New Braunfels | July 2022


News from Comal & New Braunfels ISDs


Area school districts approve FY 202223 budgets

Comal ISD Meets July 19 and Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the CISD District Oce, 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels. 830-221-2000 • New Braunfels ISD Meets July 11 at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Administration Center, 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels. August meeting to be determined. 830-643-5705 • MEETINGS WE COVER level, 20 submissions from CISD won honors across the entry categories. COMAL ISD The graduating class of 2022 received 477 local scholarships totaling $564,573 across the district’s ve high schools. Scholarship amounts ranged from $250-$25,000 and came from various community scholarship funds. NEW BRAUNFELS ISD During the June 13 New Braunfels ISD board meeting, district sta discussed proposed attendance boundaries for New Braunfels High School and Long Creek High School. The district is anticipated to draw the attendance boundary along I-35, with students residing north of the highway attending NBHS and those on the south side of I-35 attending LCHS. SIGNIFICANT CHANGE FOR OUR DISTRICT, WE RESPECT AND SUPPORT MR. KIM’S DECISION.” JASON YORK, PRESIDENT OF THE CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES, ON THE DEPARTURE OF SUPERINTENDENT ANDREW KIM NUMBER TO KNOW $1.6 million in Every Student Succeeds Act funding is expected to be allocated to New Braunfels ISD for the 2022- 23 school year. The funding is used to cover salaries for intervention teachers, curriculum specialists, multilingual specialists and more. DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS COMAL ISD In May, Peyton Crow, a second grade student at Indian Springs Elementary School in Comal ISD, received an Award of Excellence for her entry to the 2021-22 National PTA Reections Contest, an annual arts program. Crow submitted a photo titled “Big and Small Hands Can Change the World” that features a group of dolls facing a globe. At the state

New Braunfels ISD adopts $118.51M budget

Comal ISD adopts $243.05 million budget

NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW BUDGET Both school districts in New Braunfels passed their budgets for the 2022-23 scal year in June.



NEW BRAUNFELS ISD On June 13, the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees approved the scal year 2022-23 budget. The $118.51 million budget rep- resents a 9.63% increase from the FY 2021-22 budget of $108.1 million, according to the district. Expenditures for the general fund budget are likely to be $88.91 million; the food service fund is set at $3.67 million; and $25.93 million was allocated to the debt service fund. Approximately $107.15 million from local sources, $11.37 million from state sources and $3.21 million from federal sources will contribute to the $121.73 million in revenue the district is projected to receive. District ocials also proposed a maintenance and operations, or M&O, tax rate of $0.8546 per $100 valuation and an interest and sinking fund, or I&S, tax rate of $0.3408 per $100 valuation for FY 2022-23. The M&O fund covers the general fund budget, while the I&S fund cov- ers debt service for bonds approved by voters. If adopted, the total proposed tax rate would be $1.1954 per $100 valuation.

COMAL ISD On June 20, the Comal ISD board of trustees approved the 2022-23 scal year budget following a public hearing. The $294.58 million budget includes $156.45 million for instruc- tion, and almost $26 million is expected to go back to the state in the form of recapture payments. “Our budget assumptions for this budget included the third quarter demographer report which had 28,825 students projected for next year,” said Crystal Hermesch, chief nancial ocer for the district. Additionally, the board adopted a $15.98 million child nutrition fund budget and $100.53 million debt service fund budget. The projected combined property tax rate for the FY 2022-23 is $1.2746 per $100 of property valua- tion, with $0.9246 going toward the maintenance and operations fund, which pays for the general fund budget, and $0.35 for the interest and sinking, which pays for the debt services fund. The board will move to vote on the tax rate at a later date. Hermesch said the tax rate is the lowest the school district has seen since 2007.


Anticipated total revenue:


Anticipated state/ federal revenue: $14.58M

Anticipated local revenue: $107.15M

$118.51M $3.22M

Total expenditures: Surplus:

COMAL ISD Anticipated total revenue:


Anticipated state/ federal/other revenue: $32.75M

Anticipated local revenue: $261.83M

$243.05M $70.22M*

Total expenditures: Surplus:


Andrew Kim steps down as Comal ISD superintendent

“In Texas, the average tenure of a superintendent is three years. Mr. Kim has been with us for 10, giving us unprecedented consistency and steadiness through some challeng- ing times,” York said in his letter. Kim began his career as a teacher in Dallas ISD and went on to serve in a variety of capacities in Round Rock, Austin and Manor ISDs. In 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Kim to the Texas School Safety Center, and he was subsequently reappointed in 2019 and 2021. The TxSSC is a research center at Texas State University that works to develop school safety initiatives and man- dates under the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan. In March, Kim became a member of the Texas Education Agency’s Teacher Vacancy Task Force. Andrew Kim


COMAL ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim announced his resignation during a June 7 board of trustees budget workshop meeting. Citing personal reasons, Kim submitted his resignation that will be eective Sept. 30. He will be taking personal leave until that date, according to the district. In a June 8 letter to the community, CISD board President Jason York announced that Mandy Epley, assistant super- intendent of strategic initiatives and programs at CISD, has been appointed to serve as interim superintendent. Kim was hired in June 2012, and in February of this year the board extended his contract through 2027, according to the district. The contract also raised his annual salary from $232,000 to $280,000.



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