HISD recommending no increase in property tax rates for 2018-2019

Homeowners in the Houston Independent School District wouldn’t see an increase in HISD property tax rates for the 2018-2019 school year under a proposal being considered by the district’s Board of Education on Thursday.

The board’s regular monthly meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, in the Manuel Rodríguez Jr. Board Auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 West 18th Street. Click here to view the full agenda.

If approved by trustees, HISD would maintain the current tax rate of $1.2067 per $100 of taxable property value for the third year in a row. The tax rate includes two parts: $1.04 dedicated to funding general maintenance and operations and $0.1667 earmarked for debt service. Trustees adopted a $2 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year last June based on this tax rate.

On Thursday, trustees also will consider adopting district and campus improvement plans that aim to increase student achievement. Similarly, the board will consider whether to approve Targeted Improvement Plans (TIP) for five campuses designated as Year One Improvement Required (IR) and 12 Comprehensive Support School as identified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The five campuses – Sugar Grove Academy Middle School, and Codwell, Marshall, Shearn and Sherman elementary schools – are required to develop and submit two-year plans to improve student outcomes. If the turnaround plans are approved by the board, they then will be submitted to the TEA for final approval.

The 12 Comprehensive Support schools are: Foerster Elementary School, Deady and Holland middle schools, High School Ahead Academy, Middle College High School at Fraga, Texas Connection Academy of Houston, and Kashmere, Liberty, Madison, Wheatley, Worthing, and Yates high schools.

Also during the meeting, trustees and Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan will honor the memory of a member of the HISD community.

A moment of silence will be held for HISD bus driver Kaouta Domingue, whose life was taken Wednesday morning. Domingue was known by her colleagues as a sweet and gentle person. She worked for Transportation Services for the past seven years. She most recently was a driver for Lockhart Elementary School students. Domingue was a second-generation HISD school bus driver. Both her parents are former bus drivers for the district.

Trustees and Dr. Lathan will also recognize Worthing High School student Marcus Dillard for saving Houston resident Gloria Cage from a burning car last week. Cage was on her way to church in the Westbury community when she hit a pothole. Her car broke down and immediately became engulfed in flames, trapping her inside. Dillard was driving by and noticed smoke coming from the car. He and his younger brother stopped to help. Dillard broke the car’s windows and dragged Cage to safety.

The board meeting will be broadcast live online at www.hisdtv.org and on HISD TV (Xfinity channel 18 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99).