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News Release
Friday, August 24, 2018

STAFFORD -- The Stafford Municipal School District Board of Trustees and the Stafford City Council voted unanimously, 14-0, to pass a $32.1 Million 2018-19 balanced budget at the annual Joint Budget Meeting on Wednesday night at the Stafford Civic Center.

The Joint Action was a historic one because it represented the fifth consecutive balanced budget without a single “no” vote.

Leonard Scarcella, Stafford’s Mayor since 1969, didn’t allow the significance of the moment to pass as he complimented Stafford MSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic on going “5-for-5” since he arrived in 2014.

Stafford’s longtime chief executive noted that such a feat had never been accomplished under any previous SMSD Superintendent.

The Joint Body also voted 14-0 to approve the new Maintenance & Operations tax rate of $1.05330 and the $0.27 Interest & Sinking Tax Rate for the 2018-19 school year.

The evening focused heavily on Stafford MSD’s academic accomplishments, including SMSD earning a “B” Rating under the Texas Education Agency’s new A-F Grading System. The “B” Rating – with a grade of 84 – was accomplished despite the District facing the hardship of Hurricane Harvey. Many neighboring districts received a “Harvey Exemption.”

Trustees and Council Members expressed gratitude with the “B”, but noted that the District won’t be satisfied until we receive an “A.” The Joint Body also commended Dr. Bostic and SMSD Chief Financial Officer George Daniel Flores with making the best use of limited funds to educate SMSD students.

The budget is a $2 Million Increase from the 2017-18 budget, and it allocates additional funding to programs that have enhanced academics at Stafford MSD.

Among those programs are $20,000 for Tuition Reimbursement for our staff, in order to ensure that our staff is as qualified as possible, additional funds for “Ninja Teachers”, which is a name for teaching specialists who travel between classrooms, and $22,000 for a peer-to-peer tutor program that has proven results.

Fifty-four percent of the budget will go toward classroom instruction.

Teachers and staff received raises, totaling $404,878, and $42,860 was allocated to the Robotics Program, which has qualified for the World Championships in Houston the past two years.

The budget also included a Virtual Schools Program, which will provide opportunities for students interested in online and blended learning programs. The District will also hire a Testing Coordinator, an Ag Science Teacher and a Dyslexia Teacher.

The 2018-19 Budget will further enhance SMSD’s 20/20 Vision, which sets goals of graduating every student college or career-ready, without remediation, ensuring third graders are reading at or above grade level, making sure all students are taking the PSAT/SAT and ACT exams before they enter high school and ensuring that all eighth graders pass Algebra I.

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