Klein ISD drafts revised 2018-19 budget plan

At its July 30 budget meeting, the Klein ISD board of trustees announced their $439 million general fund budget for the 2018-19 school year, which saves the district more than $40 million through various cuts and new revenue sources.

The budget reduction was achieved without the need for staff layoffs, KISD Chief Financial Officer Dan Schaefer said.

After voters rejected a measure June 16 to raise the district tax rate by 9 cents, the board needed to add $30.2 million to its fund balance before voting to adopt its budget Aug. 27, KISD Superintendent Bret Champion said. KISD policy requires a fund balance that is at least 25 percent of annual expenditures. The board on July 30 proposed cutting $29.6 million from the budget and generating $11.9 million from new revenue sources.

Planned budget cuts include trimming $11.6 million from campus expenditures, $9.1 million from benefits and compensations and $7.2 million from noncampus expenses. Another $1.7 million will be cut from various places, including delaying the opening of Elementary School No. 33 until funds are available, Schaefer said. The school was slated to open August 2019.

The proposed budget would also increase the student-to-teacher ratio by cutting 112.5 jobs districtwide. However, reduction of positions was achieved through eliminating recently vacated positions or restructuring staff to fill vacancies, rather than laying off employees, he said. A net increase of 5.5 personnel for the 2018-19 school year is expected, he said.

“One of our goals was to achieve budget reductions without layoffs,” Schaeffer said. “Given the tight timeline to make these reductions, we are very pleased to have met this goal.”

Along with the budget cuts, the district aims to generate $11.9 million in new revenue, mainly through a state tax code provision that allows districts to move 2 cents from the debt portion of the tax rate to the maintenance and operations side in the year following a natural disaster—in this case, Hurricane Harvey, Schaefer said.

The new revenue also includes an additional $1.1 million acquired because student information used for state funding estimates has been updated, and the district has improved its investment earnings based on rising interest rates, Schaefer said.

At the July 9 meeting, the board also approved adopting an ordinance to set the 2018-19 tax rate at $1.43 per $100 valuation, the same rate as 2017-18. In the newly adopted tax rate, the maintenance and operations portion will increase from $1.04 to $1.06 per $100 valuation, and the debt service portion will decrease from 39 cents to 37 cents per $100 valuation.
By Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


MOST RECENT

A new brewery will soon be opening on Cypress Rosehill Road at the former location of The Shack Burger Resort. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Misfit Outpost by Fortress BeerWorks coming soon to The Shack in Cypress

The owners of Fortress BeerWorks and Misfit BeerWorks are partnering on a new craft beer venture. The 5-acre site will be family-friendly, dog-friendly and host live music on the weekends.

As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'The vaccines we have are effective against all the variants out there': Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass discusses variants, vaccinations

As Houston Methodist identified its first case of the lambda variant July 19, Dr. Glass believes vaccines can handle known variants.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is pleading with residents to be more vigilant, asking all residents to start wearing masks again in indoor settings and asking those who are vaccinated to urge their friends who are not to get the shot. (Screenshot Courtesy Facebook)
Harris County raises coronavirus threat level as Hidalgo asks all residents to mask up indoors

Although those who are vaccinated are very unlikely to end up in the hospital, officials said wearing masks in certain situations could help reduce transmissions to the more susceptible unvaccinated.

Harris County Emergency Services District 11 commissioners received updates on the status of its upcoming ambulances services at a July 22 board meeting. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 commissioners discuss upcoming ambulance service

The district will take over providing emergency medical services across more than 177 square miles of north Harris County, currently being provided by Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, on Sept. 1.

Menu items include traditional and boneless chicken wings; hand-breaded chicken tenders; chicken sandwiches; and sides such as beer-battered onion rings, potato wedges and fried pickles. (Courtesy Buffalo Wild Wings)
Buffalo Wild Wings Go now open on Kuykendahl Road in Spring

Smaller than the typical Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar, the new concept offers pickup and delivery service as well as limited indoor seating.

Memorial Hermann has locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann visiting policies change as COVID-19 cases rise

As of July 21, Memorial Hermann has changed its visitor policy in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Greater Houston area.

Houston unemployment is above state and national levels, while home sales in the region continue to be strong, according to a July 21 economic update from the Greater Houston Partnership. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Unemployment, strong housing sales mark 2021 Houston economy, Greater Houston Partnership says

While Houston job recovery lags due to the pandemic, area home sales are strong, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

(Courtesy Blushing Ivory Bridal)
The Princess Bridal relocates, renames to Blushing Ivory Bridal in The Woodlands

The business is relocating from Old Town Spring to Oak Ridge Drive and will open Aug. 3.

In a late-night amendment addition, Harris County Commissioners Court denied an original resolution aiming to increase restrictions on nonmonetary pretrial release bonds in a split vote after hearing over two hours of public testimony July 20 for and against the resolution. The amended resolution, which was approved in a second split vote, favors focusing on criminal court backlogs and funding alternative public safety solutions. (Courtesy Pexels)
After hours of debate, Harris County commissioners oppose resolution restricting felony nonmonetary pretrial release bonds

In a late-night amendment addition, Harris County Commissioners Court denied an original resolution aiming to increase restrictions on non-monetary pretrial release bonds in a split vote after hearing over two hours of public testimony July 20 for and against the resolution.

The restaurant serves a variety of Indian appetizers, entrees and sweets. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A1 Choice Indian Cuisine opens in Cy-Fair; Torchy's Richmond taco shop coming this week and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area, including a Ross Dress For Less store opening in Cy-Fair.