During Tuesday’s College Station school board meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a 41-acre piece of property on Arrington Road.
The property’s use has not been determined and is not earmarked for anything in particular by the district. There is not a current need, Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations Mike Martindale said, noting the district’s purchasing and transportation facilities are new and have space for any necessary expansion.
“There’s not a determined use. We just try to keep an inventory of land when opportunity presents itself,” he said.
With the addition of the 41.40-acre property, the district has three pieces of land in its inventory for future use, he said. The other two pieces of unassigned property measure 90 acres and between 40 and 50 acres.
The $2.56 million property at 2441 Arrington Road will be paid for using 2015 bond funds designated for land purchase. Martindale said the earmarked funds are now exhausted.
Though the district has not assigned a use to any of the three pieces of property in its inventory, Martindale said, the two pieces of property in the 40- to 50-acre range can accommodate a middle school, intermediate school or elementary school campus. It is not enough room for a high school campus.
During Tuesday’s workshop before the regular meeting, College Station Superintendent Clark Ealy introduced a discussion of opening some programs at College View High School to non-resident students.
The program specifically discussed was the four-year Fire Science Academy taught in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).
“This has the potential for someone to go through all four years and go directly into a job, saving them about $20,000 of cost,” Ealy said. The program is in its second year at College View.
Ealy noted Bryan school district’s new Career and Technical Education Complex, saying opening some of College View’s programs to non-resident students could present an opportunity to provide a service to both CSISD students and those from other areas who could benefit.
The board did not take any action, but Ealy presented two ways in which non-resident students could participate: a memorandum of understanding to allow students from certain districts to participate in the available programs, or a limited open enrollment in which students would enroll in College View as a full-time student.
“The goal of this is not to grab as many students from outlying areas and other districts to come to our schools to take advantage of the average daily attendance,” Ealy said, addressing both the board and audience. “This would be very small numbers.”
No matter the approach the district takes if it pursues opening the programs, Ealy assured the board non-resident students would not displace College Station resident students interested in enrolling in College View.
Also during the workshop and meeting, the board heard reports about the district’s Measures of Academic (MAP) and the communications department and received an annual report about the district’s bilingual and ESL program.