March CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

 

Note: This is an overview of some of the items on the March 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 April 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.

 

WORKSHOP


Path to 25K Committee Review and Discussion:  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 chartered a community committee to help determine the district’s direction while transitioning from a smaller school district to a larger district.  Additionally, the committee was created to 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 36-member committee met February 23 and 24 and consisted 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.


The committee determined CSISD’s purpose statement, “Success … Each Life, Each Day, Each Hour” is as powerful and important today as it was when it was created it in 2001, and CSISD’s Core Beliefs and Commitments are still important to our community.  


Organizationally, CSISD should continue aligning its Community Based Accountability System (CBAS) and the superintendent’s goals/evaluation to the district’s core commitments, while continuing to improve the CBAS to a point that it more prominently reflects the opportunities and performance across the district.


In addition, CSISD should review the committee’s thoughts in the areas of teaching/learning efforts and organizational/operational efforts and explore which recommendations can be incorporated into our overall work.


Attendance Zone Boundary Committee Timeline:  The board approved a timeline to charter a boundary adjustment committee.  


The board will host a pair of community forums to get input on rezoning parameters on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSISD Transportation Center and on April 12 at noon in the CSISD Boardroom.  


Following the community forums, the board will determine the rezoning parameters.


The committee will be chartered at the April 19 regular board meeting and will do it’s work in April and May.


The committee’s attendance boundary recommendations will be revealed early in the 2016 fall semester.  The public will have ample opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed boundaries in the fall and board will ultimately approve or adjust the recommendation in the fall semester.


2016-17 Budget Discussion:  Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy made an initial presentation regarding the development of the 2016-17 budget.  


The board reviewed staffing and budgeting priorities for the 2016-17 and were presented with the first draft revenue and expenditure numbers.  These initial numbers reflect an overall deficit budget of $3,248,632.  CSISD will continue to review staffing and budget requests, while updating revenue projections over the next four months.  The 2016-17 budget and tax rate will be adopted at the August board meeting.


REGULAR MEETING

Purchase of Property:  The board approved a resolution to assume the contract on a piece of property from the current trustee, Michael H. Gentry.  In addition, the board approved a grazing lease on the piece of property.


The property is 40.943 acres and is located at 1404 Sebesta Road in College Station.  The property will be purchased by the district for a sales price amount of $2,309,305.35.


To view a copy of the contract, grazing lease, and other related documents, please click the following link:  LINK: Land purchase and lease documents.


Guaranteed maximum price for renovations to current intermediate and middle school campuses:  The board approved the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for renovations and additions to Oakwood Intermediate and A&M Consolidated Middle School.  This GMP is part of two of the projects associated with the 2015 bond package: (1) deferred maintenance and (2) renovations to current intermediate and middle school campuses.


The GMP for the project was based on 25% design drawings and a request for an early GMP from Pepper Lawson Construction, the district’s construction manager at-risk.


In consultation with CSISD and VLK Architects, Pepper Lawson Construction has reviewed the final scope of work, condensed schedule requirements, and the adjusted construction processes in order to meet the timeline to arrive at the GMP for this project.  The guaranteed maximum price from Pepper-Lawson General Contractors for this project is $4,617,320.  The total project budget is $5,492,898.


Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • Approved the proposal for science materials for College View High School from Sargent Welch BuyBoard Cooperative for the amount of $79,064.88 to be paid from 2013 bond funds.

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