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Impact of Texas education budget cuts to be explored
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING -- Local impact of proposed cuts in the Texas education budget tops the next Trojan Community Forum agenda. Scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, the Forum is an interactive session between residents and Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District board representatives and administrators. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Auditorium/Professional Development Center. A question-and-answer session with board representatives and administrators highlights the meetings. (Only a minority of trustees attends to avoid a quorum.) To begin this session, Superintendent LaTonya Goffney will provide information on the state of the District. Business manager, Adam Jenke, will present information on the current COCISD budget and proposed State budget cut effects. Goffney says, “Proposed State cuts are close to $10 billion. While these estimates are from initial drafts, cuts will occur. Programs that have been fully or partially funded, such as pre-kindergarten and the technology allotment, may be eliminated. “The message from Austin to school districts has been ‘to prepare,’” she says adding, “Our message is two-fold: fi rst, what it all means to COCISD and, secondary, preparation. “As superintendent,” Goffney says, “there are services and programs that I believe are vital for the education of our children. I hate to see them cut.” Following the presentation, Goffney, Jenke, and board representatives will take questions from the audience. The Forum, the third in a series of four that began last fall, is scheduled to conclude at 7:30 p.m. Babysitting will be available free of charge. Refreshments will be available also.


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