Time to make summer plans for recapture
One of the positive aspects of House Bill 3 is that state law now provides districts with options regarding when recapture payments are made to the state. In the past, districts began making six equal payments in February. While this is still an option districts can choose, you can also choose to make a one-time payment to the state no later than August 15.

At the time this concept was first proposed by some Coalition districts, the thought was that districts would like the opportunity to hang onto those funds for as long as possible, and perhaps have the opportunity to invest and use those dollars to the benefit of the local community that paid the tax dollars until the time they were officially due to the state.

That thinking still holds true, but now there are also some other factors to consider. As you are well aware, there are still many changes in the works and unknowns when it comes to HB 3. The Texas Education Agency is trying to make decisions and give guidance as quickly as possible, and to the best of their ability. But the implementation of changes as dramatic as what HB 3 put in place take time, and this school year in particular looks to have finances that are based on a lot of guesswork that may require a great deal of settle-up down the road.

Whether your district wants to make six equal payments over time or one lump sum payment in August in the future is a decision you change in later years, once all the facts are on the table. But for this school year, as many districts face a great deal of uncertainty, we recommend that all districts subject to recapture select the option to make a single payment before August 15.

As TEA continues to work through the details for how district entitlements will be calculated, we expect those numbers to change as WADA counts, comp ed numbers, and a whole host of other factors are decided and finalized. Since recapture is now "local revenue in excess of entitlement," changes to the calculation of a district's entitlement could change the amount of recapture that is due by quite a lot, as could changes in property values. More information will be available on all of these fronts before payments are due August 15, and the picture will hopefully be clearer than it is today.

As more information becomes available, we will certainly update you with those details, but for now, we suggest that Chapter 49 districts select the option to make a payment in August before the January 15 deadline.
Spotlight: Boerne ISD

We are regularly profiling different member districts in our updates. It's an opportunity for you to learn something you may have in common or to learn something new and unique about your peer districts.
School District: Boerne ISD
Superintendent: Dr. Thomas Price
Region: 20

Location: The Boerne Independent School District is nestled in the scenic Texas Hill Country. BISD is a "destination district" for families who enjoy Boerne's unique combination of rural roots, small town atmosphere and easy access to America's seventh largest city (vibrant San Antonio is 30 miles southeast of Boerne).

Student Enrollment: 9,579 students as of December 2019

School Campus Configuration: Our district opened two new campuses for the 2019-2020 school year, Capt. Mark T. Voss Middle School and Dr. Ferdinand L. Herff Elementary School. Building on the ten campuses already in existence: Boerne High School, Champion High School, Boerne Middle School North, Boerne Middle School South, Curington Elementary, Cibolo Creek Elementary, Fabra Elementary, Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary, Kendall Elementary and Van Raub Elementary.

What are your district's points of pride?
  • Two consecutive TEA “A” Ratings
  • BISD Board selected as Best in the Region
  • Named to the AP District Honor Roll by the College Board
  • Received the Best Communities for Music Education designation

What makes your school district/ community unique?
  • Boerne ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas
  • BISD is the largest employer in the community
  • Boerne is home to the oldest continuously organized German band in the World (outside of Germany)
  • The Kendall County courthouse located in Boerne is the second-oldest courthouse in Texas

What challenges does your district face?
  • Boerne ISD is a fast growth district (growing approximately 5% annually)
  • Boerne ISD faces the challenges of opening new campuses under the Texas school finance system
  • Maintaining academic excellence for every student
Membership Meeting on January 27 @ 2:15 p.m.
We hope to see you at the Texas School Coalition membership meeting that will take place as part of the TASA Mid-winter Conference on Monday, January 27, at 2:15 p.m. The location is still to be determined, but we will be sharing those details soon.
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