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Trustees approve tax rate, budget

by Dolores Hamilton
The Iowa Park CISD School Board approved a tax rate of $1.28 per $100 property valuation, the same as last year, for 2013 during a meeting Tuesday night.

Also approved was the 2013-2014 school budget of $15,578,585, as well as the amended budget for 2012-2013.

During a public hearing on the budget, Sharon Godwin, the schools’ business manager, explained the budget and showed a comparison of the last three years, with this year’s budget having a surplus of $226,521.

Budgets for the previous two years had shown sizable deficits because of cuts in state funding. “I’m excited,” said Board President Steve Fairchild. “It’s been a long time since we’ve played with black.”

Superintendent Steve Moody said the budget takes care of all the needs on the campuses.”If there are other needs, we can look at them,” he added.

Purchase of a new school bus was discussed. Fairchild said that in 2008 the board had voted to purchase a new bus every year. But, with the tight budgets the past few years, that hasn’t been possible. Jonathan Clubb was asked to make a schedule for replacing buses in the fleet and bring it back for the board to consider.

In his report, Moody told the trustees that everything had gone well on the opening day of school. Enrollment was 1767 on the first day and increased to 1777 on the second day.

Moody said work at the stadium is moving along. Workers are doing concrete work on the ramp, and will then finish the track. He said they are hoping to be done by the game with Amarillo River Road on Oct. 4 and, if not, then the next home game with Hirschi on Oct. 25.

Safety and security measures are being put in place on all the campuses.

“Once this is in place, I think we are going to be in great shape as far as the safety of students and staff,” Moody said.