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Paving the Way for the Future

by Heather Reynolds

Dear Bobcats,

On Saturday, October 3, Celina ISD held a small ceremony to formally dedicate the Marcy B. Lykins Elementary School. Marcy Lykins joined the faculty of Celina Elementary School in the fall of 2012 as a beloved pre-kindergarten teacher, and she is credited with establishing the bilingual program on the campus. With over seventeen years of experience in education, the footprints Marcy left behind are deeply rooted in selflessness, kindness, and humility. She brightened the halls of the school and the hearts of all she met with joy and laughter.

Customarily, a building dedication would include an open house for our entire community, but current restrictions allowed only for a limited number of guests. CISD administrators, board members, and teachers joined the Lykins family for the dedication, and we were honored to have joining us former Celina ISD Superintendent and O’Dell Elementary namesake, Donny O’Dell. At the conclusion of the event, guests toured the facility and the beautiful garden behind the school, which was also a vision of Marcy’s. This garden became a reality with help from the Friends of Celina Gardens and over 150 other generous donors and volunteers. Great educators like Marcy Lykins and Donny O’Dell, and all the people of our community who support our schools, truly represent what it means to be Celina Connected.

Part of this connection to our community is represented by our commitment to being financially prudent as we face the many challenges of our growing district. At the September board meeting, the Celina ISD Board of Trustees approved the district tax rate for this year, which formally concludes the 2020-2021 budget process. This year’s tax rate of $1.4832 is the lowest school district tax rate in over 20 years, and effectively reduces last year’s tax rate by .53%. This rate will decrease taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $65.70 next year.

School funding will continue to be a great challenge to all districts in the coming years, but the challenge is even greater for smaller school districts, particularly fast-growth districts like Celina ISD. In this next legislative session, our state will grapple with a $4.6 billion dollar deficit in this biennium alone, and school districts have been cautioned to anticipate further cuts in school funding. Our district is charged by the state to continue reducing taxes on the local level while also managing our ever-growing population.

This fall has been an exciting time in Celina ISD and we look forward to new opportunities to connect with our families and our community as we continue “Paving the Way for the Future.”

Go Bobcats!

Tom Maglisceau, Superintendent

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