COLLEGE STATION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
February 21, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Administrative Conference Room
A. CALL TO ORDER
President Valerie Jochen called the meeting to order at 5:01 p.m. and declared a quorum was present with seven members present.
B. DECLARATION OF QUORUM
In attendance were President Valerie Jochen, Vice President Paul Dorsett, Secretary Jeff Harris, Trustees Randall Pitcock, Carol Barrett, Garland Watson and Kimberly McAdams.
C. WORKSHOP SESSION
C-1. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to 2012-2013 budget and school finance
Superintendent Eddie Coulson led discussion related to the CSISD budget. The administration has laid out a balanced plan and next steps focusing on the three areas: fund balance, taxpayer resources, and budget reductions. Dr. Coulson asked for direction from the board related to a balanced approach. Discussion occurred. Trustees want to be sure that CSISD parents understand the financial crisis that the district is facing. The role that the Trustees can play was discussed and decided that board members will sign up to do a presentation to the PTO boards. This will get the trustees in a leadership role and will help spread the information. More discussion occurred regarding a balance for the district and that part of that balance is doing the best we can do for our staff and employees.
C-2. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to a Joint Meeting with the City of College Station City Council scheduled for 3/7/12
Superintendent Eddie Coulson announced that the Joint Meeting with the City Council has been scheduled for 3/7/12. Brief discussion occurred related to agenda items.
C-3. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to the head start refunding application for 2012-2013
MOTION XXXX: I move approval of the budget and refunding application for the 2012-2013 Head Start program, as presented. The motion was made by Trustee Randall Pitcock and Trustee Garland Watson. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
C-4. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to the Federal Head Start Review
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Director for Pre-K, Head Start and Early Head Start Sharon Jackson who presented information to the board related to the upcoming Federal Head Start Review. The review is scheduled for the week of February 27th – March 1st, 2012.
C-5. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to End of Course Exams and STAAR
Superintendent Eddie Coulson led discussion related to End of Course Exams and STAAR. He reported that Senator Shapiro and Representative Eisler have said that Commissioner Scott has the authority to waive the 15% rule for year 1 (2011-2012) – would only count as State Assessment and not a student’s final grade. A one year waiver is offered and is optional for districts. Superintendent Coulson points out that there is so little information at this time regarding this issue. Brief discussion occurred regarding concern of legality and if CSISD would run into issues down the road if the district takes advantage of the waiver.
Without objection, President Jochen adjourned the workshop at 6:33 p.m.