Frankston ISD Board of Trustees
Unanimously Adopt Legislative Priority Resolutions
85th Texas Legislature
With the approach of the 85th Texas Legislative session, The Frankston ISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed two important resolutions at the December 12th board meeting. Small and rural districts like ours are faced with unique challenges, and our school board has taken action to make sure that the needs of our local schools and our children remain a priority with our state legislature.
The first resolution adopted by our board on Monday night called on our state lawmakers to repeal a thirty-year-old funding formula that unfairly penalizes school districts across the state that are smaller than 300 square miles. This penalty was enacted for the sole purpose of forcing consolidation of rural districts in communities just like ours. In 2016-2017, this unfair funding penalty cost Frankston ISD more than $795,000!
The second resolution is also important, especially in school districts like Frankston ISD where the oil and gas industry is significant in supporting our local economy. Our board of trustees unanimously adopted a resolution asking the legislature to fund a provision that is already a part of state law. It allows the Commissioner of Education to provide funding to make up the gap created when a school district experiences a rapid taxable property value decline that is beyond the district’s ability to control.
Please join me in thanking our school board for their dedication to our children and for passing these important resolutions. It is through action like this that our Frankston ISD School Board is making sure that our voices are heard loud and clear, as our lawmakers are busy filing bills and identifying priorities for the 85th Texas Legislative session.
John Allen, Superintendent
Frankston Independent School District