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October 2021 Board Recap

October 2021 Board Recap
Posted on 10/19/2021

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

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

WORKSHOP

 Report on Employee Healthcare Committee:  The board received a report from Chief Administrative Officer Molley Perry containing an update on the work of the 2021 CSISD Employee Healthcare Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to evaluate new options resulting from SB 1444 and make recommendations regarding the best course of action for meeting employees’ health care benefit needs in 2022-23 and beyond.

The committee has met three times to date and has established roles and goals, reviewed historical and current information, reviewed healthcare options outside of TRS, reviewed coming changes to TRS, and developed consensus on the next steps in the process.

Based upon the committee’s feedback, district administrators will evaluate options for choosing an alternate provider (including selecting a consultant to assist in the process), establish a timeline for transition and continue to update the board in future board meetings.

The board will consider a recommendation and take action in December due to the deadline of December 31 to notify TRS of any intention to opt out.

Report on Academic Achievement and Class Rank Committee:   Executive Director of Secondary Education Tiffany Parkerson gave a report on the progress of the Academic Achievement and Class Rank Committee.

A previous committee met in the fall of 2020 and recommended changes to policy EIC(local) in regards to advanced courses.  This committee also recommended reviewing the other aspects of the policy, including GPS calculation, the weighted grading system, and graduation honors.  As such, the board approved the charter for this committee in September 2021.

The committee began work in September with the understanding that no current high school students would be impacted by any proposed changes and any changes would be implemented with an incoming freshman class.

The committee has studied how the current policy EIC (local) aligns with the district’s Strategic Plan, how the current policy impacts current students and how the policy compares to districts similar to CSISD.  In addition, the committee has reflected on the role of course selection in GPA, purpose of GPA and the role of GPA in college admissions.

The committee could present draft policy changes at the November meeting, with potential action on the changes being considered in December.

 Report on Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports (TCLAS) Grant:  The board received a report from Chief Academic Officer Penny Tramel regarding the district receiving a total of $7,230,015 from the Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports Grant to support learning loss from the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are 10 possible funding requests through the TCLAS grant and CSISD applied and received funding for seven, including the following:

  • High-quality instructional materials (HQIM)
  • HQIM supplemental approved products
  • Teacher recruitment support
  • Residency support system
  • Vetted Texas Tutor Corps tutoring supports
  • School day/calendar redesign
  • Pathways-Early College High School (P-TECH) supports

MEETING

 Approved pay increase for bus drivers, substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals: The board approved pay increases for bus drivers, teacher substitutes and paraprofessional substitutes.

CSISD currently has 14 bus driver vacancies, resulting in all available transportation staff driving routes on a regular basis.  This includes mechanics, office staff, and transportation administration.  In addition, the bus driver shortage creates difficulty in scheduling extra-curricular trips.

CSISD is currently experiencing a relatively low fill rate for requested substitutes.

Beginning bus driver pay was increased $.50 per hour, as well as a $.50 per hour increase for all current bus drivers.  In addition, a hiring incentive of $1,000 will be paid to any new bus drivers who have a CDL or a $750 incentive for any current employee who obtains their CDL and transfers to a bus driver position.

The substitute daily rate was increased by $5 per day.  The long-term substitute rate was increased by $5 per day for paraprofessionals and by $10 per day for non-certified and certified teachers.  The extended long-term substitute rate was also increased by $5 for paraprofessionals.

As with most school districts across the state, CSISD is experiencing shortages in the areas of bus drivers and substitutes.

The total cost of the increases is estimated to be approximately $191,000 for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.

 Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • Approved a facilities application to the Office of Head Start and delegated authority to purchase a portable building including all related costs to the superintendent in an amount not to exceed $186,000 using American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of a two-year software license for Flocabulary from Nearpod, Inc. in the amount of $62,346.80 using ESSER III funds.

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