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The Board of Trustees recognized the following students and staff members for their achievements:
- Houston Cy-Fair Lion’s Club, Dr. Jean Robinson and Dr. Jonathan Wong for providing eye care and glasses to students in the district.
The superintendent recognized students and staff members for honors and achievements earned in recent weeks. Congratulations were extended to the following:
- Sylvia Cook, coordinator of family and consumer sciences, for being selected as the 2010 Outstanding Career and Technology Administrator by the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Association of Texas; and
- Sheri Stice, associate athletic director, was inducted into the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA) Hall of Honor. Stice joins Ken Pridgeon and Larry Peil as the only CFISD Hall of Honor inductees.
NEW ADMINISTRATIVE ASSIGNMENTS
The district announced three new administrative assignments:
- Alejandro Morúa, formerly the program coordinator at the Houston A Plus Challenge, was named the assistant to the superintendent, replacing Dr. Cheryl Salyards, associate superintendent for governmental relations and communication, who retired from CFISD on June 30;
- Darynda Klein, former assistant principal at Hairgrove Elementary School, was named the new principal at Hairgrove for the 2010-2011 school year, replacing Lesa Cain; and
- Elizabeth Miller, former assistant principal at McFee Elementary School, was named the new principal at Swenke Elementary School. Miller replaces Donna Guthrie, who was named the assistant superintendent for elementary administration in May.
The Board approved execution of the plats for Perry Road Sections 1, 2 and 3.
The Board authorized the superintendent or designee to negotiate the terms and conditions of an Addendum to the Water Supply and Waste Disposal Contract between Emerald Forest Utility District and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, and to execute all related documents.
BERRY CENTER MANAGEMENT REVIEW
Stafford Sports LLC, advisors to sports and entertainment properties, reported on the results of the management review of the fiscal and operational policies and procedures of the Berry Center. Stafford Sports LLC evaluated the Berry Center’s management and operations, identified ways to improve quality and efficiency of the venue, provided industry guidelines and best practices and provided recommendations in the areas of operations, management and marketing.
Stafford Sports LLC listed four key findings:
- Stafford identified opportunities to maximize existing sources of revenue;
- Stafford identified opportunities to generate new revenue streams;
- The Berry Center needs to allocate resources to generate increased revenue; and
- New revenues would likely pay for cost of increased resources.
The Board approved an Election Order calling for an election on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees, position Nos. 5, No. 6 and No. 7.
Summer school concluded with the district serving 9,867 students in a variety of programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. One-hundred eighty-two (182) students met graduation requirements and commencement exercises were held at the Berry Center on July 30.
The first day of school for the 2010-2011 school year is Aug. 23 and the district expects an enrollment of approximately 106,940 students. The district will open two new schools this year – Emery and Rennell elementary schools. Dr. Anthony publicly thanked the Technology and Maintenance and Operations teams—whose planning, coordination and long hours were critical to preparing the buildings for their opening. He also thanked the Facilities Planning and Purchasing departments for completing the new facilities, along with principals, staff members and CFISD’s curriculum staff for their efforts for equipping the buildings with all the needed supplies and instructional materials. Lastly, he thanked the Human Resources department for ensuring that students have the highest quality teachers on site to greet them on Aug. 23.
Everyone should be aware of the speed limits while driving in all school zones as students return to school. Safety continues to be the district’s No. 1 priority. He recommended that parents and students review both the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct that will be distributed to each student during the first few days of school. The Code of Conduct includes a Safety Pledge that reminds students to immediately notify an adult should they become aware of any unsafe condition or situation occurring on campus. Cypress-Fairbanks ISD believes that students are a vital component in helping ensure safety in and around our schools.
The Cy-Fair Bus Buddies project will again provide assistance to elementary students in exiting their buses at the correct locations. As a partnership between the Volunteers in Public Schools, the district campuses and the transportation department, Bus Buddies is designed to assist students and drivers during the first week of school. Interested volunteers can sign up to be a Bus Buddy by calling their local campus, the Bus Buddies hotline (281-894-3949) or via the district’s website.
CFISD will observe Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 6, as a student and staff holiday during which all facilities will be closed. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Security department at 281-897-4337. Students will return to school Tuesday, Sept. 7 and all other facilities will also re-open for normal business hours.
In other action, the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees approved:
- bids and contracts to the recommended vendors and authorized the superintendent, respective associate superintendent or designee to execute all necessary documents related to such bids and contracts;
- the tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
- on first reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
- DFBB (LOCAL) TERM CONTRACTS: NONRENEWAL
- DFE (LOCAL) TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT: RESIGNATION
- DH (LOCAL) EMPLOYEE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
- DI (LOCAL) EMPLOYEE WELFARE
- FB (LOCAL) EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
- FDD (LOCAL) ADMISSIONS: MILITARY DEPENDENTS (DELETE POLICY)
- FFAB (LOCAL) WELLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES: IMMUNIZATIONS (DELETE POLICY)
- FFAD (LOCAL) WELLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES: COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (DELETE POLICY)
- FFH (LOCAL) STUDENT WELFARE: FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION
- the Campus Performance Objectives for the 2010-2011Campus Improvement Plans;
- the 2010-2011 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Student Code of Conduct;
- the Memorandum of Understanding between Harris County Juvenile Board and the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD to participate in the JJAEP for the 2010-2011 school year;
- termination of the the probationary contract of Chante Randle, teacher, in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; and
- upholding a Level II decision denying an employee grievance filed by Phillip Bobb, teacher at Cypress Ranch High School, against Darlene Medford, principal at Cypress Ranch High School.
JUNE 24 SPECIAL-CALLED MEETING
Ryan O’Hara of RBC Capital Markets reported on the sale of Series 2010A and 2010B Qualified School Construction Bonds. The district sold $30 million in Series 2010A Qualified School Construction Bonds via a tax credit bond through the Bank of Texas. The district sold $25,140,000 in Series 2010B Qualified School Construction Bonds via a direct pay bond with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. Both bond issues were sold at a 0-percent interest rate. Sold at this rate, the total $55,140,000 will save CFISD a total of $17.5 million over the life of the bonds through 2026.
The Board approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Tax Anticipation Notes, Series 2010; setting certain parameters for the notes; authorizing the associate superintendent for business services to approve the amount, the interest rate, price and certain other terms thereof and procedures and provisions related thereto.
The Board approved the proposal and contract to the recommended vendor and authorized the superintendent, respective associate superintendent or designee to execute all necessary documents related to such proposal and contract for the Spillane Middle School asphalt walking track.
The Board approved the granting of a 0.0086-acre tract for a new water meter easement to the City of Houston for permanent water service to Holbrook Elementary School and authorized the superintendent or designee to negotiate the final terms and execute all related documents.
The Board approved the CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC Blanket Utility Easement to provide electrical service for the Exhibit Center.
In other action, the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees approved:
- the list of students for Off-Campus Physical Education, Category I, for the school years 2010-2011 (Fall) through 2012-2013;
- the budget amendments for the period of April 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010; and
- the tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.