KERENS–Kerens ISD school board adopted the district’s 2020-21 property tax rate Aug. 17, which is 21 cents lower since the district started construction on nearly $17 million in bond-funded improvements in 2018. The new secondary school opened Aug. 19.
The 2018-19 fiscal year tax rate was $1.44 per $100 valuation; this year’s tax rate will be $1.2291, which is 10 cents lower than 2019-20. Taxable property valuations within the district rose from about $352 million last year to more than $390 million, as of July. The district adopted its 2020-21 budget in June, totaling more than $9 million.
Also during the Aug. 17 school board meeting, Kerens ISD trustees were told about pandemic-related protocols during the school year. District Director of Student Services Brad Atkeisson, said the district will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and has planned on-campus foot traffic patterns to reduce crowding, will check all students’ temperatures, will clean all classrooms between periods and added that classroom doors will remain open to facilitate airflow.
Superintendent Martin Brumit also said the district has enough face shields for every employee and has a stock of masks for all students.
A policy was passed that students who participate in online instruction will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities or attend extracurricular events.
Also, the board approved paying for the school’s comprehensive insurance policy, covering property, liability and automobiles, costing $87,006.