College Station Independent School District

Regular School Board Meeting Minutes

February 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

CSISD Board Room


President Valerie Jochen called the meeting to order at 7:03 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 Southwood Vally Elementary Principal Kristiana Hamilton and Pebble Creek Elementary Principal Annette Rorabak.  Principal Hamilton introduced students Madisen Lang and Samuel Chew.  Principal Rorabak introduced students Will Zumwalt, Mallory Zumwalt, and Nadav Lavy.   The students led the audience in the pledges and the moment of silence


C-2.  Students

a.  Highest possible score on ACT  

College Station High School Junior Jiatao Liang earned a score of 36 on the ACT exam, which is the highest-possible score one can receive.  

b.  All State Choir  

A&M Consolidated musicians Randy Westmoreland and Laura Ramirez were selected to perform with Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All State Choir.  High School students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning the fall of 2013 to arrive at the state level.  All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.

c.  All State Band

Simon Kaper from A&M Consolidated High School and Amber Macha, Davis Ponjuan, Alonzo Hernandez  and Brandon Yosko of College Station High School recently were named to the All State Band.

d.  All State Orchestra

A&M Consolidated High School violinists Minha Kim and James Wu, and College Station High School violinist Woody Wang were selected to perform in the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association All State Orchestra.  

C-3.  Artwork provided by CSISD students from Southwood Valley Elementary, Pebble Creek Elementary and Oakwood Intermediate School adorned the walls of the CSISD Board Room and was admired by all.


Agenda Item G – MINUTES:  January 21, 2-14 Workshop Minutes, January 21, 2014 Regular Meeting Minutes, February 3, 2014 Workshop Minutes, February 6, 2014 Workshop Minutes; Agenda Item H – CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION:  Agenda Item H-1:  Consideration, discussion and possible action related to 2014-2015 Birth to Five Head Start budget and grant; Agenda Item H-2:  Consideration, discussion and possible action related to an Early Release Day Waiver; Agenda Item J – BUSINESS SERVICES:  Agenda Item J-1:  Consider approval of purchase of eFinance Public Sector Software Windows 5.0 upgrade from Sungard Pentamation for the amount of $75,114.00 from 2014 Bond funds; Agenda Item J-2:  Consider approval of the monthly Head Start financial statements and credit card expenditures; Agenda Item J-3:  Consider approval of monthly budget amendments; Agenda Item J-4:  Consider approval of financial reports

MOTION XXXX:  I move to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.  The motion was made by Vice President Paul Dorsett and seconded by Trustee Carol Barrett.  The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.


E-1.  Board Directions and Reports/Announcements/Superintendent Reports and Announcements

Board Secretary reported that the Education Foundation’s signature fundraiser, “50 Men Who Can Cook” has raised after expenses more than $160,000 to be used with SUCCESS 24/7 and scholarships to assist students.


Superintendent Eddie Coulson reported that the administration has begun budget work for the 2014-2015 school year and that work will continue through August, with the budget approval requirement by September 1, 2014.  

Dr. Coulson thanked the Board for their support of his leadership of CSISD for the community and the district.


E-2.  Consider approval of Superintendent Contract

This item will be discussed in Executive Session.



1.  Annie Liang addressed the Trustees related to Chinese curriculum in College Station ISD.

2. Kristin Cheng addressed the Trustees related to Mandarin Chinese curriculum in College Station ISD.

3.  Ren Mu addressed the Trustees related to adding Chinese language instruction to the middle school and high school curriculum in CSISD.





K-1.  Consider approval of the 2014-2015 CSISD school calendar

Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services Clark Ealy who reported to the Board related to the 2014-2015 CSISD school calendar proposal.  

MOTION XXXX:  I move approval of the 2014-2015 school calendar (blue calendar)  as presented.  The motion was made by Secretary Jeff Harris and seconded by Trustee Carol Barrett  The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.

K-2.  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 renovations to Creek View Elementary School and Rock Prairie Elementary School

Superintendent Eddie Coulson recognized Deputy Superintendent Clark Ealy who presented information to the Trustees related to renovations at Creek View Elementary and Rock Prairie Elementary.  Creek View renovations include fixing sidewalks which have heaved up at some of the entrances to the building.  Renovation work to Rock Prairie Elementary include replacing the windows and exterior brick of the building in order to alleviate issues with moisture inside the building.


MOTION XXXX:  I move approval of assignment of real property contract to CSISD, and grant authority to negotiate the terms of and enter a development agreement between College Station ISD, 3-D Development, and BCS Development, to facilitate the development of real property located off of W.S. Phillips Parkway in College Station, Texas.  The motion was made by Trustee Michael Wesson and seconded by Vice President Paul Dorsett.  The motion passed with seven ayes and zero nos.



L-1.  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 7:55 p.m.




Without objection President Jochen adjourned the meeting at 9:55 p.m.

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President Signature                                                Secretary Signature