Note: This is an overview of some of the agenda items on the October 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 November board meeting.
Leadership CSISD: This spring, for the first time, College Station ISD will offer a program geared to providing participants an in-depth look at the operations of the district. Those selected to participate will meet monthly for five months and delve into topics which include school finance, budgeting, career and technology education, long-range planning, growth, technology in the classroom, teaching innovation, and facilities design and construction.
An application and more information regarding the Leadership CSISD program will be made available on the district’s website soon.
2013 Bond Update: Director of Facilities Jon Hall gave the board an update regarding the 2013 bond package. Passed in November 2013 by CSISD voters, the $83.5 million package included numerous items, highlighted by construction of a new center for alternative learning and Spring Creek Elementary, the district’s ninth elementary school.
Please see a brief update for each of the 2013 bond projects below. Clicking each link will direct you to a description of the project.
School Safety Upgrades ($3.9 million) - Security vestibules have been completed at AMCMS, CSMS, Cypress Grove and Southwood Valley. In addition, the security vestibule at Pebble Creek will be completed in the next couple of weeks. Upon completion, all CSISD schools will have security vestibules.
Center for Alternative Learning ($15.5 million) - Bid day for the Center for Alternative Learning was held October 9. Initially, the bids came in over budget by approximately $2 million. CSISD will rebid some components of the project and process scope reductions and adjustments to to get back within budget. The new building is scheduled to open in December 2015.
Spring Creek Elementary ($20 million) - This building is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in June 2015.
Deferred Maintenance ($12 million) - Several projects under this portion of the bnd schedule have been completed, including Rock Prairie and Creek View renovations, partial re-roof and gym air conditioning replacement at South Knoll, air chiller replacement at AMCHS, and air conditioning coil and boiler replacement at Rock Prairie.
New Purchasing and Warehouse Center ($7.5 million) - Located on the tract of land which houses the transportation center, this new purchasing and warehouse building is currently in the design process. Move in is planned for December 2015.
A&M Consolidated HS Renovations ($3.5 million) - Design in 90% complete for the gymnasium and athletic renovations in the main AMCHS building. The work is scheduled for completion in August 2015.
Renovate and Repurpose Current Warehouse and Purchasing Building ($6.5 million) - Design work will begin in the spring of 2015.
Technology ($6.1 million) - New laptop computers, desktop computers, iPads, security cameras, public address systems and server upgrades have been purchased and installed or are in the process of being purchased and installed.
Buses and Vehicles ($3 million) - CSISD has purchased 30 new buses for a total $2.8 million and two box trucks for a total $150,000.
Land Acquisition ($5.5 million) - The need for an inventory of land for construction of new school buildings will be addressed with this portion of the 2013 bond package.
CSISD Enrollment Growth: Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy presented CSISD growth scenarios based on the previous six-year average and three-year average. The past 10 years, CSISD has experienced a growth average of 3.5%. However, CSISD grew by 6% in 2013-14 and is currently up 6.5% for the 2013-14 school year. As of now, CSISD has added approximately 1,350 new students the last two years.
For the first time, the board discussed plans for a future bond package which could potentially include a 10th elementary school, a third intermediate school and a third middle school.
PUBLIC HEARING - FIRST REPORT
CSISD received a perfect score on all indicators and a superior rating in the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2012-13 school year. The purpose of the financial accountability rating system (Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, § 109.1001) is to ensure that school districts and open-enrollment charter schools will be held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and achieve improved performance in the management of their financial resources.
PUBLIC HEARING - ACCELERATED INSTRUCTION
CSISD Executive Director for Special Services and Accountability, Molley Perry, presented a report regarding CSISD’s accelerated instruction program.
If a high school student does not meet the passing standard on one of the five STAAR End of Course Exams (Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, US History), the district is required to provide accelerated instruction for the applicable subject area. Accelerated instruction may require student participation before or after normal school hours and may include participation at times outside of the normal school year.
Approval of Class Size Waivers: The CSISD Board approved two class-size waivers for a kindergarten class at Southwood Valley and one kindergarten class at South Knoll. The Texas education code allows school districts to request class-size waivers when any class enrollment in grades kindergarten through fourth exceeds 22 students.
Approved the purchase of 100 HP Elitebook 840 laptop computers from Avinext for the amount of $83,800 from 2013 Bond funds.