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Humble ISD's entire $250 million budget - line by line

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Robert K --- 1 years ago -

As of April 19 - all 400+ pages of it:

2011-2012 Humble ISD line-item Budget


Grab a big cup of coffee and see for yourself how the school board is spending your hard-earned tax dollars. 

monkeygouger --- 1 years ago -

Good job man. I hope their mailbox is ready for complaints. 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

Good job man. I hope their mailbox is ready for complaints. 


Strike while the iron's hot!

Bonnie Longnion - bonnie.longnion@humble.k12.tx.us
Brent Engelage - Brent@Brent-Engelage.com
Dave Martin - dave.martin@humble.k12.tx.us
Robert Scarfo - robert.scarfo@humble.k12.tx.us
Robert Sitton - robert.sitton@humble.k12.tx.us
Keith Lapeze - keith.lapeze@humble.k12.tx.us
Charles Cunningham - charles.cunningham@humble.k12.tx.us
Guy Sconzo - guy.sconzo@humble.k12.tx.us 

SagaciousSighFiGurl --- 1 years ago -

It's GREAT that you posted this, thank you. I want to read it, but I'm skeered. lol. But I will read it in time. :) 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

It's GREAT that you posted this, thank you.

I want to read it, but Iti'm skeered. lol. But I will read it in time. :) 


Please take time to read and scrutinize it.

Treat the district's budget as if it's your own money, because it is. 

Bellarue --- 1 years ago -

Thank you for posting this. I plan to peruse this later tomorrow. 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

Thank you for posting this.

I plan to peruse this later tomorrow. 


One thing that may not pop out when you look at this itemized budget is that of nearly 5,000 Humble ISD employees, only half (2,500) are Teachers. It's almost as if district administrators have lost focused on educating children.

In the budget, district administrators disguise this by lumping most teacher, non-teacher and administrator pay -all- under the same general budget category of "TEACH/PROF'L SALARIES"

Nearly every one of the funding line items "TEACH/PROF'L SALARIES" is already over budget, and the school year isn't even done yet :\ 

Bornanraisedkw --- 1 years ago -

Their financials are online too. 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

Their financials are online too. 

The district has yet to get around to posting any information on their new
Financial Resources Dashboard.

For what it's worth, this may be the first time Humble ISD's full line-item budget has been posted online — although really, anyone can legally request it because it's public domain.

2011-2012 Humble ISD line-item Budget 

Bornanraisedkw --- 1 years ago -

Aren't they supposed to have a public meeting when the annual report comes out in feb? I could swear I stumbled on the PDF last week online looking for something up. Kinda of struck me cause the CPA was a woman. 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

Aren't they supposed to have a public meeting when the annual report comes out in feb? I could swear I stumbled on the PDF last week online looking for something up. Kinda of struck me cause the CPA was a woman. 

Not sure about that.

Regardless, I'm sure they'd tell you only the good news they wanted you to hear, instead of the bad news you really should know about. 

Loveday --- 1 years ago -

I looked... but I don't know what I'm looking at. :(

I wish school finance wasn't so incredibly difficult to understand. At times I am completely dumfounded by purchases my campus makes. They always attempt to pacify us with the same explanations. "That money came out of an account that had to be used in a very specific way. It couldn't be used on [insert urgent campus need here] so we used it on [insert ridiculous purchase here]. See?"

It's very frustrating. 

justcat --- 1 years ago -

Like iPads for an Elementary school..? 

planemom --- 1 years ago -

Like iPads for an Elementary school..?

It would depend on how they are being used. They are a good supplement to learning math facts and reinforcing spelling and reading. My cousin's son uses an app as part of his hearing therapy. 

Circlesmile --- 1 years ago -

No planemom the purpose of school purchaseing such things is to show zero sum. If they surplused money they couldnt complain about needing more. For them negative is better than positive. 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

No planemom the purpose of school purchaseing such things is to show zero sum. If they surplused money they couldnt complain about needing more. For them negative is better than positive. 

Humble ISD administrators are notorious for allocating money at the beginning of the year for educational reasons, just to tell those functional areas tighten their belts so the district has money left over in their accounts.

The school board then re-allocates money destined for education to be instead used for non-teacher salaries.

For example, here's some highlights from this line-item budget:

............ Account ............................. Orig Approp .... Avail Budget
Total Instructional Resources/Media ..... 2,761,729 ..... 157,129.63
Total Curric/Instructional Staff Dev ....... 2,887,998 ..... 393,335.94
Total Instructional Leadership ............. 2,025,096 ..... 180,034.07
Total School Leadership .................... 16,620,045 ..... 676,004.81
Total Guidance/Counseling/Evaluation . 11,691,878 ..... 606,309.08
Total Social Work Services ..................... 128,970 ......... 26,261.94
Total Health Services ........................... 2,624,155 ..... 234,789.43
Total Student Transportation ................ 8,549,512 ... 1,252,678.80
Total Extracurricular Activities ................ 6,874,725 ..... 840,149.65
Total General Administration ................. 6,431,250 ...... 837,201.89
Total Plant Maintenance/Operations .... 25,850,694 ... 3,464,140.04
Total Security/Monitoring Services ......... 2,380,936 ..... 265,288.23
Total Data Processing Services ............ 2,204,634 ....... 262,956.71
Total Community Services ........................ 623,079 ..... 138,713.19
TOTAL Unspent Funds ............................................ 9,334,993.41


So instead of giving this $9.3 million back to the taxpayers who need it, hiring more Teachers for the classrooms, or paying down the district's growing debt, expect the school board to shift the entire $9.3 million to offset non-teacher and administration salaries at the end of the school year. 

Tipsyhic --- 1 years ago -

Like iPads for an Elementary school
Yes iPads so they can play pirates. But they left out the peg legs and parrots. 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

Like iPads for an Elementary school..?

It would depend on how they are being used. They are a good supplement to learning math facts and reinforcing spelling and reading. My cousin's son uses an app as part of his hearing therapy. 


Then the Ipads should be used for special needs kids only. That's rarely the case.

When the district is already $5 million in debt, it's hard to justify Ipads in elementary classrooms when children regularly visit the Computer Lab. 

Loveday --- 1 years ago -

Like iPads for an Elementary school..?

It would depend on how they are being used. They are a good supplement to learning math facts and reinforcing spelling and reading. My cousin's son uses an app as part of his hearing therapy.


We've used the iPads for some pretty cool stuff this year, but truthfully nothing that couldn't have been accomplished in the computer lab. Teachers are finding it difficult to work apps into lessons in truly relevant ways, and so few teachers have been trained. The iPads spend most of their time sitting unused on the cart.

I'd rather have smaller class sizes or more interventionists. 

Odin --- 1 years ago -


When the district is already $5 million in debt, it's hard to justify Ipads in elementary classrooms when children regularly visit the Computer Lab.


When I hear of such things I always wonder who got a kick back of some kind.

In the corporate world when stupid contracts and purchases occur, it always involves a bribe or a family/friend connection to the vendor.

Laying off teachers but buying iPads.. stinks to high heaven. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl --- 1 years ago -

Laying off teachers but buying iPads.. stinks to high heaven.


I'll say. Gee, I remember the days when computers first started showing up in school...they had 5 in the library and the kids took turns using them in shifts...things sure have changed if we can dump teachers and buy Ipads. It' just shows the major problem that exists when it comes to making appropriate decisions about spending tax payer dollars.. 

8675309 --- 1 years ago -

iPads?? Someone please highlight the other abuses. That is a lot to read! 

Loveday --- 1 years ago -

iPads?? Someone please highlight the other abuses. That is a lot to read!

Yes, iPads. Our classrooms are packed, we can't get help for kids who struggle, they refuse to distribute textbooks even if we have them, we ration paper like it's made of gold, and teachers buy their own supplies. But we have lots and lots of iPads! :( 

Loveday --- 1 years ago -

I need to add this... Humble does buy technology that is VERY useful. I can't imagine going back to teaching without some of it! I am so thankful for my projector, document camera, and Mobi. We are able to easily do so much more in our lessons now. I am also thankful for the new computers in my classroom and the computer lab. My students publish their work in so many creative ways! I could go on and on. :) 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

I'd rather have smaller class sizes

You are exactly right on that one, Loveday!

With nearly 5,000 total district employees for 35,000 students in Humble ISD, we should have a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Of course, it's no where near that ratio.

It's understood there must have some level of administration and support jobs to run any school district. The problem is there's way too many non-teacher employees in Humble ISD, because out of nearly 5,000 total employees, only half (2,500) are Teachers. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl --- 1 years ago -

The problem is there's way too many non-teacher employees in Humble ISD, because out of nearly 5,000 total employees, only half (2,500) are Teachers.

Good grief, that's nuts. 

a1500460uu --- 1 years ago -

Only half of the staff are teachers...true, but the comments you are making are only good sound bites. It makes more sense if you really think about what you are griping about.

How many non-teachers does it take for the daily operations of the school district?

You expect teachers to drive the buses? or make the kids lunches? or maintain the grounds? or make repairs?

Do you expect teachers to handle the budgets and finances (that is handled by accountants) over at the admin building to fulfill the rules our state legislatures demand?

Really....you are complaint about that?! 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

Only half of the staff are teachers...true, but the comments you are making are only good sound bites. It makes more sense if you really think about what you are griping about.

How many non-teachers does it take for the daily operations of the school district?

You expect teachers to drive the buses? or make the kids lunches? or maintain the grounds? or make repairs?

Do you expect teachers to handle the budgets and finances (that is handled by accountants) over at the admin building to fulfill the rules our state legislatures demand?



School breakfast, school lunch, bus rides and unfunded mandates?!

Are you trying to convince everyone here that government, including school government, has gotten too big?

I think you just did.


Regardless, other districts find ways to live within their budget. 

Clock --- 1 years ago -

I've mentioned before--although 5 positions in the top admin are retiring this year, this district is too top heavy. The admin. (mostly regarding non-campus personnel) has too many employees who are being paid an exorbitant amount of money for a fluff position--so far away from the kids that it's almost laughable. What do some of these people do all day? Cuts in positions need to be as far away from kids as possible. 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

The admin. (mostly regarding non-campus personnel) has too many employees who are being paid an exorbitant amount of money for a fluff position--so far away from the kids that it's almost laughable. What do some of these people do all day? Cuts in positions need to be as far away from kids as possible.

The district could easily outsource many of these positions, thereby making more money available for more teachers and better teacher pay.

Sconzo gripes about not being ablee to increase teacher pay, when all he needs to do to be able to afford it is to outsource and/or decrease the district's non-teacher employees. 

Clock --- 1 years ago -

The district could easily outsource many of these positions, thereby making more money available for more teachers and better teacher pay

Many/most of these positions could be eliminated. These are bloated positions and do not effect or provide an affect on kids whatsoever. 

Clock --- 1 years ago -

Sconzo gripes about not being ablee to increase teacher pay

What I would like to know, did this pay freeze include ALL of Humble ISD employees, i.e., Sconzo, asst. superintendents, coordinators, etc., or only teachers who are the actual connection to kids regarding academia? 

Loveday --- 1 years ago -

The district could easily outsource many of these positions, thereby making more money available for more teachers and better teacher pay.

Sconzo gripes about not being ablee to increase teacher pay, when all he needs to do to be able to afford it is to outsource and/or decrease the district's non-teacher employees.


Didn't someone do the math when we were all upset this time last year and figure out that even eliminating admin positions wouldn't save that much money? I wish I could remember where I read that... 

Clock --- 1 years ago -

Didn't someone do the math when we were all upset this time last year and figure out that even eliminating admin positions wouldn't save that much money?

At approximately $80,000 to well over $100,000 per position is a good chunk of change--and there are a lot of positions that meet that within the district. 

Odin --- 1 years ago -

Didn't someone do the math when we were all upset this time last year and figure out that even eliminating admin positions wouldn't save that much money? I wish I could remember where I read that...

Each teacher position saved is a big deal.

How well can kids learn in cramped, overcrowded classrooms? What about special needs kids?

It may not add up to much money overall, but if one admin at 100k can fund 2 teachers that sounds like a good thing to me.

But it's like corporations, the managers and execs take care of their own. Layoffs start first in the lower ranks where the greatest direct impact of labor occurs.

Admins protecting themselves. 

Loveday --- 1 years ago -

It may not add up to much money overall, but if one admin at 100k can fund 2 teachers that sounds like a good thing to me.

But it's like corporations, the managers and execs take care of their own. Layoffs start first in the lower ranks where the greatest direct impact of labor occurs.

Admins protecting themselves.


I don't disagree.

But this reminds me of reading somewhere about the different admin positions we have. Did someone once publish a list, or...?

I'm useless on this thread. I know I've read this argument before, but I can't remember any specifics! :) 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

At approximately $80,000 to well over $100,000 per position is a good chunk of change--and there are a lot of positions that meet that within the district. 

Sconzo himself makes more than $230,000 a year, not including benefits.

That's more than a US Congressman ($174K) or the highest paid state governor (Calif at $206K) is paid. 

Loveday --- 1 years ago -

Sconzo himself makes more than $230,000 a year, not including benefits.

That's more than a US Congressman ($174K) or the highest paid state governor (Calif at $206K) makes.


Here's how his salary compares to other superintendents in our state. 

Clock --- 1 years ago -

Okay, you have proven that the salaries of superintendents are all comparable. With that information, I think that they get paid way too much throughout the state--that's definitely another issue that needs to be addressed, especially with the crisis within school districts regarding funds. Sconzo just hired the former superintendent from Splendora for $155,000 per year, to do what he's supposed to do making almost 300,000-- does that make sense? 

Robert K --- 1 years ago -

Sconzo himself makes more than $230,000 a year, not including benefits. That's more than a US Congressman ($174K) or the highest paid state governor (Calif at $206K) makes.


Here's how his salary compares to other superintendents in our state. 


All overpaid.

Any good teacher is worth ten times that. 

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