Wednesday, December 2, 2020

CISD Hosting Three Town Hall Meetings

Carroll ISD will host the first of three Town Hall meetings to share information about the school budget and facility planning process. The first meeting Nov. 15 will be held in the cafeteria of Rockenbaugh Elementary School. Additional public meetings are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 28 in the Student Activity Center of Carroll Senior High and Thursday, Dec. 1 in the library of Durham Intermediate School. All the meetings will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation by the Administration, followed by a question and answer session.

School officials say district employees, parents, students and taxpayers are invited to the meeting to learn more about the process to identify facility projects for a potential bond election sometime in 2017. By law, schools are limited to calling elections two times a year: May or November. The Administration has plans to survey each of these groups by the end of the month. Results will be shared with the Carroll School Board before a recommendation is made to call an election.

Carroll ISD seated a Capital Needs Planning Committee last year to study facilities, student enrollment projections, building capacities and programmatic project lists. The CNPC presented its recommendation to the Board of Trustees in June. Since then, the Administration has been pricing out items on the proposed project lists, covering 1) Building Use.Capital Improvements, 2) Technology/Instructional Technology, 3) Maintenance, Transportation, Safety, and Security, and 4) Extra-curricular/Co-curricular.

The district launched a special website – carrollbudget.com – to explain five major topics important to Carroll ISD residents: 1) Budget, 2) Strategic Plan, 3) Capital Needs, 4) Facility Planning, and 5) Bond Election. Residents are urged to get informed and participate in the upcoming survey to assist CISD with the planning process.