FORT WORTH -- The school district's proposed tax rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year will remain the same as this year's, and taxpayers may weigh in at an Aug. 28 public hearing, Fort Worth school trustees decided Tuesday night.
The proposed tax rate of $1.3220 per $100 of assessed property value includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations expenses, the highest districts can levy without additional voter approval. The remainder is for debt service.
The taxes will support a $600 million budget with a $27.6 million shortfall approved by trustees in June.
The taxable value of the average Fort Worth house is $98,533, up from $97,146 last year. With no change in the tax rate, taxes due on that house would increase by $18.34 to $1,303, according to district administrators.
In other business Tuesday, trustees:
Approved the 2012-13 compensation schedules for employees. Most teachers will earn the same amount as this year for the work year of 187 days. Teachers with 20 and 27 years of experience qualify for a $500 longevity stipend. A beginning teacher with a bachelor's degree will earn $45,200.
All permanent employees except Superintendent Walter Dansby will receive a one-time payment of 1 percent of their salaries.
Heard a report on the results of the federal Adequate Yearly Progress program, which were released last week. The Fort Worth school district as a whole did not meet the standard this year, and 84 individual campuses did not meet the standard, up from 75 in 2011-12. The passing standards get tougher each year, with the goal of 100 percent of students meeting the standard by 2014.
District data show that scores were stable or improved for reading and math. For example, 82 percent of all students met the reading standard, up from 81 percent in 2011.
To help boost student performance, the district has created learning networks -- teams of educators who support teachers and administrators on campuses.
"We are looking for ways to ensure we are creating environments that support campuses in their work on improving student achievement," said Michael Sorum, the district's deputy superintendent for leadership, learning and student support.