Bellaire - Meyerland - West University Edition | August 2022


Leading up to the start of the 2022-23 school year, Houston ISD ocials are developing a new plan for how the district will invest in schools. Planning the next steps SOURCE: HOUSTON ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER and accountability, which Deigaard said gave her some comfort in approving the budget. Many questions remain to be answered in terms of what the district’s restructuring ultimately looks like. What- ever shape it takes, it will be crucial to take community feedback into account, said Trista Bishop-Watt, interim executive director with Hous- tonians for Greater Public Schools, a group that works to increase public understand- ing of how public schools and school boards function. “Nobody wants to see


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• Analyze nancial investments and connection to academic outcomes • Study ways to deliver more accurate budgets Development of reconguration plan administrative departments, House said. He emphasized that no cuts were made to the HISD police department, the nancial team or legal services. House gave a general out- line of how he saw the dis- trict’s “scal transformation” playing out over the next few years. Over the course of the 2022-23 school year, House said the district will conduct a cost-benet analysis to better inform how it should be spending its money and determine ways to make its budgets more accurate. In

• New central oce budgeting process Release of initial concepts • New approach for campus budgeting, including ways to improve eciency and close the structural decit the near term, he said the district is developing budget- ing guidance to better help school leaders when it comes to nancial management. Details on what the restruc- turing could look like are expected to come out this fall, and the spring semester will feature community engage- ment sessions to gather input from stakeholders. House said the goal is for the district to have a new budgeting pro- cess in place around the start of the 2023-24 school year. When it comes to improv- ing academic outcomes, House said the move to pay

Community engagement


• Sta assigned to oversee development of plan • National search begins for new chief nancial ocer

• Meeting with community stakeholders and members to continue through 2025-26 school year

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school closures happen, but we do have an enrollment problem in the district,” she said. “If communities are going to be impacted, then this needs to be a public, transparent process that fac- tors in, not just the nancial aspects, but the impacts to The start of the restruc- turing eorts could be seen in the $60 million cut from HISD central oce spend- ing in the FY 2022-23 budget, which includes a decrease in sta and downsizing of communities.” The next steps

• Launch

rened school reconguration plan

teachers more is an important rst step. “For HISD to attract and retain sta at a time of national labor education shortages, we know that it is imperative that we make this investment,” House said.

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