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.
2017-2018 Enrollment Projections: CSISD’s enrollment is projected to grow 3.16% next year according to a recent demographic study compiled by Templeton Demographics. The projected rate of growth at the elementary level is lower than previous years but is more than offset by the projected growth at the secondary levels.
Elementary School No. 10: College Station ISD Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy informed the board of a plan to delay the opening of elementary school no. 10 from August 2018 to August 2019.
In 2016, CSISD sold property adjacent to collegiate housing (The Barracks) and purchased property across the street in a planned single-family development. Changing the property for the location of elementary no. 10 affected the infrastructure needs in the area, including the need to construct a sewer line and road upgrades to Holleman Drive South and Rock Prairie Road.
The City of College Station recently expressed concerns to the district regarding the challenges associated with the aforementioned roadway construction and sewer and asked if the district would consider opening the school a year later.
After considering recent slower growing trends and projections at the elementary level, and based on conversations with city staff, CSISD believes the best course of action is to push the bidding on elementary no. 10 back a few months.
This will allow for the completion of the sanitary sewer line, the roadway needs for the area, and allows for the school to be finished well before opening in August 2019 while allowing less time for construction price inflation.
Discussion Regarding Board Policy FC (Local): The CSISD Board of Trustees had a second conversation regarding a potential local board policy relating to rezoning.
The board will continue to discuss the policy in upcoming workshops and meetings. The initial draft of the policy can be found at the following link.
Approval of Interlocal Agreement for School Resource Deputy Program: The CSISD Board unanimously approved the interlocal agreement allowing the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office to partner with the district to provide school resource deputies.
The initial agreement includes the sheriff’s office providing five deputies, one for each of the three high schools and both middle schools for a term of five years. The school district will pay 100% of the salary and benefits for the deputies, as well as purchase and own the vehicles and equipment necessary for the work.
Naming of Middle School No. 3: Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy announced the name of the district’s third middle school as Wellborn Middle School. The school is currently being constructed just south of downtown Wellborn between FM 2154 and Royder Road and is scheduled to open in August 2018 as part of the 2015 bond program.
Report of Sale of 2015 Bonds: On January 18, 2017, CSISD sold the remaining $67,950,000 in bonds from the 2015 bond program. The district secured an interest rate of 3.19% from Merrill Lynch.
When the bonds were budgeted in July 2015, the district estimated an interest rate of 4.20% with an average annual payment of $4,500,000.
The yearly debt service payment for this bond sale will be $4,065,000. Assuming a 3% property value increase, the tax rate will be raised 2.84 cents per $100 of valuation to pay the additional debt service.
The complete bond package were advertised to the voters as being projected to raise the tax rate between six and 10 cents. The rate went up 3.31 cents after selling the first half of the bonds in February 2016, for a total potential rate increase of 6.15 cents for the entire 2015 bond sale.
Guaranteed Maximum Price for Oakwood and Cypress Grove Renovations: Part of the 2015 bond package approved by CSISD voters included renovations to Oakwood and Cypress Grove Intermediate Schools as part of the $3.63 million tabbed for “renovations to current intermediate and middle school campuses.”
In addition to the addition of flexible learning spaces at both campuses, the renovations include replacing the original carpet in Cypress Grove and replacing flooring, lockers, and paint at Oakwood.
The board approved the guaranteed maximum price of $1,606,502 for this project. The total proposed project budget is $1,952,973.
- Approved the purchase of network switches for the district data center from CDW Government for $67,362.04 with 2013 bond funds.
- Approved purchase of a public address system for Pecan Trail Intermediate from Firetron, Inc., for $87,223.87 with 2015 bond funds.