Schools across San Antonio slashing budgets and cutting costs by rolling back staff, but that one district is actually looking to make some major hires. Right now the Northside ISD is leafing through hundreds of resumes to fill 355 positions, in a district seeing success amid the struggle for schools. Michael Owens has a few kids. view article arw

Despite a projected 7 percent increase in student enrollment and an expected increase in the amount of property tax collected, Aledo ISD is likely to receive less state and local operating revenue next year. That is due to Texas’ school finance system, CFO Earl Husfeld told the Aledo ISD board Monday evening. “The one thing that I will mention is that even with the anticipated cost savings and things that we’re examining, both from a utilities standpoint, we know we’re going to have a deficit budget this year as we’ve explained to you,” Husfeld said. view article arw

The Lake Travis School District approved a 3 percent salary increase for all its employees at a budget workshop June 5, the first of many budgetary decisions to happen before final approval in August. “When we have the opportunity to [give salary increases] we should take it,” said Board Member Bob Dorsett Jr. “In looking at our budget, it seems like this is that opportunity.” view article arw

Klein ISD could cut hundreds of teacher and staff jobs to offset a $30 million budget deficit after voters last week rejected a nine-cent property tax hike. The district's board of trustees will hold meetings Friday to discuss the looming budget crisis. The property tax hike would have given Klein ISD an additional $29 million, offsetting most of a budget deficit of more than $30 million. District officials had planned to cut about $8 million from its upcoming budget if they tax increase had passed. Now, officials say they must cut an additional $22 million in spending. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees continued development of the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget at its workshop Tuesday. The preliminary projections for fiscal year 2019 show a balanced budget with $389.8 million in revenues and expenditures — up from $382.9 million in the current budget. Next year’s student population projection was presented at 44,891, a 1.29 percent growth rate over the current school year. Estimated property tax revenue is based on a 7.43 percent growth in value statewide and an estimated 2.3 percent growth above preliminary local property values. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to adopt a budget of $634.63 million for the district’s general operations. view article arw

As Austin’s property taxes continue to rise, so does the amount on the check AISD writes to the state.The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees approved a budget Monday night that sends more than half of its local tax revenue away from the district. Texas law requires wealthier districts to send a portion of their property taxes back to the state to help out smaller, poorer districts in a program known as “recapture.” view article arw

Klein school district leaders are trying to figure out how to cut more than $30 million from the district’s budget after an election requesting a 9-cent tax increase failed on Saturday. In a statement released Tuesday afternoon from Superintendent Bret Champion, he said that while the election result was disappointing, the district has to move forward in their vision with fewer resources and a slimmer budget. Champion explained the district’s situation Tuesday in a YouTube post. view article arw

The Austin school board Monday night adopted a $1.4 billion budget, which requires dipping into its reserves for nearly $30 million to cover the district’s shortfall. It is the second consecutive year the district will need to pull from its savings to cover expenses. The board voted 7 to 1, with Trustee Ted Gordon voting against. view article arw

Georgetown ISD board of trustees voted Monday to approve the proposed 2018-19 fiscal year budget. The proposed budget would devote 59.9 percent to instruction, 5.6 percent to student services, 3.9 percent to transportation and 3.6 percent to general administration, among other expenses. “The budget includes the general operating, food service and debt service funds,” said Pam Sanchez, GISD chief financial officer. The budget also considers the removal of the $18 million the district would owe the state in recaptured payments, Sanchez said. GISD expects a total revenue of $161,761,253, and it plans to spend $156,347,910, according to the report. This would leave $5,413,343 to be added to the district’s reserve totaling $45,542,502. view article arw

As Austin school board members on Monday weigh a $775.2 million operating budget, their spending plan for the 2018-19 school year is overshadowed by future budget forecasts that threaten the school system’s solvency.  For the second consecutive year, the district will pass a budget with a deficit – this year $29 million — and pull from its reserves to cover the expenses. view article arw

The Conroe Independent School District is projecting a potential surplus of $3.82 million in its 2018-2019 Fiscal Year general fund budget, which early district estimates show will be about 4.42 percent higher than last school year. At a Conroe ISD preliminary budget workshop on Tuesday, June 5, district Chief Financial Officer Darren Rice told trustees the general fund budget of $493.95 million showed a projected expenditure increase of $20.92 million for FY2018-2019, about 4.42 percent higher than last year’s $473 million. Rice said the current budget shows an estimated surplus of $3.2 million, but that could change as discussions with the Board of Trustees progress throughout the summer. view article arw

Houston ISD trustees narrowly rejected the district’s proposed $2 billion budget, did not move forward with making Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan the district’s permanent leader and voted to end the employment of acclaimed Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons during an eventful meeting Thursday. In a surprising split, board members voted 5-4 to reject the budget proposal after several trustees expressed concern about using $19 million from HISD’s rainy-day fund to cover a shortfall. Trustees had voiced little public opposition to the budget until Thursday’s meeting. view article arw

For decades, the Texas business climate has beckoned outsiders in search of a better place to work and a better place to raise a family — a better way of life. That has been great for Texas businesses and the state's economy. It also has meant an ever-growing student population in our Texas schools — a good problem to have, but one with unique challenges. view article arw

Houston ISD trustees narrowly rejected the district's proposed budget on Thursday, citing concerns about using rainy-day funds to cover a projected $19 million deficit.  The vote means HISD's administration has until June 30, when the district must legally pass its budget, to present a proposal that can receive majority support from board members. view article arw

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD trustees Thursday evening unanimously approved a $931 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year, which will include a deficit of about $12.6 million. view article arw

While Houston ISD board members were able to make a decision on adding a new school holiday to the calendar, they could not come to an agreement on their 2018-2019 budget. view article arw

Lubbock Independent School District teachers and staff will see a slight pay increase and the district will likely hold its property tax rate steady in the upcoming year, according to the district’s newly approved budget. The LISD Board of Trustees approved an operating budget of $223.87 million, a debt service budget of $19.63 million and a food services budget of $17.97 million during a 21-minute meeting on Thursday morning. view article arw

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD officials on Thursday will ask their Board of Trustees to approve a nearly $1 billion budget  that could draw between $21.9 million and $39.8 million out of its "rainy day" reserve funds. Stuart Snow, Cy-Fair ISD's chief financial officer, said a decline in state funds per student has outpaced growth in local tax revenues, leading to a budget deficit. At a budget update in May, Snow said state aid had decreased by $823 per student, while local revenues increased by about $700, leaving about $123 less per student than was available in the 2014-2015 school year. view article arw

Pearland ISD approved a $175.4 million budget Tuesday that includes an $8 million deficit, but also allows for a three percent increase to teacher salaries and the addition of 11 new positions aimed at mental health needs for students in the 2018-19 school year. To cover the deficit, the district will use some of its reserves. Doing so will leave the district with 84 days’ worth of operating funds, which is below the goal of 90 days but well above the two-month reserve the TEA requires. view article arw

While school is out for the summer, Arp ISD is hard at work planning next year's budget- including the cost for a new school district police department. "We're in the process at Arp of creating our own Arp ISD police department to better serve our students and our community," Superintendent John Arrington said. "Now in the course of that I [...] started researching the cost associated with this."  view article arw

Teachers in Killeen will soon be seeing a bump in their salaries. On Tuesday night, Killeen ISD's school board unanimously approved a two percent pay raise for teachers and other district employees. The board also approved the hiring of engineers and architects to complete school construction and renovation plans laid out in the $426 million bond program. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD staff proposed Monday a general operating budget of $634.63 million for the 2018-19 school year to be supported by the current tax rate of $1.32 per $100 of taxable property value. Approximately 80 percent of the budget would be utilized for instruction and instructional support, district officials said. Based on the average taxable value of homes in the district, residents may see their tax bill increase by nearly $85 for the school district’s portion, even as the tax rate remains unchanged, according to meeting documents. view article arw

June 12 is a big day for Highland Park Independent School District, as the Board of Trustees will vote on extending enrollment to the children of district instructors. If approved, the policy would be phased in over time, since additional capacity will only be available for students in grades K-4 during the 2018-19 school year. Per school board officials, enrollment in other classes will be included as capacity is added to McCulloch Intermediate, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School. view article arw

There’s a shopping center on the northern outskirts of Lamesa with an empty suite in between a BEALLS and a CVS Pharmacy. Shadows of the letters that spell “Walmart” are still visible above the entrance. When the retail giant pulled its presence from Lamesa, residents feared the town would suffer. view article arw

The Longview ISD board Monday will hear a report on the first draft of the district’s 2018-19 budget. view article arw

A big meeting at the Pearl, dealing with the big issue of schools and budget, and many teachers are leaving their classrooms and not coming back because of those cuts. Local business leaders and philanthropy groups are trying to figure out if they can come up with some solutions. Chandra Villanueva said school budgets have been a tough topic for some time. view article arw

Hays CISD could be headed toward a $23 million budget deficit by 2021, pushing district leaders to find solutions for its projected financial shortcomings. Based on Hays CISD’s budget presentation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, these projections are estimates, and variables over the next four years could drastically change where the district will stand financially. School funding in the state of Texas comes from local property taxes and state funding. A “healthy” school district is one where enrollment continuously grows while property values increase. Additionally, state funding is based on attendance and the local tax rate. view article arw

After a harsh assessment of the abilities of former Beaumont ISD auditor Gayle Botley by the state, a judge has recommended a lesser penalty. In opposing the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, administrative law judge Michael O’Malley recommended a two-year suspension of Botley’s license, according to a Hearst Newspapers story, rather than the revocation urged by the state agency. view article arw

Beaumont ISD’s former auditor failed to follow state rules in testing the district’s internal controls that could have prevented employees’ embezzlement but was not negligent in his audits of the district’s finances and should be allowed to continue working, an Austin judge has ruled.The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy in 2015 asked a judge at the State Office of Administrative Hearings to revoke the license of Gayle Botley, who was hired to complete BISD’s audits for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 fiscal years. view article arw

Houston ISD trustees raised few major concerns Monday about recommendations for cutting about $83 million, or 4 percent, from the district’s budget, setting the stage for an expected vote next week. In their second-to-last briefing on the district’s budget, which has been closely scrutinized as HISD faces a significant shortfall, trustees lobbed many questions as district leadership outlined hundreds of expected job and service cuts. Trustees did not, however, give any indication that there would be a budget battle on June 14 that would mirror last year’s vote, when trustees made last-minute changes during a nine-hour meeting. view article arw

With a tax base of just $67 million, Petersburg ISD ranks among the state’s poorer school districts. Enrollment has grown in recent years to 272, and the district has increased its fund balance from $1.6 million to $2 million during the past 30 months. Earlier this year school trustees gave teachers an average $2,000 raise while restructuring pay scales. Petersburg ISD boosted pay for starting teachers to $37,850 which is more than Lubbock Cooper and Frenship and competitive with larger districts in the region. Now with development of wind resources inside the district’s boundaries, Petersburg ISD is setting the foundation to ask voters in November to approve about $27 million in bonds to replace buildings built 50 to 90 years ago. view article arw

The fiscally troubled Greenville Independent School District has outlined a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes major cuts, including elimination of several programs. The budget was presented to the public at a May 31 workshop hosted by the Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees. Greenville ISD Chief Financial Officer Deidra Reeves said that the district currently has a budget deficit of about $1.1 million. The cuts add up to about $1.2 million, she said. Among the proposed reductions: view article arw

Longview ISD trustees will consider authorizing superintendent James Wilcox to apply for charter school benefits during a meeting scheduled today. According to the Texas Education Association, provisions in Senate Bill 1882 incentivize districts that “partner with an open-enrollment charter school or other eligible entity to operate a district campus.”  Incentives can include an increase in state funding or an exemption from certain accountability interventions for two years. view article arw

Just days after announcing a major budget shortfall due to declining attendance, El Paso ISD officials published an on-line catalog of properties up for sale. The properties range from vacant properties near existing campuses, to now-unused cottages, to two closed elementary schools. All the properties had previously been identified as surplus by the district.  Most of the properties are in Northeast El Paso. view article arw