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SAISD to move forward with task force to plan for funding needs

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SAISD to move forward with task force to plan for funding needs 

May 16, 2016 – The San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees tonight approved the launching of a community-based Blue Ribbon Task Force to analyze the District’s capital and operating needs. 

The 16 members of the task force, appointed by trustees and the superintendent, will begin meeting this week to review District priorities for facilities and academic programs.

Creation of the committee follows the development this school year of a five-year plan for excellence.

“We have bold goals for our District and aim to meet them by 2020 to ensure our students are performing at higher levels and are well-prepared for college and career,” said Pedro Martinez, SAISD superintendent. “To realize these goals we must consider partnering with our voters to leverage our resources and address the most critical needs of our district.”

Potential revenue sources to be considered include issuance of a voter-approved bond election and/or a tax ratification election. A bond election would allow for the funding of extensive renovations to aging school buildings. A tax ratification election, to increase a district’s maintenance and operations tax rate above $1.04 (which is the maximum allowed by the state without voter approval) would allow for the funding of both
capital and programmatic needs. The District’s current maintenance and operations tax rate is $1.04.

The last SAISD bond program, a $515 million voter-approved package in 2010, included major renovations to 22 schools, as well as safety and security upgrades across the District and enhanced career instruction facilities at all high schools. That overall bond program is on track to come in just under budget, and has been financed by a property tax rate that has, through effective financial management, been consistently lower than what was originally projected.

“We appreciate the invaluable service our community members will provide by being part of this task force. It is so important to have citizens involved in the effort,” said SAISD Board President Patti Radle. “We are looking forward to hearing their input and recommendations on how we can build on the progress made thus far and help to obtain our goal of SAISD becoming a national model urban school district.”