Photo (left to right): Elementary Teacher of the Year Andrea Benning, Secondary Teacher of the Year Stoney Pryor, Auxiliary Employee of the Year John Tohkubbi and Paraprofessional of the Year Debra Wentling
COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, May 19. The following discussions and actions are of note.
2015-16 Budget: The Board of Trustees continued discussing the 2015-16 budget. Administrators reviewed the amended budget assumptions that were used for this budget run. Revenue projections were conservatively based on a 4% enrollment increase and a 8% property value increase. Appropriations projections include a 2.0% salary increase for all employees.
The statewide school funding cuts in 2011 reduced the district’s available revenue approximately $5.5 million per year. CSISD has addressed the shortfall with a combination of budget reductions and the adoption of annual deficit budgets. Each year, the deficit has been supplemented with the district’s fund balance, or savings account, and each year the actual year-end deficit has been lower than adopted.
CSISD adopted a $3.03 million-deficit budget for 2014-15. Current projections show a deficit of $1.96 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
This month, budget projections show an approximate $3.29 million deficit for the 2015-16 school year, which is down from a projected $3.4 million deficit in April and a projected $3.7 million deficit in March. An adopted budget deficit would be covered by the district’s roughly $30 million fund balance.
Budget work will continue throughout the summer and the CSISD Board of Trustees will adopt a budget and tax rate at the August 2015 meeting.
Annual Recognition Ceremony - Employees/Teachers of the Year and Retirees:
CSISD Auxiliary Employee of the Year: John Tohkubbi, Custodial Department (AMCHS)
CSISD Paraprofessional of the Year: Debra Wentling, College Station Middle School
CSISD Elementary Teacher of the Year: Andrea Benning, Rock Prairie Elementary
CSISD Secondary Teacher of the Year: Stoney Pryor, College Station High School
The elementary and secondary teachers of the year will be submitted for the Region 6 Teacher of the Year awards.
Elementary Teacher of the Year Nominees
Andrea Benning - Rock Prairie Elementary
Holly Brown - Greens Prairie Elementary
Elizabeth Burdick - Oakwood Intermediate
Olga Carrillo - South Knoll Elementary
Chelsea Conn - Southwood Valley Elementary
Mary Ellen Glanz - Creek View Elementary
Paula Henderson - College Hills Elementary
Kourtney Mangham - Forest Ridge Elementary
Courtney Noynaert - Pebble Creek Elementary
Ashlee Wright - Cypress Grove Intermediate
Secondary Teacher of the Year Nominees
Maryam Ahmed - College Station Middle School
Michelle Aucoin - A&M Consolidated High School
Nicole Garner - A&M Consolidated Middle School
Sharlene Stipp - Timber Academy
Erin Stutts - College Station High School
Stoney Pryor - College Station High School
Michele Williams - A&M Consolidated High School
Auxiliary Employee of the Year Nominees
Jesus Barrios – Custodial Department
Elsa Deluna – Custodial Department
Janice McGruder – Custodial Department
Elsie Reina – Custodial Department
Maria Roman – Custodial Department
Sylvia Ruiz – Custodial Department
John Tohkubbi – Custodial Department
Annette Turner – Custodial Department
Paraprofessional Employee of the Year Nominees
Benjamin Beaver - College Station High School
Kristen Bowman - A&M Consolidated High School
Brenda Guillen-Castillo - South Knoll Elementary
Anne Christian - Rock Prairie Elementary
Natosha Collins - A&M Consolidated Middle School
Kelvin Felder - Oakwood Intermediate
Kendal Hastings - Pebble Creek Elementary
Jeanna Knott – College Station High School
Caroline Padilla – Green Prairie Elementary
Mary Jane Petty – Creek View Elementary
Cynthia Raley – Forest Ridge Elementary
Kristen Taylor – Timber Academy
Sandra Templeton – College Hills Elementary
Maria Del Carmen Trevino – Southwood Valley Elementary
Kimberly Voelker – A&M Consolidated High School
Debra Wentling – College Station Middle School
Jonelle Wilkins – Cypress Grove Intermediate
In addition, CSISD would like to thank this year’s retirees for their years of dedicated service to the students of the district.
Travis Angel – A&M Consolidated High School
Elizabeth Boenig – South Knoll Elementary
Helen Carstens – A&M Consolidated High School
Edwin Davis – College Station Middle School
Rusty Erwin – A&M Consolidated High School
Mary Beth Duff – College Station High School
Janice Fechhelm– Cypress Grove Intermediate
Rita Fisher – Oakwood Intermediate
Becky Hall – Special Services
Vicki Hance – College Hills Elementary
Jason Hawkins – Rock Prairie Elementary
Judith L. Hays – College Station Middle School
Dexter R. Inovejas – A&M Consolidated Middle School
Clifton Jones – College Station Middle School
Karen Kinerd – College Station Middle School
Marcia L. Luce - Southwood Valley Elementary
Sue McDowell – Oakwood Intermediate
Neera Mithal – Southwood Valley Elementary
Debra Mullett – South Knoll Elementary
Robert L. Ondrasek- College Station High School
Richard Stearns – Creek View Elementary
Resolution to support county-wide polling places: Brazos County will apply to the Secretary of State’s Office for county-wide polling places, meaning a registered voter in Brazos County could vote at any Brazos County polling place. The CSISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to support the application.
Planning for Growth Committee Recommendation: CSISD has seen a marked upswing in enrollment growth the last two years. For years, CSISD averaged a 3 to 3.5% enrollment increase, or about 300-350 new students each year. The past two years. the district has experienced more than 6% enrollment growth each year and has added more than 1,500 students in that time.
The committee consisted of 34 members including, 25 parents and community members, two teachers, five central office administrators, and two board members.
At the February board meeting, the board chartered a committee to study and make recommendations regarding long-range facilities planning. The group met five times between February and April, and was charged with making three recommendations:
Determine whether the district’s enrollment growth and capital needs merited going forward with a bond election.
If the district were to need a bond election, when would be the right time to hold the election.
Make a recommendation on which projects should be included on the subsequent bond.
Greg McIntyre, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, presented the committee’s recommendations to the board.
The committee determined there was a need for a bond and the bond should be put on the November 2015 ballot and should include the following projects and capital needs.
Intermediate School No. 3
Middle School No. 3
Elementary School No. 10
Renovations and Additions to Current Intermediate and Middle Schools
Addition of flexible instructional spaces at all four intermediate and middle schools
Renovations and additions to A&M Consolidated Locker Rooms
Add Restrooms to Cypress Grove Intermediate School
Renovations to Oakwood Entrance
The current total cost for these projects is an estimated $140.1 million. This number will likely change as the contractor Pepper Lawson analyzes the scope and constructability of the projects. The administration and board will continue to refine the cost estimates and subsequent tax implications in the coming months. Ultimately, the board will determine if the bond will be placed on the ballot in November 2015 and what will be included on the bond . The board must call the bond by August 17, 2015 for it to be included on the November 3 general election ballot.
Approved School Lunch Prices for 2015-16: The board approved meal prices for the 2015-16 school year. Under the Heathly, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, reimbursement rates change each year for meals served under the federally-funded free- and reduced-lunch program. When these reimbursements decline, the paid meal prices must be increased to offset increasing costs in child nutrition.
According to the Texas Department of Agriculture, CSISD is required to increase student lunch prices by $.10 for the 2015-16 school year. To allow the district to hold meal prices the same for two years, it is recommended lunch prices are increased by $.25. There is no recommended increase in breakfast prices.
CSISD Child Nutrition in a self-financing organization, which includes all payroll costs, non-payroll expenses, improvements and capital outlay projects.
Proposed meal prices for 2015-16
Middle / High
Approval of Construction Manager at Risk for Future Bond: The board approved the authorization of the superintendent , or his designee, to negotiate and execute a contract with Pepper Lawson Construction to provide pre-construction services and construction manager - at risk services related to projects that are included in a future bond package.
Six proposals were were received and three firms were interviewed by a committee consisting of board members Quinn Williams and Paul Dorsett, Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy, Deputy Superintendent for Business and Human Resources Glynn Walker, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Greg McIntyre, Executive Director of Facilities Jon Hall, Director of Purchasing Mark Pantel, Coordinator of Construction Theo Rouse, Coordinator of Maintenance and Grounds Rene Ramirez, and Steve Alloway from VLK Architects.
Pepper Lawson achieved the highest score based upon their proposed fees, overall reputation, previous experience with CSISD, and other K-12 construction experience.
Pepper Lawson will assist the board and administration in the coming months on providing cost estimating and constructability of each project associated with a potential bond election.
Approved to use existing Request for Proposal to purchase library books for Spring Creek Elementary from Bound to Stay Bound Books, Capstone Press, Mackin Educational Resources and World Book for $93,787.15 from 2013 bond funds.
Approved the purchase of literacy and reading intervention resources for Spring Creek Elementary from Heinemann, utilizing the Region VI Purchasing Cooperative, for $61,835.94 from 2013 bond funds.
Awarded the annual milk and dairy bid to Oak Farms Dairy for an estimated amount of $370,885.50 for the 2015-16 school year to be paid from child nutrition funds.
Approved the purchase of K-12 art materials from Davis Art for $60,064.40 to be paid from the CSISD General Fund.
Approved the purchase of K-6 music materials from Quaver Music for $117,559.00 to be paid from the CSISD General Fund.