COLLEGE STATION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
October 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
CSISD Board Room – 1812 Welsh
A. CALL TO ORDER
President Randall Pitcock called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and declared a quorum was present with five members present.
B. DECLARATION OF QUORUM/WELCOME
In attendance were President Randall Pitcock, Secretary Paul Dorsett, Trustees Charlotte Slack, Garland Watson and Jeff Harris. Vice President Valerie Jochen was absent. Trustee Carol Barrett was absent.
C-1. Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and the Texas Flag, and a Moment of Silence
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Creek View Elementary School Principal Tami Laza and College Hills Elementary School Principal Jane Rankin. Principal Laza introduced students Harrison Bradford and Samantha Bradford. Principal Rankin introduced students Alexys King and Brendan Henson. The students led the audience in the pledges and the moment of silence.
a. National Achievement Scholarship Program
A&M Consolidated High School senior Erika Arthur was recently named an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Erika scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 African-American students who requested consideration when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
b. National Hispanic Recognition Program
Six A&M Consolidated High School seniors were recently named 2010-2011 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholars. They were recognized along with nearly 5,000 other students from a pool of more than 200,000 high school juniors who took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and identified themselves as being Hispanic/Latino. Congratulations to: Mauricio Arreola-Garcia, Elizabeth Lipps, David Mora-Boellstorf, Alejandra Oliva, Zachary Romo, and Elena Urbina. Students recognized by the NHRP are Hispanic/Latino and have achieved a minimum PSAT/NMSQT score for their region. In addition to the test score, the student must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale to be named a NHRP Scholar.
c. National Merit Scholar Semifinalists
Nine College Station Independent School District seniors were named semifinalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholar Program the National Merit Scholar Corporation. The nine CSISD students are in a pool of approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide and are competing for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships worth up to $2,500 each. About 90% of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists and of those, around half will win a National Merit Scholarship and 3earn the prestigious Merit Scholar title.
More than 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2011 scholarship program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one perce3nt of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state
Scholarship winners for 2011 will be announced in a series of press releases beginning in April and concluding in May. Congratulations to: Mauricio Arreola-Garcia, Lulu Chang, Divya Chowdhary, Dipka Gawande, Daniel Hsieh, Po-Ju Huang, Jennings Kennady, Lauren Porter, and Zachary Wu.
d. National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation
Twenty-one College Station ISD students recently received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among 34,000 students received the commendation, nationwide.
Although they will not continue in the 2010 competition for National Merit Scholarships, these students are among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations to: Lindsay Berry, Christopher Boardman, Racquel Cable, Sun Choi, Kenneth Devin, Lamees Elnihum, Chris Hong, Parker Lumpee, Maria Lyuksyutova, Kalena Miller, Shanon Moore, David Mora-Boellstorf, Alejandra Oliva, Katherine Park, Elizabeth Pratt, Alexandria Schultz, Neha Shetty, Daniel Tihanyi, Hoa Ran Wang, Karen Wang, and Bruce Zhang.
C-3. Recognize Campus Artwork provided by students from Creek View Elementary School students taught by Art Teacher Stephanie Kinnaird and students from College Hills Elementary School taught by Art Teacher Magda Zietsman
Student artwork adorned the Board Room walls and was enjoyed by all.
D-1. Board Directions and Reports/Announcements/Superintendent Reports and Announcements
Secretary Paul Dorsett reported that DEIC had met.
Trustee Jeff Harris reported related to the Education Foundation and their work on Walk our Walk and the 50 men who can cook event.
Superintendent Eddie Coulson reported that upcoming events for Trustees include a Board Workshop scheduled for 11/4/10 related to Human Resources Management Oversight.
D-2. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to CSISD School Board legislative priorities
Superintendent Eddie Coulson led discussion related to the upcoming 82nd Legislative Session. The State budget shortfall will be handled with all state agencies reducing their budget by 10%. The Texas Education Agency has eliminated the Student Success Initiative funds and reduced the Technology allotment. Discussion occurred.
E. HEARING OF CITIZENS (Non-Agenda/Agenda Items)
F. CONSENT AGENDA
Agenda Item G – APPROVAL OF MINUTES – September 21, 2010 Workshop minutes, September 21, 2010 Regular Board Meeting minutes, October 1, 2010 Board Workshop minutes, October 5, 2010 Board Workshop minutes and October 12, 2010 Board Workshop minutes ; Agenda Item H – CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: Agenda Item H-1: Consider approval of Policy Update 88: CCG (Legal) Replace, CDB (Legal) Replace, CFA (Legal) Replace, CMD (Legal) Replace, CQ (Legal) Replace, C (Local) Replace, CS (Legal) Replace, DBD (Legal) Replace, DEA (Legal) Replace, DEAA (Legal) Replace, DECA (Legal) Replace, DECB (Legal) Replace, DH (Local) Replace, DL (Legal) Replace, DMA (Legal) Replace, DNA (Legal) Replace, E (Legal) Replace, EEM (Legal) Add, EFAA (Legal) Replace, EHAA (Legal) Replace, EHAC (Legal), Replace, EHBC (Legal) Replace, EHBF (Legal) Replace, EHBL (Legal) Replace, EIC (Legal) Replace, EIE (Legal) Replace, EIE (Local) Replace, EK (Legal) Replace, EKB (Legal) Replace, EKBA (Legal) Replace, FD (Legal) Replace, FEA (Legal) Replace, FEB (Legal) Replace, FFAD (Legal) Replace FOC (Legal) Replace FODA (Legal) Replace, GBA (Legal) Replace, GBAA (Legal) Replace, GNC (Legal) Replace ; Agenda Item I - PERSONNEL: Agenda Item I-1: Consider approval of Resignations; Agenda Item I-2: Consider approval of Employments; Agenda Item J - BUSINESS: Agenda Item J-1: Consider approval of the 2010 CSISD Tax Rolls per Sec. 26.09 (e) of the Texas Property Code; Agenda Item J-2: Consider approval of the Master Intergovernmental Cooperative Purchasing Agreement with U.S. Communities; Agenda Item J-3: Consider approval of Monthly Budget Amendments; Agenda Item J-4: Consider approval of Monthly Financial Reports
MOTION XXXX: I move approval of the Consent Agenda, as presented. The motion was made by Trustee Charlotte Slack and seconded by Trustee Garland Watson. The motion passed with five ayes and zero nos. There were two absences.
K. Consider approval of the sale, transfer, or exchange of a Public Utility Easement and a parcel of real property to the City of College Station; the sale, transfer, or exchange of a Public Utility Easement to Wellborn Special Utility District; consider approval of revisions to previously approved Temporary Construction Easement and the documents evidencing those transactions. The documents are summarized as follows: a permanent Public Utility Easement of approximately 0.193 acre, more or less, and 0.318 acre; and a Special Warranty Deed for a tract or parcel of land containing 0.455 acre of land, more or less, lying and being situated in the Samuel Davidson League, Abstract No. 13, Brazos County, Texas, by and between the Seller, College Station Independent School District (Seller) and the City of College Station (Buyer); and a 15’ wide Public Utility Easement lying and being situated in the Samuel Davidson League, Abstract No. 13 Brazos County, Texas, by and between College Station Independent School District (Seller) and the Wellborn Special Utility District (Buyer). The Temporary Construction Easement was approved by this board on October 1, 2010; the proposed modification will widen the Temporary Construction Easement by ten (10) feet to facilitate the construction of a sidewalk on property owned by CSISD
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Clark Ealy who reported that College Station ISD is currently constructing its eighth elementary school, Greens Prairie Elementary, at the corner of Royder Road and Greens Prairie Trail. The district identified the need for improvement of Royder Road to facilitate bus and/or car traffic flow during our background work prior to the 2009 bond election. The district projected that costs of the upgrades at $300,000 and included that figure in the overall cost projections shared with the voters in 2009. The Board approved a participation agreement with the City of College Station to partner on the construction of improvements to Royder Road and Greens Prairie Trail. Approval of this resolution to expand the Temporary Construction Easement with the City of College Station, grant a Public Utility Easement to the City of College Station, and grant a Public Utility Easement to the Wellborn Special Utility District in support of infrastructure improvements including the expansion of Royder Road near the intersection of Royder Road and Greens Prairie Trail will complete the necessary steps to getting this project started.
MOTION XXXX: I move approval of the resolution to expand the Temporary Construction Easement with the City of College Station, grant a Public Utility Easement to the City of College Station, and grant a Public Utility Easement to the Wellborn Special Utility District in support of infrastructure improvements including the expansion of Royder Road near the intersection of Royder Road and Greens Prairie Trail. The motion was made by Secretary Paul Dorsett and seconded by Trustee Jeff Harris. The motion passed with five ayes and zero nos. There were two absences.
L. EXECUTIVE SESSION
M. OPEN SESSION
Without objection, President Pitcock adjourned the meeting at 8:03 p.m.
RANDALL PITCOCK PAUL DORSETT