MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD
The regular meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the meeting will be via the following: live stream on Facebook and YouTube and shown on Spectrum Channel 496. Persons interested in public participation may fill out a registration form that will be posted at www.brevardschools.org on Friday, May 7, 2020.  Those signed up will be called on Monday, May 11, 2020 to record comments.  The recording will be played during the public comment portion of the meeting on May 12, 2020. 

May 12, 2020 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County met in regular session on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  The meeting was advertised in the Thursday, April 30, 2020 edition of The Eagle.  A copy of the affidavit of publishing is available in the Board Office. 

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Chairman Belford called the meeting to order at: 5:32 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

 

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Cheryl McDougall was present telephonically.
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A. Moment of Silence
3. Moment of Silence

A moment of silent reflection was held in memory of Zachariah Lewis, a ninth grade student from Rockledge High, who recently passed away.

A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
5. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions

Board members and Dr. Mullins thanked and recognized students, staff and community members for the positive contributions they provide to Brevard Public Schools.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda

Dr. Mullins read into record the changes made to the agenda since it was first released to the public on May 5, 2020. 

Revision

  • A-7. Administrative Staff Recommendations
Motion
Approve the May 12, 2020 School Board Meeting Agenda and its revisions.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Tina Descovich
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
Tina Descovich - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations
Motion
Approve the listed administrative staff recommendations: The transfer of Stephanie Hall from the position of Principal at Sabal Elementary School to the position of Principal at Sea Park Elementary School, on annual contract, effective June 1, 2020. Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The transfer of Christina Carver from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Manatee Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Endeavour Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2020. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification of Sejal D. Shah from the position of Teacher at University Park Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at University Park Elementary School, on annual contract, effective August 3, 2020. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Tina Descovich
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
Tina Descovich - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
8. Public Comment

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, comments were recorded on Monday evening, May 11, 2020.

Speaker:

  1. Anthony Colucci - Attention to upcoming issues (insurance and raises).

 

Ms. Campbell expressed that just because the Board is not discussing these matters presently does not mean that staff is not working on the issues to bring forth recommendations for action. Ways to meet these demands are being addressed.

 

Mr. Susin spoke on the "leapfrogging MOU" which he things refers to teachers coming into the district with the same experience as BPS teachers making more. As a teacher, it was one of the biggest issues that he had.  He spoke of his angst regarding the SIAC committee's recommendations which had not been considered. He commented that those recommendations need to be answered.

 

Dr. Mullins said that in the midst of the circumstances we are facing, the list of questions has grown rather than be eliminated. Two weeks ago he met with cabinet and established four tiger teams that are tackling different issues related current events:  1) Collective communications. 2) Ways to capture some of the work adjustments made coming into COVID that helped us become more efficient. 3) Bringing our  workforce back together in a more formal worksite setting post Executive Order. 112  4) The return to school in August and what it looks like.

 

The list of questions is very long and the journey between here and there is unknown. 

 

Our team is accumulating and evaluating what the factors may be and we are matricing in place to make sure we are prepared to answer. This is all the while we are trying to close a school year and also address and adapt to 65,000 student, many of whom may want to come back to their schools and retrieve personal belongings as well as teachers who want to do the same. The tasks before us both in the immediate and the forward landscape are not small.  Dr. Mullins went on to say that he assured the Board and community, they are actively working on those things. As they become known and we have more information we can share with the community, we will certainly do so as has been done throughout this process. 

 

The mantra that has been adopted, "grace and flexibility" as every day and every week, they are presented with new unknowns. We will continue to tackle them with valor and committment to our students staff and community.

 

Ms. Belford said that she would echo the sentiments of the unknown which is really important to recocognize.  We are looking and planning while things are changing continually. We do not have a signed budget for next year. There are a ton of unanswered questions. 

 

F. Consent
F. Board Office
9. Meeting Minutes
2020-0421 Board-BFT Workshop.pdf
2020-0428 Board Workshop.pdf
2020-0428 SB Meeting.pdf
F. Financial Services
10. Financial Statements for the Period Ending February 29, 2020
Financial Statements for February 29, 2020.pdf
11. Operating Fund Budget Amendment #7 for March 31, 2020
Budget Amendment #7 - March 31, 2020 Final.pdf
12. Property Disposal
Board Report 05-12-2020.pdf
13. Audit Committee Representative
Mace Resume.pdf
F. Human Resources
14. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Instructional Staff 05-12-20.pdf
15. Support Staff Recommendations
Support Staff 05-12-20.pdf
16. Reappointment Nominations of Continuing/Professional Service Contract Teachers for 2020-2021
20-21 PSC-CC Teachers Reappointments FINAL.pdf
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning
17. Field Trip - Cocoa High School Football Team to Benedictine Military Academy in Savannah, Georgia
18. Field Trip - Satellite High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Team to Cary, North Carolina
F. Head Start Program
19. Head Start Monthly Report for the month of March 2020
March 2020 Monthly Report.pdf
20. Head Start Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) and Quality Improvement Funding – Intent to Apply/Write and Submit – Grant No. 04CH010481
OHS COLA Quality Improvement Funding Guidance - 04CH010481.pdf
F. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning
21. Request from Boy Scouts of America to Access Classrooms to Recruit Students per Board Policy 9700.01
2020 Brevard Schools App.pdf
Attachment 1-Brevard Schools.docx
Attachment 2-Brevard Schools.docx
Attachment 3- Brevard Schools.docx
Attachment 4- Brevard Sschools.docx
Attachment 5- Bylaws Brevard Schools.pdf
F. Project Management
22. Rockledge High School Facility Renewal - Close Out
RHS OEF 209 200416.pdf
23. Central Middle School, Kennedy Middle School, Ocean Breeze Elementary School, Sabal Elementary School and Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School - Freezer Cooler Replacement - Construction Management Services
Sabal Cooler-Freezer GMP Attachments.pdf
Central Cooler-Freezer GMP Attachments.pdf
Kennedy Cooler-Freezer GMP Attachments.pdf
Space Coast Cooler-Freezer GMP Attachments.pdf
Ocean Breeze Cooler-Freezer GMP Attachments.pdf
24. Gemini Elementary School Facility Renewal - Close Out
Gemini OEF 209 Signed.pdf
25. Westside Elementary and Longleaf Elementary - HVAC Services - Award of Bid
Longeaf and Westside outside air louver bid attachments.pdf
26. Heritage High School - Freezer Cooler Replacement - Construction Management Services
Heritage Cooler-Freezer GMP Attachments.pdf
27. Hoover Middle School Serving Line Renovation - Construction Management Services
Hoover Food Service Remodel GMP Attachments.pdf
F. Approval of Consent
28. Approval of Consent
Motion
Approve the May 12, 2020 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion (Item F-17 Suspension of Employee)
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Katye Campbell
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
Tina Descovich - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Labor Relations
29. Suspension of Instructional Employee

This item was pulled for discussion by Mr. Descovich.

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[When pulled, it was under consent, Item F-17. When moved, the numbering changed and it is now Item F-29.]
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There was extensive discussion surrounding this matter.

 

Ms. Descovich felt the policy and administrative process used to make the determination were flawed.

 

Ms. Campbell stated that she felt that the Facilities Use Agreement may be in need of change to allow private lessons on school campuses.  However, the policy is what it is and they have to make decisions based on current procedures and policies. The policy was violated and she said the way you change policy is by going through the process; not trying to go around it. Mr. Susin asked Ms. Campbell to clarify that she feels the policy is flawed, but she is still willing to reprimand the employee. Ms. Campbell said that all employees are expected to follow  the policies are currently in place and  change should go through through proper channels. 

 

There was more discussion surrounding the policies and being brought for review and subsequent changes.  Mr. Gibbs clarified that even if these policies and procedures were changed at a later time, the employee would still be subject to action based on the current policies and procedures. 

 

Mr. Susin explained that it would be better for Board action to be after the grievance process. The intent that the individual had was not to circumnavigate policy for the betterment of himself; but for the child. He would like to wait two weeks and come back. 

 

Ms. McDougall stated that as she understands it, what is before them now is not to determine whether the policies and process are right or wrong, but whether or not the employee violated the current policy. This is not the first time this employee violated this policy. 

 

Mr. Susin cautioned about looking at other offenses and comparing them is not fair.  

 

Ms. Campbell stated that the policy is clear.  Ms. Descovich said she feels like the Board should be the last stop and they should not take action before it has been grieved by BFT. Ms. Belford said we need to look at the policy and process and it was noted to look into revisions. 

Motion
Approve the five-day suspension of Mr. Dominick Eggen to be served May 13, 2020 - May 15, 2020, May 18, 2020 and May 19, 2020.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
Tina Descovich - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Nay
Motion
Table the approval of the five-day suspension of Mr. Dominick Eggen to be served May 13, 2020 - May 15, 2020, May 18, 2020 and May 19, 2020.
Vote Results ( Rejected )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Tina Descovich
Misty Belford - Nay
Katye Campbell - Nay
Tina Descovich - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Nay
Matthew Susin - Aye
G. Action
G. Procurement and Distribution Services
30. Department/School Initiated Agreements
a - 20-726-A-WH - Classlink.pdf
b - 13-135-WH - Follett Destiny Solution - Amendment.pdf
Motion
Approve the Agreements below: a) 20-726-A-WH - Classlink - Educational Technology - $169,500.00 - Operating Other b) 13-135-WH - Follett Schools Solutions Amendment - For Follet Destiny Solutions - Elementary Programs - $Various - Operating Other
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
Tina Descovich - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
31. Procurement Solicitations
a - 20-751-SS-SH - Bard HVAC Equipment.pdf
b - 20-629-B-SH - Tree Trimming, Vegetation Removal, & Stump Grinding.pdf
c - 20-710-B-SH - Kitchen Equipment & Refrigeration Parts Catalog Bid.pdf
d - 20-458-B-JE Recycling of Surplus Computer.pdf
Motion
Approve the Sole Source (SS) purchase listed below: a) SS 20-077-SS-SH - AccuAir Bard HVAC Equipment - Facilities Services - $150,000.00 - Operating Other Approve the Invitations To Bid (ITBs) below: b) ITB 20-629-B-SH - Tree Trimming, Vegetation Removal & Stump Grinding - Facilities Services - $200,000.00 - Operating Other c) ITB 20-710-B-SH - Kitchen Equipment & Refrigeration Parts Catalog Bid - Facilities Services - $Various d) ITB 20-458-B-JE - Recycling of Surplus Computer Components, Peripherals, and Laptops - Procurement & Distribution Services - $Revenue
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Cheryl Mcdougall
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
Tina Descovich - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
G. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning
32. Naming of New South Viera Elementary School (School V)
Motion
Approve the naming of the new south Viera elementary school (School V) that was selected by the school naming committee to VIERA ELEMENTARY effective May 12, 2020.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Tina Descovich
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
Tina Descovich - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
H. Information
I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
33. Board Member Reports

Mr. Susin asked to discuss providing the PreK teachers with a one time bonus since they did not receive the Best and Brightest. He stated that these teachers' duties  align perfectly with classroom teachers.  He mentioned several other school districts have already made up the Best and Brightest compensation for their PreK teachers. They have an AS400 roster of students. They are completely evaluated the same way other classroom teachers are. Mr. Susin commented the importance of Thrive by Five to the District and to the Superintendent and he cannot in good conscience leave them out. He asked if the Board would be in favor of this being part of the budget and asked for input. 

 

Ms. Descovich asked for Mr. Susin to clarify the number of teachers he is talking about. Dr. Thedy had sent the Board members a breakdown by Prong 1, 2 and 3.  Ms. Descovich believed that the Prek teachers in Prong 3 may include teachers at schools that did not qualify for Best and Brightest. Mr. Susin said that he is asking to cover bonuses for PreK teachers that were at schools that qualified for Best and Brightest. Dr. Thedy clarified the prongs. Mr. Susin explained that he is not asking for the paraprofessionals to receive the bonus. Ms. Campbell clarified that other paraprofessionals to teachers whose schools qualified for Best and Brightest received the bonus.

After discussion, the amount of dollars to achieve the bonus as requested by Mr. Susin is $168,484 as identified in Prong 3 based on 125 PreK teachers and 167 Prek paraprofessionals. He said they have received it for two years in the past. Ms. Belford did not believe that they had and asked for Dr. Thedy to respond. Dr. Thedy explained that PreK teachers have not received it in the past as it was never part of the statute. 

 

Ms. Campbell said that some PreK teachers had voiced frustration over not receiving the bonus; however, Ms. Campbell stressed that this was all going away. Moving forward PreK is specifically listed in the salary adjustment we are anticipating to moving everyone to at least $47,000.

 

Ms. Belford asked Dr. Thedy for more clarification which she provided.  

 

Ms. Descovich said the process last year was to make the salary package to give all employees their number one priority. Why wasn't this brought up in bargaining as we asked Dr. Mullins to put every spare penny in that package; so where in the budget which they approved  would Mr. Susin like to pull $168,484 dollars from. Mr. Susin said that up until about 30 days ago, he had emails from the teacher's union and from district staff saying that PreK teachers were included in bonus pay in past years. He stated that they were under the impression it would happen again and there was no need to have a budgetary item in the event they were not. He stressed the importance of our PreK teachers and his frustration over them not being included.

 

Ms. Descovich wants to support the PreK teachers, but she needs to know where the dollars will come from.

Mr. Susin was tasked with finding the $168,484 dollars.  After that, the Board will discuss whether or not those dollars can be put toward a bonus for PreK teachers.  

Mr. Susin expressed that the process surrounding insurance is flawed. He wondered why we have never reached out to the county to see about working with them and wonders why we are making recommendations in May.  He is extremely upset that the recommendations coming in from SIAC are not being acted upon.  He stated that we need to focus on making sure our SIAC representatives are being heard. He mentioned that right now we have an audit to go out to pharmacy. He is concerned that they are not going to be looking at the specialty drugs and the rebates and wanted to confirm with Dr. Mullins that they are going to be looking at those. 

 

Dr. Mullins responded that he is aware of the challenges we are facing with SIAC and are working to address. It is also not a secret that our health insurance plan status is in a concerning place and he is in ongoing conversations with superintendents across the state and we are all facing some steep challenges with health care. It is important to note that our health plan has not had a premium increase or a board contribution increase in what will be 6 years when an opportunity comes to potentially do an increase January 1, 2021. That is unprecedented in the realm of health insurance. The SIAC has made some plan design changes and the board did infuse several million dollars about five years ago that helped the fund balance and there was some improvement.  He heard Mr. Susin and the SIAC concerns about the pharmacy questions, particularly the specialty drugs.  Dr. Mullins directed staff to go out with a third party audit  to ensure we get the best audit and information . When the consultant presented their suggestion of what data was indicating the potential savings of our well care clinics , he wasn't satisfied. He called for an audit of our well care clinics  which they are in the middle of right now. The hope is the audit of the well care clinics will be received within the next two to three weeks. The pharmacy audit is more detailed and will take more time. Dr. Mullins is driving the work to be done as he has all the same concerns that: (1  Is our plan doing everything to provide the best service it can for our employees?  (2  Are we maintaining a fiscally sound insurance health plan?

 

We are self insured  and our employees need to understand that.  The proposition to go to a fully insured plan has been estimated to be upwards of an additional 20 million dollars in recurring costs.  Dr. Mullins gave a shout out to the union during the board union workshop for acknowledging that as well. He also expressed his appreciation to the SIAC.

 

At this point, Mr. Susin expressed appreciation for Dr. Mullins and told him his work has been exemplary.  He continued that he wanted to make sure that the audit is looking at specialty drugs and rebates to which  Dr. Mullins responded yes.

Mr. Susin also wanted to inquire about giving back the unspent dollars from the Flexible Spending Accounts to employees who have been unable to spend it all; taxing that amount.  Mr. Gibbs stated that due to IRS code, it would have to be distributed among all participants.  

Ms. Belford asked to find out the economic impact to the District from FIT cancelling its football program. 

L. Superintendent's Report
34. Superintendent's Report
M. Adjournment
35. Adjournment

Chairman Belford adjourned the meeting at: 7:16 p.m.

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INSTITUTION:  ARTICLE IX - SECTION 1.  Public education. - The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders. Adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education and for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of institutions of higher learning and other public education programs that the needs of the people may require.

ADDRESSING THE BOARD:Persons interested in public participation may fill out a registration form that will be posted at www.brevardschools.org on Friday, May 7, 2020.  Those signed up will be called on Monday, May 11, 2020 to record comments.  The recording will be played during the public comment portion of the meeting on May 12, 2020. 

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