HISD Plans To Hold Community Meetings

(from HISD)

HISD to Hold Series of Budget Community Conversations in New Year

 January meetings to update staff, parents, and community on how state’s budget shortfall will affect the district

 December 14, 2010 – In an effort to keep HISD staff and the Houston community updated on the district’s budget review and planning process for the upcoming 2010-11 school year, HISD is holding a series of staff and Community Conversations throughout the district during the month of January.

The meetings will offer an update on several factors affecting the budget including issues facing the Texas Legislature, such as an expected state budget shortfall between $11 and $25 billion. An official state revenue projection is due from the Texas Comptroller in January. HISD also faces increased health insurance costs and an increase in utility costs from the recently approved Renew Houston drainage ordinance. In addition, a portion of HISD’s budget is currently funded through federal stimulus funds, which will expire at the end of the 2010–2011 fiscal year.

 “Our goal is to keep all our schools and our community informed as we move throughout the process,” said Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett. “I encourage all HISD staff, parents, and community members to attend one of the district’s meetings in January to hear more about the factors affecting the budget, the impact on HISD, and how the district is preparing.”

Below is a list of the meting dates, times and locations.  There are two Community Conversations scheduled for each campus.  The earlier time was designed to be convenient for all HISD employees (not just those assigned to that campus) and the later time was set with working parents’ schedules in mind.  All the meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

 

Tuesday, January 18

Chavez High School                                                     Madison High School

8501 Howard, 77017                                                   13719 White Heather Dr., 77045

4:30 p.m. Employees, 6:00 p.m. Community                 4:30 p.m. Employees, 6:00 p.m. Community

 

Wednesday, January 19

Reagan High School                                                     Revere Middle School                                     

413 East 13th, 77008                                                   10502 Briar Forest, 77042

4:30 p.m. Employees, 6:00 p.m. Community                 4:30 p.m. Employees, 6:00 p.m. Community

 

Saturday January 22

Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center

4400 West 18th Street, 77092

9:30 a.m. Employees and Community

 

Monday, January 24

Bellaire High School                                                     Kashmere High School

5100 Maple, 77401                                                     6900 Wileyvale, 77028

4:30 p.m. Employees, 6:00 p.m. Community                 4:30 p.m. Employees, 6:00 p.m. Community

 

HISD is currently conducting budget meetings for every department with a focus on cutting costs and increasing efficiency in the central office.  To help do this, the district is using a “zero-based” approach that is asking department heads to justify every position and expenditure. In addition, the district has been getting regular input from the community members and HISD administrators, principals, teachers, and students who make up the district’s Budget Advisory Committee.

Those wishing to offer a comment or suggestion regarding the district’s budget can do so by attending one of the community meetings or by sending an email to CFOcomments@houstonisd.org.

 

 

The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.

For more information, visit the HISD Web site at www.houstonisd.org.

 

 

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