Childress appointed school board president

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Bill Childress moved into the president’s role on the Boyd School Board in November after the resignation of longtime president Ernest Partin.

After seven months in the position, Childress’ fellow trustees reappointed him Thursday night during the board’s annual reorganization.

“I’m happy for it. I’m glad they have enough faith in me to keep me in there,” Childress said. “We have a great board that works hard for the community.”

Childress began a third term on the board after running unopposed for his Place 4 seat. He was sworn in Thursday, along with Trae Luttrell in Place 5 and Kenneth Shepherd in Place 6. Shepherd ran unopposed for the unexpired term of Partin, who resigned from the board to concentrate on his battle with cancer.

Jason Hammond was reappointed vice president and Luttrell as secretary.

In other business, the board was given an early revenue projection for 2018-19, showing a $795,755 increase based on early tax values. Preliminary tax roll from the Wise County Appraisal District showed a $77.5 million increase from $585.094 million to $663.247 million, representing a $744,310 increase in tax revenue to $6.557 million.

The district used an average daily attendance of 1,233 in its early projections to get an estimate for state funding. The total revenues are projected at $11.234 million.

“After the last three to four years, it’s great news,” Childress said. “It’s great values are on the incline again.”

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West pointed out values are still down compared to their peak of $980 million three years ago.

He said the revenue projections were conservative.

“For budgeting, we stay as conservative as we can,” West said. “We tend to overestimate expenditures and underestimate revenue.”

Along with the increase in the tax roll, the district is experiencing growth in enrollment. Since Aug. 1, West said the district’s enrollment is up approximately 30 students to 1,328.

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