Round Rock ISD to operate on $450.7 million budget in FY 2020-21

Round Rock ISD officials approved a $450.7 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Round Rock ISD officials approved a $450.7 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Round Rock ISD officials approved a $450.7 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees on June 18 approved a $450.7 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins July 1. This represents an increase of approximately $4.4 million over last year's budget.

“This budget gives us the flexibility we need to meet the challenges and the changing needs of our students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic while investing in the people we depend on to ensure our students are successful,” Superintendent Steve Flores said.

The 2020-21 budget includes funds for new technology in light of the evolving education landscape due to COVID-19. Coupled with funding from a voter-approved 2018 bond, the budget accounts for the purchase of Chromebooks to allow for the transition to a one-to-one device model.

“We are fortunate as a school district to have the financial capacity to adapt to these changes while demonstrating successful student outcomes are the priority for resource allocation, ” Flores said.

Approximately $13 million will be allocated to employees, with $12 million in compensation increases and $1 million to employee medical insurance. In addition, the 2020-21 budget directs $4.5 million toward currently unfilled staff positions.

The adopted budget has a projected deficit of $9.9 million.

"The district has historically beat its budget by at least $10 million in each of the last 5 years," a June 19 news release states. "If that trend continues this year, the deficit will not be realized."

The board is expected to vote on a tax rate during in September. As it stands, the projected rate will decrease from $1.23 to $1.22 per $100 valuation.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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