12-13-2016 Board Workshop (Legislative and Project 2018)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Workshop on Tuesday, December 13,, 2016, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Eagle newspaper on Thursday, December 1, 2016 with a time correction in the Eagle on Thursday, December 8, 2016. 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 9:29 a.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Legislative
Attachment: 2016 2017 Leg Plan from CCC.pdf

Dr. Blackburn explained the purpose of the workshop.  He introduced Nick Iarossi of Capital City Consulting.

Mr. Iarossi presented Capital City Consulting's Governmental Relations plan for the 2017 Legislative Session. Included was an overview of strategy, information about the Brevard County Delegation,procedural and staff changes as well as the legislative plan.

Challenges and issues to be considered were discussed. There was also mention of branding of the district that would allow legislative leaders to know that Capital City was working with Brevard.

There was some discussion and clarification provided regarding the formula and purpose of Federally Connected Dollars.

Regarding paper and pencil testing, Mr. Iarossi said they had to be prepared to show an ROI, or return on investment, to legislators. Board discussion ensued about the various pieces that should be included in the ROI; i.e. efficiencies, loss of curricular time, and instructional impact.

Mr. Craig said that it is imperative that we have a concrete metric to provide the legislation. Dr. Blackburn expressed that staff would work on getting that information.

Regarding the issue of the state mandating Financial Literacy, it was brought up that Junior Achievement has been providing this kind of instruction to BPS students. The Board wanted Capital City to advocate that there is more than one way to provide these types of experiences to students. Mr. Iarossi suggested that Senator Hukill be invited to sit with the Board about the flexibility to partner with an outside agency.

There was conversation about the legislation's push for school choice options and charter schools. Mr. Craig said that branding is exactly what the district needs. He doesn't see school choice as a threat because Brevard Public Schools are the best choice. also spoke about creating a charter school within the district.

Mr. Ziegler expressed that we need to clarify what is fair and equitable in capital money distribution. He asked for Capital City to outline what they will be lobbying for on the District's behalf?

Ms. Belford suggested that the state look at increasing funding for transportation so more school choice options can be considered. She wants to make sure Capital City advocates for all mandates to have appropriate state funding.


5. Project 2018
Attachment: Project 2018 12 7 16.pdf

Stephanie Archer, assistant superintendent of Equity, Innovation and Choice, facilitated the presentation. She explained that the plan is not finalized and while it is for K-12, work will begin with the high school and work backwards.

Questions asked:

  • Is Ms. Archer already quantifying the effort that she and her staff have put into developing the plan?
  • How does this project fit into current career opportunities?
  •  Is the 25 million mentioned a start-up cost or end cost?


  • Get something fairly accurate on the table right now
  • Look at similar existing models
  • Look at employee resources in Ms. Archer's department.

Dr. Blackburn stated we have to first show what BPS will invest, then secondly we need to show buy-in from business partners and then what the ask will be from the state.

Legislative Considerations:

  • Student station funding restrictions
  • Impact of limitations on per student funding
  • Flexibility for instructional staff Policy revisions
  • Increase in transportation funding so that corridor bussing can be reinstated.

Ms. Descovich asked if the district had performed an analysis of the cost of SSNP and whether or not an evaluation of which parts worked and which did not so funds may be re-appropriated.

Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn said he appreciated the Board and staff's time regarding these matters and looks forward to moving ahead.

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Belford adjourned the meeting at: 11:49 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).