CS School Board RecapFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
The College Station school board Tuesday night awarded the first construction project related to last November’s bond issue.
There will be $2 million dollars of repairs, replacing exterior brick and windows at Rock Prairie and replacing sidewalks at Creek View. The cost of the summertime project came in under budget by more than $834,000 dollars.
The board was also updated on the progress of other bond-financed projects.
Deputy Superintendent Clark Ealy showed maps and architect’s drawings of elementary school #9.
Dr. Ealy says the closing on the property purchase is set for February 28, the board would receive a recommendation on a name for the school next month, considering a construction contract in April, and naming a principal in May.
Those interested in providing input to the changing elementary school boundaries are invited to attend any of three upcoming public hearings. The first is February 26 at the Lincoln Center starting at 5:30 p.m., the next is February 27 at the CSISD Transportation Center starting at 6:30 p.m., and at the CSISD board room March 5 starting at 12:30 p.m.
The board will consider awarding a contract next month to build safety vestibules on five campuses which do not have them. Ealy said construction would start after school ends, with completion expected by the end of September. The five campuses are A&M Consolidated Middle School, College Station Middle School, Cypress Grove, Pebble Creek, and Southwood Valley elementaries.
Closing on the purchase of the former College Station conference center is projected at the end of March, with the expectation of the board awarding a construction contract in June to build the new center for alternative learning.
The board also approved the 2014-2015 calendar. The “blue option”, built on the philosophy of this year’s calendar, collected nearly 2,600 hundred votes. That’s twice or triple the participation of recent years. It was supported by three out of every four parents, two out of three students, and two out of every three high school and intermediate teachers.
The board saw the results of the latest demographic study. According to the consultants from Harner and Associates, CSISD will likely reach capacity in its elementary, intermediate, and middle schools by the end of the decade.
And the board spent about two hours in executive session to continue discussing the process of selecting the district’s next superintendent. The board will resume talking behind closed doors on Thursday.
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