TROUP – A $13,764,950 budget recently adopted by Troup ISD board members is 19 percent more than the previous year's amount, and includes a mandated salary increase for employees, said Lisa White, executive director of business service for TISD.
“There's also $700,000 budgeted for safety updates in this new budget,” which went into effect Sept. 1, the beginning of the school's fiscal year, she said.
The budget has three components: The general operations budget – which makes up 92 percent of the figure, the child nutrition budget and debt service.
White said that teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors were given an average of a 12 percent raise, while full-time paraprofessionals and auxiliary employees were given an average of $2,000 each. These salary increases are due in part to the passage of Texas House Bill 3, implemented earlier during the summer, provides salary increases for school district employees.
During its Aug. 30 special meeting, TISD trustees also voted to adopt a $1.183350 tax rate, assessed per $100 property valuation, which helps generates fund for the newly adopted budget. The rate is comprised of a $1.068350 M&O tax and a 11.5-cent I&S tax.
In other action, the board:
• Approved a proposal for property & casualty insurance for the 2019-20 fiscal year;
• Approved an accelerated education budget required under TEC; and approved a consent agenda.
Board member Chuck Boyd was not present at the meeting, nor was John Whitsell, who is no longer on the board due to moving out of the district, said Cindy Wilson, administrative assistant to the TISD superintendent.