COLLEGE STATION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
December 19, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
Administrative Conference Room
A. CALL TO ORDER
President Valerie Jochen called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. and declared a quorum was present with five members present.
B. DECLARATION OF QUORUM
In attendance were President Valerie Jochen, Secretary Jeff Harris, Trustees Randall Pitcock, Carol Barrett, and Kimberly McAdams. Vice President Paul Dorsett and Trustee Garland Watson was absent.
C. WORKSHOP SESSION
C-1. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to board communications with campuses
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Director for Communications Chuck Glenewinkel who reported that there is one campus to receive board recognitions still on the schedule for this year: January 17th at 3:20 p.m. – Greens Prairie Elementary– Dr. Watson will lead the presentation. After these two recognitions, we will have visited every campus during the course of the last two school years. Brief discussion occurred.
C-2. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to a new vision for Texas public schools
Superintendent Eddie Coulson led a discussion related to SB1557 and legislators beginning to look at a “different” way of doing school business. The focus is pushing hard away from letting a state test define districts. Discussion occurred.
C-3. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to Wolf Pen Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
Deputy Superintendent Glynn Walker reported that with the status of the Wolf Pen Creek Tax Increment Financing related to a water feature being null, CSISD is due a refund. Due to the state school funding scheme, CSISD would have to return any refund to the state. Administration is currently exploring what alternative CSISD has to receive the money. Discussion occurred. Trustee Randall Pitcock stated that this situation is a glaring statement as to how broken the Texas public school funding system.
C-4. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to TASB Update 92 and Local policies EIAB, BQA and BQB
Superintendent Eddie Coulson and Deputy Superintendent Greg McIntyre briefly discussed policy changes. The basis of the proposed changes are general updates for flexibility to meet the needs of the district.
C-5. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to school finance
Superintendent Eddie Coulson briefly updated the Trustees related to lawsuits that have been filed and are expected to be filed against the State of Texas. Texas is not the only state struggling with finance – Colorado was recently in the national news as it pertains to state funding. The Court ruled that the state of Colorado was not providing adequate funding for their students. Discussion occurred. Dates for extra workshops related to budgeting will be sent to Trustees for future scheduling.
C-6. Receive 2009 Bond Update
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Clark Ealy who updated the Trustees related to the 2009 Bond. Renovations to A&M Consolidated High School and College Station High School facilities were reviewed.
C-7. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to Board Reports and Recognitions
This agenda item will be postponed until next meeting.
Without objection, President Jochen adjourned the workshop at 6:33 p.m.