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Elementary and Primary Education
Galveston ISD Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to call an election for November 7 to elect trustees for Districts 5-E and 6-F.

Board President Dr. Matthew Hay currently serves in District 5-E, while District 6-F is vacant following the resignation of former Trustee Beau Rawlins.

The board deferred action on calling for a $25.5 million bond referendum to be placed on the November 7 ballot.

The proposed bond referendum is aimed at repair and replacement of facilities and school buses following a needs assessment.

Trustee Anthony Brown stated, in his motion to defer, the need to further review options for improvements to the district's facilities for possibly calling a bond election in May of 2018.

“We've talked to our facilities people, and have been assured that we don't have any imminent safety needs,” Brown said. “We can afford to wait and still properly, safely operate our campuses, as we look forward, instead of calling for an election in November, considering doing it perhaps in May of next year.”

Hay agreed, noting that bond language would be required for approval within five weeks for the November election.

"With that kind of time frame, I would rather present  the voters with a well thought out comprehensive plan," Hay said.

The board voted 4-0-2, with Hay and Dr. Jeff Temple abstaining, to approve a contract with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for medical services.

Hay and Temple abstained due to their work with UTMB.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Temple abstaining, to approve a $55,000 contract with the Teen Health Center, Inc. for mental health counseling funded through the Menninger BridgeUp grant.

Temple abstained due to his serving on the committee that applied for the grant.

The board voted unanimously to propose a property tax rate of $1.155 per $100 valuation for the 2017 Tax Year and to schedule a public meeting for August 16 to discuss the FY2018 Budget and proposed tax rate.

The tax rate consists of $1.06 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operation of the district, with the revenues from the remaining $0.095 per $100 valuation to be dedicated to payments on the district's bonded indebtedness.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

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