Board Report - August 2016

Board Report - August 2016
Posted on 08/31/2016
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Recognitions View the Photos

Clear Springs High School students, who participated in the Special Olympics, led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The CCISD Robonauts earned first place in the inaugural UIL Robotics Competition.

CCISD’s Maintenance and Operations department was recognized for a successful start of the school year. View the back to school slideshow.

Board Items of Interest

The Clear Creek Independent School District is moving forward with plans to become a District of Innovation as outlined under state law. House Bill 1842 allowed school districts to apply to for this designation if they have met or exceeded academic standards. If the District of Innovation application is approved by the Texas Education Agency, the school district will be given flexibility which will allow it to continue to offer late arrival dates at the high school level, locally determined school start dates, and enhanced professional learning. The board-approved resolution is the first step in this process. The school district will hold a public hearing on September 26, 2016 at 6 p.m. during the September Board of Trustees meeting. Following the public hearing, the board will appoint a committee to develop the District of Innovation plan. Final board approval and submission to the Texas Education Agency will be considered on November 28, 2016. 

The school board authorized the school district to file litigation against the Morganti Group.

An order authorizing the issuance of unlimited tax refunding bonds was approved. This move will provide almost $8 million in interest rate savings over the next seventeen years. This parameter order has been used many times over the years to provide the district with the maximum flexibility to enter the market place at the right time.

The 2016-2017 general fund budget of $325,820,668 was approved. This budget reflects the priorities set forth by the public, the school board, teachers and staff. The budget includes a three percent baseline raise for employees as well as a four to seven percent raise for bus drivers. The budget meets the district’s instructional, operational, and employee needs. The budget is balanced with a transfer from the capital plan at $1.8 million in which the district expects will be at a surplus once this fiscal year ends.

With the approved budget, the tax rate is proposed to remain the same as the current year. The Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate will remain unchanged at $1.04. The Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate will remain unchanged at $0.36 even though voters did authorize a larger tax rate in 2013 as part of the school bond program. The board will vote on a final tax rate at the September school board meeting. Click here for the 2016-2017 budget.

Robert Lawing, currently serving as an Instructional Specialist in the Special Education Department, was named Special Education Coordinator for the Galveston, Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired. 

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