12-15-2014 School Board Workshop

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a School Board Workshop on Monday, December 15, 2014 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 4, 2014. 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: Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, John Craig, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson and Andy Ziegler

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance


Chairman Kneessy led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Board Dialogue Related to "Public Use Reverter Clause"


Dr. Binggeli provided background on parceled land that the School Board owned and donated to the county several decades ago with the stipulation that the land would be for used for public purposes.  There was a clause written that in the event the land ceased to be used for a public purpose that it would revert back to Brevard Public Schools, hence the name "reverter clause."

Subsequently the County gave that land to the City of Melbourne; the City of Melbourne gave a parcel of that land to the Henegar Center and now what has transpired is the Henegar Center wants to enter into an agreement with a developer to develop that land and has been offered a significant amount of money. 

Dr. Binggeli continued that we simply want to go to the table in good faith and bargain for a fair and reasonable settlement to have BPS cancel that reverter and allow the land to move forward and they can then make arrangements with the developer. He also wanted to clarify that the Board was supportive of the notion of having Mr. Theodore and Mr. Bistline the Board as well as the citizens of Brevard County regarding this matter. 

Ms. Kneessy asked if there were any comments from the Board.  She further continued, that what she is hearing that there is consensus from the Board to have Mr. Theodore and Mr. Bistline move forward in that direction.

There was a question asked whether or not we owned the property.  Mr. Bistline said the "reverter" is an actual  interest in real property and is very valuable.  He said it is certainly worth being compensated fairly. 

Mr. Craig commented that it is important to remember that it belongs to the taxpayers.

5. Board Discussion Related to the Legislative Platform


Ms. Kneessy discussed the seating arrangement for the December 18, 2014 legislative delegation meeting. Ms. Kneessy said she wants to be able to have a more conversational arrangement that will facilitate open discussion.  The Board was in agreement.

Ms. Kneessy then asked Dr. Binggeli to relay what he wanted to share or had already shared with the delegation.

There was discussion among the Board and staff about who would be presenting each piece. It was determined that Mrs. Henderson would work with Dr. Binggeli on the assessment and accountability portion and Mr. Ziegler would work with Dr. Binggeli on the funding aspect.


6. Working as a Governance Team


Ms. Kneessy said that since there are two new Board members, she felt that it would behoove the group to have a Board Workshop once a month for the next 6 months to allow each member to have an opportunity to garner information on topics that are of particular interest to them.


Closing Remarks
7. Closing Remarks


Chairman Kneessy reviewed the manner in which she wanted workshops to be run. She asked for any other comments.

8. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the meeting at 10:30 a.m.