DeSoto ISD Meets Standards; Calls For Tax Ratification Election

graphic desotoDESOTO, TX – Congratulations to all 12 DeSoto ISD campuses, and the district as a whole, which received the rating of Met Standard from the state for the past school year. The Texas Education Agency released the school accountability ratings August 7. Schools receive a rating of Met Standard or Improvement Required based on four accountability indexes. Three years ago, DeSoto ISD launched Full Engagement 2015 with a goal of all schools meeting the standard and the district on a path to excellence.
“Hard work and perseverance is paying off for the DeSoto ISD community,” exclaimed Dr. David Harris, superintendent of schools. “All DeSoto ISD campuses meeting the standard is a clear signal that we are making strides toward becoming the district of choice in the Best Southwest and beyond. Our students are flourishing in the programs we have built to meet their academic needs and fulfill their dreams.”
Five campuses earned Distinction designations which are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics.
McCowan MS : Academic Achievement in Math and Top 25% Student Progress, Frank Moates: Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Northside: Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Ruby Young: Top 25% Student Progress, West MS: Top 25% Student Progress
On the heels of this good news, the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees has called for a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) scheduled for Saturday, September 5, with early voting August 19 through September 1.
We are calling on all parents, students, staff and the community to review the TRE information page online, watch the short video and educate yourself on how the district can lower taxes and gain an additional $4.6 million for student learning with voter approval.

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“Our community has the opportunity to enhance the district funding by $4.6M per year and save a penny of their tax rate, but they have to get out and vote!” exclaimed Dr. David Harris, superintendent of schools. “It’s really a win-win situation, but ultimately the voters in our community have a choice to make on whether we can take advantage of a state funding formula that lets us swap our debt tax rate with our operations which gives us a much higher yield. Districts across the state are using the tax swap to improve the quality of education and increase student learning. DeSoto ISD, this community, needs to do the same to accelerate our progress.”

MAIN POINTS:

• No tax increase – in fact, ISD taxes reduced by $.01 from $1.47 to $1.46
• ISD gains additional $4.6 million per year through state formula that basically rewards voter approval. This is additional money after the current debt payments are made.
• Board resolution already passed to lower Interest / Sinking rate to $.29 (from $.43)

IF voters approve raising maintenance / Operations rate to $1.17
• Basically we can exchange ‘debt’ tax money for ‘operations’ tax money
• $.17 increase above $1.00 earns more yield – $.06 at Austin rate and $.11 at Dallas rate; DeSoto ISD earns the third lowest amount per student from the state
• Law requires for ballot to read full amount BEFORE district applies new decrease
Proposed will say $1.60
Current: M&O $1.04 + with full I&S $.43 = $1.47
Proposed: M&O $1.04 + $.13 cent increase coupled with full I&S $.43 = $1.60
• IF voters approve, THEN already passed Board resolution will change I&S to $.29
If Passed: M&O $1.17 + reduced I&S $.29 = $1.46
• Additional funding used for: innovative programs, employees rising health care cost, replace lost funding to school budgets, support daily operations and expand teacher development. Can also be used for student programming, debt payments, salary increases, and much more.
• Seniors – age 65 and over – who have filed homeowners exemptions will benefit from decrease, but their rate will never increase.
• Basically voters approve M&O increase $.13, ISD reduces I&S by $.14
Taxpayers save $.01 and ISD gains $4.6M for student learning!

VOTING INFORMATION:

Early Voting
• Location – Belt Line Conf. Ctr., 200 E. Belt Line Rd.
Dates/Times: August 19-21, 24-28, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 (times vary)

Mobile Voting (by date and location)
• Th., Aug. 20, 4-9 p.m. – Elementaries
• Tues., Aug. 25, 4-9 p.m. – Middles
• Th., Aug. 27, 4-9 p.m. – DHS
• Tues, Sept. 1, 4-9 p.m. – DHS

Election Day
• Location – Vote at your precinct (see desotoisd.org for precincts details)
• Dates/Times – September 5, 7 a.m.-7 p.m