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April CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap

April CSISD Board Workshop/Meeting Recap
Posted on 04/16/2019
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Note:  This is an overview of some of the items on the April 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 May board meeting.  A video and audio recording of the workshop and 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, April 16.  The following discussions and actions are of note.

WORKSHOP

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

The board reviewed a draft of revenue and expenditure numbers.  These current numbers, based on the current school finance system, reflect an overall deficit budget of approximately $6.6 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 policies GKD (Local) and FEF (Local):  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.

Additionally, policy FEF (LOCAL) governs student attendance and release time.  Language would be added to this policy to allow for absences to meet with private counselors during school hours.

The administration is working with the a Texas Association of School Board policy consultant to add the appropriate language to the policies.  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 consider these changes to the two policies at the May regular meeting.

REGULAR MEETING

Approval of District Improvement Plan:  The board approved the District Improvement Plan for the 2019-2020 school year 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.

The entire 2019-2020 district improvement plan can be seen here - LINK: 2019-2020 CSISD District Improvement Plan.

Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • Approved the purchase of student desktop computers and monitors for River Bend Elementary for the amount of $56,232 from Avinext using 2015 Bond Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of classroom display systems for River Bend Elementary for the amount of $259,053.03 from Avinext using 2015 Bond Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of classroom audio enhancement systems for River Bend Elementary for the amount of $56,028 from Avinext using 2015 Bond Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of library books for River Bend Elementary for the amount of 79,256.31 from Mackin Educational Resources using 2015 Bond Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of playground equipment for River Bend Elementary from Heartland Park and Recreation for the amount of $142,516 using 2015 Bond Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of furniture for the South Knoll Elementary remodeling from Educator’s Depot for the amount of $324,678.51 using 2015 Bond Funds.
  • Approved an engagement letter with Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P., to conduct the annual financial audit for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2019.  The estimated cost of the audit will be $56,700 and will be paid partially from the 2018-2019 general fund and partially from the 2019-2020 general fund.

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