The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to commit $20 million of the district's general operating fund balance for disaster remediation and related construction for recovery from Hurricane Ike.
“To facilitate the adequate funding of each of the disaster remediation projects, and to preserve the level of safety, security and financial stability the district must continue to provide the taxpayers, parents and students of the district, it is prudent to set aside a portion of the general operating fund balance,” Chief Financial Officer David Dworsky said.
According to Dworsky, the district has paid $43.3 million between 2008 and 2011 on Ike recovery projects.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid approximately $17.2 million to the district for various projects.
“The amount of recovery of the funds spent by the district, as well as the ultimate cost of each of the projects to the district, is unknown, and will not be known until all FEMA projects have been settled-up,” he said. “In addition, the district has received three disaster relief payments from the Texas Education Agency under House Bill 4102 disaster aid legislation in the approximate amounts of $6 million, $9.6 million and $10.1 million that represented payments for relief of Chapter 41 cost of recapture and property value declines.”
The school board voted 4-1, with Norman Pappous opposed, to approve the continuation of services with CareHere Clinic through August 2012.
The clinic will be available to employees and dependents at a co-pay cost of $10 per visit. The clinic operates at an estimated annual cost of $250,000 to $300,000, according to Dworsky.
The school board voted unanimously to dissolve the district's health insurance risk pool, closing the self-funded employee medical plan. The district will transition to a TRS ActiveCare Health Plan.
The school board voted 3-0-2, with David O'Neal, Jr. and Norman Pappous abstaining, to approve the minutes of the June 15 meeting. O'Neal and Pappous were not present at the June meeting.
The school board voted unanimously to extend the contract of Superintendent Larry Nichols.
The school board voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Texas General Contractors, Inc. to be the contractor of record in the event of a disaster.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Trustees Sandra Simmons was absent from the meeting. Trustee Beau Rawlins arrived later in the meeting. Agenda
The school board will hold a budget workshop on August 3.