Board slates hearing on budget, tax rate

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, August 10, 2013

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The Alvord ISD board of trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2013-2014 budget and tax rate at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the administration building board room, 100 Mosley Lane.

The regular school board meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

CUTTING THE DUST – Alex Gonzales of North Texas Contracting runs a sweeper over the new parking lot behind Alvord Middle School, preparing it for striping. The $1.2 million paving project, which is almost finished, means a lot less dust for drivers around the middle and high school campuses in the upcoming school year. Messenger photo by Bob Buckel

Tax values in Alvord ISD are up this year, but the state’s funding formula usually offsets that by cutting back on per-student state funding. At the board’s July meeting, Superintendent Bill Branum said he planned to budget as if state funding would be flat – “the conservative thing to do.”

Board members did discuss providing raises for teachers and auxiliary employees. The proposed budget is expected to include both across-the-board raises and additional raises tied to the teacher’s tenure in the school district.

At its meeting Monday, the board scheduled that budget hearing and took care of several other items tied to the start of the upcoming school year.

After approving a TASB policy update, they also approved:

  • the 2013-14 appraisal calendar;
  • the 2013-14 Student Code of Conduct;
  • the 2013-14 campus student handbooks;
  • the 2013-14 employee handbooks;
  • transfer students for 2013-14;
  • 2013-14 contract amounts for the Region XI Education Service Center.

The board also made a second payment to North Texas Contracting on the $1.2 million paving project that is now substantially complete.

An initial payment of $362,900 was approved at the July meeting. At Monday’s meeting, the board approved a payment of $601,000, with the balance likely to be approved once the work has been through a final inspection.

The concrete driveways and parking lots around the high school and middle school campuses are funded out of notes issued by the district earlier this year, to be paid back over the next 20 years from general revenue.

The board also renewed its agreement with the accounting firm of Stephen Gilliland, CPA to do the district’s audit for the coming year and offered employment contracts to two teachers, Morgan Naveraz for social studies and Christina Beck for English, both at the high school.

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