Jacksonville ISD

School board members have set a 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 public hearing at the Jacksonville ISD administrative office for their 2019-20 proposed fiscal year budget and the tax rate that will fund it.

The announcement was made during Monday's regular board meeting, with all members present except for Trustee Michael Traylor.

According to Lindy Finley, the JISD associate superintendent of finance, “the proposed General Fund budget is $45,865,892, higher than the previous year's budget due to the Legislative Session and (Texas) House Bill 3.

“We saw a significant increase in funding for public education with the recent legislative session and the passing of HB3. Dr. (Chad) Kelly and our Board of Trustees put a lot of thought and planning into using the funds in areas of greatest needs, such as recruitment and retaining high quality teachers and prioritizing early literacy,” she said.

The proposed tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1, will decrease by seven cents, courtesy of HB3. Finley said the proposed M&O rate is 97 cents (the portion of the tax rate impacted by recent legislation), while an I&S rate of 42.5 cents remains unchanged. Combined, the tax rate is assessed per $100 property valuation.

“A lower tax rate will mean savings to property taxpayers, depending on the increase they experience with their property values,” she said, adding that “the school district does not have any jurisdiction over property values.”

In other action Monday, trustees named two employees to succeed Hedda Alexander, whom the superintendent said retires at the end of the year as chief technology officer (CTO).

“She will be mentoring both positions until then,” Kelly said of Lynn Bullock taking over as CTO and Buddy Attaway as the district's technical service director.

Bullock has served as a JISD instructional technology director, while Attaway has been the district's network administrator.

Also during the meeting, board members approved a memorandum between the district and the City of Jacksonville, allowing the city's first responders the use of the high school weight room, according to Calah Moake, administrative assistant to the superintendent.

They also:

• Approved a list of 2019-20 Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System and a separate T-TESS calendar;

• Named Dean Dublin as the official voting delegate and alternate to the 2019 TASBE Delegate Assembly on Sept. 21;

• Endorsed Ted Beard to fill a position on the TASB Board of Directors;

• Stemming from an April 8 TASB policy review session, trustees first adopted several recommended LOCAL policy changes, then in a separate vote, repealed the previously adopted policies addressed by those changes; and

• Approved a consent agenda that included June 24 regular board minutes and investment/finance/current amended budget reports.

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