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.
Annual Enrollment Review Discussion: The board voted to readjust the boundaries for the district’s two comprehensive high schools. The work will take place during this current academic semester, but not take effect until the 2019-20 school year.
Redrawing the attendance boundaries at the high school level, CSISD should be able to delay the need for a bond election to add capacity at College Station High School.
In addition, some older bond issuances will be paid off over the course of the next two years, which is projected to lower the CSISD I&S tax rate by 1.91 cents in the 2018-19 fiscal year and an additional 6.44 cents in the 2019-20. The estimates are generated off a projected 6% CSISD property value increase each year.
The board also set a timeline to rezone the elementary schools to accommodate the opening of River Bend Elementary in August 2019. The boundary adjustment work for the elementary schools will be done in the fall of 2018.
At the December 19 board meeting, the board received information regarding projected growth for CSISD. Rocky Gardiner from Templeton Demographics shared the district’s annual enrollment update which included information on the housing and labor markets, current and future subdivisions, and 10-year growth projections by campus. A key component of the presentation, was information regarding the new K-8 charter school that will open in August.
Also at the December meeting, Deputy Superintendent Mike Martindale shared the annual enrollment review and report with the board and community as a part of board policy FC (Local).
The December enrollment update indicated the most significant area to consider addressing is the classroom capacity of College Station High School. It showed AMCHS is at less than 85% capacity and it is projected to stay at under 85% capacity through the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, CSHS is expected to be at more than 110% capacity by the 2020-21 school year.
Based on the options available through policy FC (Local), CSISD is already planning to add portable classrooms to CSHS for the 2018-19 school year to accommodate student growth.
New middle school colors and mascots: Middle School Principals Jeff Mann and Oliver Hadnot revealed the new colors and mascots for A&M Consolidated Middle School and College Station Middle School.
AMCMS’s colors will be Black and Silver and the new mascot will be the Bobcats, while CSMS’s colors will be Royal Blue and Silver and the mascot will be the Knights.
The staffs of both schools developed color and mascot choices, which were voted on by the students.
- Approved the purchase of wireless access points and associated licensing for Wellborn Middle School from Layer 3 Communications in the amount of $59,300.00 using 2015 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of the public address system and speakers for Wellborn Middle School from Firetron, Inc. for the amount of $114,460.48 using 2018 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of two-way radios for the transportation department from Texas Communications of Bryan, Inc. for the amount of $77,428.02 from the transportation department operating fund.
- Approved the purchase of high school band uniforms for College Station High School from Fred J. Miller, Inc. for the amount of $130,949.75 from the 2017-18 general fund.
- Approved the purchase of four rooftop air handling units for the A&M Consolidated Middle School gym from Texas Air Systems for the amount of $79,840.00 using 2013 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of three rooftop air handling units for Cypress Grove Intermediate School from Texas Air Systems for the of $89,155.00 from 2013 bond funds.