Board Highlights - 1-22-2013

RECOGNITIONS

In honor of Texas School Board Recognition Month, Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry recognized the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees for their dedication, leadership and continuing service to the children of the district.
The Board of Trustees recognized the following students, staff and community members for their achievements:

  • CFISD, for its efforts in partnering with Chevron in the Jason Project;
  • Lana Burns, Cypress Ranch High School teacher, for receiving the 2012 Leon Jaworski Award for teaching excellence in Law-focused Education. The award was presented by Law Focused Education, State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. The purpose of the award is to recognize educators who have made an outstanding contribution to law-focused education;
  • the district, for its effort in partnering with Comcast Cable to increase the availability of internet service to economically disadvantaged students;

The superintendent recognized students and staff members for honors and achievements earned in recent weeks. Congratulations were extended to the following:

  • wrestling teams that participated in the 11th annual CFISD Wrestling Invitational, Jan. 4-5 at the Berry Center. Seventy-six teams competed from the top programs in Texas and Louisiana in a tournament that is one of the largest in the nation. The Cypress Ridge High School girls’ team finished in fourth place, and the Cypress Woods High School boys’ team placed 10th overall.

CENTERPOINT ENERGY SCORE PROGRAM

A representative from the CenterPoint Energy SCORE (Schools Conserving of Resources Energy) Program presented CFISD with an incentive check for $145,775.01 during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday for completing multiple energy efficiency projects in 2012.

BOND UPDATE

The Board approved the construction proposal and contract paid from bond funds to the recommended contractor and authorized the superintendent or designee to execute all necessary documents related to such contracts as follows:

  • David Anthony, Ed.D. Middle School No. 18.

The Board authorized the superintendent or designee to enter into the miscellaneous professional service contracts related to the following project:

  • David Anthony, Ed.D. Middle School No. 18
    • HVAC Testing and Balance Services: up to $140,000;
    • Material Testing Services: up to $125,000;
    • Roof Inspection Services: up to $65,000.

The Board approved the administration’s recommendation that Middle School No. 19 be located on the district-owned 179-acre multi-school site at FM 529 and Westgreen Blvd., with an opening date of August 2015.

The Board approved the administration’s recommendation that High School No. 11 be located on the district-owned 179-acre multi-school site at FM 529 and Westgreen Blvd., with an opening date of August 2016.

The Board approved the administration’s recommendation to select PBK Architects Inc. to design and master-plan the 179-acre multi-school site located at FM 529 and Westgreen Blvd. which will include the design of High School No. 11, future Middle School No. 19 and Elementary School No. 55.

The Board approved execution of the plat for the 179-acre Westgreen Boulevard Multi-School Site located along FM 529.

The Board authorized the superintendent or designee to negotiate the final terms and conditions and executed all documents for a Temporary Construction Easement for Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 358 required to facilitate the construction of a water well adjacent to Swenke Elementary School.

The Board authorized the superintendent or designee to negotiate the final terms and conditions and execute all documents for the Release of Easement Rights of a 0.046-acre Utility Easement and the granting of a 0.108-acre Southwestern Bell Telephone Easement for the purpose of facilitating the road construction of Westgreen Blvd. adjacent to the 179-acre multi-campus site.

The Board authorized the superintendent or designee to negotiate the final terms and conditions and execute all documents for a Temporary Construction Easement for Harris County Precinct 4 required to facilitate the driveway modifications required at Black Elementary School to tie into the Spring Cypress Road improvements.

SUPERINTENDENT’S BRIEFING

The Third Annual Cypress Hoops Invitational Tournament, held Dec. 6-8 at CFISD high schools and the Berry Center, raised more than $22,500 for the “Donate to Educate” program.  Of the 24 teams participating, Langham Creek High School placed second in the event.

January is designated as National Mentoring Month. This month-long outreach campaign focuses attention on the need for mentors—whether individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations, nonprofits or schools—working together to mentor our young people. Mentors can make such a difference in the lives of students struggling with academics, personal issues and/or staying in school. Mentors commit to meet with a student once a week, every week, for the entire school year. CFISD has more than 109,000 students, many of whom could use the extra support and encouragement. By serving as a mentor, you will enrich your own life as much as you do the life of a child. Those considering becoming a mentor can please contact Pam Scott in the Partners in Education office. 

CFISD will honor school counselors Feb. 4-8 for “National School Counseling Week.” CFISD counselors can have a tremendous impact helping students achieve success and plan for a career.

A special-called Board meeting honoring National Merit and National Hispanic Scholars will be held at the Berry Center on Monday, Feb. 4. A total of 199 students will be recognized. The program will be broadcast live on our website, www.cfisd.net, and replayed throughout February and March.

The 19th annual Cy-Fair ISD Livestock Show and Sale will be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 at the Exhibit Center at 11206 Telge Road. Approximately 500 student exhibitors and over 750 student projects and animals will be exhibited and judged.  A flyer is also available on the CFISD website showing the times and designated animals for the livestock judging. Dedicated CFISD students raised more than $533,000 last year due to generous corporate and individual participation in this sale.

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation will present Salute to Our Heroes on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel Westside. This event honors the brave men and women who are serving, or have served, to preserve our freedom and liberty. Proceeds will create an endowment in the memory of fallen soldiers, which will be used for college scholarships for CFISD students.  The guest speaker this year is the commander of the unit that captured Saddam Hussein.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Marie Holmes at the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, 281-807-3591 or www.thecfef.org.

AGENDA ITEMS

In other action, the Board approved:

  • bids and contracts and authorized purchase orders;
  • tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
  • a resolution and agreement supporting the application by Toshiba International Corporation to the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Board and to provide a letter of non-objection for such purpose;
  • on first reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
    • CFB (LOCAL) Accounting – Inventories (REVISE)
    • FNG (LOCAL) Student Rights and Responsibilities: Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances (REVISE);
  • the 2013-2014 Official Board Meeting Calendar; and
  • Board Operating Guidelines outlining the duties of a public officer.

PUBLIC HEARING

The Board held a public hearing to discuss the 2011-2012 annual report describing the educational performance of the district and of each campus in the district.

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