June 25, 2014

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TISD Board of Trustees Accept Resignation of Fellow Trustee; Approve Budget, Tax Rate, Compensation Plan, Student Meal Prices and Food Service Agreement with St. James Day School

Texarkana, TX – During their Tuesday, June 24 regular session, Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Jerry Chapman. Additionally, they approved a food services agreement with St. James Day School, the budget and proposed tax rate for 2014-15, increases in student meal prices for the upcoming school year and the 2014-15 compensation plan.

Chapman, who represents District 4, is resigning due to unforeseen family circumstances and therefore will be unable to complete his term which expires in May 2017. He shared that, “It has been an honor to serve such a great school district and with the great leadership that exists on the TISD Board of Trustees.” Chapman was elected to the board in 2011 and ran unopposed during the May 2014 election. TISD Board of Trustees has 180 days for the position to be filled either through an election or an appointment.

In other business, Trustees approved a Food Service Management agreement with St. James Day School for one year beginning August 2014. The agreement will automatically renew for subsequent school years unless renegotiated or terminated by either party prior to the start of the new school year. The St. James Day School Board of Trustees approved the agreement during their May 2014 meeting.

With the approved contract, TISD will provide, direct and conduct food preparation for St. James Day School and cater all events as needed. TISD currently serves as food service manager for Bloomburg ISD, DeKalb ISD, Linden-Kildare CISD, Malta ISD, New Boston ISD, Redwater ISD and Texas A&M University – Texarkana.

“TISD is proud of this partnership with St. James Day School,” commented Paul Norton, Superintendent. “We look forward to working with their administrative team to bring effective, efficient and quality food service to their campus.”

Also approved during the meeting were TISD student meal prices for the 2014-15 school year. Meal pricing will be: Breakfast $1.90 (up $.10), Elementary Lunch $2.40 (up $.10) and Middle/High School Lunch $2.50 (up $.10).

“Our increase in pricing is due to federal guidelines associated with The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” stated Casey Nichols, Executive Director of Support Operations.

“The act requires public schools that receive federal funding for free and reduced lunches to serve more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Our meal pricing is directly related to the continued increases in wholesale food costs due to higher food commodity and energy prices. We continue to strive to have our food services program be self-sufficient through revenue received from paid school meals along with state and federal government reimbursement while at the same time maintaining quality, affordable meals for students.”

Further items approved include:

  • 2014-15 break-even budget of $59.6 million in revenue and expenses. Budget information is based on the latest assumptions from school finance experts in the State of Texas and includes a 1% increase in appraised values. No change is being proposed to the TISD’s total tax rate which has remained the same since 2008 and is represented by $1.17 for Maintenance & Operations (M&O) and $.169 for Interest & Sinking Funds (I&S) which is used to repay bonded indebtedness and other debts.
  • 2014-15 Compensation Plan which includes adjustments to paygrades as follows:
    -Teacher step increases along with teacher payscale increases for Bachelor’s ($39,000 - $54,565) and Master’s ($40,000 - $55,565).
    -$1,000 secondary foreign language shortage stipend (grades 6-12) in addition to the current $3,500 math, science and bilingual shortage stipends.
    -Equity adjustments for auxiliary, paraprofessionals, professionals and information technology.
    -3% of midpoint raise for all employees with appraisal scores of 3.0+.

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