November CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

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


WORKSHOP


Recognition of outgoing board member:  The board recognized Kimberly McAdams for her 3.5 years of service to the citizens, staff, and students of College Station ISD.  McAdams, was elected in May of 2011 and served as the CSISD Place 6, at-large representative.


2015-16 School Calendar:  Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Greg McIntyre presented two possible calendar options prepared by the District Educational Improvement Council (DEIC).  The calendar options will now go back to the DEIC in order to get feedback from peers.  At the same time, the calendar options will placed online for voting and open-ended comments from the public.  More information regarding the online feedback and voting will be released soon.


CSISD Enrollment Growth:  Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy presented timelines and possible budget scenarios regarding a potential bond election in either November 2015 or November 2016.  


Last month the board discussed the numbers associated with new student growth in CSISD.  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.


Eventually, the board will determine whether to call a bond election for November 2015 or November of 2016 to potentially build a 10th elementary, third intermediate and third middle school.


REGULAR MEETING

Elected board members sworn in:  College Station Mayor Nancy Berry administered the oath of office to newly-elected CSISD Place 6 representative Michael Schaefer and CSISD Place 7 representative and current board president Valerie Jochen.  Schafer will be serving his first term and Jochen was first elected in May of 2008 and is beginning her third, three-year term.


Approval of Guaranteed Maximum Price of new Center for Alternative Learning: The board approved the guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the new CEnter for Alternative Learning.


The planning amount for the project in the 2013 bond package is $15,500,000.  The guaranteed maximum price from Joeris General Contractors obtained through a competitive-sealed-bid process is $13,026,219.  The total project budget is $15,499,610, or $390 below the planning amount.


Board Reorganization:  The board elected officers for the 2014-15 year.  The officers (executive committee) is as follows:

  • President:  Valerie Jochen

  • Vice-President:  Paul Dorsett

  • Secretary:  Jeff Harris


Purchases / Bids:

  • Approved the Request for Proposal #15-002 (Copier and Managed Print Services) to Imagenet - Compatible Toner Option for the estimated amount of $557,605.90, beginning January 1, 2015 and ending December 31, 2018.

  • Approved Southwest Securities to be the district’s financial advisor effective January 1, 2015.

  • Approved the purchase of five heating units for the Transportation Center form Entech Sales and Service for the amount of $57,182 from 2013 bond funds.


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