KELLER -- School trustees agreed Thursday to ask taxpayers in June to approve a 13-cent property-tax rate increase.
If voters say no, another 240 jobs will be lost, classes will get larger, and opportunities for extracurricular involvement will become more scarce, they said.
At a Thursday night budget workshop, district officials said they would target June 18 for a tax-ratification election. If the rate increase is approved, it would raise an additional $16 million.
"This isn't our decision," Trustee Wendy Collins said. "This is such a dramatic and drastic cut that it has to be the community's decision on how they want Keller ISD to look."
Administrators are projecting a total deficit for 2011-12 of $38 million.
Officials have already begun a first round of cuts to slash $16 million, and they plan to take $6 million from the district reserve fund.
If voters reject the tax increase, officials would increase student-teacher ratios at all grade levels, a move that would eliminate about 65 teachers.
Cutting sixth-grade band, intermediate school theater arts, combining elementary and intermediate music and art, and reducing art and theater offerings in high schools would save about $2.3 million and cut about 40 teachers.
Fine Arts Director David Stevens said that about 2,000 students would be affected by the loss of sixth-grade band, choir and drama.
The athletic program would lose more than $1 million with more sub-varsity sports cut. Bob DeJonge, athletic director, said that 800 to 1,000 students were affected by first-round cuts. Another 1,000 students will affected if second-round reductions are enacted.
Other jobs on the chopping block include 17 central administration professionals, more than 80 hourly and paraprofessional workers, 16 librarians and nine counselors and assistant principals.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231