Consider Adoption of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-2025 Budget for the General Fund, Food Child Nutrition Fund, and Debt Service Fund by Function

Each year, NBISD administration presents a budget for approval by the Board of Trustees. The Board must approve the General Fund, Interest & Sinking Fund, and Child Nutrition Fund budgets by function for the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025). The proposed budget incorporates the Board Budget Goals, Assumptions, Priorities, and Risks established by the Board of Trustees for this year’s budget development.

The General Fund is the district’s Operating Budget – Salaries, utilities, supplies and other day to day operational costs. The  Interest and Sinking Fund are used to pay principal and interest payments on debt approved by taxpayers, while debt covers new construction, major renovations, priority repairs and replacements, buses, land and technology. The Child Nutrition Fund is a self-supporting fund to cover the costs of school cafeterias.

Throughout the 2023-24 school year, the Board participated in eight budget workshops for the 2024-25 budget. 

Factors that influence the budget process include: student enrollment, daily average attendance, inflation, legislation, increase in property values and the impact of ESSER funding. The Board developed budget priorities shown below to ensure the proposed budget adheres to the principles they believe to be most important.

With these budget priorities in mind, the NBISD Finance Department proposed a $104,813,891 balanced budget which was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees. NBISD is proud to note that fifty-nine cents out of each dollar spent in NBISD goes toward instruction. Board Trustee, Morgan Renaud commented, “Thank you for hitting all of the priorities that we had this year. Increasing our attendance rate from 91.5% to 94.2% is incredible to me. It was just taking a little bit of time to educate everybody on what that means but also getting the kids the education that they need.”

Some major factors included in the 24-25 budget are a 4% raise on the mid-point for all staff members, 27 additional positions for Long Creek High School (opening in Fall 2024), 14.5 additional special education positions and 48 additional staffing positions at campuses and departments across the district.

Additional sources of funding for the 24-25 budget are due in part to the successful passage of the Voter Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) by the NBISD community and an increase in the average daily attendance rate of our students from 91.5% to 94.2%.

It’s also important to note that the proposed 24-25 budget meets all budget assumptions and budget priorities as set forth by the Board of Trustees.

Board President Eric Bergquist expressed his sentiments of adopting the 24-25 balanced budget by saying, “I see a lot of things coming across the news feeds, there are tremendous amounts of districts across the state of Texas that are passing deficit budgets, millions of dollars just to have operations the next year. What we have accomplished with the board priorities it’s tremendous work by the board, administration, finance, all of the stakeholders that are helping with attendance and driving the extra funds, to the community for passing the VATRE – that was tremendous – we are not dipping into the fund balance. 

We have been very conscious about budget and ensuring that we were rolling ESSER funded positions into full positions so we weren’t caught in a situation when the ESSER funding ran out that we were having to take away interventionists. We are not cutting programs. With that, in light of the fact that we have not gotten any increase in dollars per student since 2019, hats off to y’all, hats off to the board, administration, teachers, everybody involved with driving the success. To pass a balanced budget in 2024 when a lot of entities, school districts are passing significant deficit budgets is a tremendous win for this community and a tremendous win for our students.”

Scorecard Update Regarding High-Performing Staff

Priority two of the district scorecard focuses on achieving a high-performing staff for NBISD. The two goals of this priority include annually increasing the percentage of highly engaged and satisfied staff, and to annually increase the percentage of relationship building within NBISD.

A variety of presentations were given to demonstrate how NBISD works towards meeting this goal each and every day.

NBISD Education Foundation

The NBISD Education Foundation was established in 1999 and supports NBISD by providing funds for programs and activities beyond the district’s budget. These resources enhance student achievement, recognize staff excellence, and strengthen the community-classroom connection. 

The Foundation inspires learning, enriches teaching, and creates new opportunities for teachers and students.

The Foundation aims to:

  • Encourage students to reach their full potential.
  • Recognize and support innovative staff efforts.
  • Fund new educational projects through grants.
  • Engage the community in ensuring quality education for students.

Counseling Department

The NBISD School Counseling Department developed a comprehensive school counseling program during the 2022-2023 school year. This model is based on the Texas Comprehensive School Counseling Model. 

The NBISD comprehensive program was implemented in 2023-2024. The department continues to review data to keep improving the program. Community in Schools (CIS) partners with NBISD to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

The SHAC represents various components in our district and community. Most importantly, SHAC members are committed to quality health programs for children. The SHAC has Coordinated School Health (CSH) Curriculum at the elementary and middle school level. It has also adopted a sexual health and wellness curriculum, maturation education for fourth and fifth grade students and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for students and staff. The SHAC has implemented the Stop the Bleed program.

Fun5Rockstar

Since its inception, the Fun5Rockstar program has paid out more than $241,000 to employees.

The Fun5Rockstar is aimed to incentivize professional development. This initiative kicked off in October 2022 and helps teachers and staff earn one-time payments for demonstrating an expertise level in using Fundamental Five instructional practice in the classroom. We also have two other avenues outside of Fundamental Five for staff to earn one-time payments for earning technology certifications.

Consider Approval of Interlocal Agreement with City of New Braunfels for School Resource Officers

NBISD has worked diligently to partner with the New Braunfels Police Department and other local agencies to provide police officers on NBISD campuses. NBPD provided a total of eight officers to the district during the 2023-2024 school year. There will be 11 assigned officers at the beginning of the 2024-2025 school year.

The Board approved an updated interlocal agreement with major changes including:

  • Updating the NBPD liaison to be Sgt. Blake Alexius
  • Overtime costs billed to NBISD
  • The number of SRO’s provided and the associated cost to be specified in a Pricing Addendum rather than in the Interlocal Agreement.

Cost for this partnership is expected to be around $990,000.

Consider Approval of Artificial Turf Replacement at Unicorn Stadium Using 2024 Bond Funds

The Board approved the installation of new artificial turf at Unicorn Stadium by Paragon Sports Constructors for a total of $649,506. 

The turf at Unicorn Stadium has been in place for eight years and is reaching the end of its capacity to safely support student activities. Richard Mendoza, Director of Athletics, recommended replacing the turf this summer before the field will be used regularly during the school year for football, soccer and track seasons.

Along with the request for new turf, Mendoza also laid out plans for Long Creek High School to temporarily host their varsity football games at Unicorn Stadium beginning this fall while Dragon Stadium is under construction. This arrangement aims to establish a Friday Night Lights culture for the Dragons for the next two seasons.

“The new turf will allow students from LCHS and NBHS to benefit from an enhanced playing surface,” said Mendoza. “New turf also improves the ‘Friday Night Lights experience’ for all of the students involved including band, dance, cheer and other student organizations from both schools.”

Consideration and possible action concerning changes to single-member trustee election districts, including proposed plan revising single-member district boundaries

The Board of Trustees approved changes to single-member trustee election districts to better align with NBISD’s communities of interest. To ensure thoroughness, the Board of Trustees hired a demographer to review and suggest any necessary changes to the current boundaries for Single-Member Trustee Districts in NBISD to represent the NBISD community better.

In April, a special meeting of the Board was held to accept Trustee Jackie Sanders’ resignation. As a result, the Board voted to fill her unexpired term of office for Single Member District 4 through a special election in November 2024. Concurrently, the Board received an inquiry about the current boundaries for Single-Member Trustee Districts in NBISD.

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