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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Houston Independent School District Board of Education
News Release
Thursday, June 23, 2011

HISD Board of Education To Adopt 2011-2012 Budget

June 22, 2011 – The Houston ISD Board of Education will meet Thursday, June 23, 2011 to consider adopting a $1.58 billion budget that represents a $96 million reduction from last year’s spending plan.

The cut in educational spending is primarily the result of an anticipated $78 million reduction in state funding. The reductions include an $18 million cut to HISD central administration departments and a $58.4 million reduction in campus funding, the first cut of its kind since HISD began funding schools based on student enrollment.

Although HISD will not adopt a property tax rate until September or October, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier has said he intends to recommend that HISD maintain the current tax rate, which is the lowest of any school district in Harris County. Dr. Grier also is recommending that HISD continue to grant an optional 20 percent homestead exemption in addition to the standard $15,000 exemption that homeowners across the state receive.

The Board’s meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th St., 77092).

The Board is scheduled to receive status updates on a number of projects and vote on several programs, contracts, and grants. For a full copy of the Board meeting agenda, click here.  The Board meeting will be carried live on HISD’s website and on the HISD Channel, which can be found on Comcast Channel 18 or AT&T Channel 99.

 





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