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November 2021 Board Recap

November 2021 Board Recap
Posted on 11/16/2021

Note:  This is an overview of some of the items on the November 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 December 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, November 16.  The following discussions and actions are of note.

WORKSHOP

 Report on 2022-2023 Calendar Development Process:  The development of the calendar for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.

The Districtwide Education Improvement Council has been working on calendar options during its October and November meetings and soliciting feedback from their peers on campus.

Currently there are three calendar options being developed, but at the December DEIC meeting those options will be reduced to two.  The two options will then be put out to the community for voting and feedback.

In January, DEIC will review the public input and make a recommendation to the board at either its January or February meeting for consideration.

Report on Bond Election Results and Timelines:  The board received a report regarding the results for the 2021 bond election.

Three of the four CSISD propositions passed, whereas 51 (45.9%) of the 111 propositions put before voters passed statewide.

There were 31 propositions in the state related to athletic facilities, natatoriums, multi-purpose facilities, extra-curricular facilities or recreational facilities.  Only seven (22.6%) of those were successful.  CSISD’s Prop C for natatorium renovations passed, while Prop D for fieldhouse and stadium renovations did not.

CSISD had 21 voting precincts in which 10 or more votes were cast.  Propositions A and B each received at least 50% of the vote in all 21 precincts.  Proposition C received at least 50% of the vote in 17 precincts, while Proposition D received 50% or more of the vote in only six precincts.

CSISD is currently developing a timeline for purchases and projects associated with the three propositions approved by voters.  The bonds will be sold in January or February and purchase requests can begin for items (buses, technology devices, fine arts equipment, etc.) with long delivery times.

The timeline being developed will include dates for the proposed renovation projects and will be shared when it is finalized.

Report on Employee Healthcare Committee:  The board received a report from Chief Administrative Officer Molley Perry containing an update on the work of the 2021 CSISD Employee Healthcare Committee.

The committee  was chartered to evaluate new options resulting from SB 1444 and make recommendations regarding the best course of action for meeting employees’ health care benefit needs in 2022-23 and beyond. The committee met three times earlier in the fall semester to review historical and current information, as well as to consider healthcare options outside of TRS and coming changes to TRS. 

Based upon the committee’s feedback, district administrators have been evaluating options for choosing an alternate provider (including selecting a consultant to assist in the process), and analyzing the process and timeline necessary to transition from TRS to a self-funded plan by Sept. 1, 2022.

District administrators continue to review preliminary details of self-funded options based on the district’s claims history and participant pool.

The board will consider a recommendation and take action in December due to the deadline of December 31 to notify TRS of any intention to opt out for the next school year. 

Report on Academic Achievement and Class Rank Committee:  Executive Director of Secondary Education Tiffany Parkerson gave a report on the progress of the Academic Achievement and Class Rank Committee.

A previous committee met in the fall of 2020 and recommended changes to policy EIC(local) in regards to advanced courses.  This committee also recommended reviewing the other aspects of the policy, including Grade-Point-Average (GPA) calculation, the weighted grading system, and graduation honors.  As such, the board approved the charter for this committee in September 2021.

The committee began work in September with the understanding that no current high school students would be impacted by any proposed changes and any changes would be implemented with an incoming freshman class.

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

The committee will continue its work through January to make potential recommendations for the board to consider.

Report on Possible Programming for College View High School in 2022-2023:  The board received a report on potential programming focuses for the 2022-2023 school year for College View High School.

The emphasis will be in three main areas: an Accelerated Academy, a Collegiate Academy, and a Career and Industry Academy.

The Accelerated Academy will allow students to work at their own pace and earn a foundation high school diploma with an endorsement (26 credits).  The pace will be accelerated with a customized graduation plan which will include both in-person and online Edgenuity courses.

In the Collegiate Academy, students would earn up to 42 hours of fully-transferable college credit to any Texas public university.  At a minimum, a student who completes the core 42 credit hours would enter college as a second-semester sophomore.

The Career and Industry Academy will allow students to earn an industry-based certification in Fire Science, Digital Arts & Media Influencer, Facilities Engineering Technology, or Hotel & Resort Management.  These programs are possible through strategic partnerships with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, and the Blinn College facility at the Texas A&M System’s RELLIS Campus. 

MEETING

 New board members sworn in / out-going board members recognized:  Darin Paine (Place 1) and Blaine Decker (Place 2) were sworn in as new board members at the beginning of the regular meeting.

Outgoing Board President Mike Nugent, who served six years on the board, and outgoing Place 2 Trustee Amanda Green, who served for three years, did not seek reelection and were recognized for their service. 

Board executive committee reorganization:  The board elected officers for the 2020-2021 year.  The officers are as follows:

  • President:  Jeff Horak
  • Vice-President:  Josh Benn
  • Secretary:  Thomas Hall

Purchases/Bid Approvals:

  • Approved the award of Request for Bid for Printing Services to Alphagraphics BCS for two years, with the option to extend for two one-year terms.

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