2018–19 budget reflects LISD growth, priorities

2018–19 budget reflects LISD growth, priorities
Posted on 08/29/2018


Everywhere I travel in our district, I see signs of growth. We are currently ahead of student enrollment projections, which is yet another indication that Leander ISD continues to be a destination district for families. That makes it all the more important that we manage our growth responsibly. 

Last week, LISD’s Board of Trustees approved the general operating budget for 2018–19, which represents a more than 5 percent increase over last year. The need for additional personnel to serve our increasing number of students includes making sure we are attracting and retaining the best and the brightest technical and support staff. To that end, the budget includes a 2 percent pay of midpoint increase for personnel and a greater financial contributions to employee healthcare costs.

Leander ISD also wants to be responsive to our taxpayers, and the Board was able to adopt a lower tax rate than last year while continuing to prioritize the early retirement of debt. This is especially noteworthy given that we expect continued decreases in state funding for public education, thereby shifting a greater burden to local property owners.

I am confident in our district’s stewardship of public funds, as LISD recently earned a perfect score for financial management according is the state’s financial accountability rating system. We will continue to anticipate, manage and respond to our growing population in ways that ensure every student reaches their full potential.