The Northside school board voted unanimously to endorse the concept of extending half-days to full days for 4-year-olds eligible for pre-K classes.
One of four finalists for national superintendent of the year, Northside ISD’s Brian Woods will be interviewed by a panel in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 10.
The main problem with the current school finance structure is a topic that panelists agreed upon: There isn’t enough state money going to public schools.
Woods was up one of five finalists up for the award and ultimately beat out his peers in Port Arthur, Willis, Shallowater, and Clint ISDs.
City CFO Ben Gorzell said this is the first time he has seen traditional school districts weigh in on this “very narrow procedural approval.”
Northside ISD has not changed its tax rate in the past eight years. But homeowners may still see an increase in their tax bill as property values climb.
Participants in a school finance forum sought help from business leaders in electing lawmakers friendly to public education.
Voters approved the NISD’s nearly $849 million bond package Saturday, the largest in the district’s history, while in the Alamo Colleges District, one incumbent trustee and a challenger are headed to runoffs.
Voters from Northside Independent School District and select Alamo College single member districts will face a choice on the May 5 ballot in an election that typically receives sparse voter turnout.
The committee’s goal is to propose a legislative agenda in the summer that summarizes potential solutions to improving the school finance system.