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. A video and audio recording of the workshop and meeting will be made available within seven days of the meeting at csisd.org.
2016 Accountability: Executive Director for Special Services and Accountability Molley Perry made a presentation to the board on CSISD’s state accountability and community based accountability results.
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 community based accountability system can be seen by viewing the following Website: LINK: cbas.csisd.org.
In addition, CSISD and all of its campuses “Met Standard” in the state accountability system.
Approval of 2015-16 Budget: After a total of six budget workshops beginning in March, the CSISD Board of Trustees approved the budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Revenue projections were conservatively based on a 3.7% enrollment increase and a 9.89% property value revenue increase, while appropriations projections included a 2.5% salary increase for all employees and $1,859,500 in new positions.
The budget approved by the board has $101,820,610 in revenues and $102,294,295 in appropriations, for a deficit budget of $473,685. The deficit budget will be covered by the district’s fund balance - or savings account - which currently has a balance of approximately $29.5 million.
Approval of 2016-17 Tax Rate: The board approved an overall tax rate of $1.3960 per $100 of taxable property value, an increase of 3.31 cents per $100 of valuation. Last year, the tax rate decreased by 1.71 cents. The maintenance and operations (M&O) rate of $1.04 remains unchanged, while $0.3560 will be the interest and sinking (I&S) rate. The I&S rate increased 3.31 cents due to the selling of half of the $135.9 million bond package passed by the voters in November 2015. The remainder of the bonds will be sold in early 2017 to complete the construction of Pecan Trail Intermediate, which will open in August 2017, and Elementary School No. 10 and Middle School No. 3, which will both open in August 2018.
- Tax rates for the last three years
- 2016 - 2017 FY: 1.3960
- 2015 - 2016 FY: 1.3629
- 2014 - 2015 FY: 1.3800
- Approved the purchase of wireless access points for A&M Consolidated High School and A&M Consolidated Middle School from Layer 3 Communications in the amount of $194,716.12 to be paid from 2013 bond funds.