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Jun 03 2011

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District hopes for best from Austin

By SCARLET O’ROURKE
Staff Writer

Tarpon logoThe Point Isabel Independent School District is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best as the Texas legislature has called a special session to reach a decision for state-wide school budgets.

“We’ve been worried since day one,” said Henry Levrier, deputy superintendent for business and operations at PIISD.

He went on to say that, ideally, the school district will work to keep every current employee and possibly not replace them once they quit or retire. But every decision will be affected by the “magic number” that is chosen by state leaders.

“We anxiously await to see what the result is,” Levrier said.

In anticipation for the decision, Levrier said the school has examined many “what if” scenarios with different percentages so nothing comes as a surprise and changes can be implemented before the 2012 school year.

“We’re ready if we need. Depending on that final number, we’ll know which plan to implement, Levrier said. “The later it gets, we will start favoring one scenario over the others.”

The worst case scenario planned for involves a 20 percent cut across the board for all operations. But the board remains hopeful it will not come to that extreme. As they wait, Levrier said they will continue to work on preparing the school district for whatever waters lie ahead of them.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the June 2 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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