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‘Robin Hood’ strikes FC schools
Wilson County NewsJuly 31, 2013 | 3,075 views | 1 comment
FALLS CITY -- On the heels of news that the Falls City Independent School District (ISD) has reached the Chapter 41 threshold of the state’s “Robin Hood” funds distribution system, school board members voted during their July 24 meeting to order an election for Nov. 5.
A significant increase in property-tax values due to the ongoing oil and gas exploration activities in the Eagle Ford shale play has triggered the provisions of Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code. This means that the state will recapture a portion of Falls City ISD’s property-tax revenue, because its total property value divided by the total number of students -- using a weighted average daily attendance formula -- now exceeds $319,500.
Voters will be asked to vote “for” or “against” two options:
•Purchasing attendance credits from the state, and
•Contracting to educate nonresident students from a partner district.
Voting in favor of both propositions, according to district officials, will allow the Falls City ISD to send money directly to the state or to another district, which can save the district up to 5 percent off its recapture payment. But opposing both options will leave the state to decide which local property to detach from the district so that it meets the provisions of Chapter 41 -- also known as the “Robin Hood” plan.
For more, see “Falls City latest district to reach Chapter 41 threshold,” June 26.
Also during the July 24 meeting, the board voted to hold a special meeting Aug. 7, during which it will formally set the date of the meeting upon which it will adopt its budget and tax rate for the 2014 fiscal year. The subsequent meeting is tentatively set for Aug. 28.
Also at the Aug. 7 meeting, the board will hold a budget workshop.
In other business, the board voted to accept a $100,000 donation to the Falls City Education Foundation. Since the donor stipulated that the funds be used toward technological improvements, the funds will be used toward purchasing 125 new computer workstations for a total cost of $121,733. Upon Superintendent Tylor Chaplin’s recommendation, the board voted that the remaining cost be covered by transferring funds from a budget surplus.
Additionally, the board voted to hire the following staff:
•Charlotte Wolff, who will teach second grade;
•Sixth-grade teacher Stephanie Warner; and
•Coach Arturo de la Garza, who will replace Russell Kowalik following his resignation.
In attendance: Board members Patrick Jarzombek, Raymond Dziuk, Mindy Jendrusch, Alfie Kowalik, Eddie Bordovsky, Jerry Jendrusch, and Marlon Moczygemba; Superintendent Tylor Chaplin, Superintendent’s Secretary Teri Crawford, Principal Christy Blocker of Falls City High School, and Principal Phillip Zwicke of the Luther Thomas Elementary School.
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