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Priorities for the 88th Legislative Session - Adopted October 2022

  • The Belton ISD Board of Trustees work together to identify, define and adopt legislative priorities. For the current 88th Legislature the district's identified priorities address school finance, student learning and growth, and local control.

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  • Trustees Approve Proclamation Outlining Priorities for Special Session

    The Belton ISD Board of Trustees held a joint special meeting with trustees from Temple ISD on September 26. At the meeting, both boards unanimously approved a proclamation outlining their priorities for lawmakers ahead of the third special session. “This is a historic event. Neighboring districts standing together for the greater good for all students in the state of Texas,” Board President Manuel Alcozer said in a statement. “This is a sign of solidarity in a time when public education is under constant scrutiny and attack. Let this exemplify what can be accomplished when we all come together for a common purpose. The time has come for us to be heard.”

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  • Celebrating Strong Partnerships: Belton ISD and Chambers of Commerce Unite for Public Education Advocacy

    Belton ISD celebrated its partnerships with the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce and Temple Chamber of Commerce at the November 13 Board Meeting. The Chambers’ support for the district’s stance of no diversion of public funds toward vouchers, increasing the basic allotment, and assessment and accountability reform highlights their understanding of the crucial role public education plays in our society.

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  • Belton ISD Board of Trustees Adopt 2024-25 Budget Assumptions

    At their March 25 meeting, the Belton ISD Board of Trustees adopted assumptions to guide the district’s budget planning for the 2024-25 fiscal year. The 88th Legislature did not increase the basic allotment, which is the amount per student allocated to the district by the state. Without an increase to the basic allotment, Belton ISD and other public school districts across Texas are facing budgetary challenges due to 19 percent inflation, lower student attendance rates, a reduction in funding for Medicaid services, additional underfunded mandates, and the expiration of COVID-19 stimulus funding.

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