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August 26, 2013

CISD approves budget, tax rate

Corsicana — The budget, tax rate and calendar for the 2013-14 school year were all finalized Monday by the Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees.

The board gave its final approval to the district’s budget for the coming school year, ending up at $50,479,870.

Dr. Diane Frost, superintendent, said it was important to note that the district is spending more money per student in the new budget in ways that impact the classroom.

“The areas that are most the important to the district are the areas that are increasing,” Frost said. “Our instruction and instructional support areas are increasing, and I think that says a great deal about the district.”

Trustees also approved the tax rate for the district — a total of $1.2803 per $100 taxable valuation, a drop of just over one-quarter cent from this year’s rate. The district’s debt service tax rate came in lower this year, due to money saved by the district in re-funding two bond issues earlier this year.

The district will not be holding a bond election in November. Monday was the deadline for taxing entities to call for a bond issue on the November 2013 general election ballot, but the item was not on the board’s agenda. Trustees had not discussed a bond proposal since last May’s $53 million dollar proposal was defeated by voters.

Following up on a discussion about the CISD school year calendar raised at the board’s last meeting, trustees approved a change in the district’s calendar, moving the week of Spring Break to the week of March 10 through March 14, 2014. It had been scheduled for the week of March 17 through 21.

Input from parents, teachers and a review of other school schedules — including Navarro College — prompted the move to March 10, Frost said.

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