Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan Police Department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about several upcoming events involving the department, including a fundraiser for the Aggie Bombers Special Olympics flag football team, along with safety tips for children staying home alone during the holidays, and traffic safety with the upcoming holiday shopping season.KelleyMcKethan112613.mp3
Phebe Simmons of Family Promise BCS visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about the agency, which is supported in part by your contributions to United Way of the Brazos Valley.UnitedWay112513_FamilyPromise.mp3
Lt. Chuck Fleeger with the College Station Police Department visits with WTAW’s Kat McMullen about the department’s recent reaccreditation, a recent promotion, an officer receiving an award, and traffic safety reminders.ChuckFleeger112113.mp3
Bart Humphreys of the College Station Fire Department visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about fire safety tips during the holidays.BartHumphreys112213.mp3
College Station school superintendent Eddie Coulson visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting, specificially the swearing in of two new members along with an incumbent; and the first discussion of the latest bond issue passed by voters earlier this month. Dr. Coulson also visits about starting the process of developing next year’s school calendar, a proposal for two new high school courses, and today’s state board of education meeting addressing the implementation of House Bill 5.EddieCoulson112013.mp3
A summary of Tuesday’s board meeting is courtesy of CSISD:
New Courses for 2014-2015: The board discussed two proposed new courses for the CSISD Career and Technology Department. The board will take action on approval of the new courses in the December meeting. The two proposed courses are below.
Practicum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM): 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.
Practicum in Health Science-Emergency Medical Technician: This course is for those truly interested in becoming an EMT as a career or as a beginning to your career in the medical field. The course will be taught in partnership with TEEX (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service) Emergency Medical Services Academy. This is a two-part program with the first part available to students in their senior year at AMCHS. The second part of the training will be the 112 clinical/field hours that will be completed at TEEX in the summer after graduation.
2014-2015 School Calendar: Dr. Clark Ealy, Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services reviewed the board’s process for adopting the school calendar. The process is as follows: Multiple calendar options are discussed by the District Education Improvement Council (DEIC). Unwanted and nonviable options are eliminated, and the remaining options may be amended. DEIC members solicit feedback from their constituents throughout the district and community. DEIC discusses and makes any changes to the calendar options based on the feedback received. Calendar options are placed online from December to early February to be voted on by students, faculty, and community members. DEIC synthesizes all feedback gathered during the process, including voting data, to determine which calendar option to recommend to the board. The board will act on the recommended calendar option at the February regular meeting. The board is updated throughout the entire process.
Discussion of 2013 Bond Projects: Several groups have begun the planning process for the projects related to the 2013 CSISD bond election. The $83.5 million bond package earned 68.64% of the vote in the November 5 election. Tentative timelines have been established for bond funding, construction and renovations, and technology purchases. A rezoning committee to accommodate a ninth elementary school will begin meeting early in 2014. The new attendance zones are tentatively scheduled to be finalized by September 2014, nearly a full year prior to elementary no. 9 opening. Additionally, the bond sale is tentatively set for January 2014.
Reorganization of Board Officers: The unanimously voted to retain the same executive committee for the 2013-2014 board term as the previous year. They are President Valerie Jochen, Vice-President Paul Dorsett, and Secretary Jeff Harris.
Purchase of replacement boilers for Rock Prairie Elementary: The boiler at Rock Prairie Elementary must be replaced due to extensive age, increasing maintenance costs, and lack of efficiency. The board approved the purchase of replacement boilers from Entec Sales and Service for $112,734.00.
Departing Bryan single council member Richard Cortez discussed his time on council, among other topics, during an appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, 20 November.
Click below to listen to Richard Cortez’ visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.RichardCortez112013.mp3
U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discusses reactions to Obamacare problems, hydraulic fracturing, the energy industry, and other topics during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, 20 November.
Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.BillFlores112013.mp3
Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan Police Department (BPD) visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about a BPD officer receiving an award from MADD, holiday reminders about BPD’s Blue Angels toy drive and the Citizens Police Academy’s food drive, a new BPD person of interest, crime prevention tips during the holidays, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.KelleyMcKethan111913.mp3
The Brazos Valley coordinator for the Texas Ramp Project, Jerry Gritter, visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about financial and 2-1-1 assistance the United Way of the Brazos Valley gives to the volunteer building of handicapped accessable ramps.111813-Jerry-Gritter.mp3
WTAW’s Scott DeLucia visits with Linda Harvell, who chairs the College Station’s 75th Anniversary committee.LindaHarvell111813.mp3