STATION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Randall Pitcock called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and declared a quorum
was present with seven members present.
DECLARATION OF QUORUM/WELCOME
attendance were President Randall Pitcock, Vice President Valerie Jochen, Secretary
Paul Dorsett, Trustees Charlotte Slack, Garland Watson, Carol Barrett and Jeff
Randall Pitcock welcomed students that were in attendance at the meeting from
the BlinnTeach program.
Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and the Texas Flag, and a
Moment of Silence
Eddie Coulson recognized South Knoll Elementary Principal Laura Richter who
introduced students Tate Hogan and Anna Sanchez. Dr. Coulson also recognized Rock Prairie
Elementary Principal Mike Martindale who introduced students Grace Nolen and
Austin O’Neill. The students led the audience in the pledges
and the moment of silence.
The National Center for Educational Accountability (NCEA) recently
announced their high performing campuses for the 2010 year. Four College Station ISD campuses made the
list in the following subject areas:
A&M Consolidated High School, Principal Buddy Reed – Science
A&M Consolidated Middle School, Principal Nkrumah Dixon – Math
Cypress Grove Intermediate School, Principal Rick Hill – Math
Pebble Creek Elementary School, Principal Annette Rorabak – Math
The Austin-based NCEA evaluated schools differently than the Texas
Education Agency. NCEA identified Higher
Performing Schools based on two measures:
growth of students at the school and absolute achievement of students at
the school. The measures identify
schools that outperform their peers that serve similar student
populations. Additionally, the school
must have more than expected academic growth for three consecutive years to be
named an NCEA Higher Performing School.
The absolute achievement levels are based on the Texas Assessment
and Knowledge Skills (TAKS) test commended standard. Elementary campuses are rated on their TAKS
performance in Reading/English Language Arts, Math, Writing, Science and Social
Studies. Upper elementary school, middle
school and high school campuses are recognized for having higher than predicted
growth in student performance based on NCEA’s predictive formula. Since it is difficult for schools with high
achievement to show a great deal of growth, the top five percent of Texas
schools using NCEA’s College and Career Readiness (CCR) measure are also
recognized as High Performing.
To ensure that consistently high performing campuses are selected,
NCEA selects campuses based on the performance of students that have been
continuously enrolled for three years.
A&M Consolidated High School senior Zachary Wu was recently
named a semifinalist in the national Intel Science Talent Search – the nation’s
most prestigious pre-college science competition. Wu’s efforts in his research project
“Photocatalytic Production of Hydrogen with Ru(phen)2DPPZ and its di-Cyano
Analogs,” earned him and his school a $1000 award.
The Science Talent Search recognized 300 students and their
schools as Semifinalists each year pulling from 1,744 applicants in 2011 – to
compete for $1.25 million in awards.
From that select pool, 40 student Finalists are then invited to
Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work
to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of
Recognize Campus Artwork provided by students from Rock Prairie
Elementary taught by Art Teacher Karen Dean and students from South Knoll
Elementary taught by Art Teacher Amber Herbelin
artwork adorned the Board Room walls and was enjoyed by all.
Item E – BOARD: Agenda Item E-4: Appointment of
Designees for Filing Purposes; Agenda Item E-5: Consider approval of a Joint Resolution of
the City Council of College Station and the Board of Trustees of the College
Station Independent School District order joint elections for City Council
positions and propositions and CSISD Trustee positions 6 and 7; Agenda Item
E-6: Consider approval of Notice of
Election; Agenda Item G –
APPROVAL OF MINUTES – January 15, 2011 Board Workshop minutes, January 15,
2011 Public Hearing minutes, January 15, 2011 Regular Board Meeting minutes, February
8, 2011 Joint Meeting with the City; Agenda Item I – PERSONNEL: Agenda Item I-1: Consider approval of Resignations;
Agenda Item I-2: Consider approval of
Employments; Agenda Item I-3: Consider
approval of Administrator Contracts;
Agenda Item J - BUSINESS: Agenda
Item J-1: Consider approval of the
purchase, delivery and installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment of
Greens Prairie Elementary School from School Specialty, Inc., for the amount of
$351,682.01 ; Agenda Item J-2: Consider
approval of Monthly Budget Amendments; Agenda Item J-3: Consider approval of Monthly Financial
MOTION 4344: I move approval of the
Consent Agenda as presented. The motion
was made by Trustee Charlotte Slack and seconded by Secretary Paul Dorsett. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero
Board Directions and Reports/Announcements/Superintendent Reports and
Charlotte Slack commented on the Chamber of Commerce Legislative tour that she
and several board members participated in, attempting to get our legislators’
attention as it pertains to public school issues.
Randall Pitcock echoed Slack’s comments related to meeting with state
Paul Dorsett reported that DEIC met and dealt with make-up days pertaining to
CSISD having to take a snow day earlier in the year.
Jeff Harris reported that because of the “snow day” CSISD’s Education
Foundation event “50 Men Who Can Cook” has been moved to 3/4/11.
Eddie Coulson reported that the Board will schedule a workshop for 3/1/11 and
for 3/4/11 to do CRSS work. Dr. Coulson
commented on the impending resignation of Coach Slaughter and that CSISD must
make up for the “snow day”
HEARING OF CITIZENS (Non-Agenda/Agenda Items)
1. Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith addressed the Board
of Trustees regarding budget funding cuts.
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Receive Report related to Bilingual and ESL services
Eddie Coulson recognized Robin Oberg, Director of Special Programs, who
addressed the Trustees related to College Station ISD Bilingual/ESL programs.
scope of the program covers two program models:
one-way dual language in Pre-K and Head Start; and two-way dual language
bilingual model for grades K-6. ESL is
in conjunction with pull-out support for Pre-K – 8th grade and
sheltered instruction for grades 9-12. CSISD
currently has 869 students in the program with 438 of those being Spanish
speakers. CSISD currently has over 63
languages other than English.
goals of the program are to help all English language learners master the state
curriculum, to teach English to all students in the program, to develop fluency
and literacy in English and Spanish (Dual Language), and to develop an
appreciation of other cultures.
Needs include: literacy and math
interventions for bilingual students and professional development for classroom
Consider approval of an Interlocal Agreement between the Texas
A&M University (“TAMU”), and College Station Independent School District
for the operation and management by TAMU of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Educational Broadband Frequencies issued to CSISD
Ealy, Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services, reported to the Board of
Trustees related to approval of an Interlocal Agreement between the Texas
A&M University (“TAMU”), and College Station Independent School District
(“CSISD”) for the operation and management by TAMU of the Federal
Communications Commission (“FCC”) Educational Broadband Frequencies issued to
CSISD. College Station ISD has 4 EBS
channels, and the district has been reviewing our options for the past two
years. We must either lease the channels
or deploy them for our use by May 1, 2011, or the FCC will reassign them to
has been working with Texas A&M University, Blinn College, Bryan ISD and
other districts in our region. The
groups entered into a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to gather interest in
leasing these channels in late 2009. The
responses to the RFP were not what any of the entities hoped, and the leases
were not pursued. Since that time the
entities have been working together to plan joint use of the frequencies.
of the Interlocal Agreement before you would allow CSISD to work with Texas
A&M University to operate and manage the district’s EBS channels. This would allow the district to have its channels
deployed and not subject to reallocation by the FCC. College Station ISD with Texas A&M and
others in the BVCNet will continue to plan and deploy the broadband spectrum
for use by educational and other public entities in Brazos County.
MOTION 4345: I move approval of an
Interlocal Agreement between the Texas A&M University (“TAMU”), and College
Station Independent School District for the operation and management by TAMU of
the Federal Communications Commission Educational Broadband Frequencies issued
to C SISD, as presented. The motion was
made by Trustee Jeff Harris and seconded by Secretary Paul Dorsett. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero
objection, President Pitcock adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m.