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IPCISD School Board approves
budget, sets tax rate

by Dolores Hamilton
No citizens attended the public hearings Tuesday night for the school budget for 2011-12 and and proposed tax rate for 2011.

Total revenue in the proposed budget is $14,190,241, down $647,917 from last year. Total expenditures are $14,491,647, down 329,677 from last year and leaving a deficit of $301,406.

During the budget hearing, trustees discussed ways to cut expenses more such as finding lower electricity rates and traveling less. “Everyone understands that if things don’t change next year or in the next couple of years, there’s gonna have to be a substantial change in the way we do business,” commented Superintendent Jerry Baird.

“We’re going have to get into people and programs.”

Following the hearings, the trustees approved the new budget and adopted the proposed tax rate of $1.13 ($1.04 for Local Maintenance and $0.09 for Bonded & Debt Service). The tax rate is lower this year because the district’s debt payment is down and they are able to lower the tax for Interest & Sinking by one-cent.

Also approved was the Amended Budget for 2010-11.

In a report on school enrollment, Assistant Superintendent Steve Moody said that student enrollment has continued to increase since the start of school and now stands at 1795. This is up 31 students over the first day number of 1764.

A breakdown of the enrollment on each campus includes: Kidwell, 471;

Bradford, 382; middle school, 403; and high school, 539.

Supt. Baird said that, because of the excessive heat, the band will stay home Friday and not have to make the long drive to the football game at Pilot Point in a non-air conditioned bus. “I hope that you, the parents, and others will see this decision as one in the best interest of the kids, and also one that is difficult,”

Baird said. “I’ll take whatever heat that comes with it.”

Following a closed session, the trustees voted to hire Joseph Baka as a paraprofessional at Bradford Elementary. They also appointed Martha Dudley to fill the vacant board seat until the elections in May. Dudley had served 22 years as a board member, retiring in 2002.


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