Stephenville ISD school board of trustees called a special meeting Monday to consider approval of the 2012-13 budget as well as the final amendments made to the 2011-12 budget.
The budget passed with few revisions from the budget made available at the public hearing. The property tax rate adopted was as originally proposed at $1.04 for maintenance and operations with an additional 15.4 cents to apply against debt principal and interest. The total $1.194 increase per $100 of property value was a 2.4 cent increase over last year's rate of $1.17 per $100 value.
Assistant Superintendent of Business Deborah Hummel attributed the increase to revenues generated in the 2011-12 budget to healthy attendance rates. A sum of $268,540 is credited to general operations funds.
Child nutrition was given an adjustment in revenues and expenditure with the anticipation of an increase in their fund balance of $87,956. Again, this was a greater amount in revenue than expected.
“The district with the board is diligently working to align the strategic plan with its financial planning in the (2012-13) budgets,” Hummel said.
Projected student enrollment numbers based upon initial student registration were 3,757, but a count of students who actually attended class was 3,649 - 139 more than last year's inaugural school day and 80 more than the last day of school for the 2011-12 year.
“Those numbers are subject to change,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said. “There were some parents who were getting their children's immunizations up to date, and those students might not be coming in until later.”
Other factors affecting first day numbers may have included incomplete enrollment packets and the need for language testing. It is not unusual for further enrollees to register with the district the day following Labor Day.
Chamberlin had the highest numbers of the five two grade campuses. Enrollment figures predicted 613 children to populate the first and second grade campus, but attendance records reported 594 - 49 more students than last year's first day. First graders showed up Monday to the tune of 307 and second graders made up the balance of 287.
Factors influencing the growth in enrollment are likely to have been impacted by the economy.
“Some of the increase may be the result of people moving to Stephenville for economic reasons or employment reasons,” Floyd said. “Many of the local plants are hiring.”