Note: This is an overview of some of the items on the June 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 July 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 fourth 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 $4.73 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 revealed a draft policy 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
The policy included the following parameters:
- The drug testing policy would include students in 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.
- The policy would allow for one test session per month with 60 students tested per session.
- The policy would include a nine-panel test test, including alcohol and K-2 (synthetic marijuana).
The draft policy was developed with input from campus administrative staff, coaches, extra-curricular sponsors, and the school board over the last several months.
The drug testing program would cost the district approximately $32,400 for the 2018-19 school year.
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.
Approval of employee salaries and health insurance benefits for 2018-19: The board approved employee salaries and health insurance benefits for the 2018-19 school year.
CSISD teachers will receive a $750 per year raise and all other employees will received a 1.5% increase off their position pay-grade midpoint.
Due to the escalating costs of health insurance, CSISD will increase its contribution to the “TRS Activecare 1 HD Employee Only” plan by $16 per month. This adjustment will ensure there is a no-cost insurance option available to full-time employees. All other contribution levels will remain the same.
- Approved the purchase of laptop computers for Oakwood Intermediate from Avinext in the amount of $125,820 using Title I Federal Funds.
- Approved the purchase of replacement desktop computers for districtwide implementation from Avinext for the amount of $267,462 using 2015 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of a rooftop air handling unit for A&M Consolidated high school from Texas Air Systems in the amount of $71,420 using 2013 bond funds.
- Approved the purchase of In Touch Cash software from In TOuch Receipting for the amount of $83,846.80 using the 2017-18 general fund.