No Increase in Taxes by Lexington ISD
The Lexington ISD Board of Trustees met this past Monday and voted on a proposed budget for the upcoming school year that does not increase the tax rate. They set August 29th as the date for its public hearing on the 2011-2012 budget and proposed public tax rate. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the administration building on Hwy. 77.
The work–in progress general operating budget is based on remaining at the current maintenance and operations or general fund tax rate and finance changes impacted by Senate Bill 1 of this year’s legislative session. The budget reflects a decrease of eleven positions and an elimination of a District Alternative Education Placement contract with Giddings ISD.
Lexington ISD staff has been cutting costs, finding efficiencies, and streamlining operations wherever possible to meet the reductions in state aid. Thanks to an infusion of federal dollars, LISD was able to replace three math and science teaching positions at the secondary campuses for this next year.
Unfortunately, the EduJobs money is available for only one year and LISD will face an additional 2.2 percent reduction in state aid the second year of this biennium. Thus, Lexington ISD is developing a plan for further reductions for the 2012-2013 school year.
One cut in state aid that is particularly painful to Lexington is the elimination of state funding for receiving districts of on-line university courses.
“We are committed to maintain our on-line dual credit program and will fully fund the coursework for our students this fall semester,” said Dr. Frances McArthur, Superintendent of Schools. “Unfortunately, we will likely be forced to pass some of the cost of college tuition on to our students after this fall semester. The good news is that the number of students qualifying for college level work in LISD is increasing. We will find a way to make sure our students continue to have the opportunity to get a head start on college right here in Lexington.”