WIllis ISD is expecting to have a balanced budget for fiscal year 2024-25, according to a budget workshop at the board of trustees' June 10 meeting.

The details
WISD's projected revenues and expenses are $85 million; however, the district is waiting until property values come in to finalize revenue numbers.

The majority of the district’s expenses go to payroll, which includes a recent increase to teacher salaries, as previously reported by Community Impact.

“The most important takeaway is that we are projecting a balanced budget,” said Garrett Matej, the assistant superintendent of business and finance. “This summer will shift as we refine the budget throughout the summer, but this is a strong foundation.”

Matej did mention that the bond total will be added and may change the numbers for the budget.

Also of note

With the recent passage of Proposition A from the 2024 bond, WISD will be using $15 million of the $102.7 million to begin design on several of the projects. Proposition A's projects include the Willis High School ninth grade expansion with parking lot upgrades and a new transportation center.

What else?

The board also approved $30,000 for renting 1,200 additional seats for the Berton A. Yates Stadium for the 2024 football season.

Additionally, the board approved:
  • Spearpoint Engineering to head the renovation of the Willis High School turf project, taking place between June-August
  • Spearpoint Engineering to head the expansion project of the Willis High School ninth grade parking lot, with design beginning in 2025
  • Hellas Construction to head the renovation of the Brabham and Lynn Lucas middle schools' turf projects, both taking place between June-September