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PISD Board Approves Deficit Budget

Posted Date: 08/30/2017

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The Perryton ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting.  CFO Doug Kile presented the proposed budget and compensation plan.  The budget included an approximately two million dollar deficit, which would have to come from the district’s reserves.  Kile estimates the reserve to be around $6 million at the end of the current fiscal year. 
He explained that the proposed $1,000 a year raises for teachers along with raises for administrators, paraprofessionals and other staff would cost the district around $450,000, which is included in that budget deficit.  Kile explained that the deficit is due to decreased enrollment combined with lower property values, all of which reduces revenue from the state.  “Apparently, this is the new normal for us until the economy turns around,” Kile told them.
Superintendent Robert Hall told board members that he and the administrative staff have already begun to look at ways to reduce spending over the course of the next year and hopefully reduce some of that deficit.  
After much debate, and with great regret, the board felt that it would not be wise to move forward with the raises.  Instead, teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff will receive their annual step increase but not any additional increase.  Administrators will not see any raise for the coming year.
After adopting the budget, the board set the same tax rate for Maintenance and Operation but was able to reduce the Interest and Sinking rate, which can only be used to pay off debt, by ½ cent. 

Also during the meeting, Kile gave the financial and enrollment reports. District enrollment of 2212 students is down from 2,307 a year ago. Enrollment at the end of May was at 2,279.
Hall updated the board on the construction project to repair the damage in the Perryton High School auditorium.  Hall stated that the project is complete but that Tarpley Music company will be coming to evaluate the acoustics and recommend any adjustments needed.
Communications Director Darin Clark reported a significant increase in website traffic for the last 30 days compared to the same period a year ago.  Users logging on to the site increased from 2,426 in 2016 to 56,780 users this month.  He attributed the increase to the newly redesigned website being easier to navigate.
Hall reported, on behalf of Technology Director Rodney Throgmorton, that the rollout of Chromebooks for sixth and ninth graders has gone very well.
The board set the next meeting for Tuesday, September 19 with a possible executive session at 6:00 and the regular meeting beginning at 7:00.