Texas City Independent School District is trying a new approach to increase its state funding.

District officials are having a Trunk or Treat event at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Blocker Middle School for families. Officials will share information about a campaign to increase attendance and will give prizes and gift cards to students who pledge to attend school daily, said Melissa Tortorici, spokeswoman for the district.

“We’ve seen a steady decline in our attendance rate over the last couple of years,” said Susan Myers, deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction. “This year, we really want to focus and make sure parents and students know why it’s important to be at school every day. It has both an instructional and financial impact.”

The move comes as school boards across Galveston County are forced to adopt deficit budgets as they struggle with financial issues.

The average daily attendance, or ADA, helps determine how much funding a school district gets from the state.

“We tend to hover around 94 percent on our attendance,” Tortorici said. “Our goal is to improve it to 97 percent. That’s a high target, but we believe it is possible to achieve it.”

For each percentage point increase in attendance, the district will generate about $430,000 in state funding, Myers said.

Monday’s event will include a haunted house and face painting and will have different prizes for students, Tortorici said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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