March 11, 2011

The communications department publishes the employee newsletter "e-nlightened" each week so staff can keep in touch with what is going on across the district.  E-mail your pictures and a brief description to Communications and we will include them as space permits.
In This Issue
* School Finance Update
* Save Texas Schools
* Congratulations Greg Farr
* ROPES Facilitator Training
* Misperceptions About Staffing
* Cost Savings
* C.O.R.E. Values

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Save Texas Schools

March On Austin

Mar. 12


Spring Break

Mar. 14-18


Inclement Weather Make Up

April 22


Inclement Weather Make Up

May 26 & 27

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School Finance Update for Staff

In order to help keep BISD staff informed of current issues in school finance, I want to provide you some additional details prior to Spring Break. 


BISD recently received disturbing news from Austin concerning House Bill 275 (HB275). HB275 calls for the state to use a portion of the rainy day fund to meet current 2010-11 financial obligations to school districts. If this bill is not passed or is vetoed by Governor Perry, the financial picture of BISD changes dramatically. BISD could lose an additional $10 million in funds the district has earned under current law and the state is responsible for paying. (This is above the $20-$46 million in proposed cuts for the 2011-13 fiscal years.) 


We have been advised by our state representatives that the passage of this bill is very likely. However, if this bill is not passed, or signed by the governor, it means the only way for BISD to fulfill its current financial obligations for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year is to take funds from the district's fund balance. Therefore, funds the district planned on using to balance the 2011-12 budget would now have to be used to meet financial obligations for the 2010-11 school year. Hard decisions have already been made, and if HB275 is not passed and signed, BISD will be faced with even more difficult decisions in current and future years.


Despite what the govenor says, let me remind you that this financial situation is not the result of anything being done in BISD. These funding issues are a direct result of the economy and decisions made in Austin, by the State Legislature.   


I am proud of the fact that the staff has worked to help make BISD one of the most financially efficient school districts in the state of Texas. It is because of you that we have a fund balance to use to help during these difficult financial times. 


In the days ahead, I encourage you to contact your legislator, the lieutenant governor and the governor. Encourage them to support legislation that fulfills the State's financial obligations to public schools. This includes equitable funding for all school districts, particularly those like BISD who have been underfunded for years, and supporting HB275. The time to act is now. If we wait to speak up, it could be to late.


Jay Thompson

Interim Superintendent


Representative Kelly Hancock - E-mail

Representative Todd Smith - E-mail

Representative Vicki Truitt - E-mail

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst - E-mail

Governor Rick Perry - E-mail 


Save Texas Schools March On Austin March 12, 2011

BISD caravan/carpool will be leaving the Richland High School parking lot at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 12.  If you are interested in participating please arrive by 7 a.m.  The plan is to arrive in Austin by 11 a.m., participate in the rally from noon-2 p.m., and return to Richland High School between 6-6:30 p.m.


Congratulations to Greg Farr, Shannon Learning Center principal, for being named the Regular Educator of the Year by the Texas Council of Administrators in Special Education.

ROPES Facilitator Training

Pam Miller and Brent Cumbie are hosting a ROPES Facilitator Training from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on May 6 and 7 at the Shannon Learning Center. This training is open to teachers, coaches, administrators, and of course counselors at all levels.  Credit is available for Gifted and Talented training. 


Space is limited, so sign up in ERO as soon as possible.

Misperceptions About Staffing

There are many questions circulating about school district staffing numbers. Attached is an article describing, with some additional detail, some of the things that non-teaching staff are doing in school districts.


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