Note: This is an overview of some of the items on the February 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 March board meeting. A video and audio recording of the workshop and meeting will be made available within seven days of the meeting at csisd.org.
Receive report on demographic study: Trent Smith, representing Templeton Demographics, provided the board with an overview of the demographic study they recently completed for CSISD.
Main points in the overview included:
- College Station ISD has grown 20% in the last five years, adding more than 2,400 students.
- CSISD can expect an increase of 2,500 students in the next five years with an enrollment projection of 15,499 students in 2020-2021.
- CSISD can expect an increase of 4,679 students in the next 10 years with an enrollment projection of 17,720 students in 2025-2026.
Path to 25K Committee: The board approved a charter and a list of committee members for the Path to 25K Committee.
CSISD has added more than 2,000 students in the last three years, necessitating the building of three new campuses. As the district continues to grow, the board wants direction from the community on transitioning from a smaller school district to a larger district. Additionally, the committee will discuss the key areas which will need to be addressed by the system to ensure the strategic direction is in line with community expectations.
The goal of the committee will be to determine an agreed-upon mission and set of core beliefs and commitments for the direction of CSISD.
The 36-member committee will consist of 16 parents (one from each campus), two community members without students in a CSISD school, three students (one from each high school), all seven board members, the superintendent, and the seven members of the superintendent’s cabinet.
2016-17 school calendar adoption: The board adopted the calendar for the 2016-17 school year.
At its October workshop, 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 were:
- 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.
School hours for 2016-17 will be as follows:
- Elementary: 7:45 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
- Intermediate: 8:25 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
- Middle: 8:25 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
- High: 8: 25 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
In addition, DEIC has recommended elementary schools move from six six-week grading periods to four nine-week grading periods. Intermediate, Middle and high schools would still have six six-week grading periods.
Two calendar options from the DEIC went before the community for voting and feedback. Following the survey, the DEIC used the community’s feedback to help recommend the adopted calendar to the board.
Presentation on terms of bond sale: Mike Martindale, Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations, gave a report regarding the terms of selling $67.95 million of the $135.9 million 2015 bond package.
The lowest rate received through a competitive-bid process was 2.83% for a term of 25 years from Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. The tax rate for 2016 year will increase approximately 3.5 cents per $100 of valuation. The exact increase can not be determined until property values are finalized.
CSISD locked-in the rate for half of the bond package on February 10, 2016, and the other half will be sold in early 2017 to help mitigate the tax impact over two years.
CSISD voters approved the sale of $135.9 million in bonds in the November election with 72.46 percent of the vote.
Guaranteed maximum price for intermediate no. 3: The board approved the guaranteed maximum price for Intermediate School No. 3. This project is part of the 2015 bond package approved by voters last November. The guaranteed maximum price from Pepper-Lawson General Contractors obtained through a competitive-sealed-bid process is $28,638,932. The total project budget is $36,109,782, which came in $2,270,218 less than the total project planning amount of $38,380,000.