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Lindale voters approve change in tax rate

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From the Lindale Independent School District:

LINDALE, TX--Voters in the Lindale Independent School District have approved a change in tax rate that will generate approximately $275,000 in school funding.

LISD voters approved the October 8 Tax Ratification Election that called for a decrease in the total tax rate by two cents, including a four cent tax decrease on the interest and sinking tax rate and a two cent tax rate increase on the maintenance and operation tax rate. The election was passed by a vote of 465 in favor to 80 against.

The maintenance and operation rate (M&O) will change to $1.08 per $100 property valuation. The two cent M&O increase will generate funds primarily for the purchase of technology for classrooms and additional security at the elementary campuses.    

"The board of trustees would like to thank all those members of our community who came out to vote and show their support for Lindale schools," Lindale ISD School Board President Matt Watts said. "Lindale is truly blessed with great students, involved parents, dedicated teachers and a community that is committed to the school district's success."

"The outcome of this election will allow our district to continue to take a significant step forward in delivering on our commitment to educating our students, providing safe campuses and leveraging technology in our classrooms," Watts said.

Funds provided through the new tax rate will allow for the hire of one or two school resource officers to be placed at all of LISD's elementary campuses: Early Childhood Center, College Street Elementary School, Velma Penny Elementary School and E.J. Moss Intermediate School. LISD currently employs two school resource officers and hopes to hire two additional.

The additional resource officers are part of LISD's effort to step up security at the lower grade levels. In December 2012, the school board approved a budget amendment for the installation of monitors, security buzzers and intercom systems to restrict access to the elementary campuses during certain school hours.

The tax rate will also allow LISD to make more strides towards putting technology in the hands of all students. During the 2012-2013 school year, LISD purchased iPads for each classroom and made upgrades to the district's wireless infrastructure. Funds from the new tax rate will allow for the purchase of more tablets for students in grades Kindergarten-12.

Seventh grade students in LISD will be the first to be provided with tablets they will be able to take home to complete assignments. The district has implemented a plan to provide a tablet for every student to keep pace with the evolving education of 21st century learners. The plan will take approximately four years to implement.

"This successful election will make a great impact on our students and teachers," said Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt. "Once again the Lindale community has shown great support for our district. It is very exciting that we will be able to add the tools we need to provide an exceptional education for our students in a safe learning environment."

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