COLLEGE STATION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
November 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
CSISD Transportation Center
A. CALL TO ORDER
President Randall Pitcock called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and declared a quorum was present with seven members present.
B. DECLARATION OF QUORUM/WELCOME
In attendance were President Randall Pitcock, Vice President Valerie Jochen, Secretary Paul Dorsett, Trustees Charlotte Slack, Garland Watson Carol Barrett and Jeff Harris.
C-1. Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and the Texas Flag, and a Moment of Silence
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized AMC High School Student Council President Taylor Whittlesey and AMC High School Student Council President-Elect Celina Malave. The students led the audience in the pledges and the moment of silence.
a. FFA – National FFA Agriscience Fair – Teachers Britina Robinson Pesak, Lisa Pieper, and John Templeton
Several A&M Consolidated students recently earned awards at the National FFA Agriscience Fair held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 20-23.
Calli McIntyre and Jordan Brown were selected as the second place team winners fro Botany and earned a Gold pin for their project titled: What Makes Your Garden Grow? Does Rainwater or Tap Water Help0 Your Plants Grow Better?
Colton Hanson won second place and was awarded a Gold pin for Botany in honor of the project titled: Herbicides in your hay never looked so good.
David Rooney was awarded Gold pin in honor of the project titled: The effect of bedding on the productivity for market or show: Phase 2.
Kristin Kasper and Victoria Pilger were awarded with a Silver pin in honor of the project titled: Food for thought: what makes worms grow?
These students were successful at the state level before moving onto the National Fair where they competed with 580 students from across the U.S. Congratulations to: Jordan Brown, Colton Hanson, Kristin Kasper, Calli McIntyre, Victoria Pilger, and David Rooney.
b. Gold Circle Aware – The Roar Newspaper – Advisor Courtney Wellmann
Three A&M Consolidated High School seniors have been nationally recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association with a prestigious Gold Circle Award for their work on The Roar newspaper. Started in 1984, the Gold Circle awards annually recognize student journalists from around the world for their work. More than 9,000 entries were received from newspapers and magazines at the high school and college level, and only 6 awards are given in each category. Congratulations to: Morgan Murphy – graphic artist for the Roar, received a certificate of merit for his cartoon on the SAT test, Alejandra Oliva – managing editor of the Roar, was awarded third place for feature page design for “Getting Some Air” a story and design on students who skateboard, and Dini Susanto – editor in chief of the Roar, was recognized with a certificate of merit for her informational graphics for In Perspective.
C-3. Recognize Campus Artwork provided by students from A&M Consolidated High School, taught by Art Teachers Brent Maxwell, Jami Bevans, and Bob Leland
Student artwork adorned the Transportation Center walls and was enjoyed by all.
D-1. Board Directions and Reports/Announcements/Superintendent Reports and Announcements
Trustee Jeff Harris reported that DEIC met and discussed calendar options and putting those options on the CSISD website for public feedback.
Trustee Garland Watson reported that the Audit Committee will meet on 11/19/10.
Trustee Jeff Harris reported that the Education Foundation funds innovative grants for teachers and scholarships for students. The Foundation’s primary fundraiser is “50 Men Who Can Cook” and is scheduled for 2/4/11.
Superintendent Eddie Coulson thanked Hector Silva, Director for Transportation Services, for hosting the board meeting. He announced that CSISD would be involved in the KBTX Food for Families Food Drive on 12/8/10 and as Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army.
E. HEARING OF CITIZENS (Non-Agenda/Agenda Items)
Bruce Sanders addressed the Trustees related to rezoning. He presented them with a set of questions.
F. CONSENT AGENDA
Agenda Item G – APPROVAL OF MINUTES – October 19, 2010 Board Workshop Minutes, October 19, 2010 Public Hearing Minutes, October 19, 2010 Regular Board Meeting Minutes, October 25, 2010 Board Workshop Minutes, November 4, 2010 Board Workshop Minutes ; Agenda Item H – CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: Agenda Item H-2: Consider approval of English/Language Arts Textbook Selection Committee, Agenda Item H-3: Consider new courses for A&M Consolidated High School for the 2011-2012 school year; Agenda Item J - BUSINESS: Agenda Item J-2: Consider approval of Monthly Budget Amendments; Agenda Item J-3: Consider approval of Monthly Financial Reports
MOTION 4233: I move approval of the Consent Agenda, as presented. The motion was made by Secretary Paul Dorsett and seconded by Trustee Charlotte Slack. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
H. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
H-1. Receive Report related to Homeless Services provided by College Station ISD
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Robin Oberg, Director for Special Programs, who reported that The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines and protects the rights of homeless students to enroll in, attend, and succeed in our public schools. Who is homeless?” The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act says that children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are homeless. The McKinney-Vento Act mandates that every school district is required to have a homeless education liaison, and the liaison is required to perform specific tasks.
Key provisions of the law address educational challenges when dealing with homeless services. Services include immediate enrollment, choice of schools, transportation services, free meals and dispute resolution. Challenges met when dealing with homeless services are: identification/enrollment, attendance, transportation costs, and meeting “non-educational” needs.
I-1. Receive Report regarding Highly Qualified Requirements
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Glynn Walker who reported to the Trustees related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Highly Qualified Report. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that all teachers of core content areas and instructional paraprofessionals at Title I campuses are highly qualified (HQ) and that districts publicly report the findings. The Core Content Areas are English, Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Languages, Civics and Government, Economics, Arts, History, Geography, Speech, and Journalism. For the 2009-2010 school year, 100% of the CSISD teachers teaching in a core academic area are highly qualified. For the 2009-2010 school year, 100% of the paraprofessionals with instructional duties in programs supported by Title I funds are highly qualified.
J-1. Consider approval of request for proposal for renovation of the Natatorium at College Station Middle School
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Glynn Walker, Deputy Superintendent for Human Resources and Business, who reported that Requests for Competitive Sealed Proposals for renovation of the Natatorium at CS Middle School were publicly issued. Four responses were received. CSISD and the City of College Station have an existing Interlocal agreement, providing for equal funding for all maintenance and utilities required for this natatorium.
MOTION 4234: I move that CSISD accept the proposal of Atlantis Pool Plastering, Inc. for the amount of $66,563, including new stanchion anchors. The work is scheduled to be completed February 17 through March 17, 2011. The motion was made by Trustee Charlotte Slack and seconded by Vice President Valerie Jochen. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
College Station ISD will pay the costs upfront and will be reimbursed one-half the cost by the City of College Station.
K. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
K-1. Consider approval of the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), the total project budget, authorization for the Superintendent or his designee to execute necessary documents associated therewith, and the authorization to proceed with the work associated with classroom additions at Oakwood Intermediate School and A&M Consolidated Middle School
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Clark Ealy who reported that in addition to the construction and renovations to district facilities that have already been done in association with the 2007 Bond, two additional projects have been identified: classroom additions to Oakwood Intermediate and A&M Consolidated Middle School. Both AMCMS and Oakwood currently have classroom space for about 850 students while CS Middle School and Cypress Grove have space for about 1,000 students. Adding six classrooms to Oakwood and AMCMS will bring their enrollment capacities up to the level of the other two campuses. In addition to the new classrooms, the district advertised three alternate bids: (1) a parking lot addition at Oakwood off Holik Street, (2) a parent access loop at Oakwood connecting Anna Street to the current loop on Timber Street to facilitate parent drop off and pick up, and (2) a bus canopy at AMCMS off Holik Street. The administration believes the three alternates described above are important additions to the infrastructure at Oakwood and AMCMS and will benefit the current students and the increased number of students who will be zones there in future years.
MOTION 4235: I move approval of the Guaranteed Maximum Price of $4,461,550 from Pepper-Lawson Construction, L.L.P. and the total project budget I the amount of $5,038,859 for classroom additions to Oakwood Intermediate School and A&M Consolidated Middle School, parking lot alternate A1 at Oakwood Intermediate, parent access drive alternate A2 at Oakwood Intermediate School and bus canopy alternate B1 at “AMC Middle School and that the Superintendent or his designee be authorized to sign any necessary documents to implement the Guaranteed Maximum Price and that the Board of Trustees authorize the commencement of the work associated with this project, as presented. The motion was made by Trustee Jeff Harris and seconded by Trustee Charlotte Slack. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
Appreciation was expressed for John Hall, CSISD’s Director of Construction Services and John Richard – Pepper Lawson Construction.
President Pitcock recessed the Regular Board Meeting at 8:00 p.m. to complete the Board Workshop.
L. EXECUTIVE SESSION
L-1. The Board will meet in executive session to discuss the Superintendent Quarterly Review. The executive session deliberations will be held pursuant to the “Personnel Matters; Closed Meeting” exception to the Texas Open Meetings Act as set forth in Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code.
The meeting was resumed at 8:15 p.m. and the Board went into Executive Session and 8:15 p.m.
M. OPEN SESSION
The Board came back into Open Session at 9:27 p.m.
Without objection, President Pitcock adjourned the meeting at 9:28 p.m.
RANDALL PITCOCK PAUL DORSETT
RANDALL PITCOCK PAUL DORSETT