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June 16, 2020, Board Meeting Recap

June 16, 2020, Board Meeting Recap
Posted on 06/16/2020
CSISD Board of Trustees

Note:  This is an overview of some of the items on the June board meeting agenda.  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 July 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, June 16.  The following discussions and actions are of note.

WORKSHOP

 Discussion regarding 2020-2021 budget development process:  Led by Chief Financial Officer Amy Drozd, the board discussed the 2020-2021 budget for the third consecutive month.

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 $2.763 million.

Although a compensation plan has not been recommended for the 2020-21 school year, the current projected budget includes and additional $1.5 million for salaries and benefits for current employees.

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

The 2020-2021 budget and tax rate will be adopted at the August board meeting.

Discussion regarding instructional planning scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year:  Chief Academic Officer Dr. Penny Tramel gave the board a presentation regarding different instructional scenarios for the upcoming school year.  Currently, a working group is developing plans for whatever the district might encounter when school starts up in August.  Four scenarios are being discussed.

  • On-site (Traditional) Classroom Learning:  The discussion around this option is how to incorporate more digital (Schoology) learning opportunities while in the traditional setting so everyone isl better prepared in the event of another closure.
  • On-site with Virtual Option:  This model assumes some people will not want to send their children back to school even if it is completely open.  CSISD is exploring how to offer a virtual option for those students who might choose not to return even if schools are open.
  • Hybrid:  The hybrid option could be used if school buildings are allowed to host students, but at a limited capacity, which would require an alternating schedule for students. This scenario discussion revolved around how to provide students equal amounts of time in on-site learning, while supplementing the time they are not there with at-home learning.
  • At-Home Learning:  Much of the framework for at-home learning is in place, but CSISD is discussing how to get more interaction and direct instruction should the district have to employ this model in the future.

MEETING

 Approval of changes to the 2020-2021 school calendar:  The Board approved an updated calendar for the 2020-2021 school year, which changed six professional development days to instructional days.

Three of the days changed are at the beginning of the year and moved the first day of school from Tuesday, August 18 to Thursday, August 13.  In addition, October 9, January 5 and February 16 have been changed to instructional days.

LINK: Updated 2020-2021 School Calendar

Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  •  Approved the purchase of security cameras from Design Security Controls, LLC, in the amount of $61,074.50 using TEA School Safety and Security Grant Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of radios, licenses and batteries from Motorola Solutions in the amount of $56,345.08 using TEA School Safety and Security Grant Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of radio upgrades and repeaters from Texas Communications in the amount of $68,489.36 using TEA School Safety and Security Grant Funds.
  • Approved the renewal of Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Online Resources from the Northwest Evaluation Association in the amount of $144,393 using the 2019-2020 General Fund.
  • Approved the renewal of Assessment Management Platform from Schoology in the amount of $54,510 using the Instructional Materials Allotment.
  • Approved the renewal of STEMscopes science resources from Accelerate Learning, Inc. in the amount of $80,447.50 using Instructional Materials Allotment Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of Fortinet’s Next-Generation Firewall from BorderLAN in the amount of $128,600.00 using 2015 Bond Funds.
  • Approved the purchase of laptop computers for Oakwood Intermediate School from Avinext in the amount of $163,134.00 using Title I Federal Funds.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Student Accident/Athletic & Catastrophic Insurance to Greater East Texas Insurance Associates for the 2020-21 school year in the amount of $83,995.00 using the 2019-2020 General Fund.

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