COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, November 17. The following discussions and actions are of note.
Brazos Central Appraisal District Discussion: College Station ISD has two representatives on the Brazos Central Appraisal District Board -- John Flynn and Tim Jones. Mr. Jones and Mr. Flynn presented a proposal to the Board of Trustees regarding potential land purchase by the appraisal district for construction of a new office building as well as the process for selecting the proposed property. No action was taken on the item.
2016-17 School Calendar Development Discussion: At the October meeting, the CSISD Board of Trustees developed a list of parameters for the Districtwide Educational Improvement Council (DEIC) to consider when developing options for the 2016-17 school calendar. The parameters are:
- School will not start prior to the fourth Friday in August.
- The fall semester will end prior to the winter break.
- Graduation will be no later than the last Friday in May.
In addition to the parameters, DEIC considered House Bill 2610, which allows for more flexibility in calendar development by changing the way Texas districts count instructional time from days to minutes.
A consensus among the DEIC was to add 10 minutes to the elementary school day to allow for 173 days of instruction as opposed to the current 177 days.
The board reviewed three calendar options from the DEIC at tonight’s meeting. The community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the 2016-17 calendar via an online survey.
Following the survey, the DEIC will use the community’s feedback to help recommend a calendar to the board, which will ultimately approve the 2016-17 calendar in the spring.
New board members sworn in: The November 3 election resulted in one new board member and one returning board member for the 2015-16 year.
Mike Nugent edged Phillip Garrett, 2016-2012, to earn the CSISD Board of Trustees - Place 1 position. Nugent will replace retiring board member Paul Dorsett and was sworn into office by Texas State Representative Kyle Kacal.
Incumbent Carol Barrett was unopposed in the election for CSISD Board of Trustees - Place 2 and began her third, three-year term this evening. Barrett was sworn in by Trey Hickman, her brother.
Recognition of outgoing trustee Paul Dorsett: Retiring CSISD Board Vice-President Paul Dorsett was recognized for his 6.5 years of service to the citizens of College Station ISD.
Reorganization of Board Officers: The CSISD Board of Trustees officers for the 2015-16 year will be:
- President - Valerie Jochen
- Vice-President - Jeff Harris
- Secretary - Carol Barrett
Mike Martindale named Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations: Mike Martindale was accepted as the new Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations, and will be replacing Glynn Walker, who is retiring after more than 30 years in public education.
“Mr. Martindale is an extremely talented administrator,” Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy said. “He has an eye for detail and an ability to put processes in place to ensure efficiency and success. I am excited for Mike to join our administrative team and oversee our business and operations division.”
Martindale, the current principal at College Station High School, will begin his new role on January 1, 2016.
Martindale has spent the last five years as the principal of College Station High School and prior to that, was the principal at Rock Prairie Elementary. In addition to his roles in CSISD, Martindale has served stints as Superintendent in Florence ISD and Executive Director for Secondary Education and Principal at Angleton High School in Angleton ISD.
Amend Construction Agreement with Joeris General Contractors: The College Station ISD Board of Trustees approved an agreement to end the services of Joeris General Contractors, Ltd. for the remainder of 2013 Bond Projects. Joeris will complete its work on the current projects which include the Center for Alternative Learning, the Purchasing and Warehouse Center and the renovations at A&M Consolidated High School.
All other projects related to the 2013 bond package will be managed by a construction manager at-risk to be determined through a future Request for Proposal (RFP).
- Approved demographic analysis services RFP to Templeton Demographic Services for the amount of $48,500 to be paid from the 2015-16 general fund. The approval includes an alternate proposal for school attendance rezoning services.
- Approved the purchase of two 2016 Chevrolet 2500 express cargo vans and one 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV for the CSISD facilities department from Caldwell Country for a total of $79,945 to be paid from the 2015-16 general fund.
- Approved the purchase of a Yale Reach Forklift, Yale Counterbalance Forklift, and Yale Pallet Truck for the new purchasing and warehouse center from Briggs Equipment for the amount of $69,167 to be paid from 2013 bond funds.