Kyle Kacal met with GISD School Board Monday

By Liz McDaniel, Special to The Groesbeck Journal

Monday’s School Board Meeting at Enge-Washington Intermediate School began with words of encouragement from State Representative, Kyle Kacal.  Kacal was accompanied by two of his staff members, Terra Willett (Chief of Staff) and Ryan Skrobarczyk (Legislative Director). Representative Kacal reviewed the work that has been accomplished during the current Special Legislative Session and praised the board for the challenges they face with approving the budget in light of funding cuts from the state.

The Texas House on Friday passed a package of bills that would put $1.8 billion into public schools and help out struggling small, rural school districts.

House members approved House Bill 21 and House Bill 30 which would fund the school finance bill, now the Bills will go to the Senate for approval. 

The House voted against approving House Bill 22, a separate measure that would have continued ASATR for two years before letting it expire in September 2019.  Some school districts may end up closing without the program.

Groesbeck ISD is will be cutting teacher salaries by 4% due to the expiration of additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR).  The lack of ASATR funds has left many rural districts like GISD, struggling to keep their doors open. 

Kacal anticipates that when the legislature meets again in 2019 that this problem will be fixed.  He charged the school board to work at doing what’s right for the district and expressed his support of Groesbeck ISD and welcomes any phone calls, texts or emails.        

Lisa McKinnon from the Region 12 Education Service Center, gave an update on the budget draft for 2017 – 2018 and reviewed and updated what Bryan Moore, previous GISD Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, had done before he left.  The budget includes the 4% salary cuts.  The general fund will still be in a deficit of 2.2 million dollars. 

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