The voter-approved tax increase decided in September in McKinney will enable the MISD Athletics Department to balance its budget for the 2014-’15 school year, but it will not receive any additional funds, the athletics director said.
Shawn Pratt, MISD athletics director, said the Tax Ratification Election, ensures the department will retain existing funds and not have to make any further cuts. Prior to the vote he told TSB in a video interview (above) how important it would be.
The department already experienced hard cuts recently. Earlier this month, Pratt referenced a 20 percent reduction that occurred in 2011-’12, which included having coaches drive buses to games, the elimination of one assistant athletics director and having students pay to attend a summer workout program.
If the TRE had not passed, the district could have bene looking at a pay-to-play system and asking booster clubs to contribute more funds to athletic programs, Pratt said earlier this month.
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