Here are stories to watch in Pflugerville ISD as the district heads into the 2023-24 school year.

Pflugerville ISD joins lawsuit against TEA over accountability rating changes

Pflugerville ISD officials voted Aug. 17 to join several other Texas school districts in a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency.

What's happening?

The PfISD board of trustees voted to sign on to a lawsuit against the TEA over changes to the way accountability ratings are calculated. In September, new accountability ratings for Texas schools will be released, based on adjusted criteria including but not limited to a new threshold for college, career and military readiness scores, raising it from 60% to 88% to earn an A rating.

Pflugerville ISD passes $279.57M budget, calls tax rate election for November

Pflugerville ISD officials approved Aug. 17 a $279.57 million operating budget that features increased pay for staff and a higher estimate for recapture payments due to the state than previous years.

The overview

For fiscal year 2023-24, the $279.57 million budget is based on a total tax rate of $1.1092 per $100 valuation to fund district management and operations as well as its debt service. The budget includes compensation increases of 3% for staff and teachers, funded by additional tax revenue the district would collect if a voter-authorized tax rate election passes, which the board also called.

Pflugerville ISD public comment policy left in place

Pflugerville ISD constituents will be able to make public comments at board meetings as they have since 2019 after the board chose not to change its policy guiding the delivery of these comments Aug. 17.

In a nutshell

The PfISD school board voted Aug. 17 to leave an existing policy governing public comment in place following a review of the policy and updated versions of that policy from the Texas Association of School Boards. The existing board policy allows the public to make comments without regard to the posted agenda at the board's workshops but requires comments made at its regular meetings to be related to items on the agenda. An update to the policy recommended by district staff would have seen limitations to agenda items eliminated from the board's regular meetings and maintained for special meetings, with nonagenda items deferred until the end of the meeting.