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March CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

March CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap
Posted on 03/19/2019
Photo of pledge kids for March board meeting.

Note:  This is an overview of some of the items on the March board workshop and meeting agendas.  This recap does not include every item on the agendas.  Official meeting minutes will be made available on following approval at the April board meeting.  A video and audio recording of the workshop and meeting will be made available within seven business days of the meeting at

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, March 19.  The following discussions and actions are of note.


Discussion regarding 2019-2020 budget development process:  Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Mike Martindale made an initial presentation regarding the development of the 2019-2020 budget.  

The board reviewed the first draft of revenue and expenditure numbers.  These initial numbers, based on the current school finance system, reflect an overall deficit budget of approximately $6.7 million.  The expenditure projections include an estimated $18 million recapture payment.

These numbers do not represent any potential changes due to school finance legislation for the current 86th legislative session.

CSISD will continue to review staffing and budget requests, monitor and adjust revenue projections according to results of the legislative session and update expenditure projections over the next four months.  The 2019-2020 budget and tax rate will be adopted at the August board meeting.

Discussion regarding Board Policy FMG (Local) - student travel:  At last month’s workshop, the board discussed policy FMG (Local), which governs student travel.

The board specifically discussed the restrictions that limit out-of-state travel to high school students and once every two years for a group of students.

After continuing discussion in tonight’s workshop, no action was taken and the policy will remain as it currently exists.

Discussion regarding Board Policy GKD (Local) - non-school use of school facilities:  Non-school use of school facilities is outlined in Policy GKD. In accordance with GKD (LOCAL), the only exception to for-profit facilities use during the school day is for band, orchestra, or choir students to receive private music lessons. This is typically before/after school or during the music class period, and it is coordinated with the parent and music teacher.

The board discussed the possibility of adding a second exception for private practice counselors, as current policy would not allow for this practice to improve student access to mental health providers.

The administration is working with the a Texas Association of School Board policy consultant to add language to the policy to add this exemption.  In addition, the administration is working with legal counsel to develop administrative guidelines and written agreements which would be signed by the provider and and the parent.

The board will continue discussion and potentially consider the policy change at a later meeting.


Approval of District Improvement Plan Goals:  The board approved the goals for the 2019-2020 District Improvement Plan as recommended by the Districtwide Educational Improvement Council (DEIC).

Goals include:

  1. Recruit, develop, and retain qualified and dedicated staff.
  2. Provide a challenging, relevant, engaging and aligned curriculum to achieve the profile of a learner.
  3. Provide an array of services, programs and opportunities to meet the needs of each student, and provide the opportunity for each student to reach his or her full potential.
  4. Create classroom and campus cultures that involve each family.
  5. Fully utilize resources to meet the needs of all students.

Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • NONE


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