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TEXARKANA, Texas — Pleasant Grove Independent School District Board of Trustees will look to extend COVID leave for employees in a regular meeting Thursday evening.

The goal will be to improve compensation and benefit options, allowing the district to attract and retain its teaching staff.

It will look to do so by adjusting employee local sick leave due to confirmed COVID-related reasons from Jan 4 to May 28.

"Our district, personnel and their families have been greatly affected during the current pandemic and with the expiration of federal leave protections on December 31, 2020, a financial emergency could affect employees if they are required to miss work due to COVID. District officials have decided it is in the best interest of the district to continue FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave procedures for the remainder of the 2021 Spring Semester," according to information in the agenda packet.

This may have some impact on the 2020-2021 budget, as the salary parameters have been budgeted for and there could be an increase in payroll expenses for substitute teachers.

The board will also approve an audit report.

The annual financial review was conducted by Wilf and Henderson P.C., the district's outside audit firm. It was put together and will be presented by Kelly Birdwell.

Lastly, the board will approve the following fund balance designations, as is required by state law:

Committed Fund Balance:

Construction: $1,198,808

Retirement of loans of notes payable: $207,000

Capital expenditures for equipment: $600,000

Assigned Fund Balance:

Construction: $1,000,000

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