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October 12, 2021 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County held its regular School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Notice of the meeting was advertised in ad #4921161 in the Thursday, September 30, 2021 edition of The Eagle.  An affidavit of publication is available in the Board office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Chairman Misty Belford called the meeting to order at: 5:36 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Members Present: Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Jennifer Jenkins, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

A. Moment of Silence
3. Moment of Silence

Board members held a moment of silence in memory of a BPS family member who recently passed away: Janice Kowing, a guidance clerk at West Shore Jr/Sr High.

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 Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins gave recognition to various students, staff, community members and programs for the positive impact each had on Brevard Public Schools.

A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda

Superintendent Mullins read into record the changes made to the agenda since it was first released to the public on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Revisions

  • A-7. Administrative Staff Recommendations
  • F-17. Instructional Staff Recommendations

Additions

  • F-14. Student Expulsions
  • H-33. Board Policy 0169.1 Public Participation at Board Meetings
  • H-35. Board Policy 5112 Entrance Requirements

Attachment Added

  • Presentation - ESSER Update and Plan Community Feedback

Discussion Items Added

  • Teacher Safety
  • Report from FSBA Board of Directors' Meeting
  • Board of Education Decision on Mask Policy
  • Volunteer School Access
Motion
Adopt the October 12, 2021 School Board Meeting agenda and its revisions.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Cheryl Mcdougall
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
A. Ancillary Item
A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations
Motion
Approve the listed administrative staff recommendations: Accept the resignation of Frank Marcyan from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Jefferson Middle School, effective September 23, 2021. Accept the position change of Courtney Lundy from the position of Interim Principal, board approved on August 10, 2021, to the position of Principal at Stone Magnet Middle School, effective on the issuance date of her certification of August 24, 2021. Accept the position change of Gregory Bachman from the position of Interim Assistant Principal (10 month), board approved on July 13, 2021, to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Space Coast Jr/Sr High School, effective on the issuance date of his certification of September 22, 2021. The reclassification/transfer of Danielle N. Poley from the position of Teacher at Edgewood Jr/Sr. High School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Jackson Middle School, on annual contract, effective October 13, 2021. Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Michael E. Williamson from the position of Teacher at Eau Gallie High School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Jefferson Middle School, on annual contract, effective October 13, 2021. Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The appointment of Jerry R. Hanson Jr. to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Madison Middle School, on annual contract, effective October 25, 2021. Annual salary based on grade 23 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program. The reclassification/transfer of Amber L. Smith from the position of Teacher on Assignment at Coquina Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Pinewood Elementary School, on annual contract, effective October 18, 2021. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/Superintendent
8. FSBA Resolution
FSBA Resolution.pdf

Russ Bruhn, Chief Strategic Communications Officer, read the resolution.

Following the motion by Ms. Campbell and second by Mr. Susin to adopt the resolution; Ms. Campbell explained the rationale for the resolution. The resolution was in response to a letter sent out by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). During a Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) Board of Directors' Meeting, it was discussed that the group did not feel that NSBA had been practicing good governance and the letter the organization sent to President Biden caused consternation.   The letter was sent by the NSBA interim director without the approval of the NSBA board. 

The theme of the FSBA resolution presented is "civil civic discourse." Mr. Susin reaffirmed the comments provided by Ms. Campbell.

Ms. Jenkins commented that the resolution was brought up at a workshop earlier in the day and she had not seen the email sent out the night before and felt that it was being done in haste.  She continued that she felt that the School Board was putting itself in the middle of two organizations (FSBA and NSBA) that were clearly disagreeing with each other. She asked herself how this directly benefits the students and staff of Brevard Public Schools and struggled to answer that question.

Ms. Campbell stated that she understood Ms. Jenkins' concerns about the timing. She further commented that in regard to the benefit to students and staff; when the community has a safe way for input - that will benefit students and staff.   Mr. Susin said it benefits our students and staff by leading by example.

Ms. Jenkins said that the timing of this is frustrating to her.  She said that the letter and resolution was drafted in response to a letter that is intended to keep her and her family safe and potentially that of the other Board members. She is not opposed to persons practicing their first amendment rights.  She does reject  credible threats of violence against her and her family and she shared some of those threats. 

Motion
Adopt the FSBA Resolution to ensure views are heard and exchanged in a safe environment.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Katye Campbell
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Nay
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
C. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning
9. "Keeping the Lights on Afterschool" Proclamation
2021 Proclamation Lights On Afterschool.pdf

Chief Strategic Communications Officer Russ Bruhn read the proclamation.

Motion
Approve the "Keeping the Lights On Afterschool" Proclamation.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
D. Presentations
D. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning
10. Superintendent's Report - ESSER Update and Planned Community Feedback
ESSER Board Presentation Final Oct 2021 PDF (002).pdf

Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Leading and Learning, provided the update on the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund.  She began by introducing her team. 

There was brief discussion from Board members and comments. 

D. District Operations
11. Presentation: 2021-2022 Florida Safe Schools Assessment Tool (FSSAT) Report
FSSAT Presentation to Board 10.12.21.pdf

Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, provided information on the 2021-2022 Florida Safe Schools Assessment Tool. At the conclusion of the presentation, Mr. Novelli asked the Board if they had any recommendations they wished him to include.

  • Continued funding for mental health services
  • Additional funding for safety on busses
  • Reduction of drills (higher quality, less frequency)
  • Focus on a workforce pipeline for mental health services
  • Sustainability funding for products such as cameras
  • Funding for intercoms in schools
  • Funding for training for guardian program

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Chairman Belford called for a recess at: 7:39 p.m.

She reconvened the meeting at: 7:59 p.m.

E. Public Comment
12. Public Comment

The speaker was reminded of the three minute time limit and of the decorum expected while speaking.

  • Joseph Cholewa - NSBA Resolution
Motion
Approve the motion to hear all public speakers in this segment regardless of topic.
Vote Results ( Rejected )
Motion: Cheryl Mcdougall
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Nay
Katye Campbell - Nay
JenniferD Jenkins - Nay
Cheryl Mcdougall - Nay
Matthew Susin - Aye
Motion
Approve the motion to hear public comments on agenda items during this portion of the meeting; listening to remaining speakers at the conclusion of business.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Katye Campbell
Second: Cheryl Mcdougall
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
Motion
Approve the motion to allow speakers with school age children to speak first during the non-agenda or information section for public comments.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Nay
Matthew Susin - Aye
F. Consent
F. Board Office
13. Meeting Minutes
2021-0921 SB Meeting.pdf
2021-0921 Policy Work Session.pdf
2021-0917 Attorney-Client Session.pdf
14. Student Expulsion(s)
F. Financial Services
15. Property Disposal
Board Letters 10-12-2021.pdf
Board Report 10-12-2021.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition
16. 2021-2022 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant
2021-2022 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Selection.pdf
F. Human Resources
17. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Instructional Staff 10-12-21.pdf
18. Support Staff Recommendations
Support Staff 10-12-21.pdf
19. Specialist - Safety & Security Support Personnel
F. Labor Relations
20. Revise Termination to Resignation
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning
21. Field Trip - Melbourne High School Band Program to Gatlinburg, Tennessee
22. Field Trip - Melbourne High School's Crew Team to Head of the South Regatta in Augusta, Georgia
Melbourne High School Crew Itinerary November 12-14, 2021.pdf
F. Student Services
23. Code of Student Conduct
2021 _2022 Student Code of Conduct 9_29_2021 REDLINE.pdf
2021 _2022 Student Code of Conduct CLEAN 09_29_2021.pdf
F. District Operations
24. 2021-2022 Florida Safe Schools Assessment Tool (FSSAT) Report
F. Head Start Program
25. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Reports for the Months of June and July 2021
June 2021 HS Monthly Report.pdf
July 2021 HS Monthly Report.pdf
F. Project Management
26. Utility Easement for N13 Lift Station at Mims Elementary School
Previously Approved Utility Easement - Mims ES Lift Station N13.pdf
Mims ES Lift Station N13 Additional Easement.pdf
location-map-mims-lift-station-additional-easement.pdf
Corrective Easement.pdf
27. Columbia Elementary School - Additional Construction Management Services
Columbia Facility Renewal Change Order No 1 Attachments.pdf
28. Croton Elementary, DeLaura Middle and Jackson Middle Schools - Additional Design Build Preconstruction Services
Croton DeLaura Jackson Precon CO 1.pdf
29. Central Middle School - Elevator Renewal - Construction Management Services
Central Elevator CM GMP Attachments.pdf
F. Approval of Consent
30. Approval of Consent
Motion
Approve the October 12, 2021 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Cheryl Mcdougall
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Procurement and Distribution Services
31. Department/School Initiated Agreements
a - 22-100-A-WH - Harris School Solutions.pdf
Motion
Approve the Agreement below: a) 22-100-A-WH - Harris School Solutions - Educational Technology - $180,000.00 - Operating Other
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: JenniferD Jenkins
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
32. Procurement Solicitations
a - 19-949-B-JW - Agenda CANCELLATION Awards, Trophies and Promo Items.pdf
b - ITB 22-001-B-CC- Awards, Trophie and Promo Items.pdf
c - 21-652-B-JE Agenda - Motor Oil Fluid Lubricants and Additives.pdf
d - ITB 21-656-B-JW Electrical Contractor Services.pdf
e - 22-032-B-HD - Music Instruments, Eqpmt, Furniture and Supplies.pdf
f - PB 22-181-PB-JW - Genuine Parts Company dba NAPA Auto Parts.pdf
g - RFP 21-438-P-KR - Voluntary Worksite Benefits - Amendment 1.pdf
Motion
Approve the Invitations To Bid (ITBs) below: a) ITB 19-949-B-JW - Awards, Trophies and Promo Items - Cancellation - Procurement and Distribution Services - $N/A b) ITB 22-001-B-CC - Awards, Trophies and Promo Items - Procurement and Distribution Services - $Variable c) ITB 21-652-B-JE - Motor Oil, Fluid, Lubricants & Additives - Transportation Services - $100,000.00 - Operating Other d) ITB 21-656-B-JW - Electrical Contractor Services - Facilities Services - $Variable - Operating Other e) ITB 22-032-B-HD - Music Instruments, Equipment, Furniture and Supplies Discount Catalog Bid - Secondary Leading and Learning - $Variable Approve the Piggy Back (PB) below: f) PB 22-181-PB-JW - Genuine Parts Company dba NAPA Auto Parts - Transportation Services - $Variable - Operating Other Approve the Request for Proposal (RFP) below: g) RFP 21-438-P-KR – Voluntary Worksite Benefits – Amendment 1 – Employee Benefits & Risk Management - $
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
H. Information
H. Board
33. Board Policy 0169.1 Public Participation at Board Meetings
0169.1 Public Participation at Board Meetings - Updated Agenda Package.pdf
H. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning
34. Update from the Harry T. Moore and Harriet V. Moore Legacy Task Force
Harry T. Moore and Harriet V. Moore Task Force Update - Board agenda 10-12-21.pdf
H. Student Services
35. Board Policy 5112 Entrance Requirements
5112 Entrance Requirements Packet.pdf
H. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning
36. 2021-2022 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools
2021-2022 Student Progression Plan 9-20-2021 with track changes.pdf
2021-2022 SPP Revisions.docx
I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
37. Non-Agenda/Information Public Comments

Speakers in order of Appearance:

  • Michelle Beavers - Students dropping out, time limit for comments and books in libraries
  • Chris McGill - Masks
  • Christopher McGill - Masks
  • Karen Colby - No masks
  • Kathryn Delaney - Public Speaking
  • Sara Chiavario - Masks
  • Charles Middleton - In support of diversity and equity
  • Julie Bywater - Public Participation @Board Meetings
  • Tristan Takacs - Masks
  • Dalia Levin - Agenda Adopted, H33, Other
  • Diana Haines - Books
  • David Ganary - Agenda Adopted, H33, Other, Masks
  • Ron McClellan - Critical Race Theory
  • Colin Hall - Masks
  • Derek Ganary - No mask mandate
  • Brad Broyels - Pro Masks 
  • Megan Woodson - Mask Mandates 
  • Jeffrey Woodson - Mask Mandate
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K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
38. Board Member Reports
39. Discussion Item - Teacher Safety (Susin)

Mr. Susin discussed another absurdity happening on Tik Toc which is to slap teachers on the buttocks. Teachers should not have to worry about being touched or slapped and students should be held accountable. 

40. Discussion - Report on Topics of Discussion from FSBA BOD Meetings (Campbell)

Ms. Campbell provided information on various aspects of the recent FSBA Board of Directors meeting she attended. 

Ms. Campbell mentioned the Innovate for Equity presentation by Shayla Canady:

  • Working with FSBA Equity Committee
    • Looking for new members
    • Ask the people affected most by new initiatives if the action is going to have the intended outcome

Dr. Mike Martin, President of Gulfcoast University, gave four challenges:

  1. Public education is too valuable to damage
  2. Honor teachers as leaders in the community
  3. Model better behavior for those we encounter
  4. Resist the temptation to get pulled into the political vortex
41. Discussion - Mask Policy BOE Decision (Campbell)

Ms. Campbell said she was going to limit her discussion on the mask policy as they had not yet received the decision from the DOE.  Dr. Mullins said that it had been received in the late afternoon and he had not reviewed it in detail and he would be sharing with the General Counsel and Board.

It was Ms. Campbell's understanding that the Board had 48 hours from the receipt of the letter to respond with either how we are going to comply or with the salaries of the Board members.   Ms. Campbell said that she could not bring the issue of masks back up as she was a member of the losing side; however, since it affects all Board members, it needs to be a Board decision in as much as they are allowed in the letter to decide what they are going to do with the consequences of the letter. She asked for her fellow Board members to please reconsider.  Ms. Campbell does not think they should pursue any federal grants.

Mr. Susin pulled the data to the beginning of the pandemic.  From September 14, 2020 to May 26, 2021; we were never below 50 cases per 100,000. He said that the only time they were below that number was for about a month starting May 26, 2021.  He is concerned with saying they will have the mask mandate until they hit the 50; they may not ever get there and if they do, it may wobble back and forth. 

Dr. Mullins is working with staff and is finalizing a parent opt out form in the event they reach 50 per 100,000.  He is preparing for a quick turn around.  if it goes back over 50, Mr. Gibbs confirmed that there is no provision for re-implementation of masks without Board action. The emergency policy is only in place until November 30. They will have to do rulemaking. 

Mr. Susin asked about allowing dances and other homecoming activities once they hit 50 cases per 100,000.  Dr. Mullins clarified that they have not prohibited homecoming festivities. The only thing that was prohibited was a traditional dance. In the event the mask restriction is lifted, they have to keep in mind that planning an event like that takes considerable planning and time. He doesn't want to put concern in our sponsor's minds at this moment. Mr. Susin wanted the Board to give direction to allow schools to provide "normalcy" and allow unrestricted activity.   Dr. Mullins is uncomfortable with making the timeline when we are still in a mask mandate. He will have a conversation with cabinet on Monday. 

42. Discussion - Volunteer School Access (Susin)

Mr. Susin asked about getting volunteers back into the schools. They are encourage to reach out to find planned and purposeful activity. There is currently no charge for the  renewal of volunteers to go through background screening. Mr. Susin stated the need is great in Title I schools. 

L. Superintendent's Report
43. Superintendent's Report
M. Student Discipline
N. Adjournment
44. Adjournment

Prior to adjournment General Counsel Gibbs notified the Board that advice was needed regarding the case of Lenora West v. The School Board of Brevard County, Florida, Case No. -5-2018-CA-055208 and Brian Ordner v. The School Board of Brevard County, Florida, Case No. 0613-0163.  Chairman Belford recommended the Board hold the Attorney-Client Session for West on October 19, 2021 starting at 11:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard followed by holding an Attorney-Client Session for Ordner.

Hearing no further discussion, Chairman Belford adjourned the meeting at: 9:59 p.m.

For further details, please visit the published video found at www.brevardschools.org. 

Chairman: _________________________ Secretary: _________________________

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:
Individuals or groups may address comments to the School Board at any regular meeting by following established procedures.  The maximum allotted time for a presentation is three (3) minutes.  A speaker's time may not be allocated to others.  Individuals must complete a form located on a table near the east wall of the boardroom.  Thirty minutes will be set aside at the beginning of the meeting for public discussion on non-agenda items.  Up to thirty minutes of public discussion will be allowed for each agenda action item.

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