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Alvord school board sets budget workshop

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 9, 2014

Aside from any last-minute personnel recommendations that may come up, a budget workshop is the only agenda item facing Alvord’s school trustees as they convene for a specially called meeting 5 p.m. Monday.

Although the board has approved several programs and committed to some expenditures for next year, very little discussion has been held to this point on next year’s budget.

Alvord ISD saw property values rise by 6.37 percent this year and will likely be classified as a wealthy school district next year, required to pay between $89,000 and $110,000 in local tax revenue into the state’s “Robin Hood” program.

The board has invested in some ongoing programs that will be included in next year’s budget, including implementing a volleyball program at the high school and middle school, purchasing 400 Google Chromebook notebook computers for high school and middle school students, upgrading the district’s wireless network and constructing a greenhouse for use by the agriculture, horticulture and floral arranging classes.

Those expenditures, along with salaries and other items, should be up for discussion Monday.

The board meeting is held at the administration office at 100 Mosley Lane in Alvord. It’s open to the public.

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