Cedar Park- Leander - June 2020

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News from Leander ISD

Leander ISD narrowly approves 2%bonuses In one of the most debated topics in months, Leander ISD trustees voted The district’s nance department predicts the 2020-21 budget, in its current form, could create a $28 BY BRIAN PERDUE

Leander ISD freemeal service to continue until July 31 during weekdays over the summer BY BRIAN PERDUE

Leander ISDwill continue to oper- ate the free food drive-thrus through July 31 at three of the four campuses currently distributing the food. Running Brushy, Reed and River Place Elementary schools will hold free food drive-thrus over the summer, but Bagdad will suspend its service over the summer, according to LISD spokespersonMatt Mitchell. LISD Child Nutrition Services employees will distribute bagged lunches for that day and will distrib- ute bagged breakfasts for the follow- ing day, according to the district.

4-3 on May 21 to narrowly approve a compensation package for LISD employees in the 2020-21 budget. The package includes a 2% lump- sum payment—in lieu of a permanent raise—and no increase in health care premiums for all employees as well as increased stipends for special education teachers. While the freeze in health care premiums and stipend increase will take eect July 1, the 2% payment, scheduled to be paid in the fall, could be canceled if the district does not meet moderate enrollment growth projections—or other conditions change to warrant its removal by trustees in the fall. Trustees Grace Barber-Jordan, Elexis Grimes and Aaron Johnson voted against the package, citing the probability of a large budget decit for next year and signs that future state and federal funding will probably decrease.

million-$42 million decit based on the degree of revenue shortfalls. Johnson suggested whittling the budget decit for 2020-21 to $10million or less. Superintendent Bruce Gearing said his stawill create an additional budget reecting cuts that wouldmeet Johnson’s decit reduction request. Any 2020-21 budget decit would be covered by LISD’s general fund, which is approximately $150million, according to LISD documents. Due to a shorter budget year—LISD just switched fromanOct. 1 scal year start to a July 1 start—and other savings, the district plans to add $18million to the fund balance for the current budget year, increasing the total reserve fund balance to $168.6million. Trustees also voted unanimously to schedule a June 18 public hearing and vote for the proposed 2020-21 property tax rate, which is $1.4162, a decrease from the current rate of $1.4375.

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MEAL PICKUP The free meal pickups will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on weekdays at these locations: Reed Elementary School , 1

1515 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park River Place Elementary School , 6500 Sitio Del Rio Blvd., Austin Running Brushy Middle School , 2303 Lakeline Blvd., Austin.

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Leander ISD's free lunch program. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

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