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Section A: General News


Another trustee resigns from FISD board


Another trustee resigns from FISD board
Floresville Independent School District’s Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mike McSwain (standing) gives a presentation on the district’s proposed 2013-14 budget and tax rate to board members (from left) John Raabe, Ryan Bippert, Neysa Choate, and Rachel Peña during an Aug. 6 special board meeting.


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Wilson County News
August 14, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- For the second time in less than a month, the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees has accepted the resignation of a member. The board, at an Aug. 6 special meeting, voted to accept Freddy Carrillo’s resignation and to hold a special election Nov. 5 to fill his seat.

According to a copy of his resignation letter provided to the Wilson County News by Superintendent’s Secretary Kim Cathey, Carrillo wrote, “It has been my great honor to serve alongside outstanding servants in our community. In light of recent events and disregard of the input from my constituents and other members of our community, my participation no longer merits the amount of time I spend away from my family.”

Carrillo was elected to represent single-member District 5 in 2011, after he ran unopposed to fill a vacancy. His departure follows that of former District 7 representative Douglas Shoemaker, whose resignation after six years was accepted by the board July 16. Candidates will run to fill both unexpired terms, along with two full-term seats in districts 2 and 6. Those seats currently are held by Ryan Bippert and John Raabe, respectively. Therefore, voters will elect a quorum of the seven-member board in November.

The board resignations come during continued turnover in the district’s staff, headlined by the June 26 resignation of former Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller. Bippert said prior to the meeting that he does not expect that a permanent superintendent will be hired before October. Meanwhile, Assistant Superintendent Sherri Bays has held the post in an interim capacity.

From May 15, 2012, to June 18, 2013, the board accepted at least 76 letters of resignation, and 14 additional staff members retired. This is according to a response to an open records request the newspaper submitted June 18.

FY ’14 budget

Retaining highly qualified staff members likely will be one of the challenges of the 2013-14 budget, which the board also introduced Aug. 6. The $28,013,000 spending plan presented by Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mike McSwain would be supported by a total tax rate of $1.49 per $100 of taxable property value -- $1.04 for maintenance and operations, and 45 cents for debt service. While the maintenance and operations portion of the rate remains unchanged, the debt-service portion of the rate is set to decrease by slightly more than 2-1/2 cents.

However, property owners within Floresville ISD still are likely to see an increase in their ad valorem tax bill. According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a residence in the 2013 tax year is $127,423. Therefore, the average tax bill will be $1,898.60, compared to $1861.28 last year, an increase of $36.97 or slightly less than 2 percent.

Major changes in the proposed budget include an anticipated $114,959 decrease in the budget for co-curricular and extracurricular activities, due to Floresville ISD’s decision to handle its own student transportation services. This decision saved the district an additional $97,349 in payments to fiscal agents for shared service arrangements.

Public hearings on the budget and tax rate are scheduled for Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a board meeting in which both are set for adoption. For agendas, visit www.wil soncountynews.com.

In other business, the board voted to renew its shared-services agreements to provide transportation for students in the Stockdale and Karnes City ISDs.

While McSwain did not provide specific pricing for the agreements with the Stockdale and Karnes City ISDs, he said the estimated budget for this arrangement is based on route miles, driver salaries, fuel, and insurance. Floresville ISD charges a 5-percent fee for managing routes and services.

“In the previous year, the profit went to STS [Student Transportation Services],” he said. “We project we will be able to do it 5 to 10 percent cheaper for all entities involved, than by going with STS.”

In attendance: Board members Ryan Bippert, John Raabe, Neysa Choate, and Rachel Peña; Interim Superintendent Sherri Bays and Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mike McSwain.

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Hometown Dad  
Floresville  
August 16, 2013 4:58pm
 
If you want to find the root of a problem or the root of a solution, follow the money and power....look at those in control of money and power.

 
POFPO  
Floresville  
August 16, 2013 8:15am
 
Jeez, whoever that lady is on the end is disgusting by shoveling food down her throat during this meeting......Very unprofessional and distracting!!!!!

 
Untrue Resident  
Floresville  
August 15, 2013 3:24pm
 
Hey bogus fan, how do you know I didn't take it to Hunkapillar? There is a process that has to be followed. Read the handbook. Since we are talking about color of skin, what color is my skin? What color of skin do I have to ... More ›

 
#1 Fan  
Floresville  
August 15, 2013 3:03pm
 
Sad to see that once again the answer is to attack the Principal. If she is doing such a bad job, show proof and take to the board. All those teachers that you mentioned produce them? Is it the color of her skin that really bothers ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
August 15, 2013 2:29pm
 
Wow! I think you'll see the whole reason for the problem in the first part of the video. Fast forward to 5:47-5:51. Anyone living in that district ought to be ashamed of themselves; it's your own fault.

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
August 15, 2013 1:59pm
 
Videos posted

 
BSP  
Floresville  
August 15, 2013 11:30am
 
And nobody has brought it up to the board? If they did why are they still board members? Fix it. Elections are coming.

 
Fed Up With Arrogance  
Sin City  
August 15, 2013 10:30am
 
We have been saying for years to get rid of FHS principal, but nobody listens. So we leave and let someone else put up with the nonsense. No leadership skills whatsoever! But, that's what they put there.

 
Untrue Resident  
Floresville  
August 15, 2013 9:16am
 
Get rid of FHS principal Sandra Galinzoga and current FISD members. Yes, I had kids who graduated from Floresville High School and dealt with the principal on numerous occasions. How someone who lacks interpersonal, customer ... More ›

 
Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
August 15, 2013 7:47am
 
>"in" crowd, you keep your mouth shut. Isn't that what his resignation letter was saying, if you read between the lines? Sounds like the problem starts at the top with a clique on the board that refuses to ... More ›

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