COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The CSISD Board of Trustees has set parameters for the committee working to adjust boundaries in the district.
The new boundaries need to be drafted due to three new schools going up in the district in the next two years.
The board wants the committee to consider the following:
Zone the schools for comparable composition of students taking travel distance into account.
They also suggest zoning the schools for growth and maximizing the capacity of the existing campuses.
The fourth recommendation is to ensure that splitting middle schools into high schools doesn’t programmatically disadvantage students from a particular middle school.
This boundary adjustment committee (BAC) will redraw the attendance zones for grades 5-12 this spring.
The zones for elementary schools will not be adjusted until the spring of 2017.
2016-17 Budget Discussion: Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy made a presentation regarding the development of the 2016-17 budget.
The board reviewed staffing and budgeting priorities for the 2016-17 and were presented with a second draft of the revenue and expenditure numbers. The numbers this month reflect an overall budget deficit projection of $2,023,334 for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The initial numbers presented last month reflected an overall deficit budget projection of $3,248,632.
CSISD will continue to review staffing and budget requests, while updating revenue projections over the next few months. The 2016-17 budget and tax rate will be adopted at the August board meeting.
Approval of Charter for Boundary Adjustment Committee: In November 2015, CSISD voters approved a $135.9 million bond for the construction of three campuses, among other projects. Intermediate School No. 3 is scheduled to open August 2017, while Middle School No. 3 and Elementary No. 10 are scheduled to open in August of 2018.
The CSISD Board of Trustees chartered a committee of 39 community members from throughout CSISD to adjust the attendance zones. This Boundary Adjustment Committee (BAC) will redraw the attendance zones for grades 5-12 this spring. The zones for elementary schools will not be adjusted until the spring of 2017.
At a special meeting held Monday, April 18, the board created the following parameters for the committee to consider when adjusting the boundaries for grades 5-12:
· Zone the schools for a comparable composition of students
o Consider travel distances to the extent possible, but not at the expense of comparability
· Zone the schools for growth
· Maximize the capacity of existing campuses
o Be mindful of high school enrollments and the impact on UIL classification
· Ensure that splitting middle schools into high schools doesn’t programmatically disadvantage students from a particular middle school
The committee will begin its work in April and will present its recommendations to the board early in the fall of 2016.
Approval of Guaranteed Maximum Price for Deferred Maintenance Projects: The board approved the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for deferred maintenance projects at Pebble Creek Elementary, Southwood Valley Elementary and South Knoll Elementary. This project is part of the $5.2 million earmarked for deferred maintenance in the 2015 bond package approved by voters in November. The guaranteed maximum price from Pepper Lawson Construction obtained through a competitive-sealed-bid process is $1,439,095. The total project budget is $1,684,418.
· Approved the purchase of computers for College View High School and replacement computers for other district campuses from Avinext for the amount of $521,000 to be paid from 2013 and 2015 bond funds.
· Approved the purchase of internet service from Suddenlink amount of $53,399.40 per year to be paid from the general fund.
· Approved the purchase of paging, intercom, bell and clock systems for College View High School from Firetron, Inc. for the amount of $56,516.35 to be paid from 2013 bond funds.