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August 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Special Meeting

1. Announcement by the Board President calling this meeting of the Taft Independent School District to order. Let the record show that a quorum of Board Members is present, that this meeting has been duly called, and that notice of this meeting has been posted in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 551.
2. Invocation
3. Taft ISD Credo and Taft ISD Board Goals
4. PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed Budget and Tax Rate in Accordance with Section 44.004 Texas Education Code. Public Participation in the discussion is invited. The Board will provide time for Citizens to  present their views, opinions, suggestions, etc. regarding the proposed 2017-2018 General School District Budget and Tax Rate.
5. Closed Session: Board will adjourn into Closed Session pursuant to the following sections of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The Board will convene into Closed Session as authorized by the Texas Government Code, Chapter 551. et seq. TGC 551.074/551.071.
5.A. Consultation with Legal Counsel Regarding Incentive Payment for District Employees.
6. Reconvened from Closed Session: The Board will take appropriate action on items, if necessary, as discussed in Closed Session.
7. Public Comments: Comments are limited to five minutes per speaker. The Board Secretary will be the timekeeper and will inform the speaker when they have one (1) remaining minute. Should there be more than five (5) people who wish to speak on a particular issue they need to select one (1) representative to speak for them. The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person who wishes to address the Board has attempted to solve the matter administratively. If not, the person shall be directed to the appropriate policy, as noted in BED (Local), to seek resolution before bringing the matter to the Board at a subsequent meeting. Pursuant to 551.042 of the Texas Government Code, no Board Member or Administrator may respond to a member of the public, unless such response is a recitation of District Policy or a statement of specific factual information.
8. Items for Individual Consideration:
8.A. Discuss and/or Approve Year End Budget Amendment for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.
8.B. Discuss and/or Approve an Order Setting the Tax Rate for the 2017-2018 Tax year. Proposed Tax Rate: $1.5249 with $1.1694 for Maintenance & Operations (M&O)and $0.3555 for Bonded Indebtedness (Interest and Sinking Fund (I&S).
8.C. Discuss and/or Approve Official Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
8.D. Discuss and/or Approve Certification of 2017 Appraisal Roll.
8.E. Discuss and/or Approve the Resolution Adopting a One-Time Employee Retention Incentive Payment for all District Employees.
9. Important Dates to Remember:
9.A. Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 19. 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Administration Building, Board Room.
10. Future Board Agenda Items from Board Members
11. Adjourn
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