For a while now, we've been asked repeatedly if Crosby ISD has purchased the existing Wal-Mart building with the intention of making it a Crosby ISD facility. We. have. heard. it. all. And, truthfully, it's sometimes amusing. It's been rumored that the Wal-Mart building will be converted to the new administration building where I will office from and have access to an indoor golf driving range. While my golf game could use a little work, this rumor is absolutely FALSE. I have had no conversations with anyone from Wal-Mart concerning the purchase or use of their existing facility in Crosby, nor do I intend to. The only conversation that I have had with the Crosby ISD School Board in regards to the Wal-Mart building is that there is a rumor going around that we are going to purchase it. Although circumstances could always change, I do not see the Wal-Mart building as a viable option to address needed district facilities now or in the future nor do I have any reliable information that Wal-Mart is moving.
After careful review of options, I have decided to recommend that Crosby ISD NOT outsource either our custodial services nor our food services. Although there were some potential small financial incentives to do so, I ultimately believe the advantage of maintaining and employing our own staff outweighs some of the advantages associated with outsourcing these departments. It is my natural inclination to want to maintain our own departments rather than outsource them, but I also feel it is my job to review alternatives to determine their value to the district before I simply discount them without review. We will continue to look for ways to operate Crosby ISD more efficiently. Every dollar that we save on the operation of the district is a dollar that we can push into our classrooms by way of additional teachers, higher salaries and supplying 21st-century classrooms. Through efforts such as this we have added numerous instructional positions, have moved from the bottom 1/3 in the region in salaries to one of the top paying districts in the region, and are implementing the Columbus Initiative to move our instruction into the 21st century.