CSISD to redraw high school boundaries to address population challenges

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- The College Station ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday night and voted to readjust the boundaries for the district’s two comprehensive high schools.

The work will take place during this current academic semester, but not take effect until the 2019-20 school year.

Redrawing the attendance boundaries at the high school level, CSISD should be able to delay the need for a bond election to add capacity at College Station High School.

In addition, some older bond issuances will be paid off over the course of the next two years, which is projected to lower the CSISD I&S tax rate by 1.91 cents in the 2018-19 fiscal year and an additional 6.44 cents in the 2019-20. The estimates are generated off a projected 6% CSISD property value increase each year.

The board also set a timeline to rezone the elementary schools to accommodate the opening of River Bend Elementary in August 2019. The boundary adjustment work for the elementary schools will be done in the fall of 2018.

At the December 19 board meeting, the board received information regarding projected growth for CSISD. Rocky Gardiner from Templeton Demographics shared the district’s annual enrollment update which included information on the housing and labor markets, current and future subdivisions, and 10-year growth projections by campus. A key component of the presentation, was information regarding the new K-8 charter school that will open in August.

The December enrollment update indicated the most significant area to consider addressing is the classroom capacity of College Station High School. It showed AMCHS is at less than 85% capacity and it is projected to stay at under 85% capacity through the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, CSHS is expected to be at more than 110% capacity by the 2020-21 school year.

CSISD is already planning to add portable classrooms to CSHS for the 2018-19 school year to accommodate student growth.

Other business:

The school board of trustees voted on the following:

Approved the purchase of wireless access points and associated licensing for Wellborn Middle School from Layer 3
Communications in the amount of $59,300.00 using 2015 bond funds.

Approved the purchase of the public address system and speakers for Wellborn Middle School from Firetron, Inc. for
the amount of $114,460.48 using 2018 bond funds.

Approved the purchase of two-way radios for the transportation department from Texas Communications of Bryan, Inc.
for the amount of $77,428.02 from the transportation department operating fund.

Approved the purchase of high school band uniforms for College Station High School from Fred J. Miller, Inc. for
the amount of $130,949.75 from the 2017-18 general fund.

Approved the purchase of four rooftop air handling units for the A&M Consolidated Middle School gym from Texas Air
Systems for the amount of $79,840.00 using 2013 bond funds.

Approved the purchase of three rooftop air handling units for Cypress Grove Intermediate School from Texas Air Systems
for the of $89,155.00 from 2013 bond funds.