February CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, February 18.  The following discussions and actions are of note.


WORKSHOP


Harner and Associates Demographic Study:  A presentation of the College Station ISD demographic study indicates the student population of the district will continue to increase.  Based on the estimates in the study, CSISD will likely reach capacity in its elementary, intermediate, and middle schools by the end of the decade.


Discussion regarding rezoning for elementary school No. 9:  The board revisited 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 board will hold three community forums to receive community input as to what parameters the board will give to the rezoning committee to consider while redrawing attendance zones.  The details for the community forums are as follows:


  • February 26 - Lincoln Center - 5:30 p.m.

  • February 27 - CSISD Transportation Center - 6:30 p.m.

  • March 5 - CSISD Boardroom - 12:30 p.m.


2013 Bond Update:  A report by Dr. Clark Ealy, Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services, shows CSISD personnel are preparing for projects associated with the $83.5 million 2013 bond  package.  


One of the first items to come from the bond will be security vestibules at the five CSISD campuses that currently do not have them (A&M Consolidated Middle School, College Station Middle School, Cypress Grove, Pebble Creek, and Southwood Valley).  CSISD will receive bids on the security vestibules on March 11 and the board will consider the guaranteed maximum price for the vestibules at the March 18 meeting.  Construction on the security vestibules will done over the summer and will be completed for the 2014-15 school year.


Design is complete for Elementary No. 9 and bid day will be April 3.  The board will consider the guaranteed maximum price at the April 15 board meeting.  Elementary No. 9 is scheduled to open in August 2015.


The new center for alternative learning, which will be located at the current College Station Conference Center property, is currently in the design phase.  The new center for alternative learning is scheduled to be opened in August 2015.


Update on Superintendent Search:  The CSISD Board of Trustees is working on the process to be used to find the next superintendent.  Until that process is determined, the board would like to allow an outlet for those in the community to provide feedback on the qualities they would like the next superintendent to have.  Those interested in providing feedback can do so in the following ways:


  1. Email feedback to feedback@csisd.org.

  2. Speak during the public comment section of the regular board meetings.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes each.


The board will meet on Thursday, February 20, to continue discussions about the superintendent search.


REGULAR MEETING

Adoption of 2014-15 School Calendar:  The board approved the Districtwide Educational Improvement Council recommended calendar for the 2014-15 school year.  The approved “blue” calendar option can be viewed by clicking the link below.


LINK: 2014-15 school calendar


CSISD received 2,587 votes for the calendar, with the “blue” calendar option garnering 69.3% of the vote.  Of those who voted, 2,008 were parents, 365 were teachers, 212 were other school staff, 90 were students and 69 were community members with no students in school.


Approval Guaranteed Maximum Price for Creek View and Rock Prairie renovations:  The board approved the guaranteed maximum price for renovations at Creek View Elementary and Rock Prairie Elementary.  The planning amount for the two projects in the 2014 bond package is $2,909,562.  The guaranteed maximum price from Joeris General Contractors obtained through a competitive-sealed-bid process is $1,759,248.  The total project budget is $2,075,222, or $834,340 below the planning amount.


Renovations to Creek View include fixing sidewalks which have heaved up at some of the entrances to the building.  The current sidewalks will be sawcut, repoured and pinned to the foundation to the building.


Renovations to Rock Prairie include replacing the windows and exterior brick of the building in order to alleviate issues with moisture inside the building.


Purchases:  The board approved the purchase of an eFinance Windows 5.0 upgrade from SunGuard Public Sector, Inc. for the amount of $75,114 from 2013 bond funds.  All CSISD payroll and financial data are currently stored on a UNIX server, which has been in use since 1995.  This upgrade will convert CSISD financial records to a more stable, secure and efficient Windows server.


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