12-20-2019 Off-Site Work Session (Board and Cabinet)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in conjunction with district cabinet members for an off-site work session on Friday, December 20, 2019 at SCHF Center for Collaboration, 1100 Rockledge Blvd., Rockledge, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Eagle newspaper on Thursday, December 12, 2019. 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


The meeting began at 9:15 a.m. 

Roll Call
2. Member Present


Members Present:  Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell


Pledge of Allegiance
Order of Business
Order of Business

3. Opportunity Myth
Attachment: TNTP_The-Opportunity-Myth_Web.pdf
Minutes: Dr. Mark Mullins, Superintendent, reviewed the agenda.  He asked for attendees to break into groups, read some sections of The Opportunity Myth booklet, answers some questions among their individual groups and discuss as a total group.
4. Data Review
Attachment: Mid-Year Data Update SY 20.pdf
Minutes: Stephanie Soliven and Jane Cline, assistant superintendents of Secondary and Elementary Leading and Learning provided the Board some mid-year data on graduation rates and college entrance following high school.
5. Strategic Plan Update
Attachment: 2020-2025 Objectives Profiles DRAFT rev 12.12.19.pdf
Minutes: Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, reviewed the strategic plan objective profiles. Discussion followed.
6. Substitute Experience Debrief


A working lunch began at 12:40 p.m.  During this time, Board members and staff discussed substitute shortages and some methods to help solve this issue.  Various options and recommendations were suggested. 

Funding is always on the forefront. Ms. Belford recommended proceeding with suggestions that could be accomplished without a cost associated; such as standardizing procedures when substitutes come into schools; ensuring that administrative staff checks on them at periodic intervals; acknowledge that substitutes are in the building as well as providing them details such as maps, restroom locations, who to contact in case of emergency, etc.

7. Board Evaluation Timeline

Minutes: Cabinet members will be sent evaluations to complete on Board members to be returned by January 31.  Following completion, compiled results will be sent to Board members to have while completing self evaluations.

Closing Remarks
8. Closing Activities

Minutes: Following the conclusion of business discussion, Board members and cabinet members enjoyed a holiday gift exchange.

9. Adjournment

Minutes: Business concluded at 1:56 p.m.