The school board of st. Lucie county regular Meeting -march 10, 2009

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Regular Meeting –March 10, 2009

The School Board of St. Lucie County held a regular meeting in the School Board Room on March 10, 2009, at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Member Residing in District No. 1


Member Residing in District No. 5


Member Residing in District No. 3


Member Residing in District No. 4


Member Residing in District No. 2




Chairman Miller called the meeting to order and asked for a moment of silence for students in the community who had passed away the day before the meeting.
The Palm Pointe Educational Research K-8 School Chorus led the Pledge of Allegiance and sang two songs.
February 10, 24, and 26, 2009 Meetings
Action: There was a motion to approve the February 10, 24,

and 26, 2009 minutes as presented (Hensley/Carvelli/

Carried 5-0).

1. BS Odyssey of the Mind Competition Winners

Mr. Alan Cox, Principal of Lincoln Park Academy, Mr. Charles Cuomo, Principal of Forest Grove Middle School, and Mrs. Marcia Cully, Principal of Morningside Elementary, asked the Board to recognize and congratulate the following students who were first place winners in the Odyssey of the Mind competition:
Logan Cane, Christopher Cull, Christina Graben, Hikaru Kurasawa, Emma Nelson, Kendall Spurr, Bryce Starr, Zoe Tucker, Maeve Tucker, Caitlyn Dougherty, Carlee Berry, James Jones, James Todd, Rohan Reddy, Andrew Ebanks, Ryan utter, Melissa Milford, Ali Schrader, Dana Wuychek, Dustin Buckley, and Xander Tsunoda.
2. GY 1st Place Winner of Regional Math Counts Tournament – Zoe Tucker
The Board recognized and congratulated Miss Zoe Tucker, an 8th grade student at Forest Grove Middle School, who took first place in the regional Math Counts Tournament at Indian River State College. She will be representing Forest Grove Middle School and St. Lucie County in the state tournament in Orlando, Florida ,on March 25th and 26th, 2009.
3. JS St. Lucie County Schools Scholar Athlete Recognition
Mr. Jay Stewart came forward and asked the Board to recognize two scholar athletes from Fort Pierce Central High School, namely, Kiara Adams and Arthur Domingos. Principal John Williams and mmbers of the coaching staff joined in congratulating both students on their great success in both academics and athletics.
4. KP Samuel S. Gaines 2nd Essay Contest Winners
Mr. Kevin Perry, Area Assistant Superintendent, presented students who had won the 2nd Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest to the Board for recognition.

5. OR Music in Our Schools Month Resolution
Music teacher Jane Whitaker read the resolution designating the month of March as “Music in Our Schools Month”.
Action: The superintendent recommended the Board adopt

the resolution designating the month of March as

“Music in Our Schools Month” as presented

(Hilson/Ingersoll/Carried 5-0).

6. KS St. Lucie County Business Partners of the Year 2009
Ms. Kathie Schmidt, Director of Career and Technical Education, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Board to Dr. Dana Juillerat from Tri-County Animal Hospital and Ms. Tammie Ramply from Papa John’s Pizza for their continued support of schools and their efforts to enhance activities and curriculum development for students.
Action: The superintendent recommended the Board approve consent

agenda items #7 through #20 as presented (Carvelli/Hensley/

Carried 5-0).
7. SR Personnel Agenda & Leaves

8. TB RFP 09-13 Energy Savings

9. OR Teaching American History Grant

10. JS American Sport Education Program Contract for St. Lucie County Coaches Endorsement Plan

11. KS Major Area(s) of Interest Course Offerings

12. KS Articulation Agreements with Keiser University

13. KP Port St. Lucie High School Drama Student Trip to New York, NY, December 10-17, 2009

14. OR Dori Slosberg Driver Education Grant – Fort Pierce Central High School

15. OR Dori Slosberg Driver Education Grant – Fort Pierce Westwood High School

16. OR Dori Slosberg Driver Education Grant – Lincoln Park Academy

17. OR Dori Slosberg Driver Education Grant – Port St. Lucie High School

18. OR Dori Slosberg Driver Education Grant – St. Lucie West Centennial High School

19. OR Dori Slosberg Driver Education Grant – Treasure Coast High School

20. AG Annual Florida Inventory of School House (FISH) Validation


At approximately 7:34 p.m., Chairman Miller recessed the meeting. At approximately 7:44 p.m., the meeting was reconvened.

21. BS Stipulated Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Orders #082 through #091
Action: The superintendent recommended the Board approve Stipulated

Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Orders #082 through

#091 as presented (Hensley/Carvelli/Carried 5-0).

22. TB Budget Calendar for 2009-2010
On behalf of Mr. Tim Bargeron, Assistant Superintendent/CFO for Business Services, who was on a trip to Tallahassee, Superintendent Lannon referred to the packet memo #08-09/0100 and discussed its contents with the Board. The budget calendar, previously approved by the Board on January 29, 2009, indicated that a tentative budget public hearing was to occur on July 28, 2009. The statutory Truth-in-Millage (TRIM) calendar requires that this hearing occur on or before July 30. It was explained that there was a timing issue related to the availability of information for Board packets.
After some discussion, board members agreed to stay with the regular board meeting schedule as outlined in Mr. Bargeron’s memo #08-09/0100, i.e.;
July 3, 2009 Due date for materials for July 14 board meeting,

July 14, 2009 Board meeting, approve advertisements (Mr. Lannon will be absent),

July 17, 2009 Due date for materials for July 28 board meeting,

July 19, 2009 DOE certified Required Local Effort millage rates,

July 25, 2009 Newspaper runs “budget summary/notification of public hearing ads,

July 28, 2009 Board meeting to hold public hearing for tentative budget.

23. SR Calendar for 2009-2010 (for Board Vote/Approval) (Tabled to 3-24-09)
Mrs. Sue Ranew, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, explained to the Board that the calendar committee attempted to bring together many interests with the least amount of interruption to the instructional flow. The proposed calendar would not please everyone but it did provide for 16 weeks and 5 days of full instruction. The committee focused on doing what was best for students. It also provided teachers with professional development days and planning time. It also complied with Florida statutes and the bargaining agreement.

Following a month by month review of the calendar, board members expressed their individual opinions which varied somewhat. The placement of early release days during the week and professional development days during the school year was questioned. The Board asked to receive data that showed variances in attendance/peek absences during early dismissal days for both students and faculty. It was mentioned that parents felt there were too many weeks divided up during the past school year and this was a concern. There was a question about backing up the school start date that staff agreed to clarify for the Board. The superintendent recommended the Board adopt the calendar as presented. Mrs. Hensley made the motion, seconded by Ms. Hilson. Chairman Miller suggested the matter be tabled to the March 24, 2009 meeting and asked that each board member meet individually with Mr. Lannon to review the data and any concerns they may have on the matter.
Action: The superintendent recommended the Board adopt the 2009-2010

school calendar as presented (Hensley/Hilson/Tabled to 3-24-09).

24. OR Fine and Performing Arts
The district’s lead music teachers (Mrs. Christine Hill, Mr. James LeBon, and Mr. Elker Harris) presented a comprehensive and entertaining report on the fine and performing arts programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. They shared an overview of the variety of opportunities available for students and the many community outreach initiatives. The “Starlites” from Treasure Coast High School and the “Singing Warriors” from Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts performed dance and song respectively to the delight of those present.
Following the report, Mr. Lannon stated that even with the district’s reduction in revenue, the arts program would not be eliminated. Things may be done differently or in another way but the Board was committed to keeping the arts programs as part of the curriculum.
25. ML School Resource Officer Programs 2009-2010 – Discussion of Funding Alternatives
The superintendent shared a budget report via power point about the district’s 23 year old School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Due to a continuing revenue shortfall (potential of $53 million), the district/Board was faced with the challenge of identifying funding for the SRO program that was reliable, sustainable from year to year, and not dependent on education dollars that were currently in decline.
Mr. Lannon maintained that all Florida School Boards had experienced drastic funding reductions in recent years while expenses continued to rise. The St. Lucie County School Board currently recognized revenue losses from FY 2007-08 to FY 2008-09 equivalent to a per pupil decrease of more than 2.8 percent in total funding, and a drop of $23 million in state revenues, with additional revenue cuts projected by the end of the year. During the same period, annual operating expenses had increased substantially as the result of opening a new school and escalations in health insurance and utility costs, although the School Board had been able to offset large portions of these cost increases with conservation measures and salary and hiring freezes. The total revenue reduction to public schools in St. Lucie County from FY 2007-08 to FY 2009-2010 was now projected to be $53 million, or a cumulative per pupil funding loss of nearly 14 percent.
It was further explained that the School Board did not have direct access to revenue sources outside its narrowly circumscribed authority to levy ad valorem taxes (at rates that in essence are prescribed by the Legislature) and its participation in the Florida Education Finance Program (which funding is experiencing the reductions described above). In the face of such steep revenue losses and cost increases, the School Board was gravely concerned that it may be unable to provide funding to law enforcement agencies for its SRO Programs in fiscal year 2009-2010, or at least, not at the level committed for 2008-2009. At the same time, the Board recognized that the SRO Programs were simply too valuable to the entire community to allow this lapse. Due to the lead time necessary for all local governments to plan for the coming budget year, the Board was bringing its concerns forward prior to making a final decision on the level of funding, if any, that it will be able to commit to the SRO Program in 2009-2010.
Dr. Miller read a draft of a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners into the record. The letter outlined some potential solutions to cover the anticipated funding shortfall for the SRO Programs (see supplemental minutes packet). Mr. Lannon sought the Board’s authorization to transmit the letter as presented and read into the record by Dr. Miller.
Chairman Miller indicated she had worked on the draft letter with Attorney Dan Harrell and Mr. Lannon and she was pleased to represent the Board in future meetings and negotiations regarding this matter.
Board members’ comments were centered on the critical need for safety and security of children. Members were very appreciative of what the officers had done in the past and the collaboration that continued between the agencies.
Action: There was a motion to adopt and transmit the letter to County

Commissioner Paula Lewis dated March 11, 2009 as presented

(Carvelli/Hensley/Carried 5-0).

Addendum 26. ML Communications Update
Mr. Lannon gave a brief update on progress made by the District Communications department (target five of the Board’s Academic Business Plan). The goal was to develop and implement strategies that expand messages of the Board to all stakeholders. Highlights of the power point presentation on internal and external communication efforts included Lucie Link (bi-weekly electronic newsletter), district television programming, video on demand system, ConnectEd Messaging, Coffee with the Chairman/Superintendent, monthly event calendar, local radio interview programs, and media relations meetings prior to each board meeting.

No report.

Mrs. Hensley reminded everyone about the annual Ag Tour that was coming up and also talked about the state Children’s Services Council meeting she had attended which focused on key issues such as the existence of the Early Learning Coalition and PreK-12 funding.
Ms. Hilson mentioned there was a petition circulating that supported Early Learning Coalition funding and she encouraged everyone to support the Coalition and Voluntary Pre-K programs.
Dr. Miller reported on several matters such as
- Cystic Fibrosis Walk - April 4, 2009 at Tradition starting at 8:00 a.m.

- 2nd Coffee with Chairman/Superintendent - April 2, 2009 at 8:30 a.m.

Windmill Point Elementary School

- Great talent showcased in Alfa Alfa production at Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts.

- Adoption of Adequate Funding for Public Education resolution by County Commission & EDC.

- PALM BEACH POST newspaper's graphics on district budget figures.

- Statewide recognition of district's Positive Behavior Support program.

- SLW Centennial High culinary arts student win at state level.

- Kudos to Night of the Stars awards program.

- Unanimous support from FAU for MOA program lease.

- Coordination efforts between Marty Sanders and law enforcement following tragic

death of students in community.

There were no unscheduled speakers.

After conducting all business scheduled to come before the Board, Chairman Miller adjourned the regular March 10, 2009 meeting at approximately 9:20 p.m.

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