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By Yelena Serrato/The Hesperian-Beacon—
Floydada CISD may face an additional $125,000 budget deficit for the 2019-2020 school year as the federal CARES Act funds the school received replaced some of the funds expected from the Texas Education Agency, Dr. Gilbert Trevino told the school board during its July 30TH meeting. These funds must be used in the 2020-2021 school year, thus leaving the deficit in the previous school year.
Trevino said the district is receiving funds through the CARES Act, but TEA is not sending some of its payments, so less funding is coming in. The district plans to use the CARES Act funding for next year’s salaries.
The board also approved a proposed tax rate of $1.5215 per $100 of property valuation and scheduled the public hearing on the tax rate and budget for its Aug. 25 meeting.
In other business, the board approved remote and on campus instruction plans to keep students safe while adhering to health guidelines.
Trevino said students in third through 12th grades who choose remote will be expected to be treated as if they are in the classroom.
“Sixth through 12th graders are expected to be in school from 8 a.m. to 4:10 p.m., and third through fifth graders will be in school from 7:45 a.m. to – 3:45 p.m. They will go up to eight hours a day on video with a little flexibility,” Trevino said.
“However, we know that Pre-K to second graders cannot sit in front of the screen all day long for the entire school day so we will incorporate a plan to accommodate their learning. It will be a totally different design than what students and parents had in the spring.”
On campus, plans include the use of plexiglass in pre-K and kindergarten rooms, hand sanitizer in multiple locations throughout all the school buildings and the use of face masks during passing periods and anytime students are not able to social distance.
It was announced that as of July 30, 87 students had opted for remote learning.
The board also approved a resolution to not allow students who choose remote learning to participate in extracurricular activities, but Trevino added the district will not police remote student attendance at extracurricular events.
The board also approved changes to the athletic handbook, which now states that students choosing remote learning will not be able to participate in sports if they stay in remote learning beyond the first six weeks. However, if a student opts for remote learning first six weeks and decides to come back to campus the second six weeks, they will be allowed into athletics but there will be a re-acclimation period. Coaches will require student athletes to sit out another six weeks. If a sport has already started, the students will not be eligible to participate in that sport. If a student has been out the first and second six weeks, they will not be allowed into athletics for the school year.
The handbook also states that if a student starts off on campus and has to switch to remote learning after being exposed, the student may transition back to campus when they are medically cleared , and the student will not be locked in for an entire grading period. Once recovered, they will be able to come back, Trevino said.
The board approved a $500 salary increase for administrators who are not scheduled to receive a step raise this year.
Trevino reported the district has applied for a grant that can award up to $900,000 per campus. If they do not receive the grant, Dr. Trevino said they hope to proceed with the collegiate model and access funding elsewhere. The district wants to begin the process of establishing a pathway way for students to earn their associate’s degree. Dr. Trevino met with South Plains College and they have developed a plan to get those pathways started this year.
“Every high school student will have the opportunity to earn three college hours in the fall and three in the spring semester all paid for by the district,” he said. Classes are $180 per class. The board hopes to also cover book fees.
The board approved a contract with Fletcher Auctioneers to hold a one-day auction to sell items in the old high school building and the portable buildings. Trevino said they hope to hold the auction in August and demolish the building in September.
A contract with Lubbock Sports Medicine also was approved. The company treats students who have experienced any type of injury. If schools shut down this year, Lubbock Sports Medicine will continue to treat and serve students. They will still come out and work with Floydada.
The board approved amending the budget due to an increase in expenses with the summer feeding program. The cost for the program increased from $10,000 to $25,865. Trevino said the funds to cover the extra cost will come from the state.
In additional discussions, the board was told that football game attendance will be held to 50 percent capacity, which means Floydada will be allowed 750 fans at each home game. Tickets will go on pre-sale and parents of football players, band members and cheerleaders will be given priority before tickets are sold to the general public. Five hundred tickets will be given to each opposing team to pre-sale for games inside Tyer stadium. The stadium can hold a minimum of 1,500 on the home side and 1,000 on the visitor side.
The board also welcomed new employees: Emily Strah – ELA I & III; Tara Price – sixth grade ELA; Veronica DeLaFuente – sixth grade math; Mary Molinar – second grade; Erica Perez – third grade science/social studies; Dustan Hahnel – ELA II & IV; Matt Rehkoph – business/coach; Michael Barnett – US History/coach; and Hunter Garza – sixth grade social studies/science/coach.