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 20. The following discussions and actions are of note.
Community-Based Accountability System: Though the work with the Texas High Performing Schools Consortium, College Station ISD has been exploring ways to construct a meaningful accountability system that measures what the College Station community believes is important. As a part of House Bill 5, each school district is now required to develop a system to evaluate itself and each of its campuses in the following areas:
Wellness and PE
Community and parent involvement
21st century workforce development
Second language acquisition
Digital learning environment
Dropout prevention strategies
Gifted and talented programs
Reporting and policy requirements
Dr. Clark Ealy, CSISD Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services, shared a proposed community-based accountability system for the 2013-14 school year that includes all of the components required under HB 5. The district must have its self-evaluations completed and submitted to the Texas Education Agency by June 26, 2014. All campus and district ratings will be released on August 8, 2014.
2014-2015 Budget Update: Since the 2008-2009 school year, CSISD’s enrollment has increased 20.16%, or almost 2,000 students. In that same span, CSISD maintenance and operations expenditures have only increased 6.14%, even while adding a new transportation center, two elementary schools and a comprehensive high school.
Due to significantly reduced state funding, CSISD has adopted a deficit budget four of the last five years. Each year, the deficit was compensated by the district’s fund balance, or savings account, and each year the actual deficit has been lower than adopted.
Early budget projections show an approximate $3.3 million deficit for the 2014-15 school year, which will be covered by the district’s approximate $29 million fund balance.
Employees and Teachers of the Year: Along with recognizing 21 retiring employees, CSISD named its annual employee award winners for the 2013-14 school year.
Auxiliary Employee of the Year: Elizabeth Fonseca, Child Nutrition, Pebble Creek Elementary
Paraprofessional of the Year: Cheryl Wendler, South Knoll Elementary
Elementary Teacher of the Year: David Cain, Greens Prairie Elementary
Secondary Teacher of the Year: Beth Bland, College Station Middle School
Cain and Bland will represent CSISD in the Region 6 Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year contests, respectively.
Purchases: Several purchases of more than $50,000 were approved by the board in May.
Computers for Career and Technology Education (CATE) from Avinext for the amount of $114,500 from 2013 bonds funds.
Paging, intercom, bell and clock systems from Firetron, Inc., for the amount of $1,385,772.61 from 2013 bond funds.
1,270 iPad Mini Tablets from Apple, Inc., for the amount of $354,330 from 2013 bond funds.
Serving line counters and equipment for the A&M Consolidated High School cafeteria from Pasco Brokerage, Inc., for the amount of $292,725 from Child Nutrition operating funds.
Kindergarten through fifth-grade math and science instructional materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $333,989.78 from instructional materials allotment funds.