Board Highlights - 4-8-2013


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

  • Students from Cypress Woods High School who placed in the 16th Annual 2013 HP Code Wars Contest. The team, consisting of seniors Nikoli Cartagena and Ben Lin and junior Andrew Liu, won the 16th annual competition in the Advanced group with 123 points, ahead of second-place Paschal High School of Fort Worth (122) and third-place Klein Oak High School;
  • Stacey Armstrong, Cypress Woods High School teacher, for being named one of 16 winners of the 2012 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Sponsor Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding sponsors who enable students to develop and refine their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the educational system;
  • Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE) crystal and gold state volunteer and business award winners. The CFISD Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon earned a Crystal Award in the Special Event category; the CFISD Bus Buddies program earned a Crystal Award in the Community Partnership Innovation category; the BAK-PAK Critters Reading Program earned a Crystal Award in the Community Partnership Academic Impact category; Harris County MUD No. 167 earned a Gold Award in the Community Partnership Health Impact category; and Postma Elementary School volunteer Carolina Rodriguez earned a Gold Award in the Individual Volunteer Role Model category;
  • students from Cypress Creek and Cypress Woods high schools, for winning first or second place in the Future Business Leaders Association (FBLA) State Leadership Competition. Cypress Woods High School senior Matthew Potts placed first in Health Care Administration; Cypress Creek High School junior Nicole Tranchita placed first in Public Speaking II; and Cypress Creek High School sophomores Cory Shneffler and Nick Bounds placed second in Marketing;
  • students from Jersey Village High School, for their winning entry in the “Texas Public Schools Rock!” student video contest. The video, which earned the school a $2,500 prize, was co-directed by junior James Owens and senior Shane O’Neal;
  • students from Cy-Fair, Cypress Creek, Cypress Ridge and Cypress Woods high schools, who have achieved state honors in swimming and wrestling. Cypress Woods High School sophomore Ashley Brem won the gold medal in the 100-yard breaststroke event of the UIL Swimming and Diving Championships. At the UIL State Wrestling Championships, the Cypress Ridge High School girls’ team won the Class 5A team championship. Among individuals, Cypress Ridge senior Shaterica Henderson won the state title in the 165-pound weight class; Cypress Creek High School senior Gaby Long won the state title in the 102-pound weight class; Cypress Woods High School junior Taylor Alva won the state title in the 128-pound weight class; Cy-Fair High School senior Zachary Reese placed second in the 132-pound weight class; and Cypress Creek senior Isaac Johnson placed second in the 220-pound weight class; and
  • students who participated in the Board Shadowing project. The project pairs students with CFISD Board or administrative team members, and allows them to observe firsthand the functions of the Board of Trustees. The following students participated in the Board Shadowing Project:


High School

Board Meeting Representative

Job Description

Beatriz Hampshire Barros

Cypress Springs

Bob Covey

Board President

Stephon Smith

Cypress Ridge

Dr. Mark Henry


Dylan Pugliese

Cypress Creek

Don Ryan

Board Vice President

Davis Knisley


Tom Jackson

Board Secretary

Jahnique Green

Cypress Lakes

Christine Hartley


Kourtney Benton

Cypress Ranch

Darcy Mingoia


Christianne Phillips


Roy Garcia

Associate Superintendent for School Administration and Leadership Development

Ailma Pereira de Jesus

Jersey Village

Dr. John Ogletree Jr.


Kate Strickland

Cypress Woods

Dr. Linda Macias

Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Accountability

Connor Feist

Langham Creek

Harold Rowe

Associate Superintendent for Technology and School Services

Marissa Cummings

Cypress Falls

Deborah Stewart

Associate Superintendent for Human Resources and Student Services

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

  • Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE) district Business Partnership Award winners. Moore Elementary School volunteer Ray Raymer won the Individual Wisdom Award, Flaherty’s Flooring of America won the Business Partnership – Academic Impact Award and Mustang Engineering Inc. won the Business Partnership – Career Education Award for its partnership with Watkins Middle School;
  • Dave Schrandt, director of student services for admissions, attendance and transfers, for being appointed to the board of directors for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY). Schrandt is the fourth Texas representative to serve on the NAEHCY Board of Directors since the organization’s inception;
  • boys’ and girls’ soccer teams that advanced to the playoffs. In the boys’ competition, Langham Creek won district, Cypress Lakes placed second, Jersey Village placed third and Cypress Ridge placed fourth. In girls’ soccer, Cy-Fair High School was the district winner, with Cypress Ranch second, Cypress Creek third, and Cypress Woods fourth. All eight teams qualified for regionals;
  • the Cypress Ranch High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams, for winning both district titles at the District 17-5A Tennis Championships. The first- and second-place winners in boys’ and girls’ singles, doubles and mixed doubles qualified for regionals; and
  • the Cypress Creek High School and Cypress Ridge High School one-act plays, which placed first and second, respectively, at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) District 17-5A One-Act Play finals. Both qualified for the Region III Area 1 competition to be held April 10. 



Cathy Jacobs, an assistant principal at Swenke Elementary School, was named the new principal at Matzke Elementary School. Jacobs replaced Becky Koop, who will open Pope Elementary School in August 2013.
Nicole Ray was named the assistant superintendent for communication and community relations. Ray replaced Kelli Durham, who retired as the assistant superintendent for communication in December following a 28-year education career. Ray comes to CFISD from the private sector, where she has spent her entire professional career in sales/marketing and management. She will oversee the communication, community programs and Partners in Education (PIE) departments.


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

  • Package B-2012: Miscellaneous Renovations to Truitt Middle School;
  • Package F-2012: Miscellaneous Renovations to Willbern and Bang elementary schools;
  • Package D-2012: Miscellaneous Renovations to Ault and Hamilton elementary schools and Spillane Middle School;
  • Package G-2012: Miscellaneous Renovations to Cypress Falls High School and Lowery and Owens elementary schools; and
  • Package N-2012: Ben D. Bradley Police Station Additions and Renovations.

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

  • Package B-2012: Miscellaneous Renovations to Truitt Middle School;
  • Package F-2012: Miscellaneous Renovations to Willbern and Bang elementary schools
    • HVAC Testing and Balance Services: up to $215,000
    • Material Testing Services: up to $60,000
    • Roof Inspection Services: up to $75,000; and
  • Package N-2012: Ben D. Bradley Police Station Additions and Renovations
    • Material Testing Services: up to $75,000.

The Board approved an order authorizing the issuance of Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2013 and set the parameters for the issuance of the bonds.


Dr. Henry recognized and thanked all volunteers during National Volunteer Month and in advance of National Volunteer Week, which is April 21-27.

2013 state testing continues April 22-25 in grades 3-11 for reading, math, science and social studies. Dr. Henry thanked parents for supporting their children and encouraging them to do their best on the STAAR tests.

The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD website,, received an A- rating in the fourth annual Sunny Awards, honoring the most transparent government websites in the nation. CFISD had the second-highest rating among the 12 Texas school districts evaluated by Sunshine Review.

This year, CFISD will participate in “Take Our Children to Work Day” on Monday, June 10.  Although the national event is scheduled in April, students will not be excused from classes on April 25. The June 10 date allows students to maximize their instructional days and utilize a summer day to accompany their parent to work.

The annual retirement banquet, generously sponsored in part by the Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, is scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at the Berry Center. Honorees include district employees who are retiring during this school year. This event provides an evening of entertainment, fun and delicious food as the district honors these valued employees.

National School Nurses Day is scheduled for May 8, and Dr. Henry extended his appreciation to this group of professionals who provide dedicated and caring medical support to CFISD students and the district.

Wednesday, May 8 is also Public School Paraeducator Day. Dr. Henry thanked all CFISD paraeducators for playing a vital role in helping provide support to the district.

The office of Community Programs is now enrolling for two different summer programs, Cy-Fair Fun Camps and Club Rewind Summer Camp. In addition, SPLASH!,the swim lesson program offered by CFISD for ages 4-18, is offering swim lessons through June at the Cypress Ranch High School pool on Fry Road. 


In other action, the Board approved:

  • bids and contracts and authorized purchase orders to the recommended vendors;
  • on second reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
    • GKD (LOCAL) Community Relations – Nonschool Use of School Facilities (REVISE);
  • the tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
  • on first reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
    • EFAA (LOCAL) Instructional Materials: Selection & Adoption (REVISE);
  • certification that the district has met all requirements established by TEA and the Texas Education Code relating to instructional materials; and
  • the Interlocal Agreement with the Purchasing Solutions Alliance cooperative purchasing program.

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