December CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

Note: This is an overview of some of the items on the December 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 January 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


Demographic update:  Rocky Gardiner from Templeton Demographics gave a presentation regarding a demographic update for CSISD.  


The report includes data on economic conditions, home sales and a housing construction overview with residential activity for specific neighborhoods and multi-family housing within the district.


Highlights of the economic portion of the report are:

  • College Station’s unemployment rate is below 3%.
  • More than half of the 4,000 planned future residential lots in CSISD fall within Pebble Creek or Forest Ridge attendance zones.
  • The average new home sales price in College Station is $245,000.

In addition, the report detailed projected enrollment for the district, specifically taking into account the potential impact of the proposed charter school opening for the 2018-19 school year.


If there were no impact from the charter school, the report indicates CSISD would add 403 students (3.0% growth) next school year and 2,673 students in the next five years.


With a high charter school impact, the data shows CSISD’s enrollment decreasing by 319 students (-2.3% growth) next school year, but still adding 1,570 students over the next five years.


Additionally, the report had a scenario of low charter school impact, which estimated CSISD adding 44 students (0.3% growth) next school year and 2,203 student the next five years.


Templeton Demographics has experience in compiling demographic data in districts where this particular charter school has opened, citing examples from Keller ISD, Birdville ISD and Eagle Mt. Saginaw ISD.


Enrollment review:  Deputy Superintendent Mike Martindale made a presentation regarding an annual enrollment review, outlined by the newly-adopted board policy FC (local) pertaining to school attendance areas.


The policy states the administration shall review facility and enrollment projection data, including current demographic data, and five-year enrollment and school capacity projections and present the results to the board.  The policy also states the administration should specifically inform the board of any school that has an enrollment below 85% or above 110% of building capacity.


Additionally, the policy requires the administration to provide the board with current proportions of economically disadvantaged students at each school.


Using the updated demographic information, Martindale outlined projected CSISD enrollment using the low charter impact provided by Templeton Demographics.

Year

Total Growth

% Growth

2017-18

465

3.5%

2018-19

44

0.3%

2019-20

558

4.1%

2020-21

567

4.0%

2021-22

543

3.7%

2022-23

491

3.2%


Projections at the following schools show capacities of under 85% or over 110%.


  • Elementary School Campuses
    • College Hills and Greens Prairie are more the 110% of capacity.
    • Pebble Creek is less than 85% capacity.
    • NOTE: River Bend Elementary (elementary no. 10) opens in August 2019.
  • Intermediate School Campuses
    • All three intermediate campuses are under 85% capacity.
    • NOTE: Pecan Trail (intermediate no. 3) opened in August 2017.
  • Middle School Campuses
    • College Station Middle School is more than 110% of capacity.
    • NOTE: Wellborn Middle School (middle school no. 3) open in August 2018.
  • High School Campuses
    • A&M Consolidated High School is under 85% capacity.
    • College Station High School is expected to be more at than 110% of capacity by the 2019-20 school year.

The following table shows current percentages of economically-disadvantaged students at each intermediate, middle and high school campus.  Elementary schools are not included in this data per policy FC (local) due to three of the schools being Title 1 schools.

School

Percent Low-SES

Cypress Grove

34.14%

Oakwood

43.11%

Pecan Trail

23.04%

AMCMS

43.64%

CSMS

22.80%

AMCHS

34.56%

CSHS

20.23%


2018-19 school calendar development:  The Districtwide Educational Improvement Council (DEIC) presented three calendar options for the 2018-19 school year to the board for review.


Earlier this semester, CSISD was granted “District of Innovation” status, allowing for more flexibility in developing the school calendar.


The board would like community feedback on the calendar options before adopting the final 2018-19 school calendar.  Beginning Wednesday, December 20, students, parents and community members will be able to vote online for their favorite calendar option and provide open-ended feedback regarding the calendar options.  


Voting will last through early January and the board is expected to adopt a calendar at the January board meeting.


The online survey will be available at survey.csisd.org beginning Wednesday, December 20.


REGULAR MEETING

Naming of Elementary School No. 10:  Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy announced the name of the district’s 10th elementary school as River Bend Elementary.  The school will open in August 2019 and is currently being constructed at the northwest corner of Rock Prairie Road West and Holleman Drive South.


Wellborn Middle School Colors and Mascot:  Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy announced the colors for Wellborn Middle School will be gold and black and the mascot will be the Warhawks.


Swearing-in of new board members:  Place 6 Trustee Michael Schaefer was sworn in to his second term of office by State Representative Kyle Kacal, and Place 7 Trustee Geralyn Nolan was sworn in by her mother Brenda Briscoe and her aunt Suzanne Grooms Spears.


Recognition of retiring board member Valerie Jochen:  Dr. Valerie Jochen was recognized for her 9.5 years of service on the CSISD Board of Trustees.  Jochen, who has served the last 6.5 years as the board’s president, was lauded by other board members and presented a plaque for her years of service.


Reorganization of board officers:  The board elected officers for the 2017-2018 year.  The officers are as follows:

  • President:  Jeff Harris
  • Vice-President:  Carol Barrett
  • Secretary:  Mike Nugent

Approval of new AMCMS assistant principal:  Danny Morchat was approved to be an assistant principal at A&M Consolidated Middle School.  Morchat is currently a social studies teacher at Oakwood Intermediate and will start his new duties when school resumes from the winter break in January.


Bond refunding:  The board approved an order authorizing the district to refinance various bonds that were sold in 2010 and 2011 totaling $46.255 million.  Those bonds currently have an average interest rate of 4.03%.  The refinancinancing is estimated to lower that rate to 3.10% without any change to the term of the debt.  Over the remaining life of the debt, the district will save an estimated $3,694,140.


Annual financial and compliance report:  Shelby Lackey, a representative of Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P., gave a report on the annual finance and compliance audit for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2017.


The compliance audit did not disclose any instances of material weaknesses of internal controls over financial reporting and compliance for local, state, or federal funds.


In addition, the final financial audit showed the district had a final balance in the maintenance and operation fund of $2.98 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The district budgeted for a deficit balance of $474,000.


The primary factors contributing to reversing the deficit were higher than projected local property tax revenue, interest income, ticket sales and summer school and facility rentals.  


In addition, the district spent less than budgeted in personnel costs, utilities, phone service, managed printing, fuel, technology equipment and general supply purchases.


Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • Approved the purchase of computer workstations for Career and Technology classrooms at A&M Consolidated High School and College Station High School from Axinext for the amount of $51,400.00 from Perkins Grant funds.
  • Approved the purchase of band instruments to accommodate for the opening of Wellborn Middle School per BuyBoard contract for the amount of $277,677.13 from 2015 bond funds.
  • Approved the renewal of Microsoft Education Desktop Package with Enterprise Client Licenses from SHI Government for the amount of $54,450.90 from the 2017-18 general fund budget.
  • Approved the purchase of VMware vSphere Licensing and Maintenance from SHI Government for $72,846.00 from 2015 bond funds.
  • Approved the purchase of furniture and equipment for renovated technology department offices from Educator’s Depot for $166,581.43 from 2013 bond funds.
  • Approved the Guaranteed maximum price for the work associated with the construction of the central office modification project.  The GMP is $127,353 and the total project budget is $145,178.  The project entails creating a corridor from the front area of the original central office building to the newly renovated back area of the building.

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