A sign of tough times, a lone tweet by Express-News Reporter Veronica Flores may signal that Fort Worth ISD has decided to extend financial exigency. To quickly review what that term means:
So, no fun for anyone. Having visited Fort Worth ISD as a consultant on several occasions, I’m thrilled at their educational technology efforts and I shudder to think what may happen.
I’ve shared my frustration with some local districts financial exigency declarations, as well as my concerns about the $11 billion dollar deficit Texas will have soon…which will definitely impact school systems.
On February 10, 2010, this source reported on the following:
Trustees are getting their first look at the 2010-11 budget that shows little new money for the district. Chief financial officer Hank Johnson said he will ask the board to vote on extending the district’s “financial exigency,” which is essentially declaring a financial emergency and is a required by the state if there is to be any reductions in force.
Trustees declared a state of financial exigency last year and cut about 100 positions, mostly campus monitors. The district is changing the time line of its fiscal year to begin on July 1 rather than Sept. 1 to catch one-time savings. Trustees are expected to vote on the declaration on Feb. 23.
Austin: School board OKs plan to cut programs, jobs
The Austin school board met past midnight Monday with a packed agenda that included controversial proposals to redraw school boundaries in Southwest Austin, possibly turn failing schools over to outside management and possibly declare the district in a state of impending fiscal crisis, which would allow Superintendent Meria Carstarphen to cut more than 100 positions. Trustees voted to move forward with an alternative to declaring a financial exigency. The alternative, first presented last week, would allow the superintendent to cut programs and the positions associated with them. “One of my concerns is that we really don’t know the fallout of financial exigency,” Trustee Annette LoVoi said. The vote was 5-3; Trustee Cheryl Bradley abstained. [ View Article ] Feb 23, 2010, 08:38
Senate panel gets stark forecast on school finances
AUSTIN — School officials and education groups presented lawmakers with a somber picture Monday of rising costs and shrinking revenue, adding to the mounting budget pressures facing state officials in advance of next year’s legislative session. “Texas school districts are facing tough decisions unparalleled in my 20 years as a superintendent,” said Richard Middleton, legislative chairman of the Texas Association of School Administrators, to members of the Senate Education Committee. Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, the committee chairwoman, called the hearing to examine budget pressures and other issues facing school officials as lawmakers began mapping out legislative remedies for the 2011 session. [ View Article ] Feb 23, 2010, 08:38
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