May CSISD Board Recap

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

Note:  This is an overview of some of the agenda items on the May board workshop and meeting.  This recap does not include every item on the agendas.  Official meeting minutes will be made available on www.csisd.org following approval at the June board meeting.

COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, May 15.  The following discussions and actions are of note.

WORKSHOP

AMCHS Renovations:  Dr. Clark Ealy,  Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services, gave a presentation on the upcoming renovations to A&M Consolidated High School.  The renovations will be paid for with 2009 bond funds.  Phase 1 of the renovations will take place this summer, while Phase 2 will happen next summer.  The renovations include CATE and special education classroom improvements, creation of a multi-use gathering area outside of the library, enhancement to the exterior entrance, library renovations, and the creation of an opened=space gathering and seating area at the entrance of the building.

More information, complete with architectural renderings and a video fly-through, can be found at the following link:  AMCHS Renovations.

2012-2013 Budget Discussion / Long Range Final Outlook:  In its continuing discussions related to the 2012-13 budget, the CSISD board approved a 1.5% pay increase for employees.  CSISD employees received a 1% pay increase in 2010-11 and no pay increase in 2011-12.

Since 2012-13 budget discussions began, there has been a focus on the responsible use of three areas: (1) taxpayer resources, (2) budget reductions, and (3) the CSISD fund balance, or savings account.
  • Taxpayer Resources (Tax rate):  The 2012-13 proposed budget includes raising the maintenance and operations tax rate $.04 per $100 or evaluation, while reducing the interest and sinking tax rate by $.04.  It is expected that CSISD taxpayers will not see an overall tax rate increase.
  • Budget Reductions:  The 2012-13 budget will be reduced by $1.8 million via operational efficiencies and reducing staffing, both at central office and on campuses.  All staff reductions will be realized through attrition and reassignment.  Proposed reductions for the 2012-13 school year include:  some central office vacancies will not be filled, elementary schools will be staffed as close to the 22:1 teacher-student ratio as possible, high school core teachers will teach six-out-of-seven classes instead of five-out-of-seven, operational efficiencies through a managed printing and copying system, and the elimination of the Jump Start program.
  • Fund Balance (Savings Account):  The 2012-13 proposed budget has a planned $4.6 million deficit for the opening of College Station High School.  The deficit will be offset by using a portion of the district’s $33 million fund balance.

Organization of the Board Executive Committee:  The board unanimously decided to change the selection of its executive committee from May to November.  Previously, the board president, vice-president and secretary have been selected at the meeting immediately following elections in May.  CSISD recently changed its school board elections from May to November.

REGULAR MEETING

Employee Recognitions:  More than 50 CSISD employees were recognized as campus or department employees of the year or for retiring.

Each campus and department nominated employees for the different award categories and the following individuals were selected as district-level winners.
  • Auxiliary Employee of the Year:  Mavis Idehai, Child Nutrition at Southwood Valley
  • Paraprofessional of the Year:  Melissa Guerrero, Special Education Aide, Creek View
  • Elementary Teacher of the Year:  Jennifer Luther, Creek View
  • Secondary Teacher of the Year:  Laura Scott, College Station Middle

Luther and Scott will represent  CSISD in the Region IV Teachers of the Year competition.

District Improvement Plan:  The board unanimously approved the 2012-2013 District Improvement Plan.  Prior to board approval, the plan was unanimously 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.

Resolution for Paying Employees for Missed Instructional Day:  The board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing payment to employees for work time missed caused by a power outage on April 4 at A&M Consolidated High School.

Purchases:  The board unanimously approved the following purchases.
  • CSHS athletic trainer equipment from Alert Services, Inc. for $89,181.80 from 2009 bond funds.
  • CSHS libray books from Follett Services for the amount not to exceed $350,000 from 2009 bond funds.

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