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Page 4B + EDUCATION Hays Free Press August 28, 2013 Hay,, ; CISD meeting 00hursday: h udget increases, tax rate same BY KIM kim@haysf Speak now your peace. Thursday, Board of Trus the propo, budget and 2013-2014 s pub c forum to seek input and budget p: Though tl legislature dit restore publi( to pre-2011 h deputy super Scherff said reasonably shape, at leas "We can n "but for ho depends on ILSENBECK from a funding perspective, student enrollment in the interest payment is more than As a fast-growth school past decade, prompting the what's in an escrow account district, Hays CISD has to need for several new schools to pay the interest." / l overcome the legislature's at the primary and secondary For the 2013-2014 school o forever hold underfunding, both in terms levels, year, Scherff said he is not of not restoring the levels, as According to Scherff, Hays recommending a tax rate th Hays CISD well as not keeping, up with CISD owes $447,339,000 in increase to the Hays CISD tees will discuss the rapid expansion. The debt, of which $281,400,000 is Board of Trustees. The current ed operating district projected enrollment the principal amount, rate is $1.0400 per $100 home :ax rate for the of 636 new students this fall. But the district owes less valuation for Maintenance :rlool year. A However, Carter said than it did on that debt and Operations (M&O)and will also be held the proposed budget of about five years ago thanks $.04213 on Interest and ma the tax rate $124,451,844 this school to fnancial maneuvers that Sinking (I&S), for a total oposals. year allows a modest raise reduced the interest on the effective taxrateof$1.4613. be Texas state for teachers, nurses and loans. The cost for debt Scherffwill present the final t not completely librarians as well as all other service on theloans decreased budget and tax documents school funding staff. 9.30 percent over last school to the board at Thursday's vels, Hays CISD In addition, the district will year, according to Scherff. He meeting. He said the two fund ntendent Carter hire approximately 31 new attributed that decrease to balances, M&O and I&S, are n district is in positions this year. two factors, 1) refunding, or at $32,770,212 and $778,783, ?$?n financial The cost per pupil for Hays what's more commonly called respectively. o . CISD to educate a student is refinancing, of the debt and 2) He also expects Hays CISD ake it," he said, $7,257, an increase of $53 over that last year was a peak year will be highly rated by the long? It really the previous year, Scherffsaid. in debt payments. Texas Comptroller's Office. he outcome of The district still carries Scherff said, "It didn't make The public forum will take a substantial amount of economic sense to refinance place beginning at 6:15 p.m. debt, much of it from the in 2007-2009 because of at Hays High School Media exponential increase in negative arbitrage, where the and Technology Building. the [school fi| mnce] lawsuit." He said the 12015 legislature will have to address the lawsuit I i I , I College-age adults are largest group of ID theft victims SUBMITI The fall se this week for College-age a responsibiliti when it come 'El) REPORT ester kicks off many students. JUlts have many sl to manage to school, work and their social lives, so they tend to not b as careful with their personaU information. According m !the Consumer Sentinel NetWOrk database, 57,491 consumers between the ages of 20 and 29 fell vic- tim to idenrity theft in 2012. That numberl accounts for 21 percent of the total number of identity theft complaints re- ported last Year--the largest out of any 10-yea age range. Identity thieves look to col- lege-age adu!ts because they often have good, clean credit scores, making ithem an ideal target. It's vitall that students are aware about identity theft, scams and other rip-offs they might encounter when living on their own for the first time. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers these simple steps college students can take to protect their identity: Secure your mail. Campus mailboxes are often easily ac- cessed in a dorm or apart- ment. Have sensitive mail sent to a permanent address such as your parents' home or invest in a secure post office box. This will also lessen the complications of multiple ad- dresses. Store safely. This includes your social security card, pass- port and bank and credit card statements. Shred all paper documents that contain sen- sitive financial information and any credit card offers that come in the mail. Pull your credit report at least once a year. Go to annualcreditre-, the only authorized source for free annual credit reports under federal law. Safeguard your informa- tion. Don't share your infor- marion with anyone without knowing why it's needed. Most schools now use a student identification number instead of a social security number for added protection. Check your statements fie- quently. Look for any suspi- cious activity or purchases on your debit or credit cards. The sooner you identify potential fraud, the sooner any fraudu- lent charges can be refunded. Check your credit report at least once a year. You are enti- fled to a free credit report once a year. Request a report and look for any suspicious activity or inaccuracies. Consider identity theft pro- tection services. If you are un- able to routinely monitor your accounts and information, consider enrolling in iden- tity theft protection services. These services help monitor your credit and public records for suspicious activity and will alert you if and when some- thing is found. Some of these services also offer additional recovery and resolution help should you fall victim to iden- tity theft. FAM LY GRACE I FELLOWSHIP REMEMBER WHEN? You went to church and opened a hymn book to sing a hymn? Your pastor opened his King James Version Bible and preached? You were greeted at the door with a hug and could feel the love? You left church filled to get back? Well then, what are you waiting for? You've found us. LOVING GOD, LOVING EACH OTHER. That's what we do. 12126 Hewitt Lane, Austin, TX, 78748 Pastor: Billy Cummings 1512-963-6519 Sundays 1" 8:00 RM. Hays ClSD Honors Fuentes volunteer Thirteen years ago Fuentes Elementary opened its doors to students and volunteers. One volunteer who has consistently been a fixture at Fuentes is Mrs. Sellie Moore. Moore has been a volunteer at Fuentes for eleven _ears. She chose to volunteer at uentes for her daughter, Melisa Williams, a first grade teacher at Fuentes, and her granddaughters. Moore tirelessly helps her granddaughter's homeroom teachers as lead volunteer, co- SeyigarnSOrS the Student Council and book Club, acts as copy and laminating machine technician, and helps just about every teacher on campus. Moore's efforts, volunteerism, and ideas are a wonderful part of the culture of Fuentes. Moore was named Hays CISD District Volunteer of the Year at an awards ceremony at the end of May. ORCHARD PARK K Y L E ASSISTED LIVING & MEMORY CARE 4701 Ratcliffe Drive Kyle, Texas 78640 CoRd 171 ..m g.