FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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 21. The following discussions and actions are of note.
2013-14 Budget Discussion: The board began preliminary discussions about the 2013-14 CSISD budget, specifically a potential pay raise for faculty and staff. The last three years, CSISD employees received a one percent salary increase in 2010, a $38 per month increase in benefit contribution in 2011, and a 1.5 percent salary increase in 2012.
A major concern is the quickly escalating costs of health insurance plans. The premiums for the district’s most-utilized health insurance plan (TRS Active Care 2) are increasing 15% for the next fiscal year. If no pay increases are given, a teacher with 10 years of experience, who is subscribed to TRS Active Care 2 - Employee Only, would take home $69 less per month next year. If that same teacher were subscribed to TRS Active Care 2 - Employee and Family, he/she would take home $173 less per month next year.
The board discussed the merits of a four percent raise for CSISD employees to offset the rising insurance costs and inflation.
A budget projection, which included a four percent raise, was presented to the board. The preliminary budget shows a deficit of $3.728 million, which would be covered by the district’s fund balance, or savings account, which contains more than $28 million.
The board will continue to discuss and adjust the budget through August, when it will adopt a budget and set the tax rate for 2013-14.
CSISD Long-Range Educational Planning: The district’s long-range educational planning committee met six times in February, March and April to discuss the facility and capital project needs of CSISD due to student enrollment growth, as well as maintenance and security needs. The 36-member committee consisted of 24 parents and community members, 10 CSISD employees, and two school board members.
The committee discussed several potential projects, including:
Center of Alternative Learning
Elementary no. 9
Buses and vehicles
Support services relocation
Natatorium - 50 meters X 25 yards or 35 meters X 25 yards
Oakwood gym expansion
Multi-use / performing arts building
Ag sciences center
The board will continue to review, study and discuss the potential projects through August, and has a deadline of August 26 to vote to call a bond election for November 5. If a bond election is called, the board will also determine which of the items will be included.
July Board Meeting: The board will not have a regularly-scheduled workshop or meeting in July.
Employee of the Year Recognitions: Each May, CSISD recognizes employees for their contributions to the students, parents and citizens of College Station. This year’s district-wide award winners are:
Paraprofessional Employee of the Year (tie)
Kari Gray - Rock Prairie Elementary
Elizabeth Cunha - A&M Consolidated High School
Auxiliary Employee of the Year
Gwendolyn Taylor - Administrative Office
Elementary Teacher of the Year
Alyssa Johnson - Forest Ridge Elementary
Secondary Teacher of the Year
Tiffany Rutherford - College Station High School
For a complete list of employee of the year nominees and retirees, please see the CSISD Board of Trustees meeting agenda.
Purchases: The board approved the following purchases:
300 HP desktop computers to replace old machines in 10 campus-based student classrooms. Avinext submitted the lowest quote of $212,400 and the computers will be paid for out of the Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) funds.
Milk and dairy products for the 2013-14 school year from Oak Farms Dairy for an estimated amount of $370,967.50. College Station ISD and Bryan ISD partnered together to solicit bids for the combined milk and dairy products needed for both districts.
The purchase, delivery, and installation of furniture for A&M Consolidated HS from School Specialty in the amount of $93,082.93 to be paid from 2009 bond funds.
2013-14 Meal Prices: Due to meal pricing guidelines set forth in The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, CSISD will lunch prices $.05 for 2013-14. Breakfast prices and non-student prices are not affected.
Elementary 1.35 2.15
Intermediate 1.35 2.40
Secondary 1.35 2.40
Non-student 1.75 3.00
Selection of Construction Manager - At Risk: At the February meeting, the board selected “Construction Manager - At Risk” as the construction delivery method for any potential new construction or renovations that arose from the work of the long-range educational planning committee. Nine firms submitted a request for proposal (RFP) and based on their submission, three were selected to interview. After the interview process the firms were ranked in the following order:
Joeris General Contractors, Ltd.
Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, LLC
Along with excellent references in K-12 education projects, Joeris had the lowest combined fees of the three interviewees at 4.19%
The board approved the ranking of the firms, as well as authorized the the Superintendent, or his designee, to negotiate and execute a contract with Joeris General Contractors, Ltd.