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Hitchcock Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Hitchcock Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday let a motion die to order a tax ratification election for the district's 2010-2011 tax rate.

A motion was made to hold a tax ratification election, or "rollback" election, but the motion did not receive a second for consideration.  A tax ratification election would allow voters to cast votes as to whether the district could adopt a tax rate in excess of the "rollback rate".  According to the Texas Association of School Boards' web site, a tax ratification election must be held within 30-90 days after the tax rate is adopted. Sample Ballot of Tax Ratification Election

Without approving a tax ratification election, the district will be required to adopt a tax rate equal to or less than the rollback tax rate.

The district has not proposed a tax rate for the coming year, nor has a rollback rate been calculated due to the recent approval of additional bonds to be issued for a high school parking lot project.  The district's 2009 Tax Rate was $1.44005 per $100 valuation, with $1.04005 designated for maintenance and operations of the school district, and $0.40 designated for payments on the school's bond issue debt.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the district's 2010-2011 budget.  The budget includes a total of $12,485,710 for maintenance and operations expenditures throughout the school year.

The school board voted unanimously to approve a contract with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for pediatric services.

The school board voted unanimously to schedule meetings for September 18, October 9, January 19 and June 22 for superintendent evaluations and reviews.

The school board voted unanimously to table approval of the Coastal Alternative Program for the 2010-2011 school year.

The school board voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement with the Hitchcock Police Department for the 2010-2011 school year.

The school board voted unanimously to approve hiring one new Pre-Kindergarten teacher.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Trustee Pat Turner was absent.  Agenda






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