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TISD board swears in trustees, discusses projected shortfall

TISD board swears in trustees, discusses projected shortfall

District's budget for the 2018-19 school year shows a $762K deficit

May 17th, 2018 by Jennifer Middleton in Texarkana News

Photo by Gazette Staff /Texarkana Gazette.

Texarkana Independent School District's Board of Trustees swore in newly-elected members and elected board officers during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Bill Kimbro of District 1 and Paul Miller, District 6 at-large trustee, were re-elected to serve three-year terms, as they ran unopposed in the recent election.

Kimbro was appointed to the TISD Board of Trustees in October 2008 was elected to serve in May 2009. Miller was appointed to the board in September 2009 and elected in May 2010 to fulfill the remainder of a two-year term.

Board members also elected new officers for the upcoming school year. Fred Norton Jr., District 7 at-large, will continue to lead as president, with Gerald Brooks, District 2, serving as vice-president and Amy Bowers, District 4, as secretary.

"TISD is blessed to have a wonderful group of dynamic and dedicated trustees," Paul Norton, TISD superintendent, said in a press release. "Each one is committed to having TISD be an innovative learning community, strengthened by its diversity, which provides a superior education in a caring environment that inspires, challenges and engages each student through a wide range of opportunities."

The board also approved vendor proposals for charter buses for the upcoming year to be used for football and band travel.

Champion Coaches and Chuck's Travel were each recommended at a total cost of $66,885. Now that Texas High School has moved into Division I, District 7-5A, much more travel is anticipated than in previous years. THS teams will now travel to Waxahachie, McKinney, Sherman and West Mesquite.

In other business, trustees approved a second reading of the 2018-19 budget. Total projected revenue is anticipated to be $63.5 million with expenditures of $64.3 million, giving a $762,840 deficit. Districtwide enrollment is projected to be 7,181, slightly up from this year's 7,152. TISD's total tax rate for 2018-19 will remain as it has since 2015, with $1.17 for maintenance & operations and $.255 for interest & sinking funds, used to repay bonded indebtedness and other debts. The third reading and final approval of the budget will be held during the June 2018 board meeting.

The board also voted to move the June board meeting to Tuesday, June 26.

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