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With a financial situation as challenging as what Lewisville ISD is facing, district leaders say getting input from a few more people couldn't hurt. The district is moving forward with a community budget advisory committee, which will be in charge of reviewing the budget and will provide short-term and long-term ideas for increasing revenue and decreasing expenditures. This comes as the district is facing an $8.5 million shortfall in the general fund for the 2018-19 school year, according to the proposed budget. view article arw

Teachers will be getting a 2 percent raise and Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora’s contract has been extended as Tomball ISD trustees on Tuesday passed its $130 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Salazar-Zamora’s contract will continue until June 30, 2021, has she receive a raise from $30,000 to $245,000. view article arw

What has been the impact of school finance in Midland? About half a billion dollars. State Sen. Kel Seliger offered this eye-popping total during his town hall Monday at the Midland County Public Library Centennial branch. Midland ISD is a chapter 41 -- or property-rich district – because of oil and gas development.  view article arw

Killeen Independent School District officials will propose a $391 million general fund budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which includes a two percent pay raise for teachers and all other employees and lower health insurance premiums. The proposed general fund budget is an increase of $8.1 million over last year’s budget. The board is expected to call a public hearing on the budget for 6:00 p.m. on August 28 and vote on a final approval of the budget after the hearing. view article arw

At its July 30 budget meeting, the Klein ISD board of trustees announced their $439 million general fund budget for the 2018-19 school year, which saves the district more than $40 million through various cuts and new revenue sources. The budget reduction was achieved without the need for staff layoffs, KISD Chief Financial Officer Dan Schaefer said. After voters rejected a measure June 16 to raise the district tax rate by 9 cents, the board needed to add $30.2 million to its fund balance before voting to adopt its budget Aug. 27, KISD Superintendent Bret Champion said.  view article arw

Effective September 1, some employees at Alice Independent School District will an increase in the pay. At Monday evening workshop meeting, the school board unanimously voted to give food service, auxiliary, clerical paraprofessionals and administrative professionals a raise in their salary. view article arw

Hays County school districts, like many across the state, are struggling to provide improvements and services without the sale of bonds.  However, a lack of state funding, along with a heavy reliance on property tax revenue, is limiting funds and creating problems.  According to an April 2018 report by the National Education Association, in 2017, Texas spent $10,952 per student enrolled in public schools, $2000 less than the national average.  Those reasons are leading several Hays County school officials to join a growing movement advocating for changes in Texas’ education finance system.  view article arw

Campbell ISD sets budget workshop

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The Campbell Independent School District will be holding a budget workshop at 5:30 P.M. today at the district campus building at 409 West North St. in Campbell. No Votes on the Budget are scheduled to take place at the meeting. Superintendent Denise Morgan said school officials are expecting a balanced budget for the 2018-19 school year.  view article arw

Caddo Mills ISD Proposes Tax Swap

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The Caddo Mills ISD will put a tax swap proposal to voters this October. The district is looking to swap 13 cents from its interest rate for a 13-cent raise in its maintenance and operations tax. If voters pass the idea, board officials say it will not change tax payments but will put more money into operating costs for the district. The question will be on a public ballot on Oct. 13. view article arw

Plano ISD trustees approved a $208 million recapture payment for the 2018-19 school year at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. But before that conversation, PISD School Board President Missy Bender shed a few happy tears after learning she would be the 2018 Citizen of the Year recipient, a distinguished honor that recognizes a person who’s contributed to Plano’s advancement and achievement over many years. view article arw

Bridgeport ISD is proposing a conservative budget with enrollment numbers in flux and delinquent tax payments at an 11-year high. At last week’s school board meeting tax collection for 2017 was reported at 97 percent, compared to its usual 99 percent, and enrollment could be down, based on participation in the district’s enrollment fairs. Bridgeport Superintendent Brandon Peavey said the unfavorable reports would not directly impact students as their needs were made top priority, above transportation and technology. view article arw

As Coppell ISD nears the end of its budget season, preliminary numbers show about an $18 million increase in revenues and a $15 million increase in expenditures. During Monday night’s special school board meeting, the district staff updated the board with some of the key portions of the proposed budget including revenues collected in taxes, revenue received in state aid and expenditures paid to the state in the form of recapture. According to Diana Sircar, CISD executive director of finance, the district’s overall expense budget has increased since last year. view article arw

The Montgomery ISD board of trustees discussed Aug. 7 a change order for the scope of renovation work at Montgomery High School as well as reviewed the proposed fiscal year 2018-19 budget, which district officials said is at a $6.9 million shortfall. Operating costs are estimated to increase for the upcoming fiscal year. About $1.8 million is due to the cost of utilities for two new schools, another $2 million is for teacher salaries and increased staff for the new schools, and the remaining $4 million in costs is for the recapture payments owed back to the state because MISD is considered a property-wealthy district. view article arw

Brazosport ISD expects an extra $33.5 million in revenue for the next fiscal year after a 26 percent increase in property values. District officials propose keeping the current tax rate of $1.2556 per $100 of appraised property value for the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to the proposed budget. The effective rate is $1.322 per $100 of appraised value, which shows much of the revenue increase is from additions to the tax rolls. view article arw

Money matters in education.- Funding high-quality public education is an investment in the next generation and the future prosperity of our state. Early education, high performing teachers, and engaging classroom experiences are all linked to greater student achievement, and all require sufficient resources to implement correctly. view article arw

Hallsville ISD trustees on Friday discussed adopting a proposed flat tax rate and deficit budget as well as possible pay incentives for district employees for the 2018-19 school year. Interim Chief Financial Officer Mary Brown said the district is looking at adopting a $1.4 million general fund deficit budget with revenue projected at about $42.7 million and expenditures estimated at about $44.1 million. view article arw

All Decatur ISD employees could be getting a raise this coming school year. In the first look at the 2018-19 fiscal year budget Monday, Decatur ISD trustees were presented a plan to provide a general pay increase of $1,775 for all teachers, librarians and nurses and raise from 3 percent of the midpoint for all other pay grades. The raises would add approximately $600,000 to the budget. view article arw

Ore City ISD board members will consider a budget amendment and professional employee contracts when they meet Tuesday. view article arw

A public hearing regarding the proposed 2018-19 Jacksonville ISD budget and tax rate has been set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the district administrative offices, 800 College Ave. School board trustees approved the date during a regular school board meeting on Monday, said Calah Moake, assistant to the JISD superintendent. In total, the proposed budget amounts to $51,038,203, slightly higher than this past year's adopted balance of $50,109,181 (an increase of $929,022). view article arw

The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees approved three budgets for upcoming projects to improve the safety in the schools. The board approved a budget of more than $22,000 for a new visitor system. view article arw

On Monday night, Klein ISD officials presented the preliminary budget of $439 million for the 2018-19 school year — their second budget calculated in just the past few months. After voters rejected June’s Tax Ratification Election that would have given the district access to almost $30 million in local and state aid, officials were faced with crafting a new balanced budget that would cut services and seek out additional revenue. In Chief Financial Officer Dan Schaefer’s presentation at the budget workshop Monday, he said he was happy to report that they were able to meet their goal of achieving budget reductions without laying off staff. view article arw

Millsap ISD plans 2018-19 budget

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Millsap ISD Board of Trustees Monday night proposed a two-cent property tax rate decrease. Trustees have proposed a tax rate of $1.5922 per $100 valuation. Trustees plan to adopt a final tax rate, which cannot be higher than $1.5922, and budget on Aug. 27. The proposed budget for Millsap ISD could see a drop in total revenue of approximately $104,000 while revenue from property taxes may increase by 6.3 percent. view article arw

Bulk purchasing and co-op agreements are on the rise among school districts, with 73% of superintendents still reporting "inadequately funded" districts amid lingering recovery in the wake of the 2008 recession, District Administration reports. view article arw

Two years ago, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the way our state funds our public schools was barely constitutional. In response, the Legislature created the 13-member Texas Commission on Public School Finance to investigate issues and recommend improvements to the current public school finance system. view article arw

AUSTIN — Texas’ school-age population is the nation’s fastest-growing, with about 850,000 new pupils in the past decade, but over the same period, the state cut public-education spending by $2.5 billion. The cuts are second only to Florida’s, according to a new report from the American Federation of Teachers, which tracks post-recession education investments nationwide. view article arw

South San ISD is changing for the better. As an active observer who has been critical of past leadership decisions, I see evidence of a brighter future. But we have much further to go for our students, teachers and community; that’s why I’ll be voting “yes” in the school’s tax election on Aug. 14. My decision would not have been the same in 2014. view article arw

Spring Hill ISD trustees have set a budget workshop Monday night and will hear an update on summer projects. Before board members discuss revenues and expenditures, Maintenance Director Toby Pleasant is scheduled to update the board on projects that crews are completing across the district. view article arw

The Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees held a budget workshop Monday to review the projected revenue and expenditures for the 2018-2019 school year. Glen Rose ISD Superintendent Wayne Rotan presented board members with projected revenues and expenditures for the 2018-2019 budget cycle. Property values declined by $10,914,538 for 2018-2019. view article arw

Brazosport ISD plans to lose $37.3 million in recapture payments to the state for the coming school year, nearly quadruple the amount of last year’s payments, school officials said.  Recapture is the term for the money the state collects from “property-rich” districts for distribution to “property-poor” districts, according to The Texas Tribune. The idea is to make sure each district has enough money to provide every child in Texas with the same quality of education, the Tribune reports. view article arw

The Driscoll Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a three percent salary increase for its employees in the upcoming school year following a presentation from the Texas Association of School Boards on Tuesday. Driscoll ISD Superintendent Cynthia Garcia said the district conducted a needs assessment earlier in the year, and employee salaries “was number one on the list.” “And so we thought right away, let’s get a third party in here and really look at this,” she said. view article arw

Katy ISD is looking at a 2.9 percent projected increase in student enrollment and a 2.4 percent projected increase in taxable value for the 2019-2020 school year, yet the district’s chief financial officer told the board Monday, July 23, that creating next year’s budget has been an arduous task. A public hearing on next year’s tax rate and budget is scheduled for Aug. 20. The budget is up for approval before the board Aug. 27, and the tax rate will be on the agenda for the Sept. 24 meeting. view article arw

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for New Mexico's vulnerable public school students said Monday the state has a chance at a new start as a district judge ordered education officials to reshape policies and school funding to meet constitutional responsibilities.  Attorneys with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and dozens of supporters gathered at a park near downtown Albuquerque to celebrate what they called a historic win for New Mexico's at-risk students. view article arw

Two different numbers came up on the topic of school financing last week, but the link between them will be obvious to all taxpayers. The Legislature should take note and resolve to make serious progress on this long-standing problem instead of doing what it usually does — talk about the challenge and pass the buck. The first number was $2.5 billion, the amount of money Texas has taken from public education over the past decade, according to a survey by the American Federation of Teachers.  view article arw

Comal Independent School District trustees will discuss details of the district’s impending Chapter 41 payment and other matters during a workshop session at 6 p.m. Thursday in the district’s Support Services Building board room, 1404 Interstate 35 North in New Braunfels. As a property-rich school district, officials project Comal ISD will pay more than $7.2 million as part of state recapture that distributes proceeds to the state’s poorer school districts.  view article arw

The damage Victoria school district sustained from Hurricane Harvey last August is now at $10 million. As school officials look to set the budget for the 2018-2019 school year, they are requesting public feedback. The district will hold two community forums to explain how Harvey affects its budget planning. view article arw