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Crosby Superintendent unveils district’s finances

Crosby ISD Superintendent Scott Davis

CROSBY – The status of Crosby ISD in recovery from the state of financial exegency was recently revealed by Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis.

“The With the adoption of the fiscal year 2020 audit, Crosby ISD now sits at the TEA minimum recommendation for fund balance totals. TEA recommends an unassigned fund balance of 15% of the current year’s expenditure budget. Crosby’s unassigned fund balance is now sitting at 19.78% of our 2020-2021 expenditure budget. TEA also recommends a total fund balance of 25% of the current year’s expenditure budget. Crosby’s total fund balance now sits at 26.42% of the 2020- 2021 expenditure budget. The conservative budget approach and goal of living within our means has, in concert with assistance from HB3 funding, come together with the collective will of the school board and staff to get us to this positive and healthy financial position.”

Some questioned how the school’s audit might come out this year, Davis addressed this also.

Crosby Superintendent to retire next year

Crosby ISD Superintendent Scott Davis to retire.

CROSBY – Superintendent Scott Davis announced he was going to retire from education at a special called meeting last week.

At a special called meeting October 14, that began at 6:00 p.m. it has been learned that Davis — who was earning just under $1/4 M per year, like Randal O’Brien of Goose Creek CISD, slightly more than King Roy Davis of Sheldon at $223.382 and over $140,000 less than Barbers Hill ISD’s Greg Poole — was said to have asked for a salary increase. Board members at that time tabled that request for later review.

In turn, Dr. Davis announced his retirement.

He responded briefly to Star-Courier questions about this decision with: “I will be retiring from education as of June 30, 2021. There were no arguments over anything to do with audits or Dr. Moore. I am pleased that we have been able to easily work together during my time here. I have always wanted Crosby to have ever-growing success. We had to take a detour over these last few years, but because of the work and sacrifice of so many wonderful people, my sincerest hope is that Crosby can jump all the way back on track as a leader in public education in our area! I have that confidence and will always be proud of Crosby ISD for its grit, determination, and excellence.”

Newport MUD plans to fix, update, expand

Superintendent Scott Davis addresses the water board last Friday to ask if they can provide water to land on Foley Rd., a proposed site for a new Crosby ISD campus as part of due diligence prior to buying the land for school construction.

NEWPORT – The water district is attempting to deal with damage done by tropical storm Imelda, hold a public hearing for a tax hike October 17 to handle increases in expenses and propose a bond to repair old lines and facilities and expand capacities for future growth and regulatory requirements. A board hearing was held Friday at 2:00 p.m.

Damage by Tropical Storm Imelda includes a sink hole developing where a large drainage pipe is near the waste water treatment plant. There was more erosion at the Gum Gully trail than during Hurricane Harvey and a main broke at the lift station. Professional services were handling these on Tuesday. This on top of service of each of the hydrants in the neighborhood.

On Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at 16410 Country Club Drive, Community Room (next to Fitness Room), at Stonebridge in Newport is the regular board meeting to concern itself with a tax increase. There is a possibility of a rollback.

An Open House is to be held on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. to educate residents about a proposed bond that has recently been said to be for about $70,000,000 and is to repair much of the infrastructure of the neighborhood.

Crosby looks at HB3 funds

CROSBY – At the June 17 meeting of the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Lisa Jones gave a report of the 2019-2020 Budget, including how the school district expects that House Bill 3 will effect that budget.

The school is going to hold an open meeting next Monday, June 24, 7:00 p.m., to discuss the budget with any of the public that might make it into the new Administration Building, known as the bus barn or old HEB. The purpose is to adopt the 2019-2020 budget based on the old law. The tax rate will go into effect in September or October. The budget will be amended when the new HB 3 is better understood.

“With a measure of caution and a great deal of thanksgiving and hope, take this report we are giving tonight,” said Superintendent Scott Davis.

HB3 requires increased compensation to full time personnel, such as 75% for teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians, and prioritizing differentiated compensation for classroom teachers with over 5 years of experience. Regarding salaries, Davis said, “The thing I am most excited about is that those that decided to stay with this district are the winners.”

Crosby’s recovery plans crumble old admin. bldg.

The old Administration Building for Crosby ISD was to be a new DHS school to keep disciplinary challenged students in the district. Dilapidation and a moldy interior presented health problems and called for demolition.

CROSBY – Superintendent Scott Davis has visited multiple civic organizations over the last month communicating the state of the school and his vision for where the school district ventures from here.

Davis will be first to say that Crosby ISD isn’t completely recovered from the financial emergency in which he had to lay off teachers in midyear but the “worst is over and now we can begin to move forward.”

By now many have figured out that the 2017 – $109 .5 Million bond might be called the C.Y.A. bond in that the driving factor behind it was that cost overruns and change-orders had made the 2013 bond for $86.5 Million short about $16.5 Million in Covering Yon Assets, about $6 Million more than it could receive with no reserves to cover the shortfall. Back then, the district had allowed about $10.9 Million to cover past overruns from the newer bond.

Davis’s voice reflected the stress of the financial emergency that has now been attended. He expressed regret that it was necessary to make Pre-K a half day.

In the 2017 Bond, the old administration building was to be made into a school for kids with disciplinary problems, so that they would not have to be moved out of the district. So it was said, then it would be noted that the expense would be prohibitive and the funds applied elsewhere.

Crosby ISD exits Exigency

Texas Education Agency personnel on hand to inform of a monitor and what the implications are for overseeing the reimbursement of funds gathered from parents for computers. At right is Mary Ann Whittaker, monitor of Crosby.

CROSBY – At the Board of Trustee’s meeting on Monday night, few could have been more glad to see consideration to terminate the Declaration of Financial Exigency than Superintendent Scott Davis. The burden of having to layoff educators and others fell on him following the determination of necessity. He had reported to the board of the District’s expectation of ethical behavior and fraud awareness and reporting training and the TCEQ Supplemental Environmental Project immediately before.

The Texas Education Agency had representatives speak during the meeting to inform the board of needing to install a monitor to see that the charges for computer maintenance taken from students’ parents are reimbursed.

According to T.E.A. Dr. Jason Hewitt the monitor is needed to see that the Corrective Action Plan, approved by the board at the last meeting, goes into effect to “refund the fees collected inappropriately. The monitor assures that plan is done effectively. What I also want to inform you is that — I am the L.E.A. — there are four areas that we look at we look at: statutory compliance, academic accountability — Crosby doesn’t have much to worry about that — financial accountability, and we look at governance.”

He indicated that if there is any kind of complaint filed, she is here on the grounds to look at that.

Moving forth, Davis greets Crosby folks

Crosby ISD Superintendent Scott Davis shares his philosophy and evaluations of the strengths and perils of the Crosby District on the high school auditorium stage with seven new, donated Magnolia trees for seven campuses as backdrop.

CROSBY – On Monday night, about 75 people heard Superintendent Scott Davis present an oration concerning his views on the community and education, with blessed assurance that “the worst of the financial exigency is over.”

Against a backdrop of seven new Magnolia trees that were donated to the school, Scott Davis used the trees to illustrate the potential blooming of the seven campuses of Crosby ISD.

It must have been a long school day for the latest Superintendent, as nothing is harder than moving, and the administrative offices are still relocating to office spaces at the High School and the Crosby ISD Operations Center. The Runneburg Admin. Building is now in need of structural repairs that are simply not feasible at this time. A plan to relocate staff from the current administration building to offices in other buildings with minimal cost implications is in effect. The old Admin. Building was to be an in-district discipline school, per the last bond.

Attendees of the convocation learned that Scott Davis has an extensive educational background and that he believes that he is now where he is supposed to be.

He admires Crosby’s dedication to good manners. He believes that the character shown by this community is one of the reasons that Crosby is already starting to overcome the financial challenges he discovered upon arrival.

Crosby ISD Superintendent to host Community Convocation

Crosby, TEXAS, December 27, 2018 – Crosby ISD’s Superintendent, Dr. Scott Davis, will host a Community Convocation Monday, January 7th at the Crosby High School Auditorium at 6:00 pm. The Community Convocation is open to all members of the Crosby/Barrett Station community and will be Davis’s first opportunity to address the community at-large in an assembly format since assuming the District’s superintendent position this past June . District leadership including members of the Board of Trustees and Principals will be in attendance to welcome guests and impart a sense of solidarity as Davis articulates the direction in which he and district leaders intend to move the District forward, actively seek community input, and focus on the success of Crosby ISD students. The Convocation is expected to last no longer than an hour.

Crosby ISD staff will participate in a district convocation that morning with Dr. Davis and the message delivered will be similar to the message that will be heard by community stakeholders that evening.

“The fall semester was difficult and no one could have imagined the trials we would face as a district and community,” said Crosby ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis. “However, as we begin a new year, it is important that we gather to memorialize what we’ve been through and reaffirm our commitment to see Crosby ISD flourish again with the support of our community. The new year marks a new beginning for all of us.”

New Crosby budget precedes audit

CHS Sophomore, Philip Canada, was awarded his Eagle Scout Rank this past October 9th. The Eagle Scout rank is the Boy Scouts’ highest rank possible and often takes years to achieve. He is active in the JROTC program and credits the program and his parents for encouraging him to be a leader. One of the Eagle Scout requirements is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. Philip’s project was to install walkways at a park to facilitate handicap access for park visitors.

CROSBY – The school trustee meeting Monday featured a “balanced budget” presented by Superintendent Davis and Chief Financial Officer Jones, as many await a special audit report to show how a financial emergency came to be.

According to Scott Davis, “With this budget now, every step is a step toward working our way out. I know that because of some things in the past, the feeling is, we were burned.”

“We are four months into developing trust and relationships, painfully,” he continued.“We are defining how we go there with 129 fewer people district wide. That is hard. We are trying to figure out how to adequately clean our buildings with fewer in maintenance.”

“Four months in, I find myself wishing I had a honeymoon period. That lasted like six hours, and I know that for me, that may never come, but I am committed to doing that. I am committed to working it out. Because in four months, we have come a long stinking way. From not knowing, having a feeling, to knowing, to ‘Oh my God, we really know!’ to ‘Oh my God, this is how we are going to have to fix it.’ And in a minute, Mrs. Jones will bring you a budget, and we start crawling out.”

According to CFO Lesa Jones, “I am very excited to bring to you a balanced budget, a right-sized budget. The Superintendent, the Principals, the department directors — this is a team effort, so hours and hours spent trying to balance the budget. It is going to be a very tight budget…”

The aggregate payroll expenditure went from $4,235,875 in September to $4,098,853 in October. Regarding income, the local tax was unchanged, but the State anticipated interim revenue (from kids attending school) dropped $6,180,541, from $57,453,625 to $52,004,960.

Crosby ISD cuts more staff; has 4 trustees on ballot

CROSBY – The new superintendent of this district, Scott Davis, continues to hunt for ways to solve the financial crisis the district found themselves in recently. After announcing an initial staff cut of 33, the number has now risen to 129, including 95 lay-offs and 34 retirements.

The district is currently trying to find several million dollars to balance their operating budget and reserve funds. These were tapped into when construction costs for new schools grew beyond estimates. As a result, the state has given the district the lowest financial rating.

Early voting, and the general election on November 6th, will seat 2 new school trustees, and see 2 more returning without opposition on the ballot.

Kasey Lewis and Sharon Eavon Fain will vie for Position 2 in the only contested position. The Atlarge Position is to continue with John Warren Swinney.

Position 1 will be retained by Tanya Eagleton.

Joseph R. Humphries is the only candidate that applied for Position 3, now held by John Lindsey for over 10 years. Humphries raised questions early concerning the last bond election and the financial disposition of the school district. Running unopposed, he will be taking over John Lindsey’s post at Position 3 in January. These new board members, and the remaining board, will be faced with helping Superintendent Davis bring financial stability back to the district.

After the last round of cuts, Superintendent Davis issued a statement, of which this is a part:

“We knew these days were coming, and yet, no amount of emotional preparation could have fully prepared us for the most difficult and necessary step of informing our beloved employees that they would no longer be working for Crosby ISD. … Any new vacancies from this point forward will be posted and any of our employees whose positions were dissolved may apply.