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 January board meeting.
COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, December 17. The following discussions and actions are of note.
2014-15 School Calendar: The District Education Improvement Council (DEIC) presented two calendar options to the board for consideration for the 2014-15 school year. The two calendar options will be placed online from December 19 to early February to be voted on by students, faculty, and community members. After voting, the DEIC will 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.
Rezoning for Elementary No. 9: The board began discussion about the timeline and process for rezoning elementary attendance zones for the start of the 2015-16 school year. CSISD voters approved the sale of $83.5 million in bonds, with one of the projects being the district’s ninth elementary school. The timeline and process is expected to be finalized at the February meeting.
In past years, the CSISD board has held public forums to get input from citizens about what factors should be considered when creating new attendance zones. Using the public comment, the board set parameters for the rezoning committee to consider. After completing its work, the committee submits the proposed attendance zones to the school board and the district has held public forums to receive feedback on the proposed attendance zones. The board ultimately will adopt attendance zones by early fall of 2014 - almost a full year before they are implemented in August 2015.
PUBLIC HEARING to receive information related to the CSISD Texas Academic Performance Report.
The annual Texas Academic Performance Report, formerly known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Report, includes a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas as well as staff, finance, program and demographic data.
Based on the 2013 exit-level TAKS results, 85% of CSISD students were college ready in math and 84% were college ready in English language arts. The statewide averages in those categories were 73% and 72%, respectively.
Completion rate data for 2012 is as follows:
2.6% dropped out
1.8% continued high school
0.9% received a GED
Other data included in the report:
28.9% of CSISD students were enrolled in advanced or dual-credit courses
75.1% of CSISD students took the SAT or ACT (state average is 66.9%)
47.2% scored above the criterion on the SAT or ACT (state average is 24.9%)
The mean 2012 SAT composite score for CSISD test-takers was 1618 (state average was 1483)
The mean 2012 ACT composite score for CSISD test-takers was 23.3 (state average was 20.5)
New Courses for 2013-14: The board approved two proposed new courses for the CSISD Career and Technology Department. The two newly-approved courses are detailed 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.
Approval of Financial Plan for 2013 Bond Sales: The board approved giving the district administration authority to follow the bond sale plan presented by Victor Quiroga of Southwest Securities Group. The district has a bond sale ratings of “Aa2” by Moody’s, “AA-” by S&P, and “AA+” by Fitch. The sale of the bonds will be held on January 21, 2014, and the competitive method of sale will be used, with the sale going to the lowest bidder. CSISD will receive the $83.5 million on February 20, 2014. The terms of the bond sale will be dependent on the bids received and will be considered for approval at the January board meeting.
Approval of Financial and Compliance Audit: In an audit report issued by Hereford, Lynch, Sellars, and Kirkham, P.C., CSISD received an unmodified result for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2013. An unmodified result means the audit was a clean financial and compliance audit with no findings.