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Clear Creek Independent School District
News Release
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Clear Creek ISD Outlines Budget Options 2011-2014
No Calls for Removing Homestead Exemption or Tax Rate Increase

League City, Texas- Based on the work of the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee, employee feedback and public input, Superintendent Greg Smith presented a two-year financial outlook to the Board of Trustees on Monday, June 28, 2011. The outlook is contingent on Governor Rick Perry accepting legislation which distributes $4 billion in cuts to more than 1,000 school districts. If accepted by the Governor, the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) will receive $17.5 million less in 2011-2012 and $25 million less in 2012-2013.

“We are so very thankful and humbled by the work completed by the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee and thankfully we do not have to deploy all $16.2 million recommendations at this time,” said Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools. “It is up to all of us to determine the quality of education our children will receive and I know we are up for it based on the overwhelming support from our parents, community members and employees.”

The two-year outlook includes recommendations made by the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee and those made by the Administration. They are as follows:

  1. The district will not remove the 5% Homestead Exemption for 2011-2012 or 2012-2013. The public, through community forums and an online survey, clearly stated the preference for a tax rate election versus eliminating the Homestead Exemption. There are no plans for a tax rate election for 2011-2012 school year.

  1. The district will consider allowing students who live outside the district to attend CCISD schools on tuition for the 2012-2013 school year. This recommendation does not mean CCISD is becoming an open-enrollment district. Tuition-based entry would only be permitted if there is space available at a campus and does not increase staffing needs. The district will work toward offering tuition-based entry for 2012-2013 school year.

  1. While the law recently changed to allow furlough days for teachers and staff, CCISD does not intend to exercise this option for 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 school years. CCISD has successfully reassigned or eliminated 293 positions thus far through attrition. The district will continue to reduce costs through attrition versus across-the-board reductions in pay for employees for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

  1. CCISD will not eliminate transportation to/from magnet programs such as WAVE, Science Magnet or Clear Horizons Early College High School for 2011-2012 or 2012-2013. State law prohibits the district from charging a fee for transportation to/from daytime academic programs.

  1. The district will review and consider eliminating transportation for students living within two miles of the school and who are no longer subject to hazardous road conditions for 2012-2013. The district will conduct a traffic impact study in the fall 2011 and give families the 2011-2012 school year time to make alternative arrangements. Implementation would be scheduled for 2012-2013. Clear Creek ISD does not receive State funding for transportation within two miles of a school unless the routes are deemed hazardous. Currently, more than 20,000 students do not receive transportation within two miles. This recommendation would affect approximately 1,900 families.

  1. CCISD will not close Clear Horizons Early College High School next year. The district will conduct a program evaluation in 2011-2012 as scheduled.

  1. The district will institute fees for extra-curricular programs and extra-curricular transportation for the 2012-2013 school year. CCISD will spend 2011-2012 developing a collection process and informing families of the change.

  1. The District will institute a 10% across the board cuts in all operating budgets, including campus budgets.

  1. The District will not suspend contributions for certain supplementary health benefits for employees.

The Superintendent also recommended the Board of Trustees utilize the $2.5 million disaster recovery fund and up to $12 million of the district’s fund balance to make up the remaining deficit. The fund balance currently holds two months operating costs, a recommended practice by the Texas Education Agency.

“I would like to thank Dr. Smith, his staff and the community for continuing to focus on what is truly our priority in Clear Creek ISD, the students,” said Dee Scott, Board President. “Make no mistake about it; the elephant is still in the room on how to build the financial capacity to meet the needs of our children. These recommendations preserve the classroom for next year but we will need to continue to work together to solve the long-term problem created by the State.”

For more information on how public education funding works in Texas, visit or contact the Office of Communications at 281-284-0020.

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