard Schools Foundation School Supply Store at Clearlake Education Center
Attachment: Brevard Schools Foundation Request Letter.pdf
30. Easement to FPL at Croton Elementary School
Attachment: Utility Easement for Croton Elementary School.pdf
F. Project Management

31. Palm Bay High School - Change Order #2 for Mech. Upgrades at Law Academy Bldg.
Attachment: Palm Bay HS Change Order #2 Law Academy.pdf
32. Golfview E.S. - Change Order #1 HVAC Replacement
Attachment: Golfview ES Change Order #1 HVAC Replacement.pdf
33. Delaura MS Design Add Service No. 1 - HVAC System Replacement
Attachment: DeLaura MS Design Add Service #1 - HVAC System Replacement.pdf
F. District Security

34. Memorandum of Understanding: Use of Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School as a Hurricane Evacuation Site
Attachment: MOA SCJSHS 2013 as of 20130905 FINAL 10.10.13.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

35. Approval of Consent Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli congratulated the following:

  • Robert Pruett for his reclassification/transfer from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Stone Middle School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at DeLaura Middle School, on annual contract, effective January 6, 2014.
  • James Rehmer for his reclassification/transfer from the position of teacher at Heritage High School to the position of Dean/Assistant Principal (10 month) at Melbourne High School, on annual contract, effective January 6, 2014.


Motions:
Approve the consent agenda of December 10, 2013 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - SSA 13-530-KR - Cancellation of Service Leslie Jane Lindsey Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: b - AMIkids Infinity Schools Inc - Cancellation of Service.pdf
Attachment: c - RFQ 14-Q-001-KR - Continuing Contract for Civil Engineering and Land Surverying Services.pdf
Attachment: d - RFQ 14-Q-002-KR - Continuing Contract for Structural Engineering Services.pdf
Attachment: e - SC 14-SC-076-DW - Facilities Maintenance Supplies- W.W. Grainger, Inc..pdf
Attachment: f - PB 14-PB-029-CJ - Supplies, Eqpmt, and Srvcs (Repairs) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals.pdf
Attachment: g - PB 14-PB-074-KC - Physical Exams.pdf
Attachment: h - SSA 14-067-CJ - Herff Jones, Inc. - Melbourne High School.pdf
Attachment: i - SSA 14-106-CJ - Taylor Publishing Company dba Balfour Yearbooks - Rockledge High School.pdf
Attachment: j - SSA 14-251-CJ - Taylor Publishing Company dba Balfour Yearbooks - Merritt Island High School.pdf
Attachment: k- SSA 14-256-CJ - Taylor Publishing Company dba Balfour Yearbooks - Cocoa Beach Jr. Sr. High School.pdf
Attachment: l - SSA 14-335-KC - Instructional Coaching Group, LLC.pdf
Attachment: m - SSA 14-336-KC - Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant.pdf
Attachment: n - SSA 14-344-KC - H-A-P-P-Y!!! Productions.pdf
Attachment: o - SSA 14-350-KC - Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant.pdf
Attachment: p - SSA 14-352-KC - Gopher Sport.pdf
Attachment: q - SSA 14-353-KC - Pedometers, Journals, and Planners for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant.pdf
Attachment: r - SSA 14-354-CJ - Taylor Publishing Company dba Balfour Yearbooks - Edgewood Jr Sr High School.pdf
Attachment: s - ITB 11-007 BM - Fire Extinguisher Sales, Inspection Service and Recharging - 3 Month Extension.pdf
Attachment: t - ITB 14-B-022-DR - Electrical Supplies Catalog Bid.pdf
Attachment: u - ITB 14-B-037-DR - Herbicides, Pesticides & Fertilizers.pdf
Attachment: v - ITB 14-B-039-DW - Lift Station, Greas Trap, Septic Tank Pump and Maintenance.pdf
Attachment: w - ITB 14-B-045-DW - Plumbing Supplies Catalog Bid.pdf
Attachment: x - ITB 14-B-057-DR - EdConnect Newsletter Printing,Packaging, and Delivery Svcs (Re-Bid).pdf
Attachment: y - ITB 14-B-070-DW - Rockledge High School Elevator Modernization.pdf
Attachment: z - ITB 14-B-073-KC - Cafeteria Packaging Machine.pdf
Attachment: aa - ITB 12004BP - Temporary Personnel Services - Amendment 3 Adjstmt due to Min. Wage.pdf
Attachment: bb - ITB 12014BP - Temporary Services - Amndmt 3 Adjstmt due to Min. Wage.pdf
Attachment: cc - Additional String Info.pdf
Minutes: 

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Chairman Henderson conferred with the Board and it was decided not to call for a break.
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Ms. Kneessy said this was a followup to emails she had sent as she saw that some yearbooks of schools with fewer students would be much more than those of schools with more students.  She said she has learned a lot about the yearbook process. She believed this will make it better for families and schools and asked the Board to approve the process for next year.   

Cheryl Olson suggested yearbook companies be issued a request for qualifications and a range of prices so that these can be gathered and distributed for yearbook sponsors to compare so they can stay within budget as they move forward. Ms. Olson indicated this would help them maximize their dollars.

Ms. Kneessy said it will help make site based decisions better and easier.

Dr. Binggeli expressed that this is not going to make each yearbook common or similar and there will be a great many decisions for individual schools to make.

Dr. Murray said that since a great number of the companies that do yearbooks also do class rings, diplomas, etc., that perhaps it should be reviewed as a package to see if you can get a better deal.

Ms. Olson responded that they can certainly extend it to include more items.

Dr. Krupp asked if she could explain the price range to which Ms. Olson responded anywhere between 30 cents to 37 cents per page depending on type of cover, type of color, etc.  



Motions:

Approve the Cancellations of Services listed below:

a - SSA #13-530-KR - Leslie Jane Lindsey - Curriculum and Instruction

b - SSA #13-468-CO & SSA #13-469-CO - AMIkids Infinity Schools Inc. - Students at Risk

Award the Requests for Qualifications (RFQ's) and associated agreements listed below:

c - RFQ #14-Q-001-KR - Continuing Contract for Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Services - Facilities Services

d - RFQ #14-Q-002-KR - Continuing Contract for Structural Engineering Services - Facilities Services

Approve the State Contract (SC) purchase below:

e - SC #14-SC-076-DW - Facilities Maintenance Supplies - W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Facilities Services

Approve the Piggybacks (PBs) listed below:

f - PB #14-PB-029-CJ - Supplies, Equipment, and Services (Repairs) Used with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals - Student Services

g - PB #14-PB-074-KC - Physical Exams - Brevard County Board of County Commissioners P-5-13-05 - Transportation Services

Approve the Sales and Services Agreements (SSAs) and associated Agreements listed below:

h - SSA #14-067-CJ - Herff Jones, Inc. - Melbourne High School

i - SSA #14-106-CJ - Taylor Publishing Company dba Balfour Yearbooks - Rockledge High School

j - SSA #14-251-CJ - Taylor Publishing Company dba Balfour Yearbooks - Merritt Island High School

k - SSA #14-256-CJ - Taylor Publishing Company dba Balfour Yearbooks - Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School

l - SSA #14-335-KC - Instructional Coaching Group, LLC - Curriculum and Instruction

m - SSA #14-336-KC - Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant - School Choice

n - SSA #14-344-KC - H-A-P-P-Y!!! Productions - Curriculum and Instruction

o - SSA #14-350-KC - Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant Sales and Service Agreement - School Choice

p - SSA #14-352-KC - Gopher Sport - Curriculum and Instruction

q - SSA #14-353-KC - Pedometers, Journals, and Planners for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant - Curriculum and Instruction

r - SSA #14-354-CJ - Taylor Publishing Company dba Balfour Yearbooks - Edgewood Jr/Sr High School

Approve the Invitation to Bid (ITB) extension listed below:

s - ITB #11-007/BM - Fire Extinguisher Sales, Inspection Service and Recharging - 3 Month Extension - Facilities Services

Award the Invitations to Bid (ITBs) listed below:

t - ITB #14-B-022-DR - Electrical Supplies Catalog Bid - Facilities Services

u - ITB #14-B-037-DR - Herbicides, Pesticides & Fertilizers - Facilities Services

v - ITB #14-B-039-DW - Lift Station, Grease Trap, Septic Tank Pump and Maintenance - Facilities Services

w - ITB #14-B-045-DW - Plumbing Supplies Catalog Bid - Facilities Services

x - ITB #14-B-057-DR - EdConnect Newsletter Printing, Packaging, and Delivery Services (Re-Bid) - District Communications

y - ITB #14-B-070-DW - Rockledge High School Elevator Modernization - Facilities Services

z - ITB #14-B-073-KC - Cafeteria Packaging Machine - Food and Nutrition Services

Approve the Invitations to Bid (ITBs) amendments listed below:

aa - ITB #12-004/BP - Temporary Personnel Services - Amendment 3 Adjustment due to Minimum Wage Increase - Human Resources

bb - ITB #12-014/BP - Temporary Personnel Services - Amendment 3 Adjustment due to Minimum Wage Increase - Human Resources

cc - See attached additional accounting strings

 

 

 

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


G. Action
H. Information
H. Human Resources

36. Human Resources Policy Change Recommendations
Attachment: Policy Revision - Employment.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revision - Evaluation of Staff.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revision - Complaints Against Staff.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revison - Personnel File.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revision - Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revision - Student Supervision and Welfare.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy requested that before this item moves to the consent agenda, that Mr. Bistline have an opportunity to review the policy changes.

H. Employee Benefits

37. BPS Health Plan Stop-Loss Insurance Vendor for 2014
H. Secondary Programs

38. Regional Science Fairs at Area Malls
39. Science Fair Field Trips
H. South Area Superintendent

40. Consultant Agreement between Columbia Elementary and Learning-Focused
Attachment: Columbia and Learning-Focused Agreement 2-17-14.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

41. Field Trip - Merritt Island FIRST Robotics team 801 - FIRST Finger Lakes Regional, Rochester, NY
42. Consultant Agreement for McREL International for School-Wide Math Instruction
Attachment: McREL.pdf
H. Facilities Services

43. Revision to Policy 7110 - Student Accommodation
Attachment: Policy 7110 Revision Package 12-3-13.pdf
Attachment: COC Community Factors Recommendations.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp said that it seemed that instead of making the criteria clearer, it has become more cloudy.  He had hoped it would be more definitive.  He wanted to know if the other Board members felt the same way.

Chairman Henderson asked for clarification from Dr. Krupp on whether he was talking about the recommendation from the District or the COC criteria recommendations. Dr. Krupp said that it was the district recommendations.

Ms. Kneessy added that she did not know where the COC recommendations fit in either.

Dr. Murray cautioned that we need to be careful about using rigid lines in these policies. She believes the policies should be written so the Board is enabled to go on a case by case basis should they need to do so.

Ms. Henderson asked Dr. Krupp what part he felt was unclear. Dr. Krupp said it is where it says criteria closure analysis.  He realizes this is the language agreed upon during the workshop, but doesn't feel it accomplished making it more clear.

Mr. Ziegler shared Dr. Krupp's concerns about the vagueness. He said that he feels it is more important to get trigger points that if certain conditions exist, then we analyze the appropriateness of school closure.  He feels that some of the language is confusing to the public. He said that this is what the Capital Outlay Committee (COC) is asking when we consider a school for closure, that we consider a wide range of criteria.  He continued that while staff and the Board  know the process, the district needs to do a better job of conveying this to the public.  The list that the COC gave already is encompassed in our processes, but literally the only way to verify is to go down  the list line by line for the Board to decide: do we like the item, do we want this as part of our policy.  

Dr. Murray agreed completely and said that it should be done right now.

Chairman Henderson asked Mr. Theodore if the COC is expecting for the District to utilize the language into the analysis guidelines. 

Mr. Theodore responded that the COC met in anticipation of this meeting and put together a list of concerns they felt were community concerns as opposed to School Board planning concerns.  Mr. Theodore said it is  a recommendation for the Board to consider for inclusion in its closure criteria.

Dr. Murray requested the Board go down through their list first and then go to the COC's item  by item and see where theirs fits with ours. It's the Board's decision to make and she definitely  does not want to dilute community input.

Dr. Krupp suggested printing out both pages of criteria so the Board can review side by side

Both documents are attached to the agenda (Policy 7110 Revision Package 12-3-13 and COC Community Factors Recommendations) 

Discussion ensued amongst the Board members who agreed that all of the criteria on the Criteria and Guidelines for the Selection of Schools to be Recommended for Closure Analysis were ok.  There was some recommendation to #1 that it be clarified further.

The Board then turned to the criteria submitted by the COC.  It was agreed by the Board that the majority of the COC recommendations were either a part of the Criteria and Guidelines for the Selection of Schools to be Recommended for Closure Analysis or something that the District did not have issue with or was already considering.  The Board did agree to incorporate [Access to school-related facilities such as: recreational facilities and after-school program] into #6.

 

 

 


I. Staff Reports
44. Staff Report(s)

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

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
46. Board Members Reports

Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy wanted to clarify something that was said during public comment.  She said that if the Board had not taken action regarding their salary, they would have received a nearly $40,000 salary.  The Board did not have to take action, but since it did, the salary was less than it would have been.

Mr. Ziegler commented that he attended one of the Days of Action Assembly run by BFT. He said that he appreciates the difficult and challenging role that teachers have and understands they have valid concerns.  He said that he urged the teachers to ask questions as often the things they are having problems with are state mandated. He also mentioned that in his discussion with the teachers, things were brought to his attention of which he was not previously aware. He said the Board wants to make things better.

Dr. Krupp said that he had a meeting with League of Cities and attended Space Week, both of which were very nice and well received. He mentioned that multiple persons have asked him where we are on the sales tax. He said that he wants Ms. Preston to place something on our website in layman's terms educating our public on our budget, where we are, where we need to be and what it will take to keep us there.  He stressed that we need to make it clear to everyone and feels we make it too complicated.

Dr. Murray also spoke in  light of the sales tax.  She wants the Board presented with a detailed strategic plan including  a timeline, and a day to day  action plan of how we plan to educate our community toward the passing of the half cent sales tax.  She has given names of business persons to District personnel and when speaking to these persons, they tell her they have never been contacted. She suggests by the beginning of February they are given a plan.

Chairman Henderson concurred and Dr. Binggeli assured the Board they will have the information they are requesting.  Mr. Ziegler said he wants the Board to be asked for input during the process and for progress to be communicated regularly.

Dr. Murray suggested a workshop on the subject around the third week of January. Chairman Henderson asked Ms. Escobar to set up the meeting.

Dr. Krupp said we need a plan B in case the sales tax doesn't pass and suggested moving up bargaining sessions.

Ms. Pace said this was already being discussed as well as moving up the timeline of the Insurance Advisory committee. 

Dr. Krupp said he had received phone calls regarding the lack of air conditioning on buses.  He said after discussion with Arby Creach, he learned that the air on buses is basically the same that is installed on cars and they simply do not hold up. The dollars we have for maintenance are being used for safety and repairs for air move down the priority list. 

Dr. Murray said that bus air and Florida Power Library Schools are two issues that the sales tax will influence.  She said if you want to keep both, vote for the sales tax, if not, then vote no. 

Chairman Henderson met with Ms. Van Meter, Mr. Hochman, and Dr. Thedy at FIT for a meeting on testing anxiety testing strategies.  She also attended the sixth grade field trip at KSC and a mock trial between King George and the Loyalists vs. the colonists that eighth grade students from Kennedy Middle School participated.


L. Superintendent's Report
47. Supertintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli agreed that Space Week was phenomenal.  He said that the University of South Florida identified schools  in Florida that are tremendous at beating the odds and those that they felt were successful were visited and  a culture study performed.  Two of those schools were Cambridge and Saturn and Dr. Binggeli was provided a report which he will be forwarding to the Boad.   Dr. Binggeli, Mr. Theodore and Ms. Archer attended the Foundation's 5K which was a very successful fundraiser for Take Stock in Children. Dr. Binggeli was proud to say that Nancy Gray, BPS resource teacher along with teachers Brenda Wright, Jackie Barnett and Zulay Yon-Perdomo were one of two groups used to explain the work of the Gates Foundation's Literacy Design.

M. Adjournment
48. Adjournment

Minutes: 

Chairman Karen Henderson adjourned the School Board Meeting of December 10, 2013 at 8:04 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).








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