by Coy Holcombe.
There will be changes coming for the 2010-2011 school year at the Henderson County Shared Services Arrangement (HCSSA). The HCSSA is the special education co-op that EISD is a member. Currently there are six other districts that are also members of the HCSSA: Brownsboro, Malakoff, Cross Roads, Trinidad, Murchison, and La Poyner. Recently, Brownsboro has announced their intention of pulling out of the co-op starting with the 2010-2011 school year. So, what impact will that have on the other districts and in particular EISD?
Overall, the impact will be minimal. The co-op will continue without Brownsboro. All the current services will continue and we are not looking at increased costs for EISD. In fact, in a preliminary budget for 2010-2011, the costs will actually decrease for EISD.
Since EISD will now be the biggest member of the co-op, we have been asked to serve as fiscal agent for the co-op. Currently, Brownsboro is the fiscal agent. The fiscal agent serves the function of paying the bills for the co-op, taking care of the payroll for the co-op, and having all of the official business handled through the school board of the fiscal agent. However, there would be no increased cost to our district for serving as fiscal agent. The money for sustaining the co-op would flow through our district, but there would be no additional expenditure of local funds for EISD. In fact, the co-op would pay EISD to be the fiscal agent. The EISD Board of Trustees must officially approve being the fiscal agent. That topic will be discussed at a called board meeting on Monday, October 26. The called meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00 AM and will take place in the conference room at the administration building.
As things are decided about how the new co-op will look, I will pass that information along to you. If you have any questions concerning this, or any other topic, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.