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CFISD forms committee for bond study

November 14, 2018

Cy-Fair ISD has formed a long-range planning committee to help determine items to include in a proposed 2019 bond referendum.

In order to get a head start on the future of district, Cy-Fair ISD formed the committee of community members and staff to assess the needs of the students.

The forming of the Long-Range Planning Committee was announced by CFISD during a regular board meeting held on Nov. 12. The committee will include 50 members of the Cy-Fair community including parents, students, businesses owners, community members and CFISD staff. Until they hold a bond election jointly with Harris County in May 2019, the committee will review district needs, financial impact, present a plan to the board of trustees and educate the community on the study process and the bond program.

Superintendent Mark Henry said the LRPC will be headed by Community Co-Chair Julie Hinaman, who is also the Community Leadership Committee chair, and District Co-Chair Teresa Hull, who is also CFISD’s chief of staff. Henry said the committee is planning for the current growth of Cy-Fair.

“One of the things I’m most proud of in this community is that we’re looking out for the needs of students not just throughout the district, but for students that have certain different needs in their educational process,” he said. “The parameters are that we’re looking to try to meet the needs of the district through the year 2025. That seems like a long time off, but it’s really not. It’ll be here before you know it.”

According to a presentation given by Hull, CFISD officials have had facility assessment walks before officially forming the committee. The newly formed committee has taken lessons learned from the last committee to create a more involved group, Hull said. For example, students will be included in the committee again and most of the committee will be non-CFISD staff members.

“We really kept the committee together and covered the information on all areas so that all of the committee members could make well informed decisions when they were prepared to develop that final recommendation,” she said. “We had included students in 2014 and felt that that was extremely valuable. We have limited staff on the committee. We have asked a principal from each level, high school, middle school and elementary, to participate as well as a teacher from each level.”

The LRPC plans to have a kick-off meeting on Nov. 27 before reviewing district facilities, including technology and security needs, starting on Dec. 3 and ending Jan. 15.

chevall.pryce@chron.com

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