February CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

Note:  This is an overview of some of the agenda items on the February 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 March board meeting.

COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, February 19.  The following discussions and actions are of note.

WORKSHOP


CSISD Long-Range Educational Planning:  At the November board workshop, the board charged the district to form a community-based committee to examine the potential needs of the district.  In addition to determining building needs for student enrollment growth, the board asked that the committee evaluate any capital projects pertaining to deferred maintenance, infrastructure, transportation, technology, land needs, and capital projects which could make already existing school buildings safer.

The Long-Range Educational Planning committee met for the first time on Thursday, February 7.  The committee consists of 17 parents of CSISD students, 12 members of the CSISD staff, two representatives from the CSISD Board of Trustees, a CSISD student, and five additional members representing a College Station business or the community at large.

CSISD’s current enrollment is more than 11,000 for the first time ever and, historically, has grown at a rate of approximately three percent annually.  With CSISD’s eight elementary schools at a combined 93 percent capacity, it is projected a ninth elementary school could be needed as soon as the 2015-16 school year.  Additionally, based on these projections, three additional campuses could be needed by the end of the decade: a third intermediate, a third middle school and a 10th elementary.

REGULAR MEETING

Approval of Construction Delivery Model:  The board voted to designate the construction manager-at risk construction delivery model for potential bond projects arising from the long-range educational planning committee.  CSISD wants to involve one or more architectural firms to help inform the long-range planning committee about facilities planning and cost estimates.  Determining the ultimate construction delivery model will allow the district to set up the appropriate contractual relationship with the architect(s) on these projects.

CSISD most recently used the construction manager-at risk process for the 2007 and 2009 bond projects.  This process allows the district, contractor, and architects to work collaboratively from the beginning of the process in order to add their building expertise and cost estimation skills to the planning process.  Additionally, the contractor bears the risk in this process - not the district.  The process culminates in a “guaranteed maximum price” for a construction project, meaning the district would not be required to pay more than that amount without board approval.

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