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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Trustees with the Austin Independent School District approved the district’s 2022-23 budget early Friday morning. The vote on the $1.898 billion budget was 7-2. The budget includes pay raises for teachers and staff. It includes: view article arw

The Pampa Independent School District Board of Trustees met on Monday evening for a regularly-scheduled meeting where they adopted the budget for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. “We have the general fund, child nutrition and the debt services fund,” Piatt said. “With all of those together, our budget will be $35,247,631. That will be broken out into 20 different funds.” Most of the District’s funding comes from Average Daily Attendance. The District budgeted for an ADA of 2,990 students. Enrollment sits at 3,418 students. “We feel like we are budgeting fairly conservative because we don’t know how many students will come to school as we continue to deal with aspects of Covid,” Piatt said. The budget was approved later in the meeting with the tax rate public hearing to come in July. Speaking of the tax rate, Piatt said the rate will be lower by almost two cents this year. view article arw

On June 20, the Comal ISD board of trustees approved the fiscal year 2022-23 budget following a public hearing. The $294.58 million budget includes $156.45 million for instruction, and almost $26 million is expected to go back to the state of Texas in the form of recapture payments. “Our budget assumptions for this budget included the third quarter demographer report, which had 28,825 students projected for next year,” CISD Chief Financial Officer Crystal Hermesch said. Additionally, the board adopted a $15.98 million child nutrition fund budget and $100.53 million debt service fund budget. view article arw

On June 20, the Comal ISD board of trustees approved the fiscal year 2022-23 budget following a public hearing. The $294.58 million budget includes $156.45 million for instruction, and almost $26 million is expected to go back to the state of Texas in the form of recapture payments. “Our budget assumptions for this budget included the third quarter demographer report, which had 28,825 students projected for next year,” CISD Chief Financial Officer Crystal Hermesch said. view article arw

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees approved a $237.8 million budget for fiscal year 2022-23 during a meeting June 20. The district’s budget consists of $172.8 million for the general fund, $6.9 million for the food service fund and $58 million for the debt service fund. The budget for FY 2022-23 accounts for an estimated 8% student enrollment growth and 93.6% daily attendance rate. In the general fund, GISD’s net revenue after making $44.5 million in recapture payments to the state is expected to be $177.1 million. Recapture is a set amount property-rich districts pay the state with property tax revenue to be distributed to all schools across the state. This process is intended to give all schools roughly the same amount to pay per child. view article arw

The Northwest ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the district’s 2022-23 budget at its June 27 meeting. The budget includes $303.13 million in general fund expenditures, $11.71 million in expenses for food service and $122.95 million in debt service payments. Because the district’s fiscal year starts July 1, the district had to approve a budget before June 30, according to a staff memo and discussions at the board meeting. The budget includes a proposed property tax rate of $1.292 per $100 valuation, which is the district’s current rate. That rate consists of $0.872 for maintenance and operations and $0.42 for the interest and sinking fund. view article arw

District employees will see pay increases under Friendswood ISD’s 2022-23 school year salary plan, which the board of trustees approved during its June 13 meeting. Starting teacher salaries, which includes teachers with a bachelor's degree and four or less years of experience, will now earn $56,807 in the 2022-23 school year after the 1% board-approved increase, according to FISD Public Information Officer Dayna Owen. view article arw

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-2 early Friday to adopt a nearly $1.9 billion budget for the upcoming academic year. School board president Geronimo Rodriguez Jr. noted it was the first balanced budget trustees have passed since 2017. Austin ISD had warned its bond rating could be at risk if the board decided to use cash reserves for the 2022-2023 budget. view article arw

Spring ISD’s budget for fiscal year 2022-23—which was unanimously approved by trustees on June 14—saw a $5.4 million increase in general fund dollars being dedicated to instructional costs. Instructional costs—which covers payroll and professional development training for teachers, teacher aides, librarians, instructional coaches and supplies, according to SISD—makes up 56.4% of the FY 2022-23 budget’s general fund cost, or just over $200.8 million. This category took up 1.4% more than the FY 2021-22 budgeted general fund, even though a smaller amount—nearly $195.5 million—was budgeted. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - The Midland ISD Board of Trustees has approved the 2022-23 teacher salary schedule, which includes an increase in pay for first-year teachers to $58,500, up from last year’s starting pay of $57,500. The pay increase was a part of the district’s 2022-23 Compensation Manual, which was approved at a budget workshop earlier this month. This raise continues the district’s commitment to supporting teachers by increasing all teacher salaries across the board. Starting teacher pay has increased nearly 10% since the 2019-20 school year, when starting teacher pay increased to $53,500. “MISD will continue to offer the highest teacher pay package in West Texas,” said Woodrow Bailey, Chief of Human Capital Management. “Providing competitive compensation is critical as we work tirelessly to recruit and retain the top teaching talent for our students.” view article arw

The Devine ISD school board voted Monday (June 20) to adopt a proposed 2022-23 general fund budget of $20.3 million, of which 79 percent goes to salaries. Action on the tax rate to support that budget was postponed until August when the Texas Education Agency acts on the calculation of local tax rate compression, Devine ISD Chief Financial Officer Shannon Ramirez told the board. “Right now it could be as low as 80.46 cents,” Ramirez said. However, calculation of the maximum compressed rate for the school district’s maintenance and operations (M&O) tax may drive that number up to 88.46 cents.” The interest and sinking (I&S) tax rate for the budget presented by Ramirez is 24 cents. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — The El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the 2022–23 budget that includes a pay raise for educators. Teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses will see an average salary increase of 7 percent in the upcoming academic year. Starting salary for EPISD teachers with zero experience will go up to $56,975. view article arw

On Thursday during an Austin ISD board meeting, trustees were presented with a final budget recommendation for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The board voted 7-2 to pass the budget, worth more than $1.6 billion. Part of it includes position cuts and more than $20 million in staff raises. Although the budget is set at $1.6 billion, the district will pay the state about half of it, or $800 million, in recapture. view article arw

Employees in College Station ISD will receive a pay raise of at least of two percent during the next school year. CSISD board members passed a resolution at Tuesday’s meeting that also includes an additional raise if voters in November approve decreasing next year’s property tax rate by three cents instead of six cents. The proposed change in the tax rate is called “Voter Approved Tax Ratification Election or Voter Approved Tax Rate Election”, which is also known as VATRE. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Trustees with the Austin Independent School District approved the district’s 2022-23 budget early Friday morning. The vote on the $1.898 billion budget was 7-2. The budget includes pay raises for teachers and staff. It includes: General fund expenditures: $1.68 billion; Food service fund expenditures: $42.1 million; Debt service fund expenditures: $174.4 million; Appropriation of $26.1 million from General Fund’s Fund Balance, excluding ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund). “It is going to be the first balanced budget proposed to the trustees in six years that doesn’t require dipping into cash reserves,” said AISD spokesperson Jason Stanford. “It is going to do that in a way that we can offer retention bonuses and pay increases to teachers, hourly workers such as custodians, bus drivers and the counselors.” view article arw

Faced with declining enrollment, the La Joya Independent School District may declare a financial emergency. During a school board meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Trustee Roberto Zamora recommended that La Joya ISD declare “financial exigency” — a financial emergency — and create a plan to address the problem. “It’s a sensitive issue,” said Zamora, a widely respected former superintendent who joined the board on June 8. “But at what point in time do we talk about it?” view article arw

Pastors for Texas Children decries the decision today by the United States Supreme Court to allow Maine tax dollars to underwrite private religious schools. We find the decision not only to violate Maine’s constitutional qualification that no public dollars be used for sectarian purposes, but also to chip away at the American doctrine of the separation of church and state. read more arw

A local school district is trying to find ways to help teachers stay and live here. That help for Austin ISD's staff could come from a bond election in November. AISD has already partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing for staff and the community at places in Austin. However, the bond proposal could be a way to help more teachers. view article arw

Alief Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a starting salary of $60,000, a $2,000 supplement for returning employees and a $500 step increase for teacher paygrade positions during Monday’s board meeting. This supplement is equivalent to a 3% raise of the midpoint for most employees and higher than 3% for others, according to a release. view article arw

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees approved the budget for the 2022-23 school year in a special session Monday afternoon. The district will be operating in a deficit budget this year much like other districts in the area. Some of that is the cost to open two new campuses, as well as the raises to existing staff members. The total expenditures is just more than $692 million ($692,609,510) and of that, 79 percent is for instruction and instructional support. Payroll makes up $570.1 million (82.3 percent) and the remaining $122.5 million (17.7 percent) pays for professional and contracted services, supplies and other operating costs. “We are committed to effectively utilizing our resources in the most efficient way to put our staff and students first,” said Kimberly Smith, the district’s Chief Financial Officer, in a video posted on the school’s social media channels. The district is increasing the minimum wage from $12 to $14.50. Employees in affected positions will receive the greater of their hourly rate increase or a board-approved 3.25% raise. view article arw

Dallas ISD is addressing staffing issues with a budget proposal that will increase starting pay for new teachers, bump the minimum wage to $15 for staff, and offer a retention bonus for returning employees. view article arw

Recent legislation approved by Texas voters has Navasota Independent School District Board of Trustees revisiting the Local Optional Homestead Exemption (LOHE) that has been in place 30 years.   The LOHE is on the agenda for the NISD June 20, board meeting that begins at 6 p.m. in the NISD boardroom, 705 E. Washington Ave. in Navasota.   Navasota ISD released a video Tuesday, June 14, with Superintendent, Dr. Stu Musick sharing the reasoning for possible consideration of abolishing the LOHE that began in 1992.  The district must vote on the LOHE by July 1. For more information view the full video, https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/c312n9V3zN1.    (17) view article arw

Dallas ISD teachers are set for a boost in pay, especially novice educators new to the district. DISD hopes more money will attract and keep more teachers as the state faces an educator shortage. But the union representing Dallas educators said it may not be enough. Alliance/AFT, a Dallas-based labor union, is encouraging parents to call the board of trustees and attend Thursday night’s school board meeting. view article arw

Trustees in Plano ISD adopted a budget deficit of $38.9 million for the 2022-23 school year during the board's June 21 meeting. General fund revenue is projected to increase from last year’s budget to $698.2 million. However, expenditures of $736.7 million, including a state recapture payment of $226.9 million, are expected to lead to the $38.9 million decrease in the district’s existing balance of operating funds. PISD officials also stated that an estimated 500 student decline in enrollment is negatively affecting the district’s general fund budget. “Our recapture [payment] is going up higher than our tax collections [are] going up,” Johnny Hill, deputy superintendent of business and employee services, said. “We only get so much money...in taxes per student and when [enrollment] goes down, then you're going to have recapture [payments] going up faster than collections.” view article arw

Rising fuel costs have pushed Alvin ISD to substantially increase its fuel budget to $2.193 million in the district’s recently approved $339.8 million 2022-2023 budget. As of June 9, the district had spent approximately $1.079 million in gas for its vehicles, including school buses, in the current fiscal year. view article arw

Release 6 is now available for download. This release makes some corrections to the Rate to Maintain calculations and also revises the data used in the calculation of the Available School Fund amount for 21-22 in accordance with TEA’s latest Summary of Finances (see Notes). As always, stay tuned for any further developments. view article arw

Round Rock officials approved a $518 million operating budget that features increased pay for some staff and a higher estimate for recapture payments due to the state of Texas than previous years. The proposed budget was passed June 16 in a 4-0 vote, absent Place 1 Trustee Jun Xiao, Place 2 Trustee Mary Bone and Place 7 Trustee Danielle Weston. Xiao was not in attendance, as his resignation was accepted by the board earlier in the week. Bone and Weston departed the meeting early, requiring Place 5 Trustee Amy Weir to attend the meeting in person to maintain a four-person quorum, despite having symptomatic COVID-19. Weir's attendance was in compliance with district policy based on the start date of her symptoms, according to board President Amber Feller. view article arw

Dallas ISD is poised to raise its minimum wage and boost teacher salaries as schools across Texas face staffing shortages. On Thursday, trustees are expected to vote on a $1.9 billion budget that increases educator compensation, a move designed to keep the district competitive with others as they struggle to fill vacancies. Texas was already grappling with not having enough staffers, and the pandemic exacerbated the problem, officials say. Low pay is often cited as a reason why more people don’t pursue teaching careers. view article arw

According to released information from the Amarillo Independent School District, its Board of Trustees will host a special meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the Rod Schroder Education Support Center. view article arw

Little Elm ISD will hold a public hearing discussing its proposed 2022-23 fiscal year budget on Monday. Following this, the board will consider adoption of the budget in its regularly scheduled meeting that same night. The specifics of the budget have not yet been released and are not outlined in accompanying meeting agenda documents, and a request for more information on the budget was not immediately returned by a Little Elm ISD spokesperson.   The district's proposed 2021-22 budget projected $83.9 million for its general fund expenditures, 78 percent of which was dedicated to payroll. Every facet of the previous budget (the general fund, student nutrition fund and debt service fund) had revenues at equivalent values as the appropriations – therefore, it was a balanced budget.  view article arw

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Round Rock ISD nearly failed to pass their budget after two board members walked out of the meeting leaving them without quorum. The move caused the meeting to be cut short as the board waited for another member who was attending virtually to show up in person. The two trustees who walked out were Danielle Weston and Mary Bone. "Tonight it is very important that we pass a budget, if we don’t pass a budget tonight we cannot pay our employees from July 1 and that’s not fair to the almost 7000 employees that work the school district," said Board President Amber Feller during Thursday’s board meeting. view article arw

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees has approved a balanced budget for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year that includes significant investments in pay increases for District staff and targets funding for high-need schools. The Board voted to approve the $518.0 million budget at its June 16 Regular Board Meeting. The new budget directs $18.3 million toward increasing teacher and librarian pay by 5 percent, a minimum of a $2,800 annual increase, and other staff members by at least 3 percent, with some employees receiving a market pay adjustment on top of their general pay increase. The budget also includes increasing the minimum salary in the District to $15 an hour. The salary increases were approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this spring. view article arw

Pflugerville ISD officials are working on different strategies to mitigate a projected $12 million shortfall for the 2022-23 school year. The PfISD board of trustees heard some of those strategies at a June 16 meeting during a presentation from district staff. PfISD Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Land walked the board through updated financial information for 2021-22 and financial estimates for the 2022-23 fiscal year. Land's presentation looked at various scenarios for voter approval tax rate elections and the impact on tax rates. view article arw

While inflation is hurting the wallets of many, retired Texas teachers are getting hit especially hard.  The Teacher Retirement System, the state’s pension program for educators, does not adjust its pension payments for inflation, which can fluctuate the purchasing power of retired teachers. Dennis Jansen, a Texas A&M economics professor, joined Texas Standard to share more about his research on TRS and how inflation – “the cruelest tax“ – is affecting retired teachers in the state. Listen to the interview above or read more in the transcript below. view article arw

On June 13, the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees approved the fiscal year 2022-23 budget following a public hearing. The $118.51 million budget represents a 9.63% increase from the FY 2021-22 budget of $108.1 million, according to the district. Expenditures for the general fund budget are anticipated to be $88.91 million; the food service fund is set at $3.67 million; and $25.93 million has been allocated to the debt service fund. The plan includes an increase in pay for all employees with each employee receiving a 3% increase on the midpoint. Additionally, the plan increases in the starting pay rate for instruction and special education aides, maintenance and bus drivers. The budget also includes funds to begin a robotics program and to staff two new administrative positions. view article arw