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HISD TRUSTEES PASS NEW BUDGET AND TAX RATE

The new school year was ushered in in a positive atmosphere at the HISD Trustees’ regular board meeting last night.

HISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard announced a new balanced budget . . . .

Trustees approved the budget.

Also, on a positive note, the superintendent announced a reduction in the tax rate . . . .

Trustees also approved the tax rate reduction.

HISD STUDENT DROPPED OFF AT WRONG BUS STOP–ISSUE RECTIFIED

Huntsville ISD’s Transportation Department reported a great first day of school.  Covering 640 square miles and transporting almost 2,000 students, operations ran very well with afternoon service finishing ahead of schedule compared to that of recent years.

However, there was one issue that occurred. I received an email from a parent of an Huntsville ISD student on the evening of August 15th which said:

“My 5-year-old daughter was let off the school bus on a blind road with no parent or authorized adult there to pick her up. Refused to drop her off on an assigned bus stop and did not call us to let us know that she was being let off. Told her to get off his bus or he would take her back to the school.”

We talked to HISD Director of Communications Shannon Duncan, and she informed us:

“After speaking to Transportation, I can confirm that the gentleman is a parent to one of our Kindergarten students. The child’s bus stop is designated to be at the end of the drive near their residence.  Yesterday, the bus driver delivered the child to another bus stop just down the road by mistake.  As the safety of our students is always our top priority, once this was reported to the Transportation Department, administration took immediate action and developed a plan to prevent this from reoccurring.  The district apologizes and are so very thankful the child got home to the parent safely.  Appropriate administrative action was taken in response to the matter.”

SENATOR CORNYN LISTS WAYS NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT HELPS TEXAS

This week President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 into law.

Senator John Cornyn lists a number of ways the bill impacts the state of Texas.

He says the new bill:

–Raises troops pay by 2.6%.

–Restores the focus on military readiness training.

–Authorizes $140 million for military construction projects in Texas.

–Supports the president’s budget request for 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

–Prioritizes access to high quality public education for military children.

–Establishes a federal grant program for infrastructure around military communities.

–Funds development of the next-generation B-21 bomber

HISD TRUSTEES MEET

The HISD Board of Trustees will meet for a public hearing and a regular board meeting this evening at six at the Hawkins Administration Building.

At tonight’s Public Hearing on the 2018-19 School Year Budget and Tax Rate, an opportunity will be provided for the district taxpayers to address the Board of Trustees regarding the Budget and Tax Rate as indicated in the proper notice given.

Tonight there will also be a presentation of the proposed 2018-19 School Year Budget and Tax Rate by the Executive Director of Business & Finance Paul Brown.

There will be Board Recognition tonight.

Assistant Superintendent of General Administration, Kevin Stanford, will be the presenter for the Entergy Incentive Reward.

Paul Brown will be the presenter for Board approval of the 2018-19 School Year Budget.

The Board will consider approval of an ordinance setting the 2018-19 Tax Rate

HISD Superintendent Scott Sheppard will present his report on the Convocation and the start of the school year.

FORMER CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN’S SECURITY CLEARANCE REVOKED

Wednesday, President Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

In doing so, the president demonstrated his lack of trust in Brennan. At a White House Press Briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders passed along some of the reasons why . . . .

In reaction, John Brennan said, “This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech and punish critics.”

COUNCIL ADOPTS NOTICE OF MAXIMUM TAX RATE

At their last regular session, the Huntsville City Council approved a motion to announce their intention to adopt a maximum property tax rate of $0.366 per $100 valuation for the City’s 2018-2019 Fiscal Year, which is the same as the current tax rate. The Council may ultimately adopt a rate below the amount declared, but cannot adopt a rate that exceeds the maximum rate amount declared.

There will be two public hearings on the tax rate. They will be held at the  August 21, 2018, and September 18, 2018, City Council meetings.