FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) – At the June 17 Regular Board meeting, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees adopted the budget for the 2019-20 school year, at $716,864,705, or $9,283 per student. The student enrollment for the upcoming school year is projected to be 77,226.
In the 2019-20 school year, the district will open the James Reese Career and Technical Center and Malala Yousafzai Elementary, and will strengthen its student support services.
The majority of the budget, eighty-one percent, will support instruction and instructional support, including classroom teachers and aides, health services, guidance counseling, and mental health support. Seventeen percent will be allocated for district operations, including transportation, maintenance and repairs, information technology, and police services.
Staff compensation increases are included in the budget. Legislation approved in the 86th session of the Texas Legislature mandated raises for teachers, and FBISD teachers will receive $3,000 or $3,500, based on their years of teaching experience. All other non-teaching staff will receive five percent of their midpoint. Though teachers received a step increase and staff received a retention payment in the 2018-19 school year, there were no districtwide raises.
Growth is expected to be seen in the district’s prekindergarten and special education populations. With the passage of House Bill 3, starting in the 2019-20 school year, FBISD will offer full-day prekindergarten for eligible students, and there are projected to be nearly 3,000 students enrolled next school year. The budget also includes funding to account for the district’s growing number of students who are receiving special education services. The number of students receiving special education services is expected to be 10 percent of student enrollment for the upcoming school year.
The budget was adopted with the tax rate of $1.29, a five cent decrease from the current tax rate of $1.34. The average tax bill for a homeowner in FBISD will decrease by about $46 annually, based on a home with an average taxable value of $261,013.