SSISD board begins tackling next year's budget Monday

From Staff Reports

July 27, 2008 - The Monday night meeting agenda of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District's board of trustees is short, but as the saying goes, big things come in small packages.

The board has only one action item, and then the trustees are scheduled to go into executive session to discuss personnel and property matters.

But sandwiched between those discusions is the first of three budget work sessions planned in the coming weeks, meetings that will shape the multi-million dollar spending plan that will guide the district's path for the following 12 months.

Trustees usually hear an overview of the district's financial standing at the first budget workshop as well as information about potential problems that will have to be addressed. (But they've been known to receive good news, as well.)

The budget will be discussed again during the regular board meeting scheduled for Monday, Aug. 11, and again during a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 25. All of the meetings are all slated to begin 6 p.m. in the conference room of the SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.

Following the Aug. 25 session, administrators will make their final recommendations for changes to the budget. The final spending plan and proposed property tax rate be presented for board approval during another meeting.

Following the budget workshop, the school board will go into executive session to discuss personnel or real property issues presented. The board will reconvene in open session if any action needs to be taken on the items discussed behind closed doors.

SSISD trustees are also scheduled to consider bids for copier service from three companies: Advantage Copy Systems of Sulphur Springs, Document Solutions of Tyler and IKON of Sherman.

Advantage's bid is for $232,056, with a charge of $0.0065 each for copies in excess of 5 million. Advantage's proposal also includes 13 machines with no overages.

Document Solutions' bid was $218,355.84 and also includes a $0.0065 charge for copies in excess of 5 million.

IKON's bid came in at $275,400, with a $0.0067 per copy beyond 5 million.

The winning bid proposal will be fore a three-year contract running from August of this year through July of 2011.

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