Grapevine-Colleyville ISD 2019-20 budget to increase teacher pay, lower tax rate

As House Bill 3 overhauls school finance in Texas, GCISD adopted a new 2019-20 budget June 17.

As House Bill 3 overhauls school finance in Texas, GCISD adopted a new 2019-20 budget June 17.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s 2019-20 budget includes increased pay for teachers, lower recapture payments and a reduced tax rate. This comes in part to a new school finance law.

The GCISD board of trustees approved the $190 million general operating budget June 17. On June 11, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3, which makes changes to the state’s school finance system.

Under HB 3, GCISD will receive about $6.9 million total from the state, a decrease of about $967,000 from current law. However, recapture payments will decrease from $63.63 million to $49.21 million.

GCISD taxpayers will also see a $0.07 decrease in the district’s tax rate, from $1.04 to $0.97. This was another requirement under HB 3 and reduces taxes by $10.3 million.

With the decrease in revenue from taxes and state revenue as well as the $14.42 million decrease in recapture payments, the district’s funding has increased $3.12 million.

“While our 'Robin Hood' payments are going down $14 million, that does not mean we have funding in our bank,” GCISD Chief Financial Officer DaiAnn Mooney said.

Some of the funding from HB 3 is required to go toward increased compensation for nonadministrative employees. The district is required to give an additional $936,000 to its teachers, but on June 17 the district approved to give its staff and teachers $3.4 million, more than tripling the amount required.

The funding boils down to a $53,500 starting salary for teachers and a $2,500 pay increase for teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors who have six or more years experience. All other employees will receive a pay increase of 2% their midpoint salary, Mooney said.

“This budget is reflective of the board’s commitment to our teachers and staff,” trustee Becky St. John said.

The district plans to adopt its new tax rate in September.

By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


The funds are meant to be used to recoup expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Fotolia)
City of Colleyville to receive $1.4M in coronavirus relief funds

The city of Colleyville will receive about $1.4 million from Tarrant County in federal relief funds.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake. (Community Impact staff)
DATA: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake as of June 2

Tarrant County Public Health reported the county has seen an increase of 329 COVID-19 cases since May 28.

Oun said he perfected his fried chicken recipe over a six-month period. (Courtesy Mother Clucker)
ROUNDUP: Read about local businesses in the DFW area

Read Community Impact Newspaper's latest business coverage from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Carroll ISD officials expect to recoup a large amount of the expenditures incurred from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Pexels)
Carroll ISD to receive $122K in federal relief funds

Carroll ISD reported it has shelled out about $190,000 in COVID-19-related expenses since the start of the pandemic.

Businesses shuttering their doors due to coronavirus restrictions lowered the sales tax revenue collected by cities in May compared to May 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas comptroller reports 13.2% year-over-year state sales tax revenue drop in May

Tax collection revenue fell significantly in several sectors from May 2019 to May 2020, according to the comptroller's office.

Effective May 4, OUCH Orthopedics has moved to a new Southlake location at 431 E. Hwy. 114, Southlake. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
OUCH Orthopedics relocates practice in Southlake

Effective May 4, OUCH Orthopedics has moved to a new Southlake location at 431 E. Hwy. 114, Southlake.

Demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol on May 31 to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas officials respond to demonstrations, unrest in wake of George Floyd killing

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster in Texas on May 31, while various city officials and law enforcment responded to protests and violence over the weekend.

Oun said he perfected his fried chicken recipe over a six-month period. (Courtesy Mother Clucker)
Colleyville-based Mother Clucker offers combinations of chicken, fries, sauces

Other than just tenders and fries, Mother Clucker also serves fried chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken salad and chicken wings, as well as an extensive dessert menu.

Methodist Southlake Hospital is transitioning to a wholly owned facility, which allows it to expand its services to Medicare patients. (Courtesy Methodist Southlake Hospital)
Methodist Southlake Hospital expands services as it begins to accept Medicare patients

As of the end of April, Medicare patients can now receive care at Methodist Southlake Hospital.

The market will serve Cajun-specialty seafood and fresh meats. (Courtesy T-Johnny’s Cajun & Seafood Market)
T-Johnny’s Cajun & Seafood Market to open in early June in Colleyville

T-Johnny’s Cajun & Seafood Market expects to open in early June at 5409 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville.

A LongHorn Steakhouse was expected to open in early 2020 at The Citadel development near I-35W and Heritage Trace Parkway. The opening has been delayed, according to staff. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tuesday Morning bankruptcy, census data and three other DFW-area stories

Here are five recent updates from the metroplex, on delayed openings, mass layoffs and more.

Those who give blood through May 31 will receive a t-shirt by mail while supplies last. For the month of June, donators will receive a $5 Amazon gift card through email, courtesy Amazon, according to American Red Cross. (Courtesy American Red Cross)
Red Cross offers incentives for blood donations in Dallas-Fort Worth area

The American Red Cross has roughly 1,300 blood donation appointments in North Texas that need to be filled through June 15.