Board Highlights - 11-12-2012

RECOGNITIONS

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

  • Cross country teams that placed in district competition. In the boys’ race, Cypress Woods High School placed first, followed by second-place Cypress Creek High School and third-place Cypress Ridge High School. In the girls’ race, Cy-Fair High School won first place, while Cypress Woods High School won second place and Cypress Creek High School won third place. In regional competition, the Cypress Woods boys placed second overall and the Cy-Fair High School girls placed third. Both teams, along with five individual runners, competed in the state championships last weekend;
  • Volleyball teams that qualified for the playoffs. Cypress Woods High School finished the season as the district champion, followed by second-place Cy-Fair High School, third-place Cypress Ranch High School and fourth-place Cypress Falls High School. All four teams won their bi-district playoff games. Cypress Woods and Cy-Fair won their area-round playoff games and advanced to the regional semifinals;
  • Tennis teams that advanced to the postseason. Cypress Ranch High School won its first district title, with Langham Creek High School second.  Both teams finished their season at regionals; and
  • Two CFISD marching bands, Cy-Fair and Langham Creek, that were selected to compete in the UIL State Marching Contest after outstanding performances at the Area Marching Band Contest.

SCHOOL NAMESAKES

The Board approved the namesakes for Elementary School Nos. 53 and 54 and Middle School No. 18.

Elementary School No. 53 will be named after Margie Sue Pope, who retired from CFISD in 2004 after 18 1/2 years with the school district. During her tenure with the district, Pope served as a mentor and role model for numerous campus administrators. She served 5 1/2 years as a director of instruction at Cypress Creek High School, 3 1/2 years as principal of Campbell Middle School, eight years as principal of Cypress Falls High School and 1 1/2 years as an assistant superintendent for secondary school administration.

Prior to coming to CFISD, Pope worked in Klein ISD, Houston ISD, Spring ISD, Tomball ISD and Brazosport ISD as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.

Margie Sue Pope Elementary School is currently under construction in the Bridgeland community on an existing site. Designed by VLK Architects, the school has an opening date of August 2013.

Elementary School No. 54 will be named after Sadie Woodard, who retired from CFISD in 2008 after 39 years with the district.
While with CFISD, she was a teacher for five years at Cy-Fair and Jersey Village high schools, counselor for 10 years and assistant principal for three years at Jersey Village, director of guidance and counseling for 14 years, senior director of guidance and counseling for two years and assistant superintendent of guidance and counseling and special programs for five years. Prior to coming to CFISD, Woodard worked two years as a teacher in Victoria ISD.

Sadie Woodard Elementary School will be located in Canyon Lakes West on a site donated by Land Tejas Companies. Designed by PBK, the school has an opening date of August 2014.

Middle School No. 18 will be named after Dr. David Anthony, who retired from CFISD in 2011 after seven years with the district.
Dr. Anthony served as a superintendent for 24 years. Prior to coming to CFISD, he served as a superintendent in McKinney ISD, Texas City ISD, Mount Pleasant ISD and High Island ISD. Before becoming a superintendent, Dr. Anthony served as a principal for nine years and a teacher for four years, both in Louisiana.

Dr. David Anthony Middle School was designed by Bay Architects and will be located on district-owned property adjacent to Rennell Elementary. It has an opening date of August 2014.

BOND UPDATE

The administration reported on the sale of Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Unlimited Tax and Refunding Bonds, Series 2012-A. The district sold the bonds on Oct. 24, resulting in a total savings of more than $6.5 million in debt service. The closing on the sales is scheduled for Nov. 20.

The Board approved the construction proposal and contract paid from 2004 bond funds for the 179-acre Westgreen Blvd. multi-school site infrastructure project to the recommended contractor and authorized the superintendent or designee to execute all necessary documents related to such contract. The contract was awarded to Hassell Construction Company, Inc., in the amount of $6,597,707. Per a reimbursement agreement, Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 105 will provide the school district an estimated reimbursement of $2,475,000.

The Board approved authorizing the superintendent or designee to enter into the miscellaneous professional service contract related to the 179-acre Westgreen Blvd. multi-school site infrastructure project for Material Testing Services up to $125,000.

SUPERINTENDENT’S BRIEFING

The STAAR End-of-Course exams will take place Dec. 3-14 for students in grades 9 and 10, where applicable. This includes students who: (1) need to test for the first time after obtaining original credit; (2) were absent for EOC in the spring of 2012; or (3) who are working to improve their EOC scores. Please check the district calendar at www.cfisd.net for the testing dates by grade and subject matter. 
Dr. Henry thanked parents for supporting children and encouraging them to do their best on the important tests, which provide valuable data that is used when determining the students’ instructional needs. 

Schools will be closed Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 21-23, for the Thanksgiving holidays. Some CFISD support facilities, including the Instructional Support Center, will also be closed. Dr. Henry wished all students and employees a relaxing and safe holiday as the district takes time to be thankful for the many freedoms and blessings enjoyed in this country.

AGENDA ITEMS

In other action, the Board approved:

  • awarding bids and contracts and authorized purchase orders for the following items:
    • motor fuels (renewal – year 3 of 3); shelving; signage (renewal – year 2 of 3); structural pest control (renewal – year 2 of 3); telephone, data and video cabling and repair services; and tires (renewal – year 2 of 3);
  • the budget amendments for the period of July 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2012;
  • on second reading revisions to district policy:
    • DHE (LOCAL) EMPLOYEE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT: Searches & Alcohol/Drug Testing (Revise);
  • tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
  • on first reading additions or revisions to district policies:
    • AB (LOCAL) DISTRICT NAME (Add);
    • GF (LOCAL) PUBLIC COMPLAINTS (Revise);
    • EIE (LOCAL) ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: RETENTION AND PROMOTION (Revise);
  • the Cypress-Fairbanks Professional Development and Appraisal System certified appraisers for the 2012-2013 school year as outlined in the Certified Appraiser Report;
  • the district’s 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and accept the auditors’ report on the district’s general purpose financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012; and
  • the auditors’ report on the district’s fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 required by provisions of the Single Audit Act of 1984, U.S. Office of Management and Budget Circular A-128.

PUBLIC HEARING

The Board held a public hearing on the 2010-2011 district’s Schools FIRST accountability rating.

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