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District updates enrollment numbers; approves budget

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Denton ISD officials released updated enrollment numbers this week.

Dr. Roger Rutherford, assistant superintendent for academic programs, reported the district’s enrollment on Sept. 13 was 23,941 students.

The numbers include 12,804 elementary and preschool students, including 602 at Blanton Elementary and 724 at E.P. Rayzor in Lantana.

There were 11,137 secondary students, with Harpool Middle checking in at 876 and Guyer High at 2,177.

The board also approved the tax rate for the 2010-11 school year with a rate of $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 49 cents for debt service. The M&O tax rate remained the same while the debt service increased by four cents.

Prior to the approval of the tax rate, Debbie Monschke, executive director of administrative services, gave an encouraging update on the 2010-11 budget.

With revenue increases, the district’s budget is now $436,397 in the black instead of a projected $2.8 million shortfall.

The funding picture includes a decrease in property tax revenue by $704,520, offset by an increase in student enrollment, which helped increase state funding by $2.58 million.

There was also an allotment of $1.79 million in federal funds from School Health and Related Services, which reimbursed the district through Medicaid for health-related services for the 2007-08 school year. This is only the second year the district has received any funding from SHARS, said Monschke.

“The SHARS funding helped with the budget this year, but we have to be careful because it is a one-time funding,” Superintendent Ray Braswell said.

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