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Poth ISD considers cuts ahead of possible budget deficit
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com —
Poth Independent School District board members Liz Clancy-Hrna and Wade Harris listen as Superintendent Scott Caloss (standing) gives a presentation during the board’s May 14 meeting.
POTH -- Preliminary figures from the Wilson County Appraisal District have officials from the Poth Independent School District (ISD) looking for ways to tighten the purse strings. Superintendent Scott Caloss presented the news to the district’s board of trustees at its May 14 meeting.
Caloss said that revenue from local sources -- ad valorem taxation -- has been on the increase over the years, due to a rising tax roll. However, projections indicate that this trend soon could level off, with state aid expected to decrease, meaning the district’s total revenue would drop from its current $8.45 million to $6.6 million by the 2016-17 fiscal year. This is due to the complex formulas that determine how public schools are funded.
If the fiscal year 2014-15 budget proceeds according to its current track, Poth ISD would have a $312,597 shortfall in the coming year. This amount would increase to $885,147 in fiscal year 2015-16, with the deficit growing to $1,044,912 in three years.
Caloss stressed that these scenarios are based on preliminary information at this time. However, the district estimates a $156,000 savings by having just one technology cart per campus and by delaying the planned four-year device-replacement schedule. He said the district still plans to purchase new devices for teachers and students from the current year’s budgetary surplus.
“We’ve planned for it, so it’s not something that’s going to sink us,” he said.
But if the worst-case scenario plays out over the next three years, Caloss said the district might have to make cuts to its instructional budget -- which could include personnel. Poth ISD’s payroll expenses encompass up to 80 percent of its overall budget, he said.
Also during the meeting, the board voted to:
•Approve the canvass of the results of the May 10 board of trustees election, with Anthony Cantu, Les Miller, and Laurie Sekula being declared as the winners.
•Approve a one-year student-drug-testing contract with Ford Edge Inc. Fees vary according to the tests performed, but include $16 for a nine-panel screen that will analyze urine for the presence of some of the most commonly abused illicit drugs.
•Apply for a $94,450 Technology Lending Program Grant
•Purchase textbooks at a projected cost of $103,000
•Renew its Canine Contraband Detection contract for four visits at a rate of $185 per visit to Poth Junior High School and Poth High School.
•Accept the resignation of high school social studies teacher and coach Chip Mayfield.
Also in attendance: Julie Dunn of Curriculum and Special Programs, Business Manager Kim Dziuk, Poth Junior High School Principal Todd Pawelek, and board members Wesley West, Wade Harris, Liz Clancy-Hrna, Leroy Garza, Laurie Sekula, and Robert Kilgore.
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