Note: This is an overview of some of the items on the January board workshop and meeting agendas. 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 February board meeting.
2014 TASB Staffing Study: In the fall of 2014, CSISD contracted with the Texas Association of School Boards to conduct a staffing review. The work was completed by Dr. Richard Lane with TASB HR Services. Dr. Lane presented an overview of the findings to the board.
CSISD will use the data from the staffing study as one factor in determining the use of personnel resources in upcoming school years.
2013 Bond Update: In November 2013, CSISD voters approved the sale of $83.5 million in bonds. Director of Facilities Jon Hall gave the board an update on the projects associated with bond.
Security vestibules at AMCMS, CSMS, Cypress Grove, Southwood Valley, and Pebble Creek have been completed.
Construction is underway on the new center for alternative learning, which will include College View High School. Construction will be complete in December 2015 and demolition of the old Timber Academy building will begin in January 2016.
Spring Creek Elementary is currently under construction, is scheduled to be completed by June 2015, and will be open for the 2015-16 school year.
$12 million of the 2013 bond package is designated for deferred maintenance. The projects already completed are: renovations to Rock Prairie and Creek View, partial re-roof and gym air conditioning replacement at South Knoll, chiller replacement at AMCHS, and air conditioning coil and boiler replacement at Rock Prairie. Additionally, the following projects are upcoming: crawl space and building envelope renovations at CSMS, crawl space renovations at Cypress Grove, window replacement at South Knoll, various HVAC replacements across the district, and several smaller projects.
Plans for the new purchasing and warehouse center (to be located on the transportation center site) will be out for bid within the next two weeks. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2015.
Plans are out for bid for the renovations at AMCHS. The renovations include: a new athletics lobby at the competition gym, upgrading finishes in locker rooms and restrooms and replace plastic tile floor with hardwood in secondary gymnasium.
Design work for converting the old purchasing and warehouse space to increase meeting rooms capacity, increase office and restroom space, and create more efficient central office department layouts and locations, will commence in early spring 2015.
Several purchases of laptop computers, desktop computers, iPads, security cameras, PA systems, and server upgrades have been secured via the $6.1 million designated for technology purchases.
A total of 30 new buses and two box trucks have been purchased with the $3 million designated for buses and vehicles.
No land has yet been purchased with the designated $5.5 million.
Planning for Growth Committee: CSISD is looking to form a Planning for Growth committee made of community members and staff. The goal of the committee will be to look at district growth, financial capacities, student capacities at CSISD campuses, and other district capital needs. Ultimately, the committee will make a recommendation to the board regarding the scope and timeline of a potential bond. Board members, administration and principals will nominate individuals for the committee. The board will vote on the committee members and create a charter for the committee at the February meeting.
PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE TEXAS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE REPORT
Molley Perry, Executive Director for Special Services and Accountability, presented a report of some of the aspects of the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for the 2013-14 school year.
The TAPR, formally known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Report, details various measures of student performance, as well as the district’s staff and financial information.
Some of the highlights of the report are:
College Ready Graduates - to be considered college ready as defined by this indicator, a graduate must have met or exceeded the college-ready criteria on the TAKS exit-level-test, SAT test, or ACT test. Of the CSISD graduating class of 2013, 87% (74% state) were college ready in math, 81% (65% state) in English/language arts and 76% (56% state) in both categories.
STAAR Performance grades 3-8 - percentage meeting passing criteria (state percentage)
STAAR End of Course Exam Performance - percentage meeting passing criteria (state percentage)
Awarded request for competitive sealed proposal #15-003 for data cabling for Spring Creek Elementary to DD Electronics for the amount of $174,774.25 to be purchased from 2013 bond funds.
Approval of Construction Delivery Model: In order to help inform the Planning for Growth Committee which will begin meeting this spring, the CSISD Board approved the “Construction Manager - At Risk” model of delivery for large construction projects and the “Competitive Sealed Proposal Model” for smaller construction projects.
Selecting a construction delivery method will allow the district to contract with architectural firms to help the Planning for Growth Committee determine costs and scope of projects.
The Construction Manager - At Risk method has served CSISD well during its most recent bond programs. In this process, the contractor is part of the design process from the beginning, adding expertise and cost estimates during the process. This process culminates in a guaranteed maximum price, meaning the district would not be required to pay greater than that amount without a board-approved change order.
For smaller projects, or direct purchases, the competitive sealed proposal method allows flexibility to directly bid work out to local contractors, subcontractors and vendors, and allows the district to realize more value.