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La Vernia trustees consider $23.2M budget




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August 13, 2014 | 2,880 views | 3 comments

The La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees is considering a budget of approximately $23.2 million for the 2014-15 academic year. They also may consider reducing the tax rate.

The trustees took another look at the proposed budget Aug. 4 during their regular meeting.

The board previously met July 29 in the district administration building for a workshop. This included a review of each budget “function,” along with a comparison of the original 2013-14 budget and estimated ending budget totals, and a look at the proposed budget totals for 2014-15.

The summary presented Aug. 4 included itemizing amendments that had been made to the 2013-14 budget during the year, and differences in the estimated ending budget for 2013-14 and the proposed 2014-15 budget.

District Finance Director Kati Burke presented the budget figures, including proposed expenditures for the coming school year -- a the grand total of $23,263,452, which matches predicted revenue from local, state, and federal governments. The new budget predicts $822,261 more in revenue, but only $385,848 more in expenditures. Consequently, board members also are considering lowering the tax rate from 35 cents to 34.5 cents or 34 cents per $100 of appraised value.

A public hearing on the budget will take place Aug. 19 in the high school cafeteria, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Also during the meeting, the trustees approved:

•Changing district policy to include a prohibition against accepting advertising for electronic cigarettes along with alcohol and tobacco products

•Purchasing 142 new computers with monitors from Tech Southwest, for $80,420

•Purchasing new Trane air conditioning units for $7,700

•Amending the district’s student code of conduct to prohibit e-cigarettes

•Raising travel rate reimbursement for district-authorized travel (including mileage, per diem, and meals) to be in line with state rates

•A 2-percent raise for district employees in certain pay grades.
 

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7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 20, 2014 12:54pm
 
Sam: Really? They just come back to LV and become school employees.

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
August 20, 2014 12:52pm
 
7GL, could the purchase be part of a planned replacement program? Most well-run districts will purchase equipment in increments, not all at once, gradually replacing a series of pieces as they go along. Computers, like anything ... More ›

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 20, 2014 8:09am
 
There they go again....2 percent pay raise. Is the TEA Party watching what is going on in La Vernia? More computers? Didn't they purchase also 1 million dollars worth of computers last year?

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