August CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

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

 

WORKSHOP


2015 Community-Based Accountability Presentation:  Executive Director for Special Services and Accountability Molley Perry made a presentation to the board on CSISD’s Community-Based Accountability System.


Inspired by its work with the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, College Station ISD has evaluated and adjusted last year’s inaugural system, into an even more meaningful accountability system.


Using the CSISD Core Beliefs and Commitments developed by the Board of Trustees, CSISD created an accountability system that ranks the district and individual campuses using a variety of indicators.


As a part of House Bill 5 passed in 2013, each school district is required to develop a system to evaluate itself and each of its campuses in the following areas: fine arts, wellness and PE, community and parent involvement, 21st century workforce development, second-language acquisition, digital learning environment, dropout prevention strategies, gifted and talented programs, and reporting and policy requirements.


In addition to the state requirements, CSISD developed additional indicators to evaluate the following areas:  qualified and dedicated staff, scope and sequence of curriculum, student choice in learning, literacy and math, college readiness, and stewardship of financial resources.


A comprehensive look at CSISD’s new community based accountability system can be seen by viewing the following Website:  LINK: CSISD Community Based Accountability.


REGULAR MEETING

CSISD received Texas Comptroller’s Leadership Circle - Platinum Award:  For the second-consecutive year, College Station ISD was recognized as a recipient of the Texas Comptroller’s 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.


Order of Election for Trustees Place 1 and 2:  The CSISD Board of Trustees approved an order calling a general election for November 3, 2015.  The CSISD Board of Trustees is made up of seven at-large, three-year positions.  Places 1 and 2 are up for election this November.  


Those who have filed for election to this point include Phillip Garrett and Mike Nugent for Place 1 and Carol Barrett for Place 2.


Election packets for individuals wanting to run for the College Station ISD Board of Trustees can be picked up at the CSISD Administration Building (1812 Welsh). The filing deadline is Monday, August 24 at 5 p.m. For additional information, please contact CSISD Election Clerk Cari Horn at (979) 764-5455 or chorn@csisd.org.


Order of Bond Election:  The CSISD Board of Trustees approved an order calling a bond election for November 3, 2015.


The proposed bond package is highlighted by three new schools including, intermediate school no. 3, middle school no. 3 and elementary school no. 10.


The total amount of the proposed bond package $135. 9 million and if passed by the voters the bond sale would have a property tax impact of $.06 to $.10 per $100 of valuation for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The exact impact will depend on the terms at the time of the bond sale.


The following are a list of projects recommended by the 34-member planning for growth committee and the projected costs associated with each project.


  • Intermediate School No. 3 -- $38.38 million
  • Middle School No. 3 -- $51.37 million
  • Elementary School No. 10 -- $24.22 million
  • Renovations to Current 5th - 8th Grade Campuses -- $3.63 million
  • Buses -- $1.6 million
  • Technology -- $5.6 million
  • Deferred Maintenance -- $5.2 million
  • Land Acquisition -- $5.9 million

An in depth look at the entire 2015 proposed CSISD bond package, including district growth data, financial data, and a description of the proposed projects, please visit:


LINK:  bond.csisd.org


Approval of 2015-16 Budget:  After a total of seven budget workshops beginning in February, the CSISD Board of Trustees approved the budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  


Revenue projections were conservatively based on a 4% enrollment increase and a 8% property value increase, while appropriations projections included a 2.0% salary increase for all employees and increased health insurance contributions.


The budget approved by the board has $97,117,732 in revenues and $98,965,196 in appropriations, for a deficit budget of $1,847,464.  The deficit budget will be covered by the district’s fund balance - or savings account - which currently had a balance of approximately $27.7 million.


The statewide school funding cuts in 2011 reduced the district’s available revenue approximately $7 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 and each year the actual year-end deficit has been lower than adopted.


LINK: 2015-16 Budget


Approval of 2015-16 Tax Rate:  The board approved an overall tax rate of $1.3629 per $100 of taxable property value, a decrease of 1.71 cents.  Of that rate, $1.04 will be the maintenance and operations rate, while $0.3229 will be the interest and sinking rate.  


Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • Approved the purchase of 48 computers for Career and Technical Education Computer Labs at A&M Consolidated High School from Avinext, for the amount of $91,104.00 from 2015-16 Perkins Grant Federal Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of a new energy management system from TEAM Solutions, Inc. for the amount of $131,132 from 2013 bond funds.
  • Approved the renewal for the current Edgenuity Online Coursework Software subscription for three years at an annual amount of $74,920 from the general fund.
  • Approved the purchase of furniture and equipment for College View High School and DAEP campus from Educator’s Depot, Inc., for the amount of $312,720.58 from 20-13 bond funds.

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