Board Highlights - 09-09-2013

RECOGNITIONS

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

  • Cypress Creek High School health science teacher Cathy Trocquet, for receiving the Texas Health Occupations Association (THOA) Health Science Distinguished Teacher Award for 2013; and
  • recipients of the inaugural round of GEM grants.

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

  • CFISD and all of its 80 eligible campuses, for earning a rating of Met Standard in the TEA 2013 State Accountability Ratings. The district met 80 out of the state’s 84 total indicators, or 95 percent. Many schools earned Distinction Designation in one or more areas;
  • Matthew Green, assistant choir director at Hamilton Middle School, for receiving the Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA) Young Choir Director of Distinction Award at the TCDA annual convention in July; and
  • fourteen students from the Cypress Woods High School FFA chapter, who were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree at the Texas State Convention held in July. This is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA and Cy Woods had the third-largest number of recipients in the state. 

SUPERINTENDENT’S BRIEFING

As of Sept. 3, the district’s student enrollment was 110,437. This figure represents a growth of 1,031 students when compared to last year’s post-Labor Day enrollment figures of 109,406

College and Career Awareness Week, or Generation Texas Week,will be held the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4. In an effort to promote college and career readiness, CFISD campuses will focus on college and career awareness during the week and throughtout the month of October. Counselors will provide teachers with age-appropriate information, discuss college majors and use lessons and materials aimed at helping students and their parents make early plans for college and careers. The CFISD guidance and counseling department will also coordinate College and Career Night at the Berry Center on Oct. 2 for high school juniors and seniors.
CFISD 10th- and 11th-grade students are invited to take the PreSAT (PSAT) on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2013 for a fee of $18. High schools will administer the test, and students should register on line to test at their home campus. This testing provides practice for the SAT, an opportunity to enter the National Merit program, and information about college readiness. In addition, the PLAN test will be offered to all 10th-grade students for free. PLAN preps for the ACT test.

A Trustee Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for CFISD Board Trustee positions 5, 6 and 7. A Candidate Forum is scheduled for Oct. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berry Center. The Forum is a formal question-and-answer session in front of an audience of interested voters, and will be aired live on CFISD Channel 16. Each candidate will have the opportunity to provide relevant information concerning his candidacy. Dr. Henry encouraged everyone to participate in learning about candidates and voting in all elections.
The CFISD Partners in Education office is seeking available adults to serve as mentors for students in all grade levels. Mentors meet with a selected student on a campus for one hour per week, serving as a guide and friend, and helping with educational and personal development. To learn how to become a mentor in CFISD, call the Partners in Education office at 281-894-3950.

BOND UPDATE

The Board approved execution of the plat for David Anthony, Ed.D. Middle School (No. 18) located on the multi-campus site in Towne Lake.

The Board approved Change Order No. 2 for Package G-2012, Miscellaneous Renovations to Cypress Falls High School, Lowery Elementary School and Owens Elementary School for structural repairs and authorized the Superintendent or designee to negotiate the final terms and conditions and execute all related documents.

(ADDENDUM)
The Board authorized the Superintendent or designee to enter into purchase and sale agreements for the purchase of three school sites and execute all related documents on behalf of the district.

AGENDA ITEMS

In other action, the Board approved:

  • awarding bids and contracts and/or authorizing purchase orders as recommended in the posted agenda item;
  • on second reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
    • DBE (LOCAL) Employment Requirements and Restrictions: Nepotism (Revise)
    • DFBB (LOCAL) Term Contracts: Nonrenewal (Revise)
    • DFFC (LOCAL) Reduction in Force: Continuing Contract (Add)
  • tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
  • a resolution to participate in the Central Texas Purchasing Alliance and authorized the superintendent, respective associate superintendent or designee to execute all necessary documents related to the Central Texas Purchasing Alliance;
  • on dual-reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policy:
    • AE (LOCAL) Educational Philosophy
  • on first reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
    • CNA (LOCAL) Transportation Management: Student Transportation (Add)
    • DFE (LOCAL) Termination of Employment: Resignation (Revise)
  • the Campus Performance Objectives for the 2013-2014 Campus Improvement Plans;
  • a resolution casting its ballot for its choice of a nominee to serve on the Board of Directors of the Harris County Appraisal District for a term commencing on Jan. 1, 2014 and extending through Dec. 31, 2015;
  • authorizing the Superintendent or designee to negotiate the final terms and conditions and execute all documents for the granting of a 0.0579-acre easement to Harris County for the modification and maintenance of a traffic signal at Arnold Middle School; and
  • authorizing the Superintendent or designee to negotiate the final terms and conditions and executing all documents for the granting of a 0.0545-acre easement to Harris County for the modification and maintenance of a traffic signal at the Telge Road Agricultural Facility.

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