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Weatherford, Millsap, Brock TRE elections pass

September 11, 2010 by Randy Keck

Voters in the Weatherford, Brock and Millsap school districts overwhelmingly passed Tax Ratification Elections (TRE) today (Saturday, Sept. 11). School districts around the state have felt major budget constraints due to funding formulas set by the Texas Legislature in 2006 with House Bill 1.

Under the concept of the TRE, a school district can transfer some funds from its Interest and Sinking (bond money) budget to its Maintenance and Operation budget, which pays for salaries and instructional programs. Local school districts have been resorting to layoffs and cuts in funding to find ways to keep their budgets balanced, and have had to dip into fund balances as well.

"I'm absolutely thrilled that the Tax Ratification Election for the Weatherford ISD passed by 85 percent," said Dr. Deborah Cron, superintendent of the Weatherford ISD. "That is a great feeling - it's a real community support for our schools."

The Weatherford ISD measure passed 1,492-250.

"What this election will allow us to do is to continue looking at what's best for kids," Cron added. "Had it not passed we would have had to go in and make cuts - we had already cut $2.1 million out – we were very fearful those cuts would impact what teachers were able to do in the classroom. So it's going to allow us to support teachers the way they need to be supported and continue to keep kids first."

The Aledo ISD passed a similar measure two weeks ago, but Dr. Cron warned that the passage of TREs is not a permanent solution to the funding issues school districts face in Texas.

"This is an answer as long as the current finance system is in place, because we are now at the Maintenance and Operations cap of $1.17. Thankfully, when many school districts get at that cap, educators fully expect we'll be back at the courthouse allowing that group to judge and determine what needs to be changed. That's generally what the legislature has to have happen before major overhauls are done, so I thinks it's really a matter of time," Cron said.

"We'll be okay for several years now, and it's such a relief to be able to focus on what we need to do instead of worrying about where the dollars are going to come from. We're going to continue to be very vigilant with our spending and be very conservative because we have to have these dollars last a long time, and I do want our community to know that we'll continue that conservative approach."

Voters in Brock passed their proposition 209-88, while voters in Millsap approved 300-244.

Sports Calendar

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson Centennial at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Cleburne, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 9

  • Aledo Varsity at District Tournament at TCU, all day

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Kerr at Aledo High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 10

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Chisholm Trail

  • Aledo Bearcats at Joshua, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua at AHS Baseball Field, 5:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Everman, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 13

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Hall at Weatherford 9th Grade Center, 4:30 pm

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