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Paris ISD trustees are urging the Texas Education Agency to funnel federal Covid-19 stimulus funds into local public schools rather than using it to supplant its own funding as it did last year.
Paris ISD is facing a $2.7 million shortfall in state funding now that it's out of the grace period for the difference between local and state property valuations. The state expects Paris ISD to make up the difference with tax revenue.
Although the federal government’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired on Dec. 31, Paris ISD teachers and staff will continue to have the guaranteed paid time off should they need it because of Covid-19.
Covid-19 has had a variety of impacts on Texas school districts, finances among them. Paris ISD administrators are keeping an eye on the property tax collection rate and meal revenue.
Paris ISD officials worry that a new state allotment will no longer receive funding in the next legislative session as Covid-19 continues to negatively impact the state budget.
Paris ISD trustees approved a tax rate 4 cents lower than last year’s, raised breakfast and lunch prices for adults and approved additional paid time off for teachers should they come in contact with Covid-19 at school.
The Paris Independent School District board approved administrator contracts at Monday night’s board meeting and hired some new administrators.