COLLEGE STATION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
March 22, 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 Policy DC Local
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Director for Student Services and Policy Chrissy Hester. Dr. Coulson reported that DC Local addresses the hiring of contracted employees. Currently, CSISD Superintendent recommends contracted employees to the Board and the Board has final authority to hire. The Superintendent has final authority to hire at-will employees. Discussion occurred regarding shifting the responsibility of hiring contracted employees to the Superintendent.
Administration will bring a sample policy back next month for consideration.
C-2. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to “electing Board Officers”
Trustee Charlotte Slack presented information related to electing Board Officers. Trustee Slack reported that Texas Education Code 11.061(c) Except as provided by Section 11.062, at the first meeting after each election and qualification of trustees, the members shall organize by selecting: (1) a president, who must be a member of the board; (2) a secretary, who may or may not be a member of the board; and (3) other officers and committees the board considers necessary. Some boards’ officer procedures create offices so that all trustees have offices and some require a new president each year. Some have term limits and on some boards, the VP is expected to be president the next year. Some boards’ officer procedures take turns being president and everyone has to be president at some point. All of these procedures try to accomplish removing the pain of elections. Most are not geared toward electing the best president.
Slack recommends: staying legal – avoid discussions outside of board meetings, avoid soliciting support, and avoid promises of support. There are a number of legal ways for a trustee to let his colleagues on the board of his interest to serve as an officer on the board.
C-3. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to the 2011-2012 CSISD budget
Superintendent Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent for Human Resources and Business Services Glynn Walker who led the discussion related to the 2011-2012 CSISD budget and the Employee Benefit Schedule for 2011-2012. Mr. Walker pointed out that the district has saved taxpayers a considerable amount of money since 2006 by not implementing the 4 cent enrichment tax until now. The tax will now be needed. Trustees discussed putting the budget information on the CSISD website and stressed communication. The Communication plan was mentioned. Superintendent Coulson discussed communication with Senator Steve Ogden and Representative Fred Brown and shared a letter that had been sent to both, stressing to “Make Education a Priority”. The visual of how CSISD spends a dollar will be shared with PTO’s for help with communication. Also, a Community Forum is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on 3/31/11 at the Transportation Center and will allow community members another opportunity to receive information related to the CSISD budget.
C-4. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to CSISD Core Beliefs and Commitments
This agenda item was postponed until next workshop considering the time.
C-5. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to Student Achievement
Deputy Superintendents Clark Ealy and Greg McIntyre presented information to the Trustees related to student achievement. Dr. Ealy focused on student groups and comparisons of achievement in those groups. He provided information related to discipline by student group, TAKS results by student group, student attendance by student group, drop-out rates by student groups, SAT/ACT scores by student groups, Advanced Placement scores by student group, and college ready graduates by student group. Discussion occurred.
Mr. McIntyre discussed CSISD Measures of Success that will be used to guarantee the effective implementation and evaluation of CSISD Core Beliefs and Commitments. Mr. McIntyre reviewed measures for each core belief and the 2011 Focus for each core belief. Discussion occurred.
Discussion occurred regarding poverty and the part it plays on how students perform.
Without objection, President Pitcock adjourned the workshop at 7:00 p.m.
RANDALL PITCOCK PAUL DORSETT
RANDALL PITCOCK PAUL DORSETT