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Bastrop ISD Board Adopts $89 Million Budget
June 21, 2017
(Bastrop) – The Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees adopted an $89 million general fund budget at its June 20 regular board meeting. The new fiscal year will begin July 1. The new budget will allow the district to fund existing services for its 15 campuses and other facilities and provide high-quality instructional and support programs for an anticipated 10,888 students.
“Our school board has adopted a budget that reflects its desire to be fiscally responsible and at the same time, supportive of our students and teachers,” said Superintendent Steve Murray. “They have been considering this budget, asking questions, and weighing options for several months. I appreciate their diligence, as well as the hard work of our Chief Financial Officer Sandra Callahan, our Service Center team, and campus principals.”
Special initiatives factored into the new budget include a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program for intermediate and middle schools, a comprehensive curriculum management plan, and planned growth in fine arts. SEL is a positive, interactive program with core competencies that include self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness.
The budget allocates one-time expenditures for the installation of additional portable buildings at several campuses, for resurfacing and repair of tennis courts at both high schools, for enhancements to safety and security across the district (including an additional police vehicle), and wastewater system upgrades.
Also included in the new budget is a 1.5 percent pay increase for teachers and an increase of 1.5 percent of the midpoint for all other employees.
“I appreciate the support of our board, my staff, and all of the others throughout the district who worked hard to create a workable and sustainable budget for the coming year,” said Callahan. “It was truly a team effort.”
Bastrop ISD is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and serves approximately 10,600 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.