The Humble ISD 2020/2021 school year budget was approved during a working session on Tuesday, June 16 with an increase of $10,820,000.
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen initiated the presentation to the board by explaining that the district wanted to “evaluate the ongoing dollars that we have available, the ongoing priorities that we have, the one-time dollars that we have available, and the one-time priorities that we have” while being cautious moving into the upcoming school year.
Key components for the adopted budget were keep the Humble ISD family whole, prepare for potential economic hardships in Texas, and to move forward on top priorities for students. Implementing the adopted budget is expected to target the Humble ISD family by having “no reduction in services, programming, positions, or pay,” compensating employees, and including a new option for employee health insurance.
To prepare for potential economic hardships, the budget adds $13.9 million to fund balance which will preserve capacity for future needs. The budget’s inclusions that focus on student priorities were allotments to open Centennial Elementary School, expand district special education and improving safety through the addition of Crisis Go for drills. Other additions include positions that assist in personalized student success and obtaining quality data for decision making.
The budget provides for a $10.8 million increase summarized by $8.2 million for staffing additions, $925,000 for employee benefits, $200,000 for salary adjustment due to increased duties, $200,000 for opening Centennial Elementary and $1.29 million for recurring expenditures.