Educational Services Facility

Board Room
2:00 p.m.

October 6, 2020 Rule Development Workshop

Board members met for a Rule Development Workshop and subsequent discussion on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Friday, September 25, 2020 edition of Florida Today.  An affidavit of publication is available in the Board Office.  For further details regarding this meeting, please refer to the published video found on www.brevardschools.org.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Chairman Belford called the workshop to 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
Rule Development (Policy)
4. Board Policy 8420.02 Emergency Policy Requiring Face Coverings
8420.02 Exe. Summary, Current, NEOLA, Redline, Clean (9-22-20).pdf

Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, provided the executive summary.  Following the conclusion, Chairman Belford asked if there was anyone present who wished to address 8420.02 Emergency Policy Requiring Face Coverings.  

Speakers in Order of Appearance:

  • Jordan Johnson - When will masks end?
  • Christina Baker - Requested no masks
  • Shelly Russell -Asked for masks not to be required

Mr. Gibbs explained the reason for the policy and what allows the Board to approve the adoption.

Discussion ensued regarding metrics, trends and when some of the restrictions might be rolled back. It was concluded that Board members should send questions to the medical professionals they had consulted with at an earlier meeting; ask for those questions to be answered followed by the possibility of a  virtual meeting to see if some sort of metrics could be identified from which the Board could make further decisions. Board members are to submit their questions no later than Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to Ms. Escobar.  The questions will be compiled and sent to the identified health experts.

The Rule Development Workshop concluded at: 2:32 p.m.


Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks

Before adjournment, Chairman Belford asked to discuss some additional items.

Mascot Policy/Procedure

  • Determination
    • Place the mascot policy/procedure topic placed as a Board discussion item after the November election.
    • The Board will come to consensus on whether or not to pursue a policy and subsequent procedures on the matter. 
      • Having the item on the agenda will make interested parties aware the topic is being discussed and provide opportunity for public comments regarding the matter prior to Board agreement on the way to proceed. 


Board Check-In Clarification

  • Clarification for minutes of the Board Check-In Workshop held on September 22, 2020 were given.  Regarding the Board budget, members had agreed to flexibility in the utilization of his or her budget allocation.  After more explanation, consensus was to allow flexibility in the utilization of members' budget allocations following a review by Legal and having it go through the Superintendent.

Athletic Supplement Reduction Misunderstanding

  • There had been some misinterpretation of a memo sent out in the Leadership Team Packet which caused some coaches to believe their supplements were being prorated due to a shorter season this fall.  It was noted that this same memorandum has been sent out for many years. Dr. Thedy, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Human Resources Officer, sent an email to principals reassuring that there had never been a plan or communication indicating that any fall supplements are being prorated. Dr. Andrew Ramjit, Assistant Director of Student Activities, would be advising the athletic directors of this as well.
6. Adjournment

Chairman Belford adjourned the workshop at: 3:04 p.m.

Chairman: _______________________________________ Secretary: _______________________________________

NOTE:  Public attendance will be on a first come, first served basis allowing for up to 12  attendees in addition to  Board members.  Please be reminded that face coverings are required for all attendees.

NOTE:  Sensory and mobility impaired persons seeking assistance for participation in any meeting, conference, or seminar should contact Tina Snyder, Manager, Professional Standards, five days prior to the meeting date.  Ms. Snyder may be reached at 321-631-1000, ext. 11226 (voice) or snyder.tina@brevardschools.org (email).

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