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July CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

July CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap
Posted on 07/17/2018

Note: This is an overview of some of the items on the July 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 August 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.

WORKSHOP

Discussion Regarding 2018-19 Budget: Deputy Superintendent Mike Martindale made a fifth 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 $4.65 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.

Projections also indicate the district will be able to lower the interest & sinking (I&S) tax rate from .3980 to at least .3800, or 1.8 cents per $100 of valuation.

Report on Preliminary STAAR Results: Chief Administrative Officer Molley Perry gave a report on STAAR and End of Course Exam results.

CSISD students outperformed the state averages in all subjects and all grade levels except for seventh grade math. Last year, 46% of CSISD seventh graders did not take the seventh grade STAAR math exam because they were enrolled in accelerated math programs.

STAAR Results

Reading

Math

Writing

Science

Social Studies

Grade

CSISD

State

CSISD

State

CSISD

State

CSISD

State

CSISD

State

3

83%

76%

86%

77%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

4

78%

72%

87%

78%

66%

61%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

5

81%

78%

88%

84%

N/A

N/A

81%

75%

N/A

N/A

6

75%

66%

86%

76%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

7

74%

72%

66%

71%

73%

67%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

8

83%

76%

84%

78%

N/A

N/A

83%

74%

67%

64%

End of Course Exam Results

English I

English II

Algebra I

Biology

US History

CSISD

State

CSISD

State

CSISD

State

CSISD

State

CSISD

State

83%

71%

83%

75%

95%

88%

94%

90%

96%

93%

REGULAR MEETING

Discussion Regarding Student Drug Testing: The CSISD board approved Policy FNF (Local), which enacts a student drug testing policy.

The policy will be in effect October 1, 2018, allowing administration ample time to ensure consistent implementation across campuses and programs.

Students in grades 9-12 who participate in extra- or co-curricular activities, as well as those who wish to purchase a parking pass for their respective campus, will be subject to random drug testing. In addition, parents can voluntarily opt their student into the drug testing program if they do not meet one of the aforementioned criteria.

The reasons for instituting a random drug testing policy for students include: student health and safety, to serve as a deterrent, to offer students credible means to resist peer pressure, and to provide a source of information for parents.

The tests would include a nine-panel test, to include alcohol and K-2 (synthetic marijuana).

The drug testing program would cost the district approximately $32,400 for the 2018-19 school year.

Test results will be confidential and student privacy would be protected. The test results would be only provided to parents/guardians and designated administrators.

Local orientation and consent process planning is currently underway and more information will be made available soon at csisd.org.

Receive Report on School Safety Adjustments: Deputy Superintendent Mike Martindale gave a report regarding school safety adjustments for the 2018-2019 school year.

The report focused on six categories of safety enhancements.

  • School Resource Deputy Staffing - With the help of the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, CSISD will add two additional school resource deputies to bring the district's total to seven. Each middle and high school will have an assigned school resource deputy, and the additional deputy will be a "rover" to assist at any campus when called upon.
  • Increased Law Enforcement Presence - CSISD has worked with the College Station Police Department to increase their presence at CSISD elementary and intermediate school campuses and will hire police officers to attend school-wide events. CSISD has provided updated response plans to local law enforcement for each facility. The Brazos County Sheriff's Office now has access to campus security camera systems and has the ability to view the cameras in their offices and patrol vehicles.
  • Personnel Training - CSISD employees and students will receive training regarding the "Standard Response Protocol" and "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" (CRASE) provided by the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. In addition, certain CSISD employees will receive "Behavior Threat Assessment" training from the Texas School Safety Center, as well as "Mental Health Assessment Training" provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
  • Campus Drills and Safety Audits - Instead of doing all safety audits for all CSISD schools congruently every three years, CSISD will have safety audits done on some schools each year. Each school will still be on a three-year cycle for safety audits. All CSISD schools will also double the number of active shooter drills from one per semester to two per semester.
  • Facilities Adjustments - CSISD will install magnetic door locks on the doors separating the main portion of the school from the office areas. Campuses with school resource deputies have installed gun cabinets in the SRD office to allow for quicker access to their issued rifle if necessary. Previously, the rifles were kept in their vehicle.
  • Enhanced Anonymous Reporting - Currently, CSISD has district-wide implementation of the QuickTip anonymous reporting system, allowing students, staff and the community the opportunity to anonymously report anything of concern. In conjunction with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, CSISD will implement the P3 reporting application at the seventh through 12th grade levels. This system is more advanced as it allows for two-way, anonymous communication between school staff and those making the tips.

Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • Approved the Request for Proposal for custom clothing, apparel and promotional products to 16 vendors effective September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2020.

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