Board Notes: August 9, 2022

Workshop Items

  • Discussion of Estimated Tax Values & Tax Rate
    • Jennifer Stewart, director of budget, goes the the results of the property values received at the end of the month of July. Once certified values are finalized, the board will approve adoption of the  tax rate on September 13. Mrs. Stewart explained the District’s timeline to submit values to TEA is August 1, TEA assigns the tax rate for 2022-2023 on August 5 and then the Board adopts the District’s tax rate on September 13, 2022.
    • Ms. Stewart stated the Alexander, Bundgus, Burns, English, Price, Sosa-Sanchez and Stafford 2022 certified estimate values increased 17.41% over last year which equates to $3,674,570,122.00. The 2022-2023 Debt Service budget was built with a 13% growth factor and now with the certified estimates 17.41% growth the District will be able to make additional Bond prepayments. The budgeted tax rate vs. the proposed tax rate will remain the same at .48 for Debt Service and .08646 for Maintenance & Operations tax rate for a total tax rate of $1.3446.
  • Discussion of TASB Policy Update 119
    • Deron Robinson, general counsel, presents an update on TASB Policy Update 119.  Update 119 encompasses changes to the policy manual based on bills from the special called sessions. A total of 51 legal policies were revised and 9 local policies were revised.
    • Update 119 includes policy recommendations to address the remainder of the legislative changes from the 87th Legislature, Regular Session; other revisions resulting from legislation enacted during the special sessions; and revisions based on updates to the Texas Administrative Code. Recommended changes to local policies address the following topics:
      • Records management
      • Required staff development
      • Required instruction
      • Gifted and talent students
      • Graduation
      • Trauma-informed care
      • Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
    • Update 119 contains revisions to 51 legal policies and 9 local policies. 
    • Discussion of Citizens Advisory Committee
    • The purpose of the 2022-2023 Citizens’ Advisory Committee is to provide facility, equipment and infrastructure recommendations to the Denton ISD Board of Trustees after analyzing a district-wide facilities assessment, enrollment projections, financial data, results of a community survey, and other data relevant in creating and maintaining learning environments that align with the district’s mission, vision and goals. The Board has been provided a list of the community members that are willing to participate in this important committee.
  • Discussion of Denton County Appraisal District Budget
    • Dr. Jamie Wilson presented the information regarding the DCAD 17% budget increase. Judge Eads and the county has along with the City of Denton has voted against the budget increase.

Report Items

  • Denton Community Council of PTAs Annual Report
    • Aimee Jones, PTA Council President and Suzanne Danhof, PTA Council First Vice-President presented the State of the Council Report for 2021- 2022. The Council recently changed their name from Denton Community Council of PTAs to Denton ISD Council of PTAs. The purpose of the PTS is to:
      • promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
      • To raise the standards of home life.
      • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
      • To bring into closer relation the home and the school that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
      • To develop between educators and the public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
      • There is currently 40 PTAs with the addition of Sandbrock Ranch-2022 and LaGrone Academy and Pat Cheek Middle school in 2023. In 2021-2022 Denton ISD PTA has 6237 members and will continue to advocate on behalf of all Denton ISD students.
  • 2022-2023 Projected Enrollment
    • Susannah O’Bara, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Programs provided the Board of Trustees with a summary of Denton ISD’s projected enrollment, for the 2022–2023 school year and to compare this data to previous years. Denton ISD continues to register students daily.
  • Annual Discipline Report 2021-2022
    • Dr. Jeff Russell provided the Board of Trustees information reported to the Texas Education Agency through PEIMS regarding disciplinary actions taken during the 2021-22 school year. TEA requires reporting of every disciplinary action that removes a student from the regular classroom or educational placement for periods of one school day or more. Typically, this includes any action involving in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP), or expulsion from school. There are also requirements for reporting specific types of behavior for analysis by the Safe and Drug Free Schools Division of TEA, which administers state and federal grant money. This data has been compared with the previous three years and will be the basis for future efforts to improve discipline within our schools.