During the Copperas Cove Independent School District’s annual State of the District luncheon, Superintendent Joe Burns acknowledged the challenges facing the schools.
“We’re going to learn to live leaner and meaner,” was one of Burns’ telling comments.
That leaner and meaner attitude stems from a reduction in federal Impact Aid funding expected over the next few years.
Because the number of active-duty military-connected students has declined due to a reduction of soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, CCISD will be seeing a dramatic reduction in Impact Aid over the next few years.
Burns explained the formula to the room of approximately 300 school administrators, local officials and concerned citizens.
In the first year of the funding cycle, 2016-2017, CCISD received 100 percent of eligible funding, or nearly $12.5 million.
For the second year, 2017-2018, the amount of funding drops to 85 percent of eligible funding, or and approximate projection of $9.5 million.
The third year, 2018-2019, sees the calculation at 80 percent of the previous year’s funding, or a projected amount of $7.6 million.
For the fourth and final year, as Burns said, “You get what you get.” The projected amount of Impact Aid for 2019-2020 will be roughly $383,000.
Burns remained optimistic about the situation, however. “It’ll be okay.”
Another option, besides reducing district staffing by attrition to save money, is to ask taxpayers not for more money, but to keep taxes the same even after the district pays off its debt, or Interest and Sinking fund, in 2025.
Burns detailed how local taxes of nearly $14.5 million are a key part of the district’s $80 million annual budget.
“Taxes are never fun to pay,” Burns said. “We appreciate our taxpayers.”
Burns also reported on facilities improvements in the district, the Vision 2020 plan and forthcoming Vision 2021 plan to be released in June, technology and safety in the district.
For more details on the CCISD State of the District address, see the March 9 Copperas Cove Herald.