Seen and Heard at the June Board Meeting

Seen and Heard at the June School Board Meeting
AISD School Board Meeting

June 20, 2016 – The Board adopted a total operating budget of $250,570,676 for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1.  The budget is an increase of approximately $4.6 million over what was budgeted last year.  Major expenditures in the Amarillo ISD budget include payroll for the 4,000+ staff members, supplies and materials, instructional costs, staff development, and plant maintenance and operations.  Revenues come from state aid (about 62 percent), local taxes and other local sources (about 36 percent), and the federal government (about 2 percent).  Included in the budget is a 2 percent staff raise approved by the Board at a special Board meeting on June 8.

To help relieve overcrowding at Tradewind Elementary and accommodate population shifts, the Board approved boundary adjustments for Tradewind, Lawndale, and Glenwood elementary schools, effective beginning in the 2016-17 school year.  Built to hold about 550 students, Tradewind is now at 750 students.  Boundary changes will help to re-balance enrollment between Tradewind and the two smaller adjacent elementaries, Lawndale and Glenwood, over the next 3 – 5 years.  Current students at Tradewind affected by the boundary change will have the option to stay at Tradewind to finish out their elementary years; new students moving in to the affected areas will attend either Lawndale or Glenwood.     

Trustees decided on two architect firms to present designs to the Board at the upcoming July Board meeting for a new elementary campus in southeast Amarillo.  The new elementary school was provided for in the 2013 bond election.   Plans are to open the new school by August 2018 to accommodate new residential developments already beginning in the Tradewind Square subdivision, southwest of the current Tradewind subdivision.

The Board approved a the lease of storefront space in the Georgia Village shopping area for a new transitional program for special education students over the age of 18.  They also approved a renovation project for lobby areas and restrooms at the AISD-owned Park West office building, just east of the Rod Schroder Education Support Center. 

The Board accepted gifts and donations totaling $8,740, given to various schools and departments this month, including a donation for 5th grade Outdoor Education at South Georgia Elementary given by Janice McCowan, musical instruments for the AISD Fine Arts Dept. from the Amarillo Symphony Guild, a donation for the Caprock High School journalism program from the Amarillo Area Foundation Ways & Means program, and a baby grand piano given to Forest Hill Elementary from the Bus and Freda Dugger Estate, care of Kids, Inc.  Other gifts included a donation for the Palo Duro High School band program from the Grammy Foundation, a donation for the Palo Duro cheerleader program from Allstate Security and funds for the benefit of students at de Zavala Middle School from Mr. and Mrs. Reddy.

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