12-15-2015 Strategy Matters Forum

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for for a Board Workshop called "Strategy Matters" on Tuesday, December 15, 1015, 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 3, 2015. 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 Andy Ziegler called the meeting to order at: 5:32 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
8. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
3. Dr. Blackburn's Presentation of Findings
Attachment: Strategic Plan Framework_Final.pdf

Dr. Blackburn gave the presentation.


4. School Board Members' Feedback


The presentation was very well received by Board members and the consensus of the group is that it is time to move forward.  The members stressed that communication is key and that community input is extremely valuable. However, strategic planning is much more than putting something down on paper, it must become a living, breathing document used to guide decisions. 



5. Public Comments


Audience members were invited to come forward to one of two standing microphones and share feedback on the presentation just given. They each would have three minutes.  A total of 32 speakers came forward.

Most speakers expressed gratitude for the direction Dr. Blackburn was taking.  Additional comments were made regarding: reinstating corridor bussing, equity in student discipline, vocational centers, testing, teachers knowing whether or not they will have jobs the following year, building trust, proper staffing of ESE programs, lack of accountability, finance, governance, fundamental changes to education, support of bus drivers, and frustration in teaching profession.

Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks


Dr. Blackburn asked senior staff to stand. He thanked them for everything they have done.

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Ziegler adjourned the meeting at 8:08 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).