Deficits overshadow drafting of Devine ISD 2024-2025 budget

By Anton Riecher
Devine is only one of many Texas school districts facing potential budget deficits as school board trustees labor into the summer months developing their 2024-2025 budgets.
“We can only write checks for the amount of money we have in the bucket,” Devine superintendent Todd Grandjean said. “You have to start making tough decisions about personnel and resources.”
The Devine school board met May 14 for the second of three workshops scheduled to decide what should be included in the budget.
With no additional state funding for schools approved by the Texas Legislature in 2023 unofficial estimates project that more than half of the state’s school districts face dipping into money set aside in unassigned fund balance to cover emergencies.
Grandjean said the school board finds itself in much better shape regarding the new budget than anticipated.
“You always start with everything that anyone can possibly list as to what they feel can benefit students, improve…