New Braunfels Edition | July 2021

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Comal & New Braunfels ISDs

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

QUOTEOFNOTE “WE ARE DOINGA DEFICIT BUDGET FOR THE FIRST TIME INRECENT YEARS, AT LEAST 12PLUS YEARS. I’M DEFINITELYOKAY WITHADOPTING THAT DEFICIT BUDGET BECAUSE WE HAVE BEENVERY GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR TAXPAYERS’ MONEY.” COMAL ISD BOARD PRESIDENT JASON YORK ON THE FISCAL YEAR 202122 BUDGET ADOPTION NUMBER TOKNOW New Braunfels ISD paid Guadalupe Valley Electric Company the remaining balance for costs related to the winter storm. $111,885.05 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS NEWBRAUNFELS ISD The district named Nina Pugh as the new executive director of special education following the retirement of Martha Moke. Pugh served as director of special education for East Central ISD and began her new role on July 1. NEWBRAUNFELS ISD The new New Braunfels Middle School building is nearing completion ahead of the 2021-22 school year. Construction on the $54 million school is anticipated to be completed by July 17, and funding for the project was included in the district’s 2018 bond program. Once open, the school will have capacity for 1,500 students and will replace the existing New Braunfels Middle School. The new building is located next to Klein Road Elementary School on South Walnut Avenue. COMAL ISD Meets July 29 at 6 p.m. at the CISD District Oce, 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels. 830-221-2000. www.comalisd.org NEW BRAUNFELS ISD Meets July 12 at 6 p.m. at the NBISD Administration Center, 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels. 830-643-5705. www.nbisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

NewBraunfels, Comal ISDs pass FY 202122 budgets

New Braunfels ISD adopts $83.4M budget NEWBRAUNFELS ISD The board of trustees approved the scal year 2021-22 budget during the regular June 21 meeting. Approximately $62.14 million from local sources and $20.09 million from state sources will contribute to the $83,401,802 general fund budget. The total taxable value of property in the district rose from $6.85 million to $7.82 million, according to the dis- trict. Property taxes are anticipated to provide $61.63 million to the district’s general fund and $22.7 million to the district’s debt service fund. District ocials have proposed a maintenance and operations fund tax rate that will not exceed $0.8975 per $100 valuation, and an interest and sinking fund tax rate that will not exceed $0.3258 per $100 valuation for the 2021-22 school year. The maintenance and operations fund covers the general fund budget, while the interest and sinking fund covers debt service for bonds. If adopted, the total proposed tax rate of $1.2233 per $100 valuation would remain unchanged from the scal year 2020-21 tax rate. Expenditures for the general fund budget are anticipated to be $83,387,349, which will produce a surplus of $14,453 in the fund.

Comal ISD adopts $231.8M budget

BUDGETING FOR ANEWYEAR Both school districts in New Braunfels passed their budgets for scal year 2021-22 in June.

COMAL ISD The board of trustees approved the $231.84 million budget for scal year 2021-22 during the June 24 meeting. Approximately $196.42 million from local sources and $31.14 million from state and federal sources are anticipated to contribute to the general fund budget. Expenditures for the general fund budget will produce a decit of $4.28 million in the fund. It will be the rst time in recent years that the district will adopt a negative budget. The board will hold a Voter- Approval Tax Rate Election, or VATRE, in November in an eort to secure more funds for the district. A VATRE would allow the district to set a higher maintenance and operations tax rate. The maintenance and operations tax rate for scal year 2020-21 in CISD is $0.92 per $100 property valuation, according to district ocials. The board will propose a new tax rate of $0.93 per $100 valuation. If the VATRE is passed by voters, revenue would be used exclusively for employee compensation and hiring. The board also approved a one-time stipend of $400 for full-time employ- ees and $200 for part-time employees to be paid Sept. 23. STAAR STRUGGLES STAAR results show students in Comal and New Braunfels ISDs struggled to pass the assessment. Percent that did not meet grade level expectations: New Braunfels ISD Comal ISD 8th grade reading 2019 2021 15% 13% 22% 16% New Braunfels ISD Comal ISD 8th grade math 2019 2021 33% 12% 64% 23%

NEW BRAUNFELS ISD

Anticipated local revenue

$62,138,927

+

Anticipated state and federal funding

$20,091,875

=

Anticipated total revenue General fund budget

$83,401,802



$83,387,349

=

SURPLUS OF

$14,453

COMAL ISD Anticipated local revenue

$196,423,478

+

Anticipated state and federal funding

$31,140,323

=

Anticipated total revenue General fund budget

$227,563,801



$231,840,772

=

DEFICIT OF

$4,276,971

SOURCES: COMAL ISD, NEW BRAUNFELS ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

STAAR test results reect pandemic challenges

NEWBRAUNFELS During a Texas State Board of Education meeting June 23, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath spoke about the impact of the pandemic on State of Texas Assessments of Aca- demic Readiness, or STAAR, scores. “The number of students who are signicantly below grade level is far higher this year than we’ve ever seen it before because of the academic impact of COVID,” Morath said. Districts with a larger percentage of students learning virtually saw greater declines in scores, according to a TEA release.

In New Braunfels ISD, 64% of eighth grade students did not meet grade level expectations for math in 2021, compared to 33% in 2019. In Comal ISD, 23% of eighth grade students did not meet grade level expectations for math in 2021, compared to 12% in 2019. Under new requirements passed by the Texas Legislature, districts will have to create a written plan for how they will accelerate learning for students who did not meet expectations. William C. Wadsack contributed to this report.

SOURCE: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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