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July 2022 Board Recap

July 2022 Board Recap
Posted on 07/19/2022
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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 19.  The following discussions and actions are of note. 

 There was no workshop meeting in July.

 MEETING

 Report on 2022-23 Budget Development:  Chief Financial Officer Amy Drozd made a fifth presentation regarding development of the 2022-23 budget.

 The board reviewed updated 2021-22 budget numbers and a draft of revenue and expenditure projections for the 2022-23 fiscal year.  Various scenarios for the 2022-23 budget were presented with assumptions of student enrollment growth of 3.5% (from the 2021 snapshot date) and overall property value growth of 11.75%.

 Last month, the board adopted a compensation plan with a two percent increase in pay for all employees.  In addition, all employees (except administrators) will receive an additional four percent increase dependent the passage of a voter approved tax ratification election (VATRE) in November.  Administrators will receive an additional two percent if passed.

 Without the passage of the VATRE, the district is anticipated to have a budget deficit of $1,398,012.  If the board calls a VATRE and it passes in November, the additional revenue would not only allow for the additional salary increases, but also a balanced budget. 

 In addition to the compensation plan, the board previously approved retention stipends for returning employees in March.  The stipends will be paid to eligible employees in August 2022 and January 2023 in a total amount of $2,000 for teachers and other campus professionals, and $1,000 to all other staff, including auxiliary, paraprofessionals, administrator and other professionals.

 Under state law, it is anticipated that the district’s current 2021-2022 M&O tax rate will be reduced by at least six cents in the 2022-2023 year. If approved by CSISD voters, this VATRE would lower the tax compression by three cents and result in an expected overall decline of three cents, rather than the six-cent reduction as otherwise projected.  The three cents would generate an estimated $5,015,431 in additional revenue, of which $1,715,431 would be additional state revenue.

 Since the 2017-18 school year, the CSISD tax rate has been lowered from $1.398 per $100 of valuation to $1.2152.  The $.1828 lower rate represents a 13% decrease in the tax rate in the past four years.  If the board elects to place the VATRE on the ballot in November and it is approved by the voters, the CSISD tax rate is expected to drop to $1.1852. The 21.28 cent difference since 2017-18 is a decrease of 15.2 percent.

 CSISD will continue to review staffing and budget requests, monitor and adjust revenue projections, and update expenditure projections until the 2022-23 budget and tax rate is adopted at the August board meeting. 

 The board is also expected to take formal action and place the VATRE on the November ballot at the regularly scheduled meeting in August.

 Approval of Administrator Hires:  The board officially approved the hire of two new administrators.

  •  Seth Gallion, A&M Consolidated High School Assistant Principal
  •  Tracy Brice, Greens Prairie Elementary Assistant Principal

 Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  •  Approved the renewal for property, casualty, general liability and auto insurance for the 2022-23 fiscal year in the total amount of $2,073,063.
  •  Approved the purchase of network video security system recorder upgrades from Design Security Controls in the amount of $108,661.33 using 2021 bond funds.
  •  Approved the request for proposal for custom clothing, apparel and promotional products to 16 suppliers for a two-year period beginning September 1, 2002, with an option to renew for two additional years.

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