COLLEGE STATION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
March 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
CSISD Board Room
A. CALL TO ORDER
President Valerie Jochen called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and declared a quorum was present with seven members present.
B. DECLARATION OF QUORUM/WELCOME
In attendance were President Valerie Jochen, Vice President Paul Dorsett, Secretary Jeff Harris and Trustees Kimberly McAdams, Carol Barrett, Garland Watson and Randall Pitcock.
C-1. Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and the Texas Flag, and a Moment of Silence
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Principal Kate Schoen who introduced Oakwood students Riley Morgan and Michael Caballero and Principal Kelly Kovacs who introduced Cypress Grove student Justin Moore. The students led the audience in the pledges and the moment of silence.
C-2. Recognize artwork provided by students from Cypress Grove Intermediate School taught by Art Teacher Christine Graff and students from Oakwood Intermediate School taught by Art Teacher Mindy Austin
Student artwork adorned the Board Room walls and was enjoyed by all.
D. CONSENT AGENDA
Agenda Item G – APPROVAL OF MINUTES – February 21, 2012 Board Workshop Minutes, February 21, 2012 Regular Board Meeting Minutes, and March 7, 2012 Joint Meeting Minutes; Agenda Item H – CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: Agenda Item H-2: Consider approval of a resolution to suspend portions of policies EIA (Local) and EIC (Local) for the 2011-2012 school year; Agenda Item J –BUSINESS: Agenda Item J-3: Consider approval of purchase of band uniforms for CSHS from Fruhauf Uniforms for $58,200.50 from the 2009 bond funds; Agenda Item J-4: Consider approval of purchase of custodial supplies for CSHS from Crown Paper, Gulf Coast Paper, Professional Polish, Ray Criswell, T.K. Sales and W.W. Grainger for $97,689.30 from the 2009 bond funds; Agenda Item J-5: Consider approval of purchase of science supplies for CSHS from Sargent Welch for a total not to exceed $113,241.60 from the 2009 bond funds; Agenda Item J-6: Consider approval of purchase of three special needs buses from Longhorn Bus Sales for the total amount of $299,872 from Special Education Federal funds; Agenda Item J-7: Consider purchase of weightlifting equipment for CSHS from Power Lift, Conner Athletic Products, Inc., ikn the amount of $165,892.00 from the 2009 bond funds; Agenda Item J-8: Consider approval of two 2012 Chevrolet 1500 Suburbans from Caldwell Country Chevrolet for the total amount of $63,370 from Special Education Federal funds; Agenda Item J-9: Consider approval of Monthly Financial Reports; Agenda Item J-10: Consider approval of Monthly Budget Amendments
MOTION XXXX: I move approval of the consent agenda as presented. The motion was made by Secretary Paul Dorsett and seconded by Trustee Randall Pitcock. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
E-1. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to adopting a Resolution Concerning High Stakes, Standardized Testing of Texas Public School Students
Superintendent Eddie Coulson addressed the Trustees regarding accountability and testing. After thirty years of a state testing system that was originally designed to inform districts of student progress, the testing system has grown into the “end all” for schools, districts, teachers and administrators. CSISD is clearly not opposed to accountability. We want to be held accountable for our performance; however, we want an accountability system that includes much more than a test. Grades, student participation, student projects, college readiness, student academic growth over time, student discipline, tax-rate, financial efficiency and other measures should play a part in our accountability to our local public and the state according to Dr. Coulson.
MOTION XXXX: I move approval of adopting a Resolution Concerning High Stakes, Standardized Testing of Texas Public School Students, as presented. The motion was made by Secretary Jeff Harris and seconded by Trustee Garland Watson. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
E-2. Board Directions and Reports/Announcements/Superintendent Reports and Announcements
Trustee Carol Barrett reported that the School Health Advisory Committee met and will be bringing forth recommendations concerning school health.
Vice President Paul Dorsett reported that the Education Foundation is in the process of receiving grant applications from teachers and planning scholarships for students.
Secretary Jeff Harris reported that PAC has met and is focused on the budget. Mr. Harris commented that he wanted everyone to know that the administration is going to great lengths to be more efficient.
Superintendent Eddie Coulson announced that he had named Gwen Elder as the new Principal of AMC High School and that Education Foundation grant applications are due Friday, March 23, 2012.
F. HEARING OF CITIZENS (Non-Agenda/Agenda Items)
1. Judy LeUnes thanked the Trustees for approving the Resolution Concerning High Stakes, Standardized Testing of Public School Students. She also thanked the administration for speaking to the campus PTO’s related to the “dismantling of the public school”, encouraged everyone to attend the CSISD Public Forum scheduled for 3/29/12, and asked everyone to sign the campaign “Stop the Cuts”.
2. Lindsey Stepan addressed the Trustees related to budget cuts and state testing.
H. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
H-1. Receive Report from Greg McIntyre and Mary Selcer related to CSISD’s SUCCESS 24/7
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Greg McIntyre and AMC High School teacher Mary Selcer who reported to the Trustees regarding CSISD’s SUCCESS 24/7. The initiative was a two week pilot project and addressed the need for on-demand learning support. Students and parents had access through mobile applications to videos of teacher lessons recorded, examples of problems with answers, teacher notes, etc. Website feedback shows that it is a huge success and that students are most interested in help in Math and Science.
J. BUSINESS SERVICES
J-1. Receive the Quarterly Investment Report for the quarter ending February 29, 2012
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Glynn Walker who reported that The Public Funds Investment Act (The Act) requires that a quarterly report of all District investment be provided to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees and that the District’s investment officer(s) meet continuing education requirements. The district is in compliance with this mandate.
J-2. Consider approval of purchase of AMCHS staff computers from MicroAge for $192,125 from the Instructional Materials Allotment funds
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Glynn Walker who reported that the district is eligible to utilize the Texas A&M University Master Purchasing Agreement. Two hundred sixty-five HP computers will replace aging classroom computers and align with current district technology and will be paid for with Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) funds.
MOTION XXXX: I move approval of the purchase of AMCHS staff computers from MicroAge for $192,125 from the Instructional Materials Allotment funds, as presented. The motion was made by Vice President Paul Dorsett and seconded by Trustee Carol Barrett. Secretary Jeff Harris abstained. The motion passed with six ayes, zero nos, and one abstention.
K. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
K-1. Consideration, discussion and possible action regarding paid meal prices for the 2012-2013 school year
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Clark Ealy who reported that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 reauthorized the National School Lunch Program and was passed in the Spring of 2011. One of the provisions of the act affects the prices schools must charge for their paid meals. For the 2012-2013 school year, CSISD will raise meal prices $.10. The prices for 2012-2013 Breakfast and Lunch are:
Elementary – Breakfast at $1.35 and lunch at $2.10, Intermediate – Breakfast at $1.35 and lunch at $2.35, Secondary – Breakfast at $1.35 and lunch at $2.35, and Non-student – Breakfast at $1.75 and lunch at $3.00.
MOTION XXXX: I move approval of the proposed meal prices for the 2012-2013 school year, as presented. The motion was made by Secretary Jeff Harris and seconded by Vice President Paul Dorsett. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
L. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Without objection, President Valerie Jochen adjourned the meeting at 7:59 p.m.