Victoria I.S.D. board discusses budget and $156 million dollar bond

Chief Financial Officer presented details on ESSER funds

VICTORIA, Texas – Two highlights during the school board meeting included more information about the district’s budget and revisiting the initial $156 million dollar bond.

V.I.S.D. Chief Financial Officer Randy Meyer gave an elaborate presentation on their budget, state taxes, property value, and ESSER funds.

ESSER funds are a part of the American Rescue Plan, which is provided to school districts.

These funds allow districts to reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students in the U.S.

“So I’ve been in this business a long time and this is the first time I’ve ever seen a huge influx of funding to support schools from the federal government in the form of ESSER. So these funds will be available for the next couple of years. They can help us with student learning loss. We are still trying to determine where we are at with the students who have missed so much school or who were learning from home. It’s going to be a huge help to our district,” Meyer said.

While the budget presentation was informative, afterward school board members asked Meyer specific financial questions. 

The initial 156 million dollar bond planning task force will meet this month and they want to hear more from the community before Monday, June 21.

“On Monday, June the 7th, the board of trustees held a special called board meeting where they had a bond workshop. They guided the administration to continue a conversation with our community and stakeholders regarding what they would support for our schools. So we will be reconvening the bond planning task force,” said Communications Director Ashley Scott. 

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