FISD tax rate stays unchanged from 2011

A tax rate of $1.50 per $100 of taxable value was announced for publication at Monday night’s meeting of the Frenship Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Frenship ISD’s chief financial officer, Greg Cartwright, told the board that the state requires it to publish a notice of both its intention to pass a budget for the 2012-13 school year and of the proposed tax rate.

Cartwright said the tax rate his office is recommending is $1.04 for maintenance and operations and $0.46 for debt service. This is the same tax rate as last year, he said.

“This is not a change from last year,” Superintendent David Vroonland stressed.

The school board members did not approve the budget or the tax rate, but instead scheduled a meeting for Aug. 27 to consider the budget and tax rate.

Cartwright told the board that the $1.50 combined rate is the most they can approve if it is published, but they could approve a lower rate instead.

Cartwright gave the board information on the 2012-13 budget. A deficit of $1.3 million is possible, he said.

“Fund balance reserves will need to be used,” Cartwright said.

The district is still growing, he told the board, but not at the same rate as in recent years. In the 2011-12 school year, there was a student increase of 2.2 percent. This year, Cartwright said the budget predicts a growth rate of 2.5 percent.

The taxable value in the district has also grown to $2.638 billion, up 4.7 percent. Existing properties account for 1.9 percent of the increase, he said, while new properties account for 2.8 percent of the increase.

The board unanimously approved the scheduling of the meeting for Aug. 27.

The board meeting opened with acknowledgement of the Region 17 Secondary Teacher of the Year, Jeremy Wagner.

“I greatly appreciate the honor that Region 17 has bestowed upon me,” Wagner said to the board.

The board also acknowledged retired coach Don Black, who was recently inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor. Many of the board members personally talked about how Black had affected the lives of their own children.

Board President Brad Draper told Black that he spoke to new hires at Frenship ISD earlier in the day.

“I explained to the new employees that it’s a culture that you’re coming into,” he said, telling them they won’t be expected just to live out Frenship values.

Tearing up, he told Black, “You not only talked the talk, you walked the walk. Thank you.”

Board member David R. Miller told Black and his wife, Linda, that his own daughter still frequently talks about them.

“You and Linda both are on a lot of lists. That list is on the student lives that you touched,” Miller said. “We really appreciate it.”

Black told the board that being named to the Hall of Honor was a humbling experience.

“I worked with some great people at different places,” Black said, but none were as great as Frenship, he added.

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