District eyes summer programs
Fredericksburg Independent School District’s pre-K English as a Second Language and bilingual summer school program will see fewer students this summer, according to an update given by the special programs director at Monday’s board of trustees meeting
The summer school program for bilingual and ESL students, set for June 4-29, is “… required by Texas law, therefore, we have to offer it,” said Patricia Rivera, special programs coordinator for the district.
Forty pre-kindergarten students will attend this summer, which is lower than last year’s attendance, Rivera said.
The state gives the district $2,000 total to fund the program, which costs FISD between $12,000-$20,000 to run, said Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance.
“One of the biggest factors for lower enrollment is that we do not offer transportation, so our buses do not run during the summer,” Rivera said. “That makes it difficult for working parents to bring their kids to summer school.”
Bobby Kincaid of Pfluger Architects, said he will post bid requirements on June 5 for the electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) work for the Fredericksburg Middle and High School gyms and FHS Auditorium. Completion date for the work is Aug. 7.
“We’re revamping the auditorium and we’re also doing the two high school gyms and the middle school gyms,” Kincaid told the board. “That’s a good bit of work for the electrician.”
“You will see a nice energy savings once you replace all those lights,” he stated. “They’re going to be all LEDS, so right now they’re high HID lights, which are very energy intensive.”
Estimated cost for the maintenance work is $750,000 and will be paid for with funds from the $9.3 million bond that passed May 5.
The bond projects also include: ceiling insulation at FMS practice gym; sound attenuation and wall pads at Fredericksburg Primary School; portable flooring at FPS; offices flooring at FMS; flooring in music room at Fredericksburg Elementary School; painting at FMS; replacing countertops at FMS; sidewalks at FMS and blinds at FES. The majority of the bond funds will go to buses and technology.
Budget meeting set
The school district’s budget meetings were scheduled for Tuesday May 29, at 5:30 p.m.; Monday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m.; Monday June 11, after the board meeting and Thursday, June 28 at noon, Ottmers said.
“The first meeting, we’ll follow revenues and expenditures and go over some details by department,” Ottmers said, “while the second and third meetings will look at statistics for comparison and analysis and answer questions that people might have about the budgeting process.”
Approval of the truth in taxation questions with calculations of effective tax rates which will be published in the Standard-Radio Post that week will be approved at the June 11 meeting, she said.
“On June 28, we will adopt a budget and final budget amendment for the 2017-2018 year,” she said.
Trustees inquired about breaking even with this year’s budget.
Last year’s budgeted revenues were $41.3 million and expenditures were $44,063,487, with a projected deficit of $500,000, taken out of the general fund balance.
This was smaller than the previous year’s estimated deficit of $1.4 million.
“We’re still looking into it,” Ottmers said. “The property values increasing wreak a lot of havoc in the calculations. We just never know if it’s going to hit revenue or expenditures because of Chapter 41 and what year it’s going to hit. So, there’s a lot of detail that goes with those calculations. We will have a full picture on that first meeting.”
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