Jacksonville ISD Approves Budget and Tax Rate: Council Discusses COVID-19 Pandemic | New
Jacksonville ISD Trustees adopted the proposed budget for 2021-2022, totaling over $ 57.1 million, along with a tax rate of $ 1.3184 per $ 100 of assessment. Although the rate is lower than last year’s $ 1.3685, the total tax levy is expected to result in a slight increase due to the higher property values.
A resident, Mary Ann Green, expressed an objection to the budget.
“There are a couple of things that really bothered me,” she said.
His main concerns were seven new positions and the three percent increases. She acknowledged that the district is currently struggling and acknowledged that teachers are working hard, but noted that taxpayers are also suffering.
Lindy Findley explained that the budget was developed in response to conversations with leaders and taking into account legal teacher-to-student ratios.
“We are not in a vacuum in a room making this budget without considering anything. We take the information that the teachers in this district give us, the staffing needs and that to develop the budget, ”she said.
In a letter to the community, Superintendent Brad Steward wrote: “During the budgeting process, principals, principals and district staff provided extremely helpful input. WE have also used feedback from discussions throughout the year with employees, parents, students and others to develop the proposed budget. The budget we present to the community strongly reflects these efforts to seek and use meaningful contributions. “
Other approved action items included:
• Approval of budget amendment 21-03;
• Engagement of Pattillo Brown & Hill as external auditor for the 2020-2021 financial audit;
• The agreement and the annual interlocal resolution of the Region VII purchasing cooperative;
• List of purchasing cooperatives used by JISD to comply with federal and state purchasing regulations; and
• The consent agenda, consisting of minutes from previous meetings and various financial reports.
Stewart led a discussion regarding the district’s COVID-19 pandemic status.
“I know for a fact that our health services department is overwhelmed … The things that happen on campuses put a strain on everyone and we appreciate everything everyone does,” said Stewart.
JISD Police Chief Bill Avera is also the district’s emergency officer. He reported that 550 COVID-19 tests had been carried out from August 8 to 30.
“One of the things we’re doing right now is working, as we did last spring, with our public health partners, both the county health department as well as UT Health East Texas and Christus Trinity. Mother Francis, to make arrangements to offer or continue to co-sponsor or co-organize immunization campaigns.
In an effort to be as transparent as possible, the district provides the number of COVID-19 cases on a daily dashboard on their website, jisd.org. On the home page, one can find COVID-19 notifications where a link is provided to the daily dashboard, where COVID-19 cases are listed by staff and students by campus.