BCISD adopts 2018-19 budget

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District trustees adopted a nearly $30.19 million general fund budget at Monday's regular school board meeting.

The new general fund budget calls for $32.39 million in revenue, including $27.22 million at the local level through property taxes, which will create a general fund surplus of $2.2 million. The debt service fund is expected to have revenue of nearly $4.86 million and expenditures of more than $4.74 million, leaving a surplus of $113,200.

The food service fund will have a deficit of $52,307 after revenues are projected to be nearly $1.94 million with expenditures of more than $1.99 million, but budgeting for that fund will be reorganized to reduce the deficit at a later date.

The board held a public hearing concerning the proposed 2018-2019 budget, which was dependent on the additional funds generated by the lowered tax rate due to the passing of the Tax Ratification Election, before their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 27. No comment was offered by community members present.

Trustees also approved YMCA of the Highland Lakes as a vendor for their Bulldog Club afterschool program to enhance students' enrichment program period of the afternoon. The enrichment program will begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The board also approved a resolution identifying hazardous roadways within two miles of BCISD campuses, allowing for the BCISD buses to transport students across areas such as US 281 near Burnet Middle School and Burnet High School; Texas 29 and Ranch-to-Market Road 243 near Bertram Elementary School; and RM 963 near RJ Richey and Shady Grove Elementary.

Consent agenda items approved by the Board at the regular August meeting included board minutes; purchases in excess of $25,000; a request from the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Service to have adjunct staff member status for the 2018-2019 school year; and a request for 4-H students to be excused from school for extracurricular activities while still being held to the “no pass, no play” standard; and donations to the school district.

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