COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, November 18. The following discussions and actions are of note.
New Courses for 2014-2015: The board discussed two proposed new courses for the CSISD Career and Technology Department. The board will take action on approval of the new courses in the December meeting. The two proposed courses are below.
Practicum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM): This hands-on, project-based course is for students interested in continuing their exploration into the world of engineering. Problem solving, communication and teamwork skills will be built on a daily basis as students work through real-world situations.
Practicum in Health Science - Emergency Medical Technician: This course is for those truly interested in becoming an EMT as a career or as a beginning to your career in the medical field. The course will be taught in partnership with TEEX (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service) Emergency Medical Services Academy. This is a two-part program with the first part available to students in their senior year at AMCHS. The second part of the training will be the 112 clinical/field hours that will be completed at TEEX in the summer after graduation.
2014-2015 School Calendar: Dr. Clark Ealy, Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services reviewed the board’s process for adopting the school calendar. The process is as follows:
Multiple calendar options are discussed by the District Education Improvement Council (DEIC). Unwanted and nonviable options are eliminated, and the remaining options may be amended.
DEIC members solicit feedback from their constituents throughout the district and community.
DEIC discusses and makes any changes to the calendar options based on the feedback received.
Calendar options are placed online from December to early February to be voted on by students, faculty, and community members.
DEIC synthesizes all feedback gathered during the process, including voting data, to determine which calendar option to recommend to the board.
The board will act on the recommended calendar option at the February regular meeting.
The board is updated throughout the entire process.
Discussion of 2013 Bond Projects: Several groups have begun the planning process for the projects related to the 2013 CSISD bond election. The $83.5 million bond package earned 68.64% of the vote in the November 5 election. Tentative timelines have been established for bond funding, construction and renovations, and technology purchases. A rezoning committee to accommodate a ninth elementary school will begin meeting early in 2014. The new attendance zones are tentatively scheduled to be finalized by September 2014, nearly a full year prior to elementary no. 9 opening. Additionally, the bond sale is tentatively set for January 2014.
Reorganization of Board Officers: The unanimously voted to retain the same executive committee for the 2013-2014 board term as the previous year.
President: Valerie Jochen
Vice-President: Paul Dorsett
Secretary: Jeff Harris
Purchase of replacement boilers for Rock Prairie Elementary: The boiler at Rock Prairie Elementary must be replaced due to extensive age, increasing maintenance costs, and lack of efficiency. The board approved the purchase of replacement boilers from Entec Sales and Service for $112,734.00.