March 10, 2020 School Board Workshop

Educational Services Facility 
2:00 p.m. 

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in a Board Workshop on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Eagle newspaper on Thursday, February 27, 2020. 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

Chairman Misty Belford called the meeting or order at: 2:00 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
Order of Business
4. Charter Application Review

Stephanie Archer, Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Innovation and Choice, explained to the Board that in addition to the actual submitted application, charter schools present to the Board to allow time for questions and answers. Accelerated Learning Solutions (ALS) submitted an application for Florida High School for Accelerated Learning - Brevard County and Ron Goss, Chairman, Florida High School for Acclerated Learning - Brevard, presented to the Board.  Board members had several questions and there was brief discussion. 


5. Fee Update: Brevard After School
BAS Fee Increase Follow Up Board Presentation (002).pdf

Ms. Archer presented information to the Board about the need to increase the fees for Brevard After School (BAS).  She explained that they will always operate in the red without an increase.  

Board discussion and questions ensued.  The final consensus was to go for 5% each year for three years.

6. Fee Update: Food and Nutritional Services

Kevin Thornton, director of Food and Nutrition Services provided an overview of current services provided by Food and Nutrition Services with a focus on CEP (Community Eligibility Provision). He explained why an increase in lunch prices is necessary and provided some options.  

Board consensus after discussion was Option C which is outlined as follows:

Option C – Two Year Plan:

  • Expand CEP to all elementary Title I schools in FY21: $1,136,804 • Increase lunch prices over a two (2) year period:
  • Elementary – Increase lunch price $0.15 in FY21 and again in FY22: $126,719 each year
  • Secondary – Increase lunch price by $0.30 in FY21 and again in FY22: $160,149 each year


7. Fee Update: Regional Bussing
Regional Busing Presentation - Board Copy.pptx

Stephanie Archer, assistant superintendent of Equity, Innovation and Choice and Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, presented information to the Board. Categories of findings were cost, benefits, runs and impact on fleet.  Considerations were provided to the Board which ranged from reducing regional bus stops in half to charging a fee to stopping regional bussing all together. These extra runs are problematic as it requires increased demand for additional bus drivers, difficulty in finding substitute drivers to cover absences and consequently, many students are arriving to school late and missing valuable instruction time.  

There was extensive discussion and a determination was made to postpone the decision. Ms. Belford said that they could not do away with regional bussing in the north until they were prepared to provide more opportunities for students in that part of Brevard. 


Closing Remarks
8. Closing Remarks/Direction
9. Adjournment

Chairman Belford adjourned the workshop at 5:05 p.m.

For further details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website ( 

Chairman: _____________________________________________________ Secretary: _____________________________________________________
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