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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.
Wilson County NewsAugust 14, 2013 4,025 views 19 comments
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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