Citizens Finance Advisory Committee Releases Budget Recommendations
League City, Texas- A committee of employees, parents, business leaders and senior citizens released $16.2 million in recommended reductions for the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD). The committee was formed to generate community-driven ideas on how to mitigate the potential loss of $21-$41 million in state funding. To date, CCISD has reduced expenditures by $11.9 million and has outlined an additional $9.4 million over the next two years. The recommendations presented to the Board are above and beyond what the district has reduced during 2008-2010 and expects to save in the outward years of 2011-2013.
The Board of Trustees established this citizen-led effort in December and approved a set of objectives for the committee to work within. “The committee was dedicated to the mission we set forth and the Board deeply appreciates their service to the district,” said Dee Scott, Board President. “This was a frustrating and emotional process for all members as they recognized there simply is no way to make ends meet while simultaneously maintaining the quality of education our children deserve.”
The committee spokespersons, Rick Wade and Charlie Wilson, echoed those sentiments during a board workshop on Monday, May 9, 2011. “Behind every dollar of this proposal comes hardship on the part of parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers,” said Rick Wade, CCISD parent and business owner. “The committee recognizes the district has only two options if the deficit is that large: Increase classroom sizes and layoff hundreds of teachers and staff or hold a tax rate election to ask voters for additional pennies on the tax rate.” The committee worked through both scenarios and could not come to consensus to bring either of these recommendations forward to the board at this time. “We realize this will need to be a decision the board may ultimately have to make in the future,” said Wade. The recommendations will now go before the public for input and then before the school board for action in June.
Citizens Finance Advisory Committee Recommendations
Yet to be Approved by the Board of Trustees
This is one step in the process. The Clear Creek Independent School District will hold public input meetings on June 6, 2011 at Clear Lake High School at 6 p.m. and June 7, 2011 at Clear Springs High School at 6 p.m. to get further feedback from the community. If you are unable to attend a Town Hall Meeting, you may send comments on the Citizen Finance Advisory Committee recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board of Trustees is expected to take action on the recommendations during the June 27, 2011 General Board Meeting.