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TISD set to adopt $9.8 million budget

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TRINITY – After completing their third and final workshop Monday night, the school board is set to approve their new $9.8 million budget for the 2010-2011 school year. The budget and tax rate are set to be approved during a special meeting set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31. The new spending plan will take effect on Sept. 1. Kevin Parrish, business manager for the Trinity Independent School District, said the new budget was set up using the same tax rate as last year. Total revenue and expenses for the district’s general fund, which includes most school services, was listed at $8.7 million. Because the school expects to receive less money from the state during the coming year, a number of spending cuts will be made under the new budget. Among those cuts will be the cancellation of plans to purchase a new bus at a cost of about $90,000 and the cancellation of the district’s contract with Master Works. Master Works currently oversees the operation of the district’s maintenance and transportation departments. While acknowledging the company had done a good job, new Superintendent David Plymale said the decision to drop the contract was based solely on budgetary concerns. “We think we can do the job cheaper in-house,” he said during the meeting. Following the budget workshop portion of Monday’s meeting, the board voted to give Master Works a 90 days notice of cancellation and to end the contract with the company on Dec. 1. Under the new budget, the district will earmark $450,000 for capital improvements but will wait to specifically designate what projects will be used. “We need to go in an prioritize the list of things that must be done,” Plymale said, indicating that they would work down the list until either all of the projects were completed or the money runs out. Plymale said one of the highest priority items on the list will be repairs to the restrooms at the Lansberry Elementary School. Other business During the meeting, the school board also: • Received a report from Band Director Courtney Bonfils indicating that the Trinity High School marching band currently has 30 students attending practice. She added that an alumni band is being formed by former Trinity High School students and it will be joining the marching band to perform during upcoming football games. She noted the Trinity Middle School band’s membership has climbed to 30 students this year, up from 20 last year and that interest at the Trinity Intermediate School also is up. • Received reports from the school counselors. • Renewed the district’s unemployment insurance with the Texas Association of School Boards. • Renewed the district’s agreement with the Lufkin Regional Day School


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