Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 15, 2013

CISD Meeting Briefs

Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — A summary of actions by the Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees at its Monday, July 15, 2013 meeting.

Personnel actions

Trustees approved naming Stephanie Howell as principal at Sam Houston Elementary, Rene Setzer as director of campus technology, and Laura Krantz as instructional technology facilitator.

New teacher positions approved

Trustees approved the administration request to add five teacher positions and two contingency teacher positions in the 2013-14 school year. Increases in enrollment were cited as reasons for adding two positions at Sam Houston, one at Navarro Elementary, and an additional ESL and Deaf Education position. The two contingency positions will be filled if needed this fall due to enrollment.

Budget review presented

Trustees got their first look at the preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year. Dr. Diane Frost and Mike Neilsen presented an overview of revenues and expenditures, and proposals for staff salary and step pay increases ranging from 3 percent to 4 percent, which will be studied and discussed at the board's August meetings.

Appraisal calendar, personnel approved

Trustees approved the proposed 2013-14 calendar dates and certified personnel to conduct teacher appraisals for the coming year.

TASB delegate designated

Trustees approved naming John Saberton as the district's delegate to the Texas Association of School Boards.

Materials certified

As required by state law, trustees certified the required instructional materials for each subject in the required curriculum are available and accessible to students.

Audit engagement letter approved

Trustees approved an engagement letter for Anderson, Marx and Bohl, P.C., for audit services for the annual audit of the district.

Bids accepted

Trustees voted to accept bids submitted for magazines, janitorial supplies, and instructional supplies for the 2013-14 school year.

Lunch prices set for 2013-14

As recommended by staff, trustees set lunch prices for elementary and Drane campuses at $1.75, and for Collins Middle School and Corsicana High School at $2.15. Dr. Diane Frost said the increases were necessary to stay in compliance with TDA requirements.

Communications Plan reviewed

Trustees heard a presentation from Susan Johnson, executive director of communications, and Kristin Zastoupil, CISD webmaster on communication plans for the coming year, including advertising, student and parent communication, staff communications, reorganization of the district's website, new alert systems utilizing email, phone and text, teacher web pages and volunteer programs.

Consent agenda approved

The consent agenda, including the third quarter investment report, monthly financial report, and job descriptions for director of campus technology and instructional technology facilitator were approved.