Board Briefs June 22, 2015
Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda
SBISD Trustees Approve 2016 Proposed Budget
The SBISD Board of Trustees has approved a Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budget of $286.4 million that includes salary increases for all employees, and also funds several initiatives related to the district’s T-2-4 goal to double the number of students that complete a technical certificate, a two-year or four-year degree or military training.
Also during the June 22 regular meeting, District A Houston City Council Member Brenda Stardig spoke about the exceptional leadership shown over the last decade by SBISD Superintendent Duncan F. Klussmann, Ed.D. In honor of his upcoming retirement, the City of Houston has declared Aug. 15, 2015, as Dr. Duncan Klussmann Day citywide, the Spring Branch council member announced.
Council Member Stardig was followed by former Trustee Mike Falick, who honored Dr. Klussmann with heartfelt remarks on his vision and leadership. Later in the meeting, each Trustee personally praised Superintendent Klussmann for his example, work, dedication and service to all students, teachers and staff.
Near the meeting’s end, Trustees approved dedication of a plaque in the superintendent’s office in honor of Martha Korioth, the deceased administrative secretary who worked for four SBISD superintendents, including Dr. Klussmann. Her husband and family members attended the Board meeting and also gave brief remarks.
In other timely action, Trustees adopted a resolution to forgive the missed work day on June 16, 2015, due to Tropical Storm Bill and to authorize resolution by the superintendent of any related employee salary issues.
More Budget Details
Trustees approved the budget unanimously during the Board’s regular monthly meeting held on June 22. SBISD’s leadership and Board of Trustees remain focused on providing salaries and benefits to maintain a competitive district position in the recruiting and retention of quality staff, as well as ensuring that students are well-equipped to meet the district’s T-2-4 goal and continue their education.
Included in the 2016 Proposed Budget is a 3 percent average salary increase for all employees. The salary increase takes effect with employee work calendar start dates. Other budget initiatives include the following:
- Restoration of Prekindergarten Assistant positions lost in previous years due to the state’s funding reduction of $37 million to SBISD
- Expansion of the SKY Partnership program to the high school level with opening soon of the YES Prep High School at Northbrook High
- Savings of about $1 million resulting from a district-led effort to reduce electricity consumption and spending through planned actions and choices
- Establishment of Teacher Fellowships
State funding for SBISD was cut several years ago by $37 million, resulting in the elimination of 350 positions across the district. The Texas Legislature has restored some funding for public education, but not proportionally. The dollars per student flowing to SBISD are actually less per student than many school districts in Harris County and across the state.
For the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, SBISD will receive about $100 more per pupil, or $3.5 million, in restored funding, still less than the $37 million in reductions taken several years ago as a result of the Texas Legislature’s actions.
The 2016 budget increases SBISD expenditures about $6 million, or 2.12 percent. Expenditures are expected to exceed revenues by about $8.9 million leaving a fund balance of $43.8 million, or 15.3 percent of total budget expenditures. This percentage is below the Board’s desired average for this budget category.
The new budget is based on the current tax rate of $1.3945, with no change or increase in that rate. The total tax rate has remained the same since 2010. The current tax rate results from a General Fund tax rate of $1.09, plus the Debt Service rate of $0.3045. By law, Debt Service funds cannot be used to support general district operations, including salaries.
SBISD property values have increased an estimated 13.2 percent. However, the district’s state funding decreases as local tax revenue increases, resulting in little overall change or increase to SBISD revenues. In addition, Texas will require SBISD’s taxpayers to make an estimated recapture payment to the state of $35.6 million through the state’s so-called “Robin Hood” funding adjustment process.
In other action, the Board of Trustees...
- Approved the 2015-2016 Compensation Plan and Health Insurance Rates
- Approved Consent Agenda action items and contract awards
- Approved the Board Meetings Calendar for 2015-2016