How did CCISD determine which projects would be proposed for a bond?
The Clear Creek Independent School District believes education is a joint partnership with parents and the community. In October 2016, the Board of Trustees called for a special purpose committee of educators, parents, and community members to prioritize the district’s capital needs for the next three to five years. The committee started with a list of $1.2 billion worth of needs assessments. The citizens committee utilized community input, facility assessment documents, tours and questionnaires to develop the final list of priority projects. The committee’s recommendation is to address student safety and enrollment growth; rebuild/improve school facilities that are 40 years or older; improve the network infrastructure to support student and teacher use of technology; and expand the fine art wings at several intermediate schools and add lab space to Brookside Intermediate for a new science magnet program.
I noticed some projects from my child’s school were not included in this proposal. Why were these not included?
The Committee focused on the needs of the district for the next three to five years and deferred projects to future bonds or recommended to the District to utilize capital or maintenance funds.
Would this bond proposal have any impact on taxes paid by homeowners age 65 and older?
No. The property taxes of those 65 and older with a homestead exemption would not be affected. Taxes of those receiving 65 and older homestead exemption are frozen at their present rate for as long as they maintain their homestead.
What will happen if the proposal is not supported by voters?
The district would not have money to cover the cost of the projects identified. Additional portable buildings would be needed at area campuses to address the enrollment growth.
If the proposal does not pass, where would CCISD find the money to finance increased building maintenance costs?
Without bond money, the District would need to redirect educational funds used for instructional programs and services to fund increased building maintenance costs.
Why is CCISD proposing to spend money on buildings and
technology when money should be put towards teacher salaries and
increasing the number of teachers?
Recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers still remains a
priority for the District. The proposal before the community is one of
many ways to improve the environment for teachers and students. The
Board of Trustees has directed the administration to implement a
long-range compensation plan.
It is important that the public understands how school funding works and the limitations imposed upon public school districts by the State.
There are two buckets of revenue sources to run the Clear Creek Independent School District. The first is revenue generated by the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) tax rate. The M&O tax rate is currently $1.04 per $100 valuation and has not changed for many years. The general fund is developed from the monies collected from the M&O tax rate, state, federal, and grant funding. The general fund is what the district uses to pay for the day-to-day operations of the district such as salaries, instructional supplies, utilities, insurance, and fuel. The Texas legislature regulates the amount of funding CCISD and other school districts can retain from local property taxes for maintenance and operations of public schools.
The second source of revenue is from the Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate. The I&S tax rate for the district is currently $.36 per $100 valuation and proposed to increase to $.40 based on this bond proposal. This is the mortgage side of the district’s finance structure. This fund can only be used for capital improvements such as facilities, technology and buses. The revenue generated from the I&S tax rate stays within local control. Unlike the M&O revenue, monies generated from the I&S property tax rate is not subject to be used for statewide expenditures.