With the new year, the district is going to be faced with new challenges and opportunities. Like all of our households, the economy will affect the district as we begin budgeting for the 2011-12 school year. Already the district knows of the possible $25-$28 billion shortfall the State of Texas will have in trying to balance its budget as the legislature begins meeting this month. With almost 45% of the state budget allocated to fund Texas schools, WFISD will feel the consequences of less state funding.
How Will It Affect Us?
On March 21, the Board of Trustees heard a presentation of the report compiled by the Budget Action Committee. Twenty-six dedicated employees gave over 110 hours to review, consider and discuss the cost solution suggestions that came from the on-line employee survey.
The hard work of this committee produced a "working document" that will be used by the Board of Trustees as they develop a district budget for the 2011-12 school year in light of anticipated revenue reductions. While these suggestions total $8.2 million affecting all areas from central administration to individual campuses, final decisions rest with the Board of Trustees to determine whether or not all or some of the recommendations will be approved. The Board of Trustees may modify and/or add to the report depending on the final shortfall amount approved by our legislature. In addition, the Board of Trustees will also weigh the recommendations to ensure each reflect the board's goals and core beliefs and commitments for the district.
Ultimately, all of us await action from the Texas Legislature. The legislature does not end its session until May 30th; thus, all districts will be required to wait for final funding projections.
Budget Action Committee Report