The Board of Trustees of the Panhandle Independent School District met in regular session on July 30, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the administration building. Members present were Mike Vance, Chris Ray, Greg Ewing, Scott Rusk, Randy Kennedy, Jowannah Powers, and Duane Smith. School personnel present were Blair Brown, Leisa Brinkley and Angela Clay.
Also present were Taner Blackburn, Felipe Chavez, Wayne Cox, Ronda Garner, Sace Hardman, Mark Jones, Ann Metcalf and Rob Roach.
Chris Ray gave the invocation after the board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Leisa Brinkley reviewed the proposed 2012-2013 budget and 2012 tax rate for the public hearing. The following individuals spoke on the topics listed below for the public comments/audience participation: Ronda Garner, tax rate; Sace Hardman, school resource officer; Angela Clay, student fund raisers; Ann Metcalf, girls’ athletic program; Felipe Chavez, girls’ athletic program; and Rob Roach, school resource officer.
The board approved the consent agenda that included the following items:
Minutes of the June 19 and July 11 board meetings;
Monthly financial reports and disbursement of funds;
Teacher appraisal calendar and named Jerry Schaeffer, Gary Cates, Doug Rawlins, and Blair Brown as evaluators;
Participation in the teacher portal component of the Texas Assessment Management System;
Timeline for Accelerated Instruction Waiver – This waiver will allow PISD to provide accelerated instruction to the students that failed either math or reading in the eighth grade. This instruction will take place during their ninth grade year. Without the waiver, PISD would have had to provide this instruction during late July and early August at an additional cost to the district.
The proposed 2012-2013 budget and 2012 tax rate were discussed in detail. The state Legislature cut public education funding for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years by $4 billion in 2011. Panhandle ISD was required to reduce its budget by $1,259,025 or 12% over the past two school years. The approved budget for 2010-2011 was $10,122,880, followed by a $9,389,947 budget for 2011-2012. The 2012-2013 budget is proposed at $8,863.855. Included in the budgets for the current year and next year is payments in-lieu of taxes from High Majestic Wind project totaling $873,592.
The board scheduled the final public hearing to discuss the 2012-2013 budget and 2012 tax rate on Aug. 21, 2012, at 6 p.m. The board will approve the budget as well as the tax rate following the public hearing. The board approved a proposed 2012 tax rate of $1.04 per $100 valuation for Maintenance and Operations and $0.44 per $100 valuation for the Bonded Indebtedness on Construction. Motion carried seven “aye”.
The board approved insurance providers for the 2012-2013 school year along with salary schedules for all school personnel. Heather McDonald was employed as a certified teacher at the elementary campus. Kendall Webb was employed as a social studies teacher and as the head coach for the girls’ athletic program.
The board approved TASB Local Policy Update 94, along with updates to DIA (Local), FB (Local), FFH (Local), and FFC (Local). Also approved were 2011-2012 budget amendments as presented. The board accepted a gracious donation of $4,584 from the Athletic Booster Club.
Information presented by Blair Brown, superintendent:
• Accountability rating information
• Carson County Appraisal District’s 2013 budget
• Reviewed beginning of school activities
• Board meetings were scheduled for Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.
• Student Athletic Handbook and the Athletic Strategic Plan
The meeting adjourned at 9:31 p.m.