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Spring Branch ISD Grapples with Overcrowded Meeting, Contemplates Budget Cuts in Wake of Funding Shortfall; Next Public Meeting Set for November 27th

Summary of Previous Meeting: The November 16th Spring Branch ISD board meeting faced an unexpected halt due to overcrowding, with hundreds of attendees causing fire hazard concerns. During the meeting, discussions revolved around the first phase of budget cuts, which included adjustments to staffing ratios, increased Pre-K tuition, and a pause on elementary school rebuilds. The potential phase two cuts were deliberated, considering the termination or scaling back of the SKY Partnership and programs for gifted students, aiming to offset a projected $6.2 million budget gap.

Issues discussed included the district’s financial challenges stemming from inflation and a lack of state funding since 2019. Trustees expressed frustration with the inaction of state legislators despite Texas having a $33 billion budget surplus. The meeting, marked by a large turnout and limited public comments, was prematurely shut down by the Fire Marshal’s Office due to safety concerns.

Next Public Meeting: The next Spring Branch ISD board meeting is scheduled for November 27th and will include a public comment session. The community is encouraged to participate and express their views on the proposed budget cuts and other concerns.