Brevard Zoo,   8225 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL. 32940
12 p.m. 

October 3, 2023, Board Work Session
Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Chairman Susin called the meeting to order at 12 noon. 

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Mr. Gibbs took attendance; all Board members were present.

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Susin asked all in attendance to stand for the pledge.

Order of Business
4. Superintendent's Evaluation Process
Rendell Performance Eval Package Final.pdf

Dr. Rendell presented a PowerPoint presentation to the Board on his recommended format for his performance evaluation


  • Superintendent Performance Standards
  • Performance Based Goals
  • Achievements of the Superintendents, identify the merits of them.


The Board had the opportunity to ask questions, comment and make recommendations.  


Ms. Jenkins recommended the Superintendents goals should be more specific, goals he can initiate.


Mr. Susin recommended the Board go over the recommended format during the one on one's and bring back for approval at another work session.


Dr. Rendell will send the Board the PowerPoint presentation with the measurable data.





5. Board Attorney's Evaluation Process

Ms. Campbell requested Lena and Allison share access to Smartsheet's out to the Board again.  


Mr. Gibbs requested to keep his evaluation at the same time each year, at the end of the fiscal year.


The Board recommended for the October 31,2023, Work Session to work on the 9000 policies, staff presentation then do Mr. Gibbs evaluation, start time for this session is at 9am. 

6. Legislative Agenda

Mr. Bruhn presented the Board with documentation on the Budget requests that will be presented to the legislators.   

The Board was able to ask questions and make recommendations as follows:


Ms. Jenkins - get rid of the 25% rule on compensations.


Ms. Campbell -

  • Minors 16 and 17 years of age who have graduated from high school or received a high school equivalency diploma are barred from working in many areas of construction. Removing this restriction would allow graduates to become earners in a trade profession immediately upon graduation.
  • Other Under 18: Construction students are unable to continue their on-the-job training/employment in the summer months."
  • Add a provision to F.S. 450.061 that removes the construction trade limitations and allow individuals that have graduated from high school, or received a high school equivalency diploma, to enter the construction trades workforce.
  • Allow OSHA certified minor students to work on job sites year-round. This will allow students in work-based learning opportunities to continue jobs over summers and ensure undergrads are certified in the highest level of safety instruction for job sites."


Ms. Wright - organizational meetings after an election changes the date of the executive meeting from the 2nd Tuesday after the election to the 3rd Tuesday after the election so it will not fall during Thanksgiving.


Chairman Susin - recommended all Pre-K teachers be included as a classroom teacher so they will be eligible for any programs such as loan forgiveness.


Dr. Rendell - permission slips, 16/17 minor working on worksite.


7. District Strategic Plan

Dr. Rendell recommended starting the RFP process on hiring an outside agency to facilitate drafting the new 5-year strategic plan in an advisor type role.  The Board was given an opportunity to comment, ask questions and make recommendations on this topic.  


Ms. Campbell - recommended hiring an outside agency.  


Ms. Wright - recommended hiring an outside agency.  She also recommended that we should poll the community on what they are looking for from our school system.


Ms. Jenkins - recommended hiring an outside agency.


Chairman Susin - recommended that the RFP be specific that they would be in an advisory role only.




8. Board Governance

Chairman Susin discussed the Board objectives that were set in January and what has been met and what has not.  Chairman Susin recommended to have another offsite meeting after the new Chairperson is elected.


Ms. Jenkins asked when was the last Board evaluation?  She recommended that they set achievable goals.   


The Board agreed to have their evaluation sometime in January 2024.




Closing Remarks
9. Closing Remarks

Chairman Susin had a discussion with the Board about the record request coming from the public.  Chairman Susin expressed concens related to Board member to Board member public records request leading to possible Sunshine Statue violations.  Chairman Susin gave a history of why the School Board went to a third party review for PRR due to staff being put in the middle requesting and replying to Board members.  Ms. Jenkins stated that this was not true.  Chairman Susin then asked Mr. Gibbs to verify that Dr. Mullins did in fact bring in a third party. Mr. Gibbs did verify that this statement was true.


Ms. Campbell recommended that there be a reasonable time frame in receiving the records to PRR review from Holly and her sending them out.


Mrs. Jenkins asked for a total of billable hours spent on legal review of PRR by John Quick. Mrs. Jenkins requested rescinding intermediary legal counsel for board member to board member PRR due to cost to taxpayers.


Ms. Wright

  • possibly get a monthly update of what is coming in, what is filled or not.
  • checking how a person is charged for a record request


Chairman Susin made a recommendation on building a pricing guide (on our website). 


Dr. Rendell requested an FAQ for records request and how much is charged.


10. Adjournment

Chairman Susin adjourned the meeting at 1:53 pm.

Chairman: __________________________ Secretary: ________________________________


  • Brevard Public Schools Television (BPS-TV) will broadcast this meeting live on Spectrum cable channel 496.   Board meetings are also available as streaming video on the district web page at www.brevardschools.org and YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/BrevardSchools.   
  • Sensory and mobility impaired persons seeking assistance for participation in any meeting, conference, or seminar should contact Gail Williams, Director, Labor Relations, five days prior to the meeting date.  Ms. Williams may be reached at 321-633-1000, ext. 11265 (voice) or williams.gail@brevardschools.org (email).
  • Individuals or groups may address comments to the School Board during the Rule Development portion of the meeting specific to the policy being discussed.  There will be no other opportunity to public comment during workshops.
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