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September 1st, 2009
Hays CISD board approves budget, sets tax rate

STAFF REPORT

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees set a tax rate for 2009-10 of $1.4613 per $100 valuation, repeating the present ad valorem tax rate across the school district.

The board also approved a $140.6 million budget for Fiscal Year 2009-10.

“This represents a very small decrease in individual homeowners’ tax bills,” said Carter Scherff, Hays CISD Deputy Superintendent, citing a decline in the average home value across the school district in the past year.

In another development this week, Hays CISD Executive Director of Assessment, John Thornell gave the school board a state-of-the-district report on student performance. He said the district is on the road to “recognized” status by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

“We can be recognized next year if we just close the gaps in math and science and improve our writing,” Thornell said. “Our most dramatic improvement (last year) was in math, which has been a real struggle for us. We continue to chase the state average on that.”

School board President Patti Wood said, “We have made a lot of progress and I would like to congratulate our principals and teachers for all of their hard work in getting us where we are today.”

District enrollment is currently at 14,517 students, only 35 students shy of the number on which the budget is based. The enrollment number is an increase of 739 students from the same day last year.

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