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Section A: General News


Poth ISD considers cuts ahead of possible budget deficit


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.


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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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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
May 27, 2014 1:12pm
 
Looks like tax rates are going - where - UP? Proper spending management is way too much trouble and too much work. Besides who ever heard of a bureaucracy really interested in controlling its own spending and growth. Really simple ... More ›

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
May 27, 2014 12:31pm
 
Let's see. You are facing an increasing deficit over the next three years. But you have a surplus this year. What do you think any sane independent business owner would do with this year's surplus. And they are teaching our children?

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
May 26, 2014 8:24am
 
PISD - Constitutional Law 101 - UIL students have a lesser right to constitutional rights protection than other citizens. It's difficult to climb back up a slippery slope.

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
May 23, 2014 4:46pm
 
THANKS !!

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
May 23, 2014 3:21pm
 
newguyntown, The actual verbiage was not reported in our paper. But the random testing would apply to students in UIL activities.

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
May 23, 2014 3:12pm
 
I remember seeing the mentions but was the actual policy and how it would be implemented ever made public in the paper ? thanks

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 23, 2014 2:48pm
 
Grouch.... Just wait until they get their own tank with a SWAT team. :-)

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 23, 2014 2:45pm
 
Perhaps if the PISD concentrated on education instead of law enforcement, the budget might come closer to balance.

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
May 22, 2014 11:34am
 
Mr. Tibbs (that makes me think of the great actor Sidney Poitier :-) ), here's the prior articles I could find where the drug testing is mentioned: Poth trustees approve drug test for students Oct. 23, 2013 http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=54323&n=section-general-news-poth-trustees-approve-drug-test-students Poth ... More ›

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
May 22, 2014 11:09am
 
did we ever see the parameters of the poth drug testing program in the paper? know it was talked about before here.

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