February 26, 2016 - Timpson ISD Bear Update
Timpson ISD Calls for Facilities Bond Election
On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the Timpson ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the first facility bond election for Timpson ISD since 1986. The bond proposal will be voted on during the regular school election on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The proposal is for the construction of a new and safer parent and bus pickup arrangement at the elementary school, a new bus barn, repair and expansion of parking areas, a new safer playground for elementary students, a new vocational agriculture facility, a new school event center/gymnasium, a renovation and expansion to the current band hall, along with drainage correction on the campuses, the track, and other external and internal school and safety improvements.
· Amount of Bond - $9,500,000.00
· 29¢ per $100.00 valuation
· This amount maximizes state facilities funding. Timpson ISD has the opportunity for approximately 43% of the payment to be paid for by the State under our current values and enrollment.
· Timpson ISD has retained the 20% local homestead exemption, so homeowners in Timpson currently pay less taxes on their homes than 15 of our closest neighboring schools and will continue to be in the lowest two or three of these districts following passage of the bond.
· The new rate including the additional 29¢ will still be lower than our school tax rate was in 2005; the new proposed rate will be $ 1.4617 per $100 valuation.
· In 2009 the Timpson ISD school board decided to return 9¢ of bonded indebtedness to the tax payers because the bond was paid off early.
· Homeowners age 65 and over can apply for a homeowners tax freeze for their home and up to 5 acres. Their homeowner taxes will not increase unless they make property improvements.
If the bond is not approved:
· The school will lose the opportunity to receive millions of dollars of state funding toward facilities construction.
· Timpson ISD facilities will not receive significant upgrades under current funding levels.
The date and time for a public informational meeting will be announced soon.
Last Week We… Learned about the letter T, learned about insects, read “Paula Bigelow’s Big Bug Hunt.”, learned the rhyme “Ducks.”, learned about bees and what they make. Next Week, We Will… Read “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom.”, read the fable ”The Dog and the Bone.”, learn about he letter U, learn about different types of transportation, and learn about rhyming words. Upcoming Events... Spring Break is March 14-18, students will return to school from Spring Break on March 21st, March 24th will be Easter Parties, March 25th will be Good Friday, and starting Monday will be the book fair. Reminders to Parents... Please send box tops to school and we are still in need of capri sun and jammer pouches. Also, soda pop tops.
On February 24th Timpson High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America sponsored a two part event to encourage students to pay attention to the top 5 driving dangers facing teenagers. These dangers include: distracted driving, drinking and driving, drowsy driving, seat belt use, and speeding.
Part one of the event included a presentation by guest speaker Tyson Dever. On March 11, 2005, Tyson survived a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. On that day, Tyson lost his ability to walk and life as he knew it changed forever. What Tyson gained was a desire to inspire people, to be determined in life and to live life completely. He is a world class speaker that inspires and motivates groups to reach higher than ever before. Tyson is a graduate of Texas State University- San Marcos and now resides in the Austin area. His drive to live life the fullest reinstates his message that quitting is not an option!
Part two included two demonstrations sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agency. The Rollover Convincer showed the dangers of not wearing a seat belt and the Distracted Driving Simulator showed the dangers of not paying attention when behind the wheel.
Timpson FCCLA conducted this event as part of its Teens in the Driver Seat program. This program is sponsored by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
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