Board Highlights - 10-08-2012

RECOGNITIONS

The Board of Trustees recognized the following students, staff and community members for their achievements:

  • Cypress Ridge High School student Cadet Lt. Col. Jared Reese, who was selected as outstanding Junior ROTC Cadet by the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution. The Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution awards approximately 350 medals each year to outstanding JROTC junior cadets. Each year, one cadet is selected as the Outstanding JROTC Junior Cadet from the State of Texas and information regarding this individual is forwarded to the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. In July of each year, one cadet is recognized as the National Outstanding JROTC Junior Cadet; and
  • Cypress Creek High School teacher Felicia Hayes, for being named the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) Outstanding High School Teacher for 2012.

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

  • Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, for receiving a five-star rating for academic and financial performance for the third straight year from the State Comptroller’s office Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST). FAST assigns each district a rating from one to five stars, with five stars reflecting the strongest academic progress and growth combined with the lowest spending; and
  • Thirty-two CFISD campuses, for receiving the Texas Honors Circle Award from the State Comptroller’s office. The schools were recognized for achieving academic success through cost-effective operations. The following campuses received the award: Adam, Andre’, Ault, Bang, Birkes, Black, Copeland, Danish, Duryea, Farney, Gleason, Hairgrove, Hamilton, Jowell, Keith, Lamkin, Lee, Lowery, Matzke, McFee, Millsap, Moore, Owens, Post, Postma, A. Robison, Tipps, Warner, Willbern, Wilson and Yeager elementary schools and Cypress Ranch High School.

TAX RATE RESOLUTION

The Board approved the 2012 Tax Rate Resolution to support the 2012-2013 budget: (a) 2012 Maintenance and Operations tax rate and (b) 2012 Debt Service tax rate. The Interest and Sinking, or Debt Service, tax rate was increased from $0.39 per each $100 of assessed valuation of property to $0.41. When combined with the $1.04 Maintenance and Operations tax rate, the tax rate totals to $1.45 per $100 of property valuation.

BOND UPDATE

The Board authorized the superintendent or designee to negotiate and execute an interlocal agreement and related documents with the Clay Road Municipal Utility District for the donation and installation of playground equipment at M. Robinson Elementary School.

SUPERINTENDENT’S BRIEFING

The Salute to the Stars Gala will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Berry Center. The Gala is sponsored by the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, and is underwritten by the Cy-Fair Credit Union, Cy-Fair Medical Center Hospital, IBI Architects and Methodist Willowbrook Hospital to honor the 2011 Spotlight teachers, representing each CFISD campus. In addition to honoring outstanding teachers, this event raises funds for student scholarships and staff development grants for teachers.

The Northwest Harris County Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Lone Star College-CyFair. Last year, CFISD had more than 730 participants and raised more than $16,800. The three-mile walk will raise funds for the American Heart Association. Most campuses and support facilities have a team that any staff, student or community member can join.

CFISD will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31. This national campaign is designed to encourage healthy, drug-free and violence-free lifestyles among youth.

Parents, students and staff are invited to attend the district’s 21st annual Health Organization of Physical Educators (HOPE) Fun Run, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Langham Creek High School track. More than 2,000 students, staff and community members participated in the event in 2011 in an effort to help raise funds to provide scholarships for graduating seniors planning to pursue degrees in health education, physical education, recreation or dance. Please contact your campus or the CFISD elementary PE department to sign up.

Early voting dates for the Nov. 6 CFISD Trustee Election are Oct. 22 – Nov. 2. The early voting locations within Cy-Fair ISD are:

  • Lone Star College– University Park, 20515 Hwy 249
  • Cypress Top Park, 26026 Hempstead Hwy.
  • Tomball Public Works Building, 501 B James St.
  • Franz Road Storefront, 19818 Franz Road
  • Jersey Village City Hall, 16327 Lakeview
  • Bear Creek Park Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr.
  • Champion Forest Baptist Church, 4840 Strack Rd.

A Candidate Forum is scheduled for Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berry Center. The forum is a formal question-and-answer session for the candidates in front of an audience of interested voters. Those who cannot watch in person can view the event live on CFTV Comcast Channel 16 and on the CFISD website. For more information on polling sites on Election Day, please visit www.harrisvotes.org.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed Oct. 10 as Texas Education Human Resources Day. The day honors human resources staff, who ensure that schools across the state and in CFISD are staffed with high-quality employees. The district recognizes their important contribution to hiring individuals who embody Cy-Fair principles and values.

Monday, Oct. 29 will be a student holiday, professional work day for teachers and a regular work day for administration. Parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled for this date for elementary students.

AGENDA ITEMS

In other action, the Board approved:

  • bids and contracts and authorized purchase orders;
  • on second reading additions, deletions and revisions to district policies:
    • EFA (LOCAL) INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES: INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS;
  • and submitted to the Commissioner of Education a Request for Maximum Class Size Waiver;
  • canceling the special-called board meeting boundary workshop on Oct. 29, 2012;
  • tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
  • on first reading revisions to district policy:
    • DHE (LOCAL) EMPLOYEE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT: SEARCHES & ALCOHOL/DRUG TESTING (REVISE);
  • the process and the charge for establishing attendance boundaries;
  • upholding a Level II decision by the Transfer Review Committee for a transfer appeal; and
  • adoption of the revised Board Operating Guidelines outlining the duties of a public officer.

ADDENDUM

The administration provided a report on the district’s seventh- and eighth-grade human reproductive unit.

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