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TISD adopts $9.8 million budget
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TRINITY – After adopting a net budget totaling almost $9.8 million Monday night, the Trinity School Board voted to adopt the same tax rate as used during their 2011 fiscal year. The tax rate will remain at just over $1.14 per $100 in assessed value for another year. It includes $1.04 to support the maintenance and operation of the local schools and 10.4 cents to cover the school district’s bond debt. During Monday’s meeting, the school board conducted a public hearing, which drew no comments before adopting the new budget. The new budget lists income and expenses in the school’s general fund totaling almost $8.7 million. The lunch program fund contains almost $718,000 while the debt service fund is budgeted at almost $398,000. During the meeting, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Steve Brownlee presented the district’s 2011 Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) report, which is set up as part of the federal No Child Left Behind initiative. Brownlee noted that for the first time in four years, the Trinity Independent School District has met the AYP standards. He noted that in addition to the district as a whole, the high school, middle school and intermediate school also met the federal standards. However, Lansberry Elementary School missed meeting the requirements by a hair, He told the board that to meet AYP requirements, 80 percent of the students must pass the reading/English language arts test, 75 percent must pass the math test, schools must have a 90 percent attendance rate and they must have a 75 percent graduation rate. If the schools do not meet the minimum scores on the reading/ELA and math test, they can still meet AYP standards if the scores have significantly improved from the previous year. The problem that Lansberry Elementary ran into occurred on the math test. Only 73 percent of the white students passed and while that was up from 72 percent the prior year, it just missed the standard for significant improvement. “If we had had one more student pass the math test, we would have had a 74 percent passing rate and that would have been enough to meet the significant improvement standard,” he told the board. Other business During the meeting, the board also: • Received transportation, pest management, transportation and fadcilities reports from Director of Operations Kirk Crim • Scheduled a surplus sale for Nov. 12. Superintendent David Plymale indicated that old computers, desks, furniture and obsolete equipment such as overhead projectors will be sold during the event. • Voted to reinstate the cross country, golf and tennis programs that were cut earlier this year as part of the budget tightening process. The loss of state funds did not hit the local schools as hard as was first expected and the board agreed that there would be money available for all three athletic teams. • Voted to revise the salary scales for support personnel. • Received an enrollment report indicating that after the first week of school, there were 1,166 students attending Trinity public schools. This is down from 1,196 from the same period last year.