New superintendent takes over at LCISD

New Lamar Consolidated ISD Supt. Dr. Roosevelt Nivens shakes hands with new Terry campus coordinator/head football coach Darnell Jackson during Thursday’s board of trustees meeting.

A new era officially began at Lamar Consolidated ISD as Dr. Roosevelt Nivens conducted his first school board meeting on Thursday as the district’s new superintendent.

Nivens had glowing words for his new staff as he takes over for Dr. Thomas Randle, who retired at the end of the school year.

“I have talked to quite a few folks, and Lamar CISD is an absolutely outstanding school district,” Nivens said. “And I want to give a special thanks to the staff. I have met most of them, and you talk about a room of high performers. They’re going to make the superintendent’s job a lot easier for me. You guys are top-notch.”

Nivens’ first major move as superintendent will be to pass the LCISD budget for this coming school year. His first act as superintendent was to form a budget committee, consisting of three current board members in an effort to increase the board’s engagement of the budget process.

“(We want) more direction from the board, because that is the board’s main function, to approve the budget,” Nivens said. He also said that he plans to have the committee

The board unanimously approved the formation with the committee 6-0, with trustee Jon Welch absent from the meeting.

Also, the meeting had a budget workshop conducted by LCISD Chief Financial Officer Jill Ludwig, who said that LCISD is expecting total revenues for the 2021-22 to be around $364.3 million.

The district is expected to receive around $183.5 million in funding from local revenues, which includes funds from property taxes, donations and investments. That is half of the total estimated revenues LCISD plans to receive. About $180.5 million of those revenues come from property taxes for the coming school year.

Ludwig said that state revenues are projected to be at $176.9 million, with federal revenues projected at $3.9 million.

The district will have more workshops with the goal of adopting the budget and new tax rate in August.

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