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July 2021 Board Recap

July 2021 Board Recap
Posted on 07/20/2021
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Note:  This is an overview of some of the items on the July 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 August 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, July 20.  The following discussions and actions are of note.

WORKSHOP

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

At the “all student” level, CSISD students met the passing standards at higher rates than the state on each EOC exam and every subject in every grade.  

At the state level, significant declines in performance were observed in 2021 compared to 2019 (no testing in 2020) due to lost instruction from the pandemic.  CSISD’s declines were much less significant and in fact, the district achieved performance gains in reading (grades 3, 7 and 8), grade 7 writing and English II. 

2021-22 Budget Update:  Led by Chief Financial Officer Amy Drozd, the board discussed the 2021-22 budget for the fourth consecutive month.

The board reviewed a draft of revenue and expenditure numbers.  These current numbers reflect an overall projected deficit budget of approximately $2.93 million, which includes a $3 million injection of federal COVID-relief funds.  A deficit budget would be supplemented by the district’s $36.1 million fund balance.

The compensation plan, which was approved in tonight’s meeting, accounts for an additional $2.2 million in the general fund expenditures and includes at least a $1,000 raise for all teachers, raising first-year teacher salaries from $45,500 to $47,000, a 1.5% salary increase from the midpoint for all other employee groups, and a slight increase in the employer contribution to most health insurance plan options.

CSISD will continue to review staffing and budget requests, monitor and adjust revenue projections, and update expenditure projections over the next month.

The CSISD tax rate to fund this budget will likely be slightly lowered due to tax-rate compression formulas adopted in the recent legislative session.

The 2021-22 budget and tax rate will be adopted at the August board meeting.

MEETING

2021 bond election approved:  The board called for a bond election to be held in November 2021.  If approved by the community, the bond sales would total $83.16 million.

A committee comprised of CSISD staff, parents, community members and board members met five times in April and May to determine the projects to be included in this potential bond.

Since 2004, CSISD enrollment has grown approximately 45%.  With the support of the community, CSISD responded to that growth by increasing its number of schools from 10 to 19.

According to the district’s latest demographic report from December 2020, CSISD is positioned with capacity at all grade levels for the next few years and no new schools are needed.

However, CSISD does have significant capital needs in the areas of safety and security, maintenance, renovations of aging schools, transportation, technology, career and technology education, athletics, fine arts and land acquisition.

Four separate referendums will be on the November 2021 ballot.  By law, some items must be listed in separate referendums for voter approval.

The first referendum, or the general proposition, would be for $70.63 million and would include significant renovations to A&M Consolidated High School, Cypress Grove Intermediate, Southwood Valley Elementary and Pebble Creek Elementary.

In addition, it would include the following projects:

  • Safety & security upgrades
  • Maintenance projects (HVAC repairs and replacements, roof upgrades, general repairs, LED lighting upgrades, site improvements)
  • Career and technical education (Phase 1 of a districtwide CTE center to include an ag facility, work-area expansions at AMCHS and CSHS)
  • Fine arts (Musical instrument replacements)
  • Technology infrastructure and audio-visual upgrades
  • Transportation (24 buses, additional parking at the
  • Transportation Center)
  • Land purchase

A second referendum would include $4.525 million for the purchase of technology devices for students and staff.

A third referendum would include $2.97 million for renovations to the district’s natatorium housed at College Station Middle School.

Finally, an athletics referendum would include $5.035 million for renovations to the AMCHS fieldhouse and football pressbox, as well as sound system upgrades at the AMCHS and CSHS football stadiums.

Information regarding the bond can be found at the following website: https://www.csisd.org/board/2021_bond_information

Approval of new administrator contracts:  The board approved the hiring of the following administrators.

  • Chris Southard - Principal, Spring Creek Elementary
  • William Warner - Assistant Principal, A&M Consolidated High School
  • Lauren Given - Assistant Principal, Forest Ridge Elementary

Approval of 2021-22 Compensation Plan:  The board approved the compensation plan for the 2021-22 school year.  The plan is estimated to increased the expenditure portion of the budget by approximately $2.2 million.  Compensation and benefits comprise more than 80% of the CSISD operating budget.

The compensation plan includes the following:

  • Increase first-year teacher salaries from $45,500 to $47,000.
  • Increase the base salary for every eligible teacher by at least $1,000.
  • 1.5% pay increase from the paygrade midpoint for eligible auxiliary, clerical, paraprofessional, professional, and administrative pay groups.
  • The addition of a pilot attendance incentive program for bus drivers, bus monitors, custodians and cafeteria workers.
  • Slight increase in the employer contribution for health coverage.

Approval of retention stipend for CSISD staff:  The board approved a one-time retention stipend of $1,000 for eligible auxiliary employees, paraprofessional employees and employees with administrator contracts, while a $1,500 retention stipend will be paid to all other employees (teachers, nurses, counselors, etc.).

The stipends will be paid from the federally-funded Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund and will be distributed to eligible employees at the end of August.

Approval of superintendent contract:  After meeting in executive session to discuss the contract of Superintendent Mike Martindale, the CSISD board took action to extend the current term of the contract by one year to June 30, 2024 and approved a 1.5% salary increase to match the percentage salary increase for all other CSISD administrators approved earlier in the meeting.

Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • Approved the purchase of Performance Matters Assessment Analytics Core+ and Professional Learning from Power School in the amount of $131,089.50 using ESSER III funds.
  • Approved the renewal of Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Online Resources from the Northwest Evaluation Association in the amount of $146,182.75 using the 2020-21 general fund.
  • Approved the purchase of an annual license for Nearpod in the amount of $74,157.60 using Instructional Materials Allotment funds.

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