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CHAMBER SUPPORTS PETTUS ISD TAX RATE REQUEST; OPPOSES BISD REQUEST Chamber says BISD has to do a better job of educating students
Oct 24, 2008 | 1110 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bee County Chamber of Commerce is split on their endorsement of local school tax increase requests on the November 4th ballot. The Chamber has chosen to support Pettus ISD in their proposition, but not Beeville ISD.

The Chamber Board voted to issue the following position statements at their most recent meeting:

“The Chamber congratulates Pettus ISD on meeting the 2008 Annual Yearly Progress federal accountability standards on the district level as well as in both the elementary and high school.

The Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to stimulate economic growth and we believe that outstanding schools are a crucial tool in the ongoing development of Bee County.

The Chamber, therefore, supports the proposed $0.08 tax rate increase for Pettus ISD on the November 4th ballot. We encourage the business community to vote ‘YES’ on that ballot item.

We applaud the district’s successes and encourage the district to make decisions that will foster an environment for excellence in education and reduce dropout rates.”

“The Chamber recognizes the fiscal constraints on Beeville ISD brought on by the new state funding formula and declining student enrollment. We also recognize that although, as a district, BISD met the 2008 Annual Yearly Progress federal accountability standards, A.C. Jones High School and Moreno Middle School did not.

The Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to stimulate economic growth and we believe that outstanding schools are a crucial tool in the ongoing development of Bee County.

Due to the low performance of both of our secondary schools, it is the Chamber’s position to not support the proposed $0.06 tax rate increase for Beeville ISD on the November 4th ballot. We encourage the business community to vote ‘NO’ on that ballot item.

We applaud the district’s successes in the elementary schools and encourage staff to apply the same methods to the high school and junior high to meet these minimum federal accountability standards. Lastly, we encourage the district to make decisions that will foster an environment for excellence in education and reduce student dropout rates.”

The Bee County Chamber of Commerce is a business organization with a mission to “Lead the business community in the progressive development and stimulation of economic growth and opportunity, and assist in the generation of new commerce.” To that end, The Chamber volunteers are working together to encourage students and schools to take seriously the task of preparing these students for their future in the workforce.

“These students are the future of this community, we, as the business people here, have to hold ourselves, and the rest of the community, accountable for the quality of our schools,” said Chamber Chairman Karl Arnst. He said, “The schools in Pettus ISD met the fundamental federal performance standards, some in Beeville ISD did not, I think the Chamber is simply thinking like the business people that they are in rewarding performance.”

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