During Monday night’s meeting of the Cooper Independent School District’s Board of Trustees, the four person quorum accepted the 2014-15 budget following an open forum hearing.
This included only minor adjustments from the previous year’s budget.
The was a $20,000 increase in instruction due to a change in personnel, transportation requires $20,000 increase as well due to a bus driver pay increase and having to fund running of three full bus routes for the afterschool program, and capital improvement projects required $75,000 although with the profits from energy panels created a decrease in budget needs. The complete proposed budget is available online at http://www.cooperisd.net/Uploads/29/misc/f264759.pdf.
The Board also accepted the consent agenda which included the budgets for Delta County Appraisal District and Hunt County Appraisal District. DCAD’s calculations for 2015 are 243,645 compared to $220,040 for 2014. The District is responsible for $110,063.71 while Delta County has $62,782.43 and City of Cooper is $23,120.47 and City of Pecan Gap with $235.72. HCAD’s grand total came to $2,057,195 for 2015 with the District’s portion of $735.83.
The upcoming September calendar events were discussed including the holiday on Monday, Sept. 1 and the flex day on Monday, Sept. 22.
“The first day of school was great,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “The outlook for the year is looking good as we start with an enrollment of 815 – the highest it has been in several years.” The landscaping has been completed for both campuses. She went on to elaborate on training for Board members.
The Board nominated Thomas Darden and Danny Wall as alternate for the TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) Delegates.
The Board heard the needs of a current budget amendment for the cafeteria.
“We came up short in revenue with our expenditures higher than expected,” explained CISD Director of School Operations Doug Wicks. “We will be monitoring it more closely; luckily this year we had the funds to cover it.” The elementary students will be receiving free breakfast and lunch for this year. The Board approved the amendment.
Receiving approval was the M&O (maintenance and operation) Tax Rate of $1.17 and I&S (interest and sinking) Tax Rate of 32 cents which has been the same for a considerable time frame (as depicted in Aug. 14 edition of the Cooper Review).
The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m. with no closed session. The Board will meet again for a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the administration building.