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.
2016-17 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 but one of its campuses “Met Standard” in the state accountability system. College View High School was rated “Improvement Required.”
District of Innovation: The CSISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to allow CSISD administration to explore becoming a “District of Innovation.”
The Texas legislature passed HB 1842 in 2015, allowing public school districts to obtain the designation of District of Innovation and to gain exemption from certain Texas education codes.
With this authorization, the CSISD administration will begin the process of exploring the value of being exempt from certain education codes.
Approval of 2017-18 Budget: After a total of five budget workshops beginning in March, the CSISD Board of Trustees approved the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Revenue projections were conservatively based on a 2.9% enrollment increase and a 11.4% property value revenue increase, while appropriations projections included a 1.5% salary increase for all employees, equity adjustments on salaries suggested by the recent salary study and a $10 per month increase in district contribution for insurance premiums. In addition, the appropriations included $2.4 million in new positions, mostly to accommodate for the opening of Pecan Trail Intermediate.
The 11.4% increase in property tax value triggered an increase in recapture payment to the state. Last year, CSISD was not subject to recapture. This year the district will pay approximately $5.9 million in recapture payments.
The budget approved by the board has $111,829,140 in revenues and $114,244,123 in appropriations, for a deficit budget of $2,414,983,. The deficit budget will be covered by the district’s fund balance - or savings account - which currently has a balance of approximately $32 million.
Approval of 2017-18 Tax Rate: The board approved an overall tax rate of $1.3980 per $100 of taxable property value, an increase of 2/10th of a penny. The maintenance and operations (M&O) rate of $1.04 remains unchanged, while $0.3580 will be the interest and sinking (I&S) rate.
The I&S rate increased .2 cents due to the selling of the second half of the $135.9 million bond package passed by the voters in November 2015. The first half of the bonds were sold in 2016, raising the tax rate 3.31 cents. The total tax rate increase for the sale of the 2015 bond package over the last two years was 3.51 cents. When the bond was advertised to voters, the district estimated the tax rate would increase between six and 10 cents. The bond passed with 70% of voters approving.
The three main projects in November 2015 bond election were funds for the the construction of Pecan Trail Intermediate (opens this month), the construction of Wellborn Middle School (scheduled to open in August 2018), and the construction of Elementary School No. 3 (scheduled to open in August 2019).
- Tax rates for the last three years
- 2017 - 2018 FY: 1.3980
- 2016 - 2017 FY: 1.3960
- 2015 - 2016 FY: 1.3629
- 2014 - 2015 FY: 1.3800