NISD trustees approve budget

Posted Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Before taking a month-long break in July, Northwest ISD trustees June 25 approved a general fund budget of $152.1 million at the June 25 meeting.

That compares to a $150.7 million budget for 2012-13. Because of rapid student growth, which will see enrollment climb by 1,365 students compared to this time last year, the district will need to make about $12.3 more in general fund expenditures compared to 2012-13.

But $10 million of that amount is being offset by the district’s new status as a non-recapture district. Northwest in recent years has been required to make a so-called Robin Hood payment to the state as a Chapter 41 district. But a combination of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balance mean the district no longer is classified as having to make a Chapter 41 payment in 2013-14.

Naming Names

Trustees at the meeting also approved the renaming of the district’s Agricultural Sciences Learning Center to Kelly W. Box Agricultural Science Center. Box, a former educator at Northwest High School, served as president of the school’s Future Farmers of America program for 25 years.

Box also was a founding director of the Northwest ISD Education Foundation, organized the Northwest FFA booster club and led an attendance boundary committee that redrew the boundaries of all elementary schools in 2001.

An advocate for education, Box was named the Outstanding Career and Technology Supporter by the Texas Education Agency. Box was a member of the district’s long-range planning committee and served as one of the area chairs of the 2001, 2005 and 2008 bond steering committee. The Box center opened in 2003, is located at 1960 Texan Drive in Justin.

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