College Station Independent School District
Regular School Board Meeting Minutes
December 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
CSISD Board Room
A. CALL TO ORDER
President Valerie Jochen called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
All seven board members were present: President Valerie Jochen, Vice President Paul Dorsett, Secretary Jeff Harris, and Trustees Carol Barrett, Kimberly McAdams, Quinn Williams, and Michael Wesson.
C-1. Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and the Texas Flag, and a Moment of Silence
Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Creek View Elementary Principal Tami Laza and Greens Prairie Elementary Principal Donna Bairrington. Principal Laza introduced students David Brick and Olivia Brick. Principal Bairrington introduced students Jace Sullivan, Jackson Sullivan and Samantha Bingamon The students led the audience in the pledges and the moment of silence
a. FFA National Champion
A&M Consolidated senior Travis Rooney recently won the national championship in the Plant Science competition of the Agriscience Fair at the annual National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. Rooney’s project was titled, “ The Effect of Genotype and Environment on Popping Sorghum”.
a. 2013 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that Courtney Wellmann of College Station has been named as one of twelve recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. .Humanities Texas presents these awards to Texas classroom teachers who have made exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum developmemt and extracurricular programming. Nearly three hundred and thirty teachers across the state were nominated for the 2013 awards.
b. Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) High School Educator of the Year
A & M Consolidated High School art teacher Jami Bevans was recently named the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) High School Educator of the Year. Bevans was recognized in front of her peers at the annual TAEA convention during the first general session on November 22. She received the award for her many years of service to TAEA and her work with the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE). Bevans is in her 28th year of teaching at AMCHS and is serving as the TAEA Executive Board Treasurer for 2013-2015. The TAEA has a membership of 3,061 and is the largest state educational art organization in the nation.
C-4. Artwork provided by CSISD students from Creek View Elementary, Greens Prairie Elementary, Southwood Elementary, and South Knoll Elementary adorned the walls of the CSISD Board Room and was admired by all.
D. CONSENT AGENDA
Agenda Item E – BOARD: Agenda Item E-1: Receive Report related to Trustee Continuing Education Hours; Agenda Item G – MINUTES: November 12, 2013 Workshop minutes, November 13, 2013 Joint Meeting with the City of College Station, November 19, 2013 Workshop Minutes and November 19, 2013 Regular Board Meeting Minutes; Agenda Item J – BUSINESS SERVICES: Agenda Item J-4: Consider approval of the monthly Head Start financial statements and credit card expenditures; Agenda Item J-5: Consider approval of monthly budget amendments; Agenda Item J-6: Consider approval of financial reports
MOTION XXXX: I move to approve the Consent Agenda 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.
E-2. Board Directions and Reports/Announcements/Superintendent Reports and Announcements
Board Secretary Jeff Harris reported related to the Education Foundation. Fundraising efforts are benefiting the foundation’s key project: SUCCESS 24/7. Plans are underway for the foundation’s primary fundraiser: 50 Men Who Can Cook scheduled for 1/31/14 at the Brazos County Expo. Additionally, over 200 Star Educator awards have been purchased to honor our educators.
Vice President Paul Dorsett reported that the Board Audit Committee has met and those items discussed are on the agenda for action tonight.
Trustee Kimberly McAdams reported that DEIC met and the focus was on the development of the 2014-2915 school calendar.
Superintendent Eddie Coulson reported that the district begins its Winter Break on December 20, 2013.. Administrators are working on bond planning and the Consortium has fundamentally changed in that the group is currently seeking other districts to be involved.
F, HEARING OF CITIZENS
There were no comments.
H. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
H-1. Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Judy McLeod, Director for Career Tech and Community Education. Mrs. McLeod reported to the board that to increase opportunity for students in two of the Career and Technology Education cluster areas.
CSISD proposes to add a STEM block for students in the Engineering Design area: Practicum in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. This hands on project based course is for students interested in continuing their exploration into the world of engineering, problem solving, communication and teamwork skills will be built on a daily basis as students work through real world situations.
Additionally, CSISD proposed to add: Practicum in Health Science I or Health Science II. If you are truly interested in obtaining your EMT Basic as a career or as a beginning to your career ibn the medical field, this dynamic course taught in partnership with /TEEX Emergency Medical Services Academy. This is a two part program with the first part available to you in your senior year at AMCHS. The second part of the training will be the112 clinical/field hours that will be completed the summer after graduation with TEEX.
MOTION XXXX: I move that the new courses proposed for high school for the 2014-2015 school year be approved as presented. The motion was made by Vice President Paul Dorsett and Secretary Jeff Harris. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
I-1. Consideration discussion and possible action related to the evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a school employee
This item will be discussed in Executive Session.
J. BUSINESS SERVICES
J-1. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to the possible approval of a Financing Plan for the issuance of Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2014; authorizing staff and consultants to proceed with document preparation
Superintendent Coulson introduced Victor Quiroga who represents Southwest Securities who is the district’s financial advisor. Mr. Quiroga reviewed the Financing Plan to issue $83,500,000 Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, the timeline and answered questions.
MOTION XXXX: I move to approve the competitive sell method as the financing plan for the issuance of school building bonds, series 2014 and authorizing the staff, administration and consultants to proceed with document preparation as presented. The motion was made by Secretary Jeff Harris and seconded by Trustee Carol Barrett. The motion carried with seven ayes and zero nos.
J-2. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to the Annual and Financial and Compliance Report for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013
Superintendent Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Glynn Walker who introduced Shelby Lackey, representing the firm of Hereford, Lynch, Sellars & Kirkham, Certified Public Accountants. The firm has conducted the annual fianancial and compliance audit for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013. Ms. Lackey reported to the Trustees that her firm has found a “clean audit”. There were no findings and is considered an Unmodified Opinion.
MOTION XXXX: I move approval of the Annual Financial and Compliance Report for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013 as presented. The motion was made by Trustee Carol Barrett and seconded by Trustee Michael Wesson. The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.
J-3. Receive Quarterly Investment Report for the three months ended November 30, 2013
Report was received by the Trustees from Glynn Walker, Deputy Superintendent for Human Resources and Business Services.
L. EXECUTIVE SESSION
L-1. The Board will meet in Executive Session to conduct a closed meeting to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property because the deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the district in negotiations with a third party. The executive session deliberations will be held pursuant to the “Deliberation Regarding Real Propery; Cloawd Meeting” exceptrion to the Texas Open Meetings Act as set forth in Section 551.0742 of the Texas Government Code.
L-2. The Board will meet in Executive Session to conduct a closed meeting to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. The executive session deliberations will be held pursuant ot 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 Trustees went into Executive Session at 7:40 p.m.
Without objection President Jochen adjourned the meeting at 9:07 p.m.