The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, April 16. The following discussions and actions are of note.
2013-14 Preliminary Budget Discussion: The board began preliminary discussions about the 2013-14 CSISD budget. The board will continue to work through the budgeting process over the coming months and will adopt the 2013-14 budget and tax rate in August 2013.
CSISD Long-Range Educational Planning Update: The district’s long-range planning committee continues to meet to discuss the facility and capital project needs of CSISD. The committee is expected to have a recommendation for the board at the May 2013 meeting.
2013-14 District Improvement Plan: The board unanimously approved the 2012-2013 District Improvement Plan. Prior to board approval, the plan was approved by the Districtwide Educational Improvement Council (DEIC), which consists of parents, community members, teachers and administrators. The plan will guide the district in regards to students performance, educational practices, parental involvement, and providing safe learning environment for the upcoming school year. The plan can be read in its entirety by clicking the following link: District Improvement Plan.
Head Start reductions due to sequester: The federal government has implemented the process of sequestration as of March 1, 2013. This reduction in spending will influence the CSISD birth-to-five Head Start program for CSISD by five percent -- or approximately $99,000. The discussion regarding ways to decrease costs and consolidate resources will be ongoing, but a tentative plan was presented to the board by Sharon Jackson, CSISD Director of Early Education Services.
The plan includes the following reductions:
Elimination of summer school
Food and snacks
Provided child care for parent trainings
Number of field trips
The following areas will not be reduced:
Funded enrollment will remain at 296 students
Family support/engagement opportunities
Student data management and tracking system
Child assessment instrument and analysis tools
The board unanimously approved the federally-funded budget reduction plan for the CSISD Birth-to-Five Head Start Program.
More information about CSISD Early Childhood Education can be found at the following link: CSISD Early Childhood Education.