On Monday, trustees also adopted a tax rate of $1.66 per $100 taxable value, which includes a maintenance-and-operations rate of $1.17 per $100 and an interest-and-sinking rate of 49.5 cents. This is the same rate as the previous year.
“We didn’t go up on taxes,” Belding said.
In other business Monday night trustees:
• Heard that the district’s three campuses increased by 31 students, for a total enrollment of 813. Belding said there are 389 enrolled at Millsap Elementary, 186 at the middle school and 239 at the high school.
He noted the largest increase is at the elementary, where enrollment rose by 21 students.
• Heard accountability ratings.
“All [Millsap campuses] met standard and that was exciting because they didn’t finalize this accountability system until late in the spring,” Belding said.
• The Millsap Afterschool Program begins next week. Belding said the middle school and high school theme this year is “Work Hard, Play Hard.” The program for the older MISD students not only helps them with tutoring and homework – the work hard portion – but also incorporates the concept of “play,” which he said is designed to students’ personal interests, hobbies and academic goals.
• Millsap will include a “Watchdogs” program, which Belding said focuses on getting fathers “to come up during the day and be a positive role model and an extra set of eyes and hands to provide extra security.”
He said the district will provide training and the dads wear “Watchdog” T-shirts.
While Belding said the program focuses on dads, he added they “will take anybody who wants to be involved.”
MISD will have a kickoff for the program on Monday, Sept. 16, for interested dads. He said that night they will have a “dad-and-student pizza night to roll out the program.”
• Heard a report from Coach/Athletic Director Ron Berry “on athletics and plans for moving teams forward,” Belding said, adding about the athletic programs, “We did a lot of restructuring last year.”