From the Superintendent of Schools
This past Monday after the Public Meeting, LISD Trustees unanimously approved the 2011-2012 district budget during a Special Called Board Meeting. The 2011-2012 budget reflects the school finance changes impacted by SB1 (special session). Although we face an over three hundred thousand dollar decrease in state revenue from last year, the Lexington ISD budget is balanced and includes sixty thousand dollars towards the purchase of a new bus. In order to keep up with the wear and tear on our buses, we must replace two buses every three years. Next year’s budget allows us to plan for that purchase. Unfortunately, the budget does not include raises for our amazing staff. Our philosophy during the budget development process was to not lay off any employees during these difficult times. We were able to stay true to that philosophy and not allow anyone to lose their jobs. Sadly, our staff faces an increase in insurance costs, which inevitably results in lower pay checks as they work tirelessly to make sure our students are successful. The budget reflects a reduction of twelve positions through personnel attrition and reassignment, as well as tightening of our belts in other areas. For example, our principals and department directors have worked hard to allocate money only where it is absolutely needed to support instruction.
Immediately after the budget adoption, our trustees unanimously voted to adopt the tax rate of $1.1190 per $100.00 valuation. We were pleased that we were able to maintain our tax rate and not increase taxes during these difficult times for Lexington homeowners. In fact, Lexington homeowners will actually see an average decrease in their school taxes of $8.31.
When you see our amazing staff, please thank them for their commitment to our schools during these difficult financial times. We are so very blessed to have a staff who loves Lexington and loves our kids. In closing, I want to thank Mr. James Marburger, Director of Transportation, and all of the bus drivers in our Transportation Department for the great job they did the first few weeks of school making sure our students stayed hydrated.
Not only did they get our students where they needed to go, they passed out water and checked them for signs of overheating since the temperature in our buses was a record high.
Congratulations to our Lady Eagles for their outstanding win last week at Dime Box! Even in the sweltering heat, everyone seemed to be enjoying watching our girls exhibit good sportsmanship and skill. I know the community is looking forward to their volleyball games this fall, as well as our own Lexington Friday Night Lights with our boys of fall. Let the fun begin....I can’t wait!