By Tony Farkas
CENTERVILLE — The Centerville ISD Board of Trustees approved the next operating budget at its regular meeting on Thursday.
Superintended Mark Brown said the district expects revenues of $2,458,424, with similar expenditures, for a balanced budget.
Brown also said that just over $214,000 will be set aside for construction or emergencies, as was necessary last year when the gymnasium was ruined because of weather. The school also installed a paved parking lot recently.
The tax rate fell almost 20 cents, dropping from .94 per $100 home valuation to .7575.
In a related matter, the board approved budget amendments which transferred funds received from insurance claims on the damaged gymnasium. Brown said the work has been finished, and the school was to host its first home basketball game in more than a year on Tuesday, as well as a junior high basketball tournament on Thursday.
In a separate matter, the board discussed a required safety audit that was performed in May.
Brown said the staff and students were commended for having a safe, and that an intruder was denied access to the campus.
The staff also was lauded for having eight people CPR certified and two certified in using a defibrillator.
The district will begin installing state-required 8-foot fences, with help from a state grant. Brown said that monitor screens were installed in his office, giving more people access to the security camera system.
The board also approved a resolution allowing the district to waive a state requirement to have an armed guard at each campus. Brown said that the district could opt out of the requirement based on school size and if the district participates in the Guardian Program.
In other business, the board:
•approved recommended updates to board policy; and
•approved Trinity County Extension Agent Stacye Tullos as an adjunct teacher and designated the 4-H program as a school extracurricular activity.