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BISD meets early Thursday for budget

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The Bowie Independent School District will finalize its 2024-25 budget when the board of trustees meet for a pair of early morning meetings on Aug. 31, the last day of the fiscal year.
The public hearing for the proposed tax rate and budget will be at 7 a.m. on Aug. 31.
The proposed budget projects expenses of $18,186,973 and revenues of $17,649,586. It includes a 2% pay increase for teachers and paraprofessionals, and all would move to the next step. Non-step employees would get a 2% raise.
Calculations for the budget have been difficult to narrow down as the State Legislature will have a special session on school funding in October and there is a special election to increase the homestead tax exemption from $40,000 to $100,000, which is expected to pass on Nov. 7. The state template for the school year funding has not been finalized and BISD has not received its final two state funding payments for the present fiscal years, which leaves the end-of-year figures in questions.
The proposed tax rate is .887180, which is lower than the 2022 rate of $1.03460 per $100 in property value. Maintenance and operation would receive .69180 cents and .18 for debt service. Per the district’s tax rate publication the average market value of a home in the district is $180,509 this year and with the proposed tax rate taxes for that value will go down $459.71.
Taxable revenue will change significantly if the homestead exemption changes to the higher amount and those adjustments will have to be made after those results are known. The legislature has indicated it will help make up any funding loss, but no specifics have been made public.
In a second meeting at 7:15 a.m. the board will make any amendments to the 2022-23 budget, designate the committed fund balance, approve the salary schedule and budget for 2023-24 and the 2023 tax rate.

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Bowie, Gold-Burg and Saint Jo one-act plays prepare for area this week

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Montague County has three high schools that will compete in area one-act contests Friday and Saturday.
Bowie High School competes on April 13 at Clyde High School. Director April Word said they perform “A Monster Calls” in the middle of a six-play pack that starts at noon on Saturday. The plays run in about one hour intervals that include set-up.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The contest open s at noon with Eastland High, Ingram Tom Moore HS, Bowie HS, Clyde HS, Ballinger HS and Early HS.

Gold-Burg and Saint Jo High School also compete at area this week on April 12 at Grayson County College in the Cruce Stark auditorium, Denison.
Gold-Burg Director Linda Fitzner said Monday they will did not know the schedule because they were waiting on three competitors from the other districts to know exact time. The Bears are performing “Interview.” The Panthers’ play, “Ago!” is directed by Julie Kline.

TIME UPDATE – Late Tuesday night Fitzner reported Saint Jo will perform at 11:30 a.m. and Gold-Burg at 1:30 p.m. Performances begin at 10 a.m.

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Gold-Burg, Saint Jo one-act plays advance to area

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Gold-Burg and Saint Jo High School one-act plays advanced to area Thursday edging even closer to state.
Both will perform at Grayson County College on April 12. Watch for schedule details in the Wednesday edition. All three plays from this district including Slidell advanced to area.
Gold-Burg’s “Interview,” directed by Linda Fitzner, received several cast and tech awards. Best All Around Actor went to Corbin Gilbert. Levi Hellinger was All Star Cast with Izzie Rohde and Madison Provost, honorable mention All Star Cast.
Best all-around crew went to Gold-Burg: Joseph Jones, stage manager, Aidan Foster, lights; Alyson Rojas and Eli Freeland, assistant stage manager and Lexie Eaton, sound.
Outstanding individual tech went to Gold-Burg for lights.
Saint Jo’s play, “Ago!” directed by Julie Kline, saw Layla Polk named All Star Cast, Xander Joyner, honorable mention All Star Cast; Julian Luna accepted the light tech award and the group also got the overall cleanest dressing room.

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FFA Alumni Fish Fry on April 9

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The Bowie FFA Bryant Whitaker Memorial Scholarship Fish Fry will start at 5:30 p.m. on April 9 going until sellout.
Supper will be by donation only to enjoy catfish and all the trimmings cooked up by Keith Walker and Friends in the high school cafeteria. Proceeds support the local Bowie FFA scholarships.
There will be a special prize drawing to win a Chris Owen framed numbered giclee print 6/150 art piece, “Morning Light.” Tickets are $10 with the drawing on April 26. You need not be present to win. Proceeds go to scholarships.

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