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Front Page July 18, 2017  RSS feed

Buffalo Trustees to consider tax swap

By Mac Shadix

Buffalo ISD Superintendent Lacy Freeman led the Board of Trustees through the mechanics of what he said is called a “swap” where I&S taxes are moved to M&O taxes which Freeman says will result in a $137,000 increase in revenue from the state. The move would require a vote of the citizens of the district and would result in no net tax increase according to Freeman. The discussion of the proposal during the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, July 17 at the high school library saw Board President Jennifer Humphries tell Trustee Pat Bell not to tell constituents that this would prevent a tax raise, which Humphries said might be necessary in any case.

The board was told that the concrete work for the new Casey Ag- Science facility was complete and that steel erection should begin around the end of the month. President Humphries said that she hoped the the school could count on free water for the facility from the city considering the aid that the district had rendered to the city.

Dr. Georgeanna Adams-Molina gave a presentation of the new Academic Performance Report and she indicated that Buffalo ISD student performance exceeded state levels.

The Consent Agenda Items were approved without discussion. These items include: Minutes of board meetings, Monthly tax report, and financial report.

A contract with, The Lab, which provides student drug testing services was approved. Freeman told the board that The Lab had provided services for the last ten years and had not raised rates this year.

A Texas Association of School Boards policy update 108 was approved along with a Staff Development Waiver. The waiver allows instructional hours to be used for staff development.

Included in the approvals was an update to the campus/district handbooks and code of conduct. This included clarifications of the existing dress codes according to High School Principal Tracy Gleghorn. Gleghorn said that the policy allowing girls to wear trousers to the prom was changed because some complained that it was sexist. However, she added that the permission included that if trousers were worn they must meet the requirements of the male dress code.

The board went into a brief Executive Session and returned and announced that no action had been taken during the session. The board then voted to hire Olivia Grubbs on a one year probation, to be assigned. A second vote approved a compensation plan, as presented.


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