Book sale is a success

Friends of Mitchell Co. Library

The friends group held a book sale at the Railhead Trade Days this past weekend, and members say it was a success. All proceeds benefit the local library.

Lots of shoppers at Railhead!

The Railhead Bldg. was full of vendors and shoppers last weekend, as the fall show was a resounding success. Unique gift ideas filled the buildings, and food booths fed hungry consumers.

WISD wins design contest

Wildcat artwork to don snow plow

Westbrook elementary students designed artwork which was submitted to TxDOT for an art contest and won. Their design was judged the best out of several schools.

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  • On Sunday, November 13th Wanza Graham’s daughters hosted a birthday party at her home in Loraine to celebrate their mother’s 90th birthday.Friends and family came from near and far to stop by and wish her a happy birthday.Wanza was born November 17, 1926 and has lived to see many changes throughout her life. She started her life being a farm girl in east Texas, and moved to west Texas when sh...
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  • Rep. Dustin R. Burrows House District 83 filed HB 308 that seeks to garner additional funding for rural school districts. However, the new law, if adopted, won’t help school districts like Colorado ISD. Public school funding is set to be a hot issue in the upcoming legislative session which begins in January. HB 308 seeks to extend Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR) for 10 years. ASATR...

Perry files school funding bill

perry burrows at chsRep. Dustin R. Burrows House District 83 filed HB 308 that seeks to garner additional funding for rural school districts. However, the new law, if adopted, won’t help school districts like Colorado ISD.
Public school funding is set to be a hot issue in the upcoming legislative session which begins in January. HB 308 seeks to extend Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR) for 10 years. ASATR funding is scheduled to end September 1, 2017. If HB 308 is passed, it would extend ASATR through 2027.
According to CISD Superintendent Reggy Spencer, Colorado City schools get absolutely no funding from the ASATR plan.
Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code requires school districts that are property wealthy to share wealth with school districts that are property poor. Rep. Matt Rinaldi of Irving filed House Bill 286 to eliminate ASATR.
Certain school districts, typically described as “wealthy” because of big tax bases in minerals, would benefit from the extension of ASATR funding. Westbrook ISD Superintendent Todd Burleson said that the extension of ASATR would be good for WISD.
“If that (ASATR) goes away, we’re all going to be hurting to some degree or another,” Burleson said Tuesday. “I’m thankful that Burrows has filed the bill to extend it. Until the overall system is fixed, we need those kinds of things.”
Other area school districts would like to see Burrows’ bill adopted. For instance, if funding is not extended Ira ISD could lose over $900,000 and Snyder ISD could lost $6.5 million.
With the installation of the wind farms in the eastern part of Mitchell County, Loraine ISD has been recently designated as a Chapter 41 school too. According to Superintendent Brandon McDowell, LISD gets no funding from ASATR.
“(The extension of ASATR) is not a huge factor for Loraine ISD,” McDowell said. “We only became a Chapter 41 school a couple of years ago and we don’t get any funding from the program.”
McDowell said there are several groups with differing plans for school funding, and the issue continues to be a difficult subject to be addressed by Texas lawmakers. Burrows has said he will work with Rinaldi on his bill to make sure school funding remains a priority during the legislative session.

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