COLLEGE STATION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
April 19, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
Administration Conference Room
A. CALL TO ORDER
President Randall Pitcock called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. and declared a quorum was present with seven members present.
B. DECLARATION OF QUORUM
In attendance were President Randall Pitcock, Vice President Valerie Jochen, Secretary Paul Dorsett, and Trustees Carol Barrett, Charlotte Slack, Garland Watson and Jeff Harris.
C. WORKSHOP SESSION
C-1. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to Board Communication with campuses
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Director for Communication Chuck Glenewinkel. The next school site to be visited is Creek View Elementary on May 10th at 3:30 p.m. Vice President Valerie Jochen will represent the Board.
C-2. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to the process of electing board officers
Trustee Charlotte Slack distributed information related to electing board officers in other school districts, as well as CSISD Board Operating Procedures. Brief discussion occurred related to a Special Meeting being required to canvass the vote after the 5/14/11 election and to swear in new members. That meeting will be scheduled for 5/20/11 at noon. The Board will reorganize at the June, 2011 meeting.
C-3. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to Student Achievement
Superintendent Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent for Accountability Clark Ealy who presented information and, along with Superintendent Coulson, led discussion. Trustees had requested student data broken down by student groups, including economically disadvantaged in the areas of discipline, attendance, and TAKS results. Information was distributed and discussed.
Dr. Coulson explained that in an effort to be equal in CSISD, we’ve treated everyone the same; we need to treat everyone fairly, but that may not be the same…different student groups have different needs.
Finding solutions will create a better learning environment for everyone. As a next step, CSISD will look at other school districts that have had a similar situation with low performance of African American students and perhaps, has been more successful with African American student performance in some areas. Dr. Coulson discussed Consultant Mark Hines and the work that is being planned for administrators in dealing with this issue.
C-4. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to the 2011-2012 CSISD budget
Superintendent Coulson reported that the dominating conversation at the state is the uncertainty that lies ahead of public education. Projected cuts to the CSISD budget fall in a range from $4.8M to $11M, depending on which bill and which version of that bill you are considering.
Deputy Superintendent Glynn Walker reported related to Planning Parameters for the CSISD draft budget. Those parameters are: College Station student enrollment growth is predicted at 3.25%. Growth will be funded (at some level) by the state. CSISD will implement planned budget reductions of $2,700,000 for 2011-2012. There is not a payroll or benefit increase for CSISD employees. Discussion occurred.
Secretary Paul Dorsett commented that in planning for the Board’s Team of Eight Training, he would like for the Board to set priorities of programs and wants time in the process to find out where the community members stand on cutting programs.
C-5. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to Policy DC Local
Deputy Superintendent Glynn Walker reported related to a change to Policy DC Local that pertains to personnel policy. The change would give the Superintendent the responsibility of approving contracted employees.
C-6. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to High School Transition and the CSISD Swim Program
Superintendent Eddie Coulson led discussion related to the CSISD Swim Program and any transition related that high school program. The current program is at AMC High School, using the CS Middle School Natatorium. College Station High School will not have a swim team. Tryouts and decisions about the swim team will occur prior to the start of the school year.
C-7. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to CSISD Core Beliefs and Commitments
Brief discussion occurred related to “wordsmithing” the CSISD Core Beliefs and Commitments.
Without objection, President Pitcock adjourned the workshop at 6:50 p.m.
RANDALL PITCOCK PAUL DORSETT
RANDALL PITCOCK PAUL DORSETT