New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, February 26, 2011
CISD board discusses fund balance, future bond election on Thursday
MISSING CHILD ALERT
JOSHUA DAVIS JR.
By Will Wright
After hearing a plan by Superintendent Mare Walker on Thursday that might save the jobs of tenured teachers in light of next year’s project* ed $16.8 million budget shortfall, Comal Independent School I )istriet tmste<*s staged a lively conversation on the district’s seemingly bloated fund balance — and ways to use* it or spend it over the next biennium.
Comal ISO’s $57 million fund balance is among the top tiers of Texas school districts. Walker is recommending using at least $6.7 million of it to help ease the pain of state budget cuts that could cost the district up to $60 million over the next two years.
Toward the end of the board meeting, trustee David Spencer advocated the district consider spending down some of that fund balance, fearing the state might consider Comal ISI) as being better off financially than similar
districts around the state.
“I wake up today and see that we're in the top 4 percent of Texas school districts as far as fund balance,” he said. “1 just want to make sure we can use some of it before the state decides differently.”
Spencer said there are programs the district could sink money into. That way, the state won’t be able to craft a funding mechanism might [w>ssibly sip from Comal ISD’s fund balance, which he says the Texas Education Agency has projected could last between five and six months.
According to the Texas Association of School Boards, school district fund balances should not to be used for savings or emergencies, but to help a district achieve the best interest rates on bonds. Board member Bill Swint remembered the days when Comal ISO had to borrow money at high rates before it adopted a savings-first approach to budgeting.
I hat approach helped create the current fund balance.
Swint argued the district should stay the course, especially since it doesn't yet know the state's budget situation.
Comal ISD’s bond rating will surely dip if the district spends more than it takes in, Walker said. Using a portion of it to retain good teachers is one thing, spending it to keep even with the Joneses is entirely another.
“If I had a choice to spend $25 million of it on programs, or $25 million on teachers, I’m going to spend it on the teachers," Walker said, as teachers applauded. “Yes, we re in a better position than other school districts, but that could change in a minute because we re not sure exactly what the legislature is going to do.”
During a Feb. 15 workshop session, board members encouraged Walker to do everything he could to spare teaching positions, especially at the elementary school level. His update on Thursday called for fund balance to keep those teachers.
However, if the district’s worst-case scenario comes true — the loss of $30 million for next year — Walker warned Comal ISD would have to call for a Reduction In Force (RIF) — a financial declaration that would enable the district to eliminate up to 400 positions.
Prior to Thursday’s regular meeting, the board met in a special session to hear from representatives from Cambridge Strategic Services, who outlined various approaches the district might take in leading up to a possible bond election in 2012 or 2013.
Board members said they are considering a bond election to stay ahead of the game, because bond elections take years to plan. The district’s feeder patterns indicate it might need one or two middle schools and at least one more high school within the next five years.
Comal ISD staged successful bond campaigns in 2005 (for $189 million) and 2008 (for $209 million).
Joshua Davis Jr.. 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home on Savannah Hill Circle on Feb. 4.
He is the son of Josh Davis and Sabrina Benitez.
New Braunfels Police, Texas
The Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) will hold its Fun-fish event noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Come out and join us for a 100 percent free event and enjoy a great day of fishing for kids under the age of 17 on the beautiful Guadalupe River," WORD General Manager Mike Dussere said.
The event will be at Camp Huaco Springs, at the first river crossing on River Road, just down from Loop 337 in New Braunfels.
Last year, more than 800 kids participated, Dussere said. WORD and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart-
Rangers and FBI agents are actively seeking information on Joshua's whereabouts.
Call (830) 820-TIPS if you have a tip A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information.
ment will be stocking 3,500 trout Sunday morning.
WORD will provide free hot dogs/sausages, chips and water to all kids, and will give out free T-shirts to every child who participates.
Funfish will supply bait, tackle and loaner rods to participants who need them on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone who has a pole is encouraged to bring it.
The first 400 children catching any size fish will receive a Funfish medal, and 3 trophies will be awarded per age group for the biggest fish caught.
All registration is the day of the event. For information, call WORD at (830) 907-2300.
WORD'S FUNFISH SUNDAY ON GUADALUPE RIVERBOOKINGS
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County booked the following between Feb. 24-25:
♦ Larry Gene Bartee Sr., 61, New Braunfels, motion to proceed, — theft property between $50 and $500
♦ Alberto N. Hernandez, 38, New Braunfels, violate promise to appear-financial hearing-driving while intoxicated, hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement
♦ Marvin Houston Jr., 30, Houston, manufacture/delivery controlled substance penalty group 1, between
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1 and 4 grams; tamper/fabricate physical evidence
♦ Carol Lynn Jewel, 46, Canyon Lake, evading arrest detention with vehicle, no drivers license
♦ Ryan Christopher Longer, 26, New Braunfels, driving while license invalid, expired motor vehicle inspection, fail to maintain financial responsibility
♦ Andres Mendoza, 27, New Braunfels, violate promise to appear/financial hearing/driving while license suspended/SR; violate promise to appear/financial hearing/fleeing police officer bond forfei-ture/DWLI; DWLI
♦ Amanda Cheri Moos, 24, New Braunfels, violate conditions bond-possession controlled substance penalty group 1
♦ Milton Neckar Jr., 65, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated
♦ Joel Licea Palomino, 41, motion to
revoke probation-driving while intoxicated 3rd or more
♦ Michael Paulsen, 38, Blanco, driving while intoxicated
♦ David Henry Reed, 49, manufacture delivery controlled substance penalty group 1, more than 400 grams count 1; manufacture delivery controlled substance penalty group
1 between 4 and 200 grams, count 11; possession controlled substance
♦ Jimmy Joe White, 31, criminal trespass habitation
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