Court approves funds to nine school districts
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Jan 11, 2018 | 800 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print

With a bare quorum present, Upshur County Commissioners Court recently approved dividing $200,000 in “county available” funds among the nine school districts lying partly or wholly in the county.

The funds, which are distributed annually, come from lease revenues on Upshur County-owned “school land” in two West Texas counties, Baylor and Throckmorton. The allotments are distributed on a pro rata basis, based on each district’s average daily attendance of students residing in Upshur County. 

At least some Upshur districts also have pupils who live outside the county, but they are not included in the student totals which affect each district’s share. The total average daily attendance of Upshur residents in the nine districts was almost 6,800.

County Treasurer Brandy Vick determined that $200,000 of the $250,000 in “county available” funds would be disbursed this year.

As usual, the Gilmer Independent School District received the highest amount, more than $63,000 for 2,154  county students. That constituted almost 32 percent of the total $200,000 allocated.

New Diana ISD drew the second-highest amount, $28,200 for about 955 Upshur students, or 14.10 percent of the overall allocation.

Other districts, the amounts they were allocated and their number of Upshur pupils included Ore City ISD, $22,860, 774;  Harmony ISD, $21,400, 724; Union Grove ISD, $19,500, 660;  Big Sandy ISD, $19,320, 654; Gladewater ISD, $15,180, 514; Union Hill ISD, $9,420, 319; and Pittsburg ISD $480, 16.

Only three of the court’s five members attended Friday’s nine-minute meeting,  Pct. 3 Commissioner Frank Berka, Pct. 2 Commissioner Don Gross and Pct. 4 Commissioner Mike Spencer, who presided in County Judge Dean Fowler’s absence. 

Fowler was ill, and Pct. 1 Commissioner Paula Gentry has not attended a court meeting since being injured in a Sept. 6 auto accident.

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