Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of April 26, 2021

THANK YOU FOR CASTING YOUR VOTE

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McKinney ISD Early Voting at Bennett -Open Monday & Tuesday

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Four Ballots + One Priority = MISD Students

MISD ATTENDANCE CREDIT ELECTION INFORMATION

The Attendance Credit Election in 2 Minutes

MISD TAX RATE ELECTION INFORMATION

The Voter Approval Tax Rate Election in 2 Minutes

MISD SCHOOL BUILDING BOND ELECTION INFORMATION

The School Building Bond in 2 Minutes

MISD TECHNOLOGY BOND INFORMATION

The Technology Bond in 2 Minutes
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2021 MISD Election - FACT or FICTION

2021 Election "FACT or FICTION"


In 2019, the Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring the ballots for all school bond elections to include a sentence that states, “THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE,” even if no actual tax rate increase will occur.


FACT

McKinney ISD will be lowering the total tax rate by 3 cents, approximately $112 per year for homeowners. But, new legislation requires the ballot language to state, “THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.” It’s dumb, we know.


If the Attendance Credit Election fails, McKinney ISD will lose nearly $3 billion of its property value.


FACT

The state will detach approximately $2.9 billion of MISD’s total property value in what is called detachment of territory. This property value will then be dispersed to other districts in the state.


The McKinney ISD school bond will only impact a few campuses in the district.


FICTION

The bond will renovate 10 campuses but will also fund safety and security, technology, fine arts, athletics, playgrounds and transportation throughout McKinney ISD. Every campus in the district will be impacted by the bond.


McKinney ISD has received national and state recognition for financial management and financial transparency.


FACT

McKinney ISD earned the state’s highest financial rating for the 18th consecutive year by the Texas Education Agency. MISD has also earned recognition from the Texas Comptroller for financial transparency. The district has a tradition of being fiscally conservative, resulting in a AA+ bond rating by Standard and Poor’s and an Aa1 bond rating by Moody’s The district consistently spends more in the classroom and less on administrative costs than both the region and state.


The majority of the bond is going to HVAC updates at every campus, which could be paid for out of the maintenance and operations fund.


FICTION

The majority of the bond will go towards complete campus renovations at 10 campuses, which are slated for renovation as part of the district’s long-range facilities plan to ensure that campuses are well maintained for students and teachers. Schools are on a 15-year renovation cycle to ensure that they do not fall into disrepair. The renovations include energy efficient lighting, paint, flooring, heating and air conditioning updates, safety and security, lock-down buttons and cameras, technology, student desks and furniture, and more. Each campus renovation is slightly different depending upon the age of the facility and condition.


In the same way that homeowner’s borrow funds for a mortgage, school districts borrow funds to pay for major capital expenditures like renovations and new construction. Approximately 80% of school district budgets go toward salaries and benefits for teachers and support staff, so it’s not possible for districts to fund all of these projects from the maintenance and operations budget. That would be like someone saying, “Just pay all of your mortgage off at once out of your checking account.” It is important to note that McKinney ISD saves millions of dollars in interest by using 20-year bonds as opposed to 30-year bonds that most school districts use.


The Technology Bond will allow McKinney ISD to continue the 1:World laptop initiative for all students and will also help fund computers for CTE and STEM programs.


FACT

The Technology Bond will enable the district to continue the laptop initiative and provide technology to all students in McKinney ISD. McKinney ISD does not have the funds in the maintenance and operations budget to fund all technology needs and, therefore, the district would use short-term bonds (5 years) to purchase additional computers for students and campuses.


The Voter Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) will provide additional funds to maintain smaller class sizes, help fund many district programs (GT, CTE, STEM, fine arts, athletics, etc.) and recruit and retain teachers and staff.


FACT

The Voter Approval Tax Rate Election will provide additional funding for the district’s maintenance and operations budget, which was recently limited for school districts by legislation in House Bill 3. The additional VATRE funding will be used to avoid increasing class sizes, fund district programs, and to help recruit and retain quality teachers and staff.


My tax bill has gone up because the McKinney ISD tax rate keeps going up.


FICTION

Property taxes have gone up in McKinney, Collin County, and across the state due to rising home values, not because the McKinney ISD tax rate has gone up. In fact, the McKinney ISD tax rate has continually decreased since 2013, and will continue to decrease with the four ballot items in this election.Click here to learn more.


The new elementary school is going to cost over $500 per square foot.


FICTION

This was a rumor that was completely fabricated. In fact, nobody even knows how this number was derived. The new elementary school in Trinity Falls will be approximately 105,000 square feet and will cost approximately $333 per square foot. This includes all construction costs, technology infrastructure, safety and security, architectural fees, engineering fees, geotechnical fees, utilities, furniture, fixtures, equipment and more. Schools are more expensive to build than a house because they serve hundreds of students for many decades, and include classrooms, a cafeteria, a gym, student health, safety and security, technology, playgrounds and classroom equipment for students. The new elementary in Trinity Falls will alleviate overcrowding at Press Elementary School and provide space for the significant enrollment growth in the northern sector of the district.


McKinney ISD

Communications Department

Learn More About MISD School Board Candidates

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McKinney ISD Family,


We’ve sent out quite a bit of information about the upcoming election, but don’t forget there is an important school board election as well. Decisions that our school board members make have a direct impact on you, our students, and our community. Please take time to learn about each candidate and their position on education and McKinney ISD.


(Voters must reside in specific board places to vote in places 1, 2, and 3. All McKinney ISD residents can vote in the Place 7 At-Large election.)


Here is a link to each candidate’s facebook page, and to recent candidate Q&A’s published in Community Impact Newspaper.


PLACE 1 - Community IMPACT Candidate Q&A


1. Larry Jagours – https://www.facebook.com/larry.jagours


2. Maria McKinzie (Current School Board Member)

https://www.facebook.com/McKinzie4McKinneyKids - https://www.mckinneyisd.net/about-misd/board-of-trustees/place-1/


PLACE 2 - Community IMPACT Candidate Q&A


1. Anthony Congine – https://www.facebook.com/Congine-for-McKinney-ISD-School-Board-112598984255238


2. Philip Hassler (Current School Board Member)

https://www.facebook.com/PhilipHasslerMISDPlace2/ - https://www.mckinneyisd.net/about-misd/board-of-trustees/philip-hassler/


PLACE 3 - Community IMPACT Candidate Q&A


1. Erwin Garcia


2. Chad Green – https://www.facebook.com/Green4McKinney


3. Kathi Livezey (Current School Board Member)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/340126372004 - https://www.mckinneyisd.net/about-misd/board-of-trustees/place-3/


PLACE 7 AT-LARGE - Community IMPACT Candidate Q&A


1. Serena Ashcroft – https://www.facebook.com/StandWithSerena


2. Joy Booth – https://www.facebook.com/schoolboardjoy


3. J.B. Franze – https://jbfranze.com/mckinneyisd


4. Harvey Oaxaca – https://www.facebook.com/harvey4misd

Time to Register Your Incoming BEAR for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 School Year

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Class Placement Forms for 2021-2022 School Year - Due by May 1st

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Dear Amazing Bennett Parents,


In order to best meet your child’s needs, we invite parents to complete a class placement information form. We know that parents have great insight into the needs of their child and appreciate you taking the time to respond so that we can make the best placement for your child in the upcoming year.


While we value and appreciate your input, specific requests for teachers will not be accepted. Class placement forms will go home on Tuesday, April 13th, with in-person learners, as well as emailed home to the parents of our virtual learners. This will be your only opportunity to provide input so we encourage you to please return this completed form to the front office by May 1, 2021.


Proud to be a BEAR,

Amy

Bennett Enrollment Survey - What's Your Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year?

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TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK AT A GLANCE

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PTO Sponsored Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3rd-7th

Students Appreciating Our Staff

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Wednesday Handout - My Teacher is Awesome Page

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PTO Appreciating Our Staff

PTO Sponsored Teacher Appreciation Event - Monday, May 3rd

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PTO Sponsored Teacher Appreciation Event - Tuesday, May 4th

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PTO Sponsored Teacher Appreciation Event - Wednesday, May 5th

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PTO Sponsored Teacher Appreciation Event - Thursday, May 6th

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PTO Sponsored Teacher Appreciation Event - Friday, May 7th

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PTO Sponsored "Buy a Brick" Fundraiser

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Bennett Volunteers - YOU Make OUR School GREAT

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Time to Order School Supply Packs for the 2021-2022 School Year

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Taking Care of Your McKinney ISD Issued Student Device & Responsibilities

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April Parent Lunch Visitor Sign Up

April Breakfast Menu

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April Lunch Menu

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FREE Breakfast & Lunch for All MISD Students for 2020-2021 School Year

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Information From Our Counselor, Christie Thompson

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Save the Date - April Friday Live - Virtual Style - April 30th

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Specials Team - April Newsletter

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Information from Nurse Tiffany

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PTO Sponsored - FREE End of Year Party Treat for Our BEARS - More Details to Come

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Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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April Events for our BEARS


Monday, April 26th:

*Bad Weather Make-Up Day

*School Day for Students & Staff

*Early Voting Open for MISD Bond Elections - Please Come Vote at Bennett - 7:00AM-7:00PM


Tuesday, April 27th:

*School Board Driver Appreciation Day

*Early Voting Open for MISD Bond Elections - Please Come Vote at Bennett - 7:00AM-7:00PM


Friday, April 30th:

Friday Live - 2:15PM - Virtually


Saturday, May 1st:

*Class Placement Forms due

*MISD Bond Election Day - Please Come Vote at Bennett - 7:00AM-7:00PM

April Birthdays

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April Birthdays


1 - Vildan

4 - Drew

5 - Haley

6 - Cici, Kaylee

7 - Adam, Cameron, McKenna

8 - Hazel, Claire

9 - Alanna

10 - Ms. Bankson - STC Aide

11 - Tristan, Alaina

12 - Cristian

13 - Liam

14 - Evan

15 - JayAna, Lyla, Ella, Mr. Khreish - Resource Teacher

17 - Maili

18 - Kambria, Anna

19 - Kinley, Hailey

20 - Braden

21 - Yazmeen, Beckett

23 - Ithiel

24- Camden

25 - Georgia, Kaleb, Graeson

26 - Helene, Sarah

27 - Zayd, Jaxton, Carly, Benicio, Henry, Mrs. Scheidhauer - Speech Teacher

28 - Kareem, Mrs. Woods - Dyslexia, Mrs. Martin - 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Scales - Clerical Aide

29 - Jase, Kendrick, Rylee, Adalynn

30 - Georgia, Connor, Jack, Rhya

PTO Sponsored Yearbooks - Order Yours Today

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Lawson Early Childhood School - McKinney ISD

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Lawson Early Childhood School Awarded the 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Early Childhood Award

Pre-K Registration for Lawson Early Childhood School - McKinney ISD

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Head Start at Lawson Early Childhood School - McKinney ISD

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Head Start is Accepting Applications - McKinney ISD

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Appreciation Days - 2020-2021

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UPDATED MISD School Calendar - 2020-2021

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MISD Approves 2021-2022 School District Calendar

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McKinney ISD Club 360 Summer Camp - Begins May 25th

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McKinney ISD Camp Invention - July 19-22

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