PRESS RELEASE


September 10, 2021

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Called Meeting for TISD Addresses 313 Agreements, Extended Sick Leave and Eminent Domain for Property Acquisition on Former Pine Street School

Texarkana, TX – During a special called meeting of the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees on September 10, the following items were reviewed and approved.

*Approved Hiring of Underwood Law Firm as a Special Legal Council. TISD’s CCGB (LOCAL) policy was approved and adopted during the August 17, 2021 Board of Trustees regular session. This policy outlines the District’s procedures for accepting, reviewing, and considering applications, amendments to applications, agreements and, when necessary, enforcing agreements under the Texas Economic Development Act (the Act), as set forth in Tax Code Chapter 313. [See CCGB (LEGAL)]. The Underwood Law Firm is experienced with processing applications and negotiating agreements under the Chapter 313 Program for Texas school districts. The proposed engagement letter would retain the Underwood Law Firm as special legal counsel for the District to process a 313 application submitted by TCI Texarkana, Inc. and negotiate an Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value;

*Approved Action to Retain School Finance Consultants Moak, Casey & Associates. Moak, Casey & Associates has experience with preparing school finance forecasts to evaluate the potential effect that a Chapter 313 agreement would have on school district revenues. The proposed engagement letter would retain Moak, Casey & Associates to evaluate the impact on District revenues from a 313 application submitted by TCI Texarkana, Inc;

*Approved Resolution for Acceptance of Property at 308 Westlawn Drive, Texarkana, TX.

“We are constantly looking at available properties near our campuses which would allow us room to grow in order to meet enrollment and/or facility demands,” said Dr. Doug Brubaker, Superintendent of Schools. Purchase monies for the land and/or property comes through TISD’s general fund balance. The expenditure for the property will allow TISD to shift a portion of their current assets to a capital asset as a financial investment for the future;

*Approved Resolution of the Board Regarding Extended Sick Leave During Epidemic. TISD’s Extended Sick Leave for the COVID-19 epidemic expired on June 30, 2021. With the continuing epidemic, this resolution would allow the District to provide additional paid leave for an employee diagnosed with COVID-19 or required to quarantine by a federal, state or local order; when advised by a healthcare provider; or when experiencing symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis. Employees will also be eligible to use accrued leave. The extended epidemic sick leave will be limited to a total of eight (8) days between July 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. After the use of this extended sick leave, the employee would be required to access accrued leave, if available;

*Approved Action to Accept an Application for an Appraised Value Limitation on Qualified Property. TCI Texarkana Inc. seeks tax incentives from the District to build a new aluminum manufacturing facility. It has submitted an application to the District for an Appraised Value Limitation on Qualified Property to reduce the amount of M&O taxes it would pay for a 10 year period following the start of commercial operations at the new facility;

*Approved Resolution Authorizing Acquisition of Property at 1915 Pine Street by Eminent Domain. It is in the best interest of TISD to use the power of eminent domain to acquire the property located at 1915 Pine Street described as Lot 1 Pine Street Addition to the City of Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas for the construction of school buildings or for other public purposes that are necessary for the district. Through this resolution, the district seeks to authorize the Superintendent to attempt to acquire the property by the use of the district’s eminent domain power.

“Out of commitment to our Texarkana community and our TISD constituents, we have taken action to remove this neighborhood blight,” said Fred Norton, Jr. President of TISD Board of Trustees. “We look forward to future development of this site consistent with the facilities study we have initiated and community input we will solicit. Texarkana is enjoying a resurgence of economic development, and we want to support that by providing ever-increasing opportunities for our students to transition directly into the workforce or to pursue higher education at the most prestigious institutions – all with the hope many will choose to stay in or return to Texarkana, making it a better place for everyone.”

The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

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