By CHERIL VERNON
Westwood Independent School District’s Board of Trustees approved a total budget of $13.8 million Monday night, dipping into the district’s fund balance by slightly more than $1.5 million to balance the budget for its campus improvements and 1:1 Technology Initiative for students.
No one spoke during the public hearing on the proposed $13,851,500 budget that was held prior to the special meeting.
Trustees voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve the district’s 2012-13 budget and total tax rate of $1.17 per $100 valuation. Trustees Craig Nivens and John Tilley were absent from Monday’s meeting.
“The budget this year is a little higher than normal due to a lot of construction. The board had wisely set aside money for several years because we knew were going to face campus improvements down the road,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Ed Lyman told the Herald-Press. “They chose to also help with our 1:1 Technology Initiative for students, and the board also gave raises to teacher and staff across the board for inflation, rising healthcare costs and all-around living expenses.
“Our teachers and employees deserve it and work hard. We want to make sure they are rewarded for their service,” Lyman said.
In other action, the board:
• APPROVED final budget amendments for the 2013-2013 school year
• ACCEPTED the certified appraisal roll for the tax-year 2013 and the effective and rollback rates for the tax year 2013.