College Station Independent School District

Success, Each Life...Each Day...Each Hour

May 2022 Board Recap

May 2022 Board Recap
Posted on 05/17/2022

Note:  This is an overview of some of the items on the May 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 June 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, May 17.  The following discussions and actions are of note.

 WORKSHOP

 Report on Budget Development for 2022-23:   Chief Financial Officer Amy Drozd made a third presentation regarding the 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 11.5%.

Excluding any changes to the compensation plan, the projected revenues are $1,311,628 higher than the projected appropriations for 2022-23.  Each percentage increase for employee salaries would increase the district’s expenditures by an estimated $1,128,000.

The board will hold a special workshop on Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m. to discuss development of the 2022-23 budget and options for the compensation plan.

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.

 2022-23 Employee Health Plans:  Chief Administrative Officer Molley Perry gave an update regarding the district’s new health insurance provider, TML Health.

In August 2021, the board chartered a committee to evaluate new options and in December 2021, the board voted to leave the TRS-ActiveCare pool following the committee’s recommendation and additional research supporting that leaving TRS ActiveCare would benefit CSISD employees.

CSISD engaged with Gallagher Consulting to assist with the process of a Request for Proposal for a new healthcare insurance provider in early spring 2022. The TML Health Plan rated highest overall in the RFP process and was selected as the district’s employee healthcare provider beginning with the September 1, 2022 plan year.

New healthcare plans available to employees next year will include four options that are comparable in benefits to current plans; however, premium rates will be lower than this year’s TRS plans in most cases. The TRS-ActiveCare plans have sharply increased each of the last few years, including an eight percent average increase last year.

Beginning this month, CSISD will communicate finalized 2022-23 rates, plans and employer contributions to its employees. Open enrollment will begin on June 20, 2022. These new plans will be effective on September 1, 2022.

MEETING

Approval of Policy EIC(Local) – Academic Achievement and Class Rank:  The board approved the Academic Achievement and Class Rank Committee’s recommended changes to board policy EIC (Local).

Throughout the course of the 2021-22 school year, a 58-member committee of current and former students, parents, community members and educators met 11 times and conducted a thorough analysis of the policy, which includes GPA calculation, the weighted grading system, and local graduation honors. 

The committee reviewed the current board policy EIC (Local), examined this policy in comparison districts, and learned about the implications of GPA and college admissions.

These changes to policy EIC (Local) will be implemented with the CSISD graduating class of 2027 (current 7th graders).

First, a revised weighted grading system will include three tiers of courses.  Tier 1 will include Advanced Placement courses to be weighted at a maximum of 6.0 grade points, and Tier 2 will include locally designated advanced courses and eligible academic dual credit courses to be weighted at a maximum of 5.5 grade points.  All other courses will be Tier 3 and weighted at a maximum of 5.0 grade points.

Additionally, The calculation of grade point averages will include the eight highest semesters from each of the four core subject areas and the two highest semesters of languages other than English (LOTE). In addition to courses taken during the school year in CSISD, grades in summer school courses, credit by exam courses, correspondence courses, and accredited distance learning courses will be included as Tier 3 courses. 

Finally, The new policy applies the same honor graduate ranges that have been used previously in the new three-tiered conversion system.  To be recognized as an honor graduate, students must achieve a GPA of 5.0 or higher for Summa Cum Laude, 4.8 to 4.99 for Magna Cum Laude, and 4.5 to 4.79 for Cum Laude.

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

  • Dr. Stormy Hickman, Executive Director of Elementary Education
  • Kevin Starnes, Director of Athletics
  • Josh Symank, Director of Human Resources
  • Heather Sherman, Principal - River Bend Elementary
  • Ashley Stephens, Assistant Principal - A&M Consolidated Middle School

Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  •  Approved the purchase of student devices from Avinext in the amount of $324,870 using 2021 bond funds.
  • Approved the purchase of hardware and software for the expansion of the navigation and student accountability system from Safe Fleet in the amount of $378,000 using 2021 bond funds.
  • Approved the purchase of network switch gear from Layer 3 Communications in the amount of $1,043,597.68 using 2021 bond funds.
  • Approved the contract for the purchase and installation of a fire alarm system at Southwood Valley Elementary from Summit Fire and Security in the amount of $104,709 using 2021 bond funds.
  • Approved the purchase of and installation of carpet and flooring for the central administration building from Kellen Commercial Flooring in the amount not to exceed $83,464 utilizing 2012 bond funds.

-csisd-

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2018 West Corporation. All rights reserved.