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Bills, volunteers attempt to curb foster care crisis. - Page 3B Hays Free Press August 23, 2017 Page 3B BY MOSES LEOS III Reductions in state funding, along with less- than-expected appraisal values, are expected to have Hays CISD officials seeing red for the second time in as many years. Board trustees are looking at adopting a $3.4 million deficit budget when they vote on the FiscalYear 2018 budget Aug. 31, said Ann Dixon, Hays CISD interim superintendent Monday. Annette Folmar, Hays CISD chief financial officer, said part of the district's deficit is a $1.5 million overrun that's expected this fiscal year. Hays CISD must also carry over a $1.8 million overrun from the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. One factor in the overrun is a decrease in funding from the state, Folmar said. Over the past two years, Hays CISD has seen a combined $5 million decrease, with the district receiving $3 million less than expected this fiscal One factor in the overrun is a decrease in funding from the state, Annette Folmar, Hays CISD chief financial officer, said. Over the past two years, Hays CISD has seen a combined $5 million decrease, with the district receiving $3 million less than expected this fiscal year. year. She added while the Folmar said the district "grateful for "frustrating thing" is everything the state how the district is trying does for us," they hope to keep pace with theto maintain more in the growth of the district, basic allotment. while also receiving less A second factor for state assistance. She said Hays CISD's budget all districts statewide are woes is overestimating facing the same issue, appraisal numbers for As property values the upcoming year. increase in a school Dixon said Hays CISD district, the amount of estimated appraisal state funding diminishes, values to be $900 million Folmar said. for FY 2018. When the "I don't like to use the actual numbers came term recapture, but when out in July, the district's the state is paying less appraisal values were money and you're getting only $670 million. more students, it's Dixon said the district recapture," Folmar said. had always anticipated the increase in value, which served as a buffer for items such as one- time expenditures. "This is the first year we don't have that buffer," Dixon said. As a result, the district is adjusting some of its budget items. One of those is an increase in teacher salaries, which will only go up by two percent this fiscal year. In March, the district planned to offer teachers a three percent salary bump. Dixon said the district would have to find $1.2 million to offer the three percent increase. But to do so, the district would have to add the $1.2 million to the existing deficit. "We don't have the surplus in there this year because we didn't go up as much as we thought," Dixon said. "We're not just scurrying for $1.2 million, but it's scurrying for $1.2 plus $3.4 million." Merideth Keller, Hays HCISD BUDGET, 4B need improvement District forming plan to m',tke changes BY MOSE $ LEOS III students completing the various plans and other Below gra :le state indicatiors. accountabil: ty ratings Hemphill Elementary, for two Hm CISD which was designated campuses is forcing as an IR campus for the district offic als to start second straight year, the planninl ', process on missed the mark on how to impI ave them. three of the four indexes Science H all and measured. Hemphill el/~mentary Science Hall missed schools wer~ both the mark on only two listed as "Irr~provement of the four indexes. It " o Required," ~ccording marks the first time to the 2017 Texas Science Hall was listed Education Agency as IR. All other Hays accountability reports, CISD campuses were which were released rated as "Met Standard." earlier this summer. Tim Savoy, Hays CISD : TEKs accOuntability public information report gives iratings to officer, said the district districts and individual has been working since campuses based June on comprehensive on four factOrs that district and campus "combine a ~ange improvement plans of indicatorS into a to address areas comprehensive measure of attention. The of performance," district is also seeking according tO the 2017 additional resources TEA accotm~ability for both campuses manual. 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