Note: This is an overview of some of the items on the May 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 June 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.
Discussion Regarding 2018-19 Budget: Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Mike Martindale made a third presentation regarding the development of the 2018-19 budget.
The board reviewed staffing and budgeting priorities for 2018-19 and were presented with a draft revenue and expenditure numbers. The current budget development process reflects an overall projected budget deficit of $4.7 million.
CSISD will continue to review staffing and budget requests as well as monitor and adjust revenue projections according to enrollment and tax values. The 2018-19 budget and tax rate will be adopted at the August board meeting.
Early projections also indicate the district will be able to lower the interest & sinking (I&S) tax rate from .3980 to .3800, or 1.8 cents per $100 of valuation.
Discussion Regarding Student Drug Testing: Chief Administrative Officer Greg McIntyre made a third presentation to the board regarding the possibility of the district implementing a random drug testing program.
The reasons for potentially instituting a random drug testing policy for students include:
- Health and safety
- To serve as a deterrent
- To offer students credible means to resist peer pressure
- To provide a source of information for parents
There are many decisions to consider before a drug-testing policy is implemented, including what grade levels, what student groups (extracurricular, students with parking permits, etc.), and what drugs to test for. Tests range from $8 to $150 per test depending on what is tested. The standard nine-panel drug test costs approximately $20 per test and includes a test for alcohol. A test for synthetic marijuana cost $40.
An example presented to the board at this month’s workshop for discussion, based off of feedback from campus administrative staff, coaches and extra-curricular sponsors, would cost the district $32,400 for the 2018-19 school year. The example included the following parameters:
- Including students grades 9-12 who are involved in any extracurricular activity or park on campus. Parents could opt to have their student entered into the pool if they do not otherwise qualify.
- One test session per month with 60 students tested per session.
- Tests would include the nine-panel test, alcohol and K-2 (synthetic marijuana).
If implemented, test results would be confidential and student privacy would be protected. The test results would be only provided to parents/guardians and designated administrators.
The program could begin as soon as the 2018-19 school year if approved by the board at a meeting later this summer.
- Approved the purchase of interactive classroom display equipment in the amount of $343,481 from Avinext using 2015 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of desktop computers and monitors for Wellborn Middle School, STEM labs at A&M Consolidated Middle School and College Station Middle School, and various other campuses in the amount of $771,379.00 from Avinext using 2013 and 2015 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of uninterruptible power systems and battery backup for Wellborn Middle school in the amount of $53,437 from Avinext using 2015 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of furniture for portable classrooms for College Station High School for the amount of $57,640.48 from Educator’s Depot, Inc., using the 2017-18 general fund.
- Approved the purchase of desks for A&M Consolidated High School for the amount of $59,377.78 from Dallas Midwest using 2017-18 general fund.
- Approved the RFP for athletic training supplies to 10 vendors effective June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019, renewable for two additional one-year periods.
- Approved the purchase of band instruments for A&M Consolidated High School for the amount of $54,075.00 from The String and Horn Shop using the 2017-18 general fund.
- Approved the purchase of track resurfacing for A&M Consolidated High School for the amount of $212,750.00 from Texas Sports Builders using 2013 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of roof coating for College Station Middle School in the amount of $134,829,02 from Hi-Mark Roofing using 2013 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of new baseball bleachers and and pressbox for A&M Consolidated High School for the amount of $184,300.00 from Sturdisteel using 2017-18 general fund.