The budget includes 2 percent pay raises for all district employees at a cost of
"We don't want people to have to run 10 miles or anything -- this is a pretty loose plan," Trustee
The school board voted 6-0 on the measures after reviewing recommendations from campus administrators, teachers and the district's Financial Futures Committee, Chief Financial Officer
"It's a fiscally sound budget that we put a lot of time working on," school board President Bowie Hogg said. "It's also a conservative budget to prepare for a potentially difficult legislative session."
Under state law, the district was required to hold a public forum on the budget and a proposed tax rate increase for 2014-15 before taking action Thursday night.
The budget includes 23 new positions at a cost of
After trustees receive certified property values from the
The tax rate hike will not only pay for debt service but also make up for a reduction in state funding that occurs when property values increase, Powell said. That's why the final tax rate won't be known until TAD certifies property values.
If the trustees wish to raise the rate beyond
"It's a very strong budget that continues the path of ensuring students have the opportunity to be successful, and it ensures the opportunity to retain and recruit employees," Superintendent
Salaries, programs, jobs
Powell said the district is using
The district will also give
As part of the budget, the district will implement a pilot program to provide free lunches to uniformed police officers at district campuses. The intent is to create positive interactions between officers and students, officials said.
Bond program rollout
Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the sale of
Some projects will be short, but others, like a
The first phases will include:
--Multipurpose activity centers at each high school.
--A districtwide Career and Technical Center.
--Two new elementary schools.
--Renovations for two dual-language/fine-arts academies.
--Special-education alternate curriculum program classrooms at schools that have yet to be identified.
--Condition improvements at 43 campuses.
--Thirty-six buses and 40 white fleet vehicles -- 30 of which are replacements and 10 of which are new.
--Fine-arts instruments and uniforms.
--Updates such as wireless enhancements, security upgrades, GPS tracking and changes to classroom technology.
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