August CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

Note:  This is an overview of some of the agenda items on the August 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 September board meeting.  


COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, August 19.  The following discussions and actions are of note.

WORKSHOP


Renaming of Timber Academy High School:  A presentation by Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Greg McIntyre outlined the work of a committee charged with possibly renaming Timber Academy High School. to correspond with moving to the new Center for Alternative Learning building.  The high school is a part of the center for alternative learning, which also houses CSISD’s two disciplinary campuses.  The new center for alternative learning is scheduled to open in August 2015 as part of the district’s 2013 bond program, which was approved by the voters in November 2013.


The committee was made up of six Timber staff members, three Timber parents/guardians, two Timber students and three central office personnel.  The committee met three times and considered a number of naming options, including keeping Timber Academy.  Mr. McIntyre shared the process and potential names with the Board.  The board could decide as early as either the September or October board meeting whether to change the name of the school.


Presentation of recommended elementary attendance zones for the 2015-16 school year:  The $83.5 million 2013 CSISD bond package approved by voters included the construction of a ninth elementary school.  Construction is underway on Spring Creek Elementary, which is scheduled to open in August 2015.  With a new school comes the need for new attendance zones.


This past spring, a 31-member committee met five times to reach the recommendation to the board.  The committee was charged with zoning for nine elementary schools while adhering to three parameters developed by the board, using input from three public forums.  The parameters included:

  • Zone schools for growth.

  • Zone schools for a comparable composition of students

  • Maintain three Title I schools


The board will host three public forums to receive community feedback regarding the new attendance zones.

  • September 2, 2014 - 7 p.m. - CSISD Boardroom

  • September 4, 2014 - 5 p.m. - CSISD Transportation Center

  • September 10, 2014 - Noon - CSISD Transportation Center


The board is expected to act on the new attendance zones at the September meeting, almost a full year before they will go into effect in August 2015.  Those students entering the fourth grade for 2015-16 school year and have been zoned to a different school, will be allowed to stay at their original school if they choose.


LINK: Proposed Elementary Attendance Zones


REGULAR MEETING

CSISD received Texas Comptrollers Leadership Circle - Platinum Award:  College Station ISD was recognized as a recipient of the Texas Comptrollers Leadership Circle - Platinum Award.  The highest award given by the comptroller’s office, the platinum designation award is earned by governmental agencies for going above and beyond in regards to providing financial transparency.


The Comptroller recognizes those local governments that are:

  • opening their books to the public

  • providing clear, consistent pictures of spending

  • sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily drill down for more detail.

 

On its website, CSISD has a comprehensive section dedicated to budgeting, spending, check registers, tax rates, bond sales, and audit reports.


Karen Ferguson named Director of Career and Technology Education:  Karen Ferguson was named the new Director of Career and Technology Education (CATE) and will replace long-time CSISD CATE Director Judy McLeod, who has retired.  Ferguson was selected from 41 applicants and has 21 years of experience as a CATE teacher and administrator.  Most recently, she served at CATE Director at Brazosport ISD.


Preliminary 2014 STAAR and STAAR End of Course Results:  Molley Perry, Executive Director for Special Services and Accountability, gave a report detailing the preliminary STAAR, and STAAR End of Course Exam results for CSISD.  The following charts represent CSISD’s passing rate in each grade level and subject compared to those of the state.


STAAR RESULTS: Grades 3-8

State

CSISD

3rd Grade

Reading

76%

83%

Math

70%

79%

4th Grade

Reading

74%

85%

Math

70%

83%

Writing

73%

82%

5th Grade

Reading

76%

88%

Math

79%

92%

Science

73%

77%

6th Grade

Reading

77%

86%

Math

79%

90%

7th Grade

Reading

75%

83%

Math

67%

65%

Writing

70%

80%

8th Grade

Reading

82%

95%

Math

79%

92%

Social Studies

62%

71%

Science

71%

77%

STAAR END OF COURSE RESULTS

State

CSISD

Algebra I

81%

91%

Biology

91%

95%

English I

62%

82%

English II

66%

79%

US History

92%

95%


Approval of 2014-15 Budget:  The board approved the 2014-15 budget with a maintenance and operations appropriations total of $90,512,194 and a revenue total of $87,481,464 - a deficit of $3.03 million.  The deficit will be covered by the district’s fund balance, or savings account.  The projected CSISD fund balance for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2014 is $28.8 million.


LINK:  2014-15 Budget


Approval of 2014-15 Tax Rate:  The board approved an overall tax rate of $1.38 per $100 of taxable property value.  Of that rate, $1.04 will be the maintenance and operations rate, while $0.34 will be the interest and sinking rate.  


Due to the sale of $83.5 million in bond funds approved by the voters in November 2013 to accommodate student population growth, the interest and sinking rate has increased by $.06.  The increase equates to an additional $120 per year for a home valued at $200,000.  At the November election, 69% of CSISD voters approved the bond referendum.


Purchases:

  • Approved the purchase of 480 Lenovo ThinkPad Netbooks from Avinext for the amount of $263,520.00 purchased from 2013 bond program funds.  The ThinkPads will be used by students at Oakwood and Cypress Grove Intermediate Schools.

  • Approved Fuel Bid to Brenco Marketing for an estimated yearly total of $568,570.00.

  • Approved bid of $72,000 for the CSHS Baseball Backstop Improvement project to be paid from 2009 bond savings to America's Nationwide Netting, Inc.


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