Members of the Sherman Independent School District Board will receive an update on the district’s response to COVID-19 Monday as district campuses remain shuttered from the ongoing health crisis. The board is expected to meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the SISD administration building.


As a part of the update, district staff are expected to talk budget planning for the 2020-2021 school year. While district officials do not have significant concerns over revenue for the current fiscal year, officials said they anticipate a conservative approach for the follow year.


In documents for Monday’s meeting, district staff said they plan to be conservative when discussing average daily attendance, revenue and tax rates, which all contribute to the district’s budget for the upcoming year.


“For long-term funding projections, we will scrutinize recurring expenditures and prioritize based on need,” the district said. “We suggest taking a more conservative approach to fund balance and transition 2020.”


However, projects within the 2017 bond program are relatively safe, barring unforeseen occurrences, the district added.


In addition tot he budget, the board will receive an update on other ongoing efforts amid the ongoing health crisis, including the district’s meal distribution, and more than 59,000 meals that have been distributed, and nearly $90,000 of COVID-19 related expenses that have been accrued.


Other items that will be discussed include the renewal of the district’s contract for food service management with Aramark and the addition of six fine arts practice room pods that were previously removed from the scope of the new Sherman High School construction project.


Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at mhutchins@heralddemocrat.com.