Tuesday evening update:
The College Station school board unanimously approved the budget and tax rate for the 2014-15 school year.
In a separate story, will be details of a community committee’s recommendations to redraw elementary school boundaries to accommodate the opening of the Spring Creek campus a year from now.
The board heard committee recommendations for possibly renaming Timber Academy High School, to correspond with moving to the new Center for Alternative Learning building. The high school is a part of the center for alternative learning, which also houses CSISD’s two disciplinary campuses. The new center for alternative learning is scheduled to open in August 2015 as part of the district’s 2013 bond program, which was approved by the voters in November 2013. The committee was made up of six Timber staff members, three Timber parents/guardians, two Timber students and three central office personnel. The committee met three times and considered a number of naming options, including keeping Timber Academy. The board could decide as early as next month whether to change the name of the school.
The board hired a new director of Career and Technology Education. Karen Ferguson takes over for long-time CSISD CATE Director Judy McLeod, who has retired. Ferguson was selected from 41 applicants and has 21 years of experience as a CATE teacher and administrator. Most recently, she served at CATE Director at Brazosport ISD.
Purchases included 480 netbooks for students at Oakwood and Cypress Grove schools, at a cost of $263,520 from 2013 bond money; and awarding a bid of $72,000 for the CSHS Baseball Backstop Improvement project to be paid from 2009 bond savings.
Monday evening update:
The Bryan school board unanimously approved the budget and tax rate for the 2014-15 school year.
Local school boards are holding public hearings and setting budgets for the upcoming school year during monthly business meetings this week.
Monday night, the Bryan school board takes comments on holding the tax rate the same. More money is projected because of an increase in property valuations. In Bryan, the owner of the average home, now valued at $134,000 dollars, will pay another $80 dollars. The Bryan ISD budget is based on no change in enrollment from last year.
Tuesday night in College Station, next year’s budget calls for raising the tax rate six cents. That means the owner of the average home, now valued at $225,000 dollars, will pay an additional $253 dollars to CSISD. More students are expected, based on an average four percent enrollment increase each of the last five years.
Another item of interest in College Station is unveiling new elementary school boundaries to accommodate opening the new Spring Creek campus a year from now. A memo from Superintendent Clark Ealy does not disclose the new zones as recommended by a 31 member committee. Dr. Ealy pointed out three things. One is that Title I campuses would remain at College Hills, South Knoll, and Southwood Valley. Second, the proposed rezoning will accommodate future enrollment needs in faster growing neighborhoods. And there’s a better balance of students from low income households being distributed throughout what will be nine campuses.
Three public hearings on the proposed CSISD elementary school boundaries are scheduled:
Tuesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. at the CSISD board room.
Thursday, September 4 at 5 p.m. at the CSISD transportation center.
Wednesday, September 10 at noon at the CSISD transportation center.