Sherman school board meets to discuss budget cuts

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

SHERMAN, TX ― The Sherman Independent School District is running on a $1.8 million deficit. Now school board members are set to decide what cuts they could be making. Monday night's board meeting concluded with several options to be considered.

School board officials meeting Monday night said before the meeting that they are starting the process of balancing the districts budget, which this year entails making some major cuts.

The rollback election in November failed, putting Sherman ISD in a tough situation. Because of state legislative changes, Sherman ISD's revenue was frozen for the 2005-2006 funding.

School officials say they are already running on a $1.8 million deficit, and Monday night’s meeting is the start of a two-week process that will determine what budget cuts will be made.

Sherman school board president Dr. John Hendricks says, "We begin a process that this school board never wanted, and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars will be at the forefront of the decisions we make."

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  • by josh Location: seth on Dec 15, 2008 at 08:16 AM
  • by To Ann Location: Denison on Dec 9, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    So, you say the department heads do not have SISD vehicles? Then who's SISD vehicles are parked in their driveways all night?
  • by Frustrated Tax Payer Location: Sherman on Dec 8, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    Ann, If Dr. Hambrick was not given a vehicle and it does not belong to the SISD, just who does it belong to? Are we to assume all this stink is being made ove a vehicle that Dr. Hambrick bought himself? Just trying to clear the air. If you really work there like you say, then I am sure you know. We, the taxpayers did not hurt the teachers and children. the administration has a choice in how to make budget cuts, and what they choose is to hurt the teachers and children. That is the easiest way to get support for the next time they want to raise taxes. You need to know the facts before you start making accusations. I can make a lot of cuts in the SISD that will not have a negative impact on the students.
  • by Ann Location: Denison on Dec 8, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    Dr. Hambrick's vehicle was not given to him and it does not belong to SISD. The department heads do not have a SISD vehicle. The people on this webiste is lying about the cars. This is not true because I work there. If you want to know, please come to the board meeting and ask. Please come to the schools and subsitute, volunteer to work at the campus and you can find out everything you want to know. When Hutto was here, did you ever see him on TV? No, because Hambrick was running the show. You people are clueless and talking out of the side of your neck. There is no truth to all of these lies. I see why it wasn't passed because of people like this. What's so sad you didn't hurt Hambrick or Burton. You hurt the teachers and the children. This is something that you all will have to live with.
  • by Frustrated Tax Payer Location: Sherman on Dec 6, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    Anonymous, Dec 4, 10:40 AM. First things first. Sherman is NOT the metroplex. We are much smaller and do not have near the problems. Second of all, the principal is an administrator. I went through Sherman schools and most of the time you only ssaw the principal in the hall or at assemblies. Their job is to oversee the rest of the school staff. Not to watch after kids. If there is an assistant principal, then their purpose is to build a bit larger power base for the principal and make sure the principal has less to do. Sherman is overloaded with administrators at every level. It's time they studied to be LEAN adn eliminate a bunch of adminstative layers. Get more teachers so we have a reasonable student/teacher ratio, and cut the fluff up top.
  • by ME Location: Bells on Dec 5, 2008 at 08:41 PM
    Well Bells taxes went up again just as usual. I want to know if Bells leaders are taking action in cutting anywhere. The only cuts that I see are into my income to pay for their spending. We have the best looking schools in the USA but the kids comming out of them can's spell or read, but they can sure play sports. Man what a bang for out bucks.
  • by Marilyn Location: Sadler on Dec 5, 2008 at 03:16 AM
    I would like to know what has happened to all the money the lottery was suppose to bring to the schools and why our taxes just seem to raise every year to support the schools. They need to start at the top when they start getting rid of people. We need the teachers instead of all the administration.
  • by To Informed Location: Sherman on Dec 4, 2008 at 03:40 PM
    Well, let's see....Hambrick, Burton, Barnett, Edwards, Allison...and all either have no SISD identification on the vehicle, or it's subdued and barely visible. Maybe the board should disclose exactly how many have take-home cars - it should be public information. Our taxes are paying for them. They should also disclose which ones the district provides gasline for, too.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    Well, ALL metroplex schools have asst. principals in the elementary schools. This isn't 1978 anymore...Too many idiots have kids these days for one principal to handle them all.
  • by informed Location: Sherman on Dec 4, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    Are you kidding??? "Most all department heads have take home vehicles"?????? Who would that be?????? Ignorance is rampant around here.
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