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Lexington ISD Trustees Keep an Eye Toward Austin


Dr. Frances McArthur Dr. Frances McArthur As Lexington ISD administrators and staff struggle with the budget reductions required by the recently released Senate Bill-1 and House Bill-1, every option to increase revenue and decrease expenses is on the table.

Last week, LISD Superintendent Dr. Frances McArthur, was in Austin at a press conference held by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards.

The meeting was to talk about a message being sent by over half the districts in the state to Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and the Speaker of the House entitled “Make Education a Priority” .

Superintendent’s and school boards emphasized that this crisis did not occur overnight. Schools have operated without any new revenue from the state since 2006, except for a small amount of stimulus money which is going away.

Since the state reduces their aid to schools as local funding increases, the state benefits from local taxpayers paying higher property taxes.

According to Dr. McArthur, “The shortfall at the state-level has occurred partly because of the economy, but also due to the structural deficit the state created by the business margins tax, which has not collected enough revenue to replace the property tax decrease that occurred in 2006.”

LISD Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, February 21 to discuss these matters and more.

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