Superintendent expects Crosby ISD to suspend financial exigency next month
Scott Davis said his first year as Crosby ISD’s superintendent is one he will surely never forget.
On the heels of a finanical crisis, Crosby ISD held a community convocation at the Crosby High School auditorium on Monday night to look back on 2018 and give insight into what the community can look forward to, such as a potential end to financial exigency next month.
Davis said he expects that he will suggest the board of trustees end their declaration of a financial emergency at their February meeting.
“I’d like to get point in the next couple of weeks from the legal standpoint about this financial exigency that we had to declare,” Davis said. “I have to recommend to our board that we end it, and I’d like to do that the next month or so. I don’t want people in our staff think we’re going to have to lay off a bunch of people again.”
During the fall, Crosby declared a financial exigency and laid off more than 100 employees to decrease their payroll and cut some expenses from their general budget, which saved them around $5 million.
“We’ve had to do some very drastic things in the fall to, quite honestly, save the district. And I’m not over exaggerating the use or the choice of those words,” Davis told the crowd of community and staff members.
Davis said the district’s financial situation often drove him to a wide range of emotions.
“I’ve never wept, like I’ve wept. I’ve never been as mad as I’ve been. I’ve never been as sad as I’ve been,” Davis confessed. “I feel that everybody that’s been impacted by the financial exigency and the reduction in force is literally the worst thing I’ve ever been forced to do as a human being.”
However, he said the district is trying to create a better future.
Right behind Davis were seven magnolia trees that were donated to the district by a vendor. The seven trees represent the schools of Crosby ISD. The trees also symbolize the district’s long road to recovery from their financial crisis. Davis said the trees will be planted along FM 2100.
“What we want to do with that is to capitalize on the symbolism of the fact that magnolias take a while to start producing fruit. It doesn’t do that immediately in the same way the recovery, the financial bounce that we’re having to take care of right now, is going to take us several years,” Davis said.
Davis encourages the community to keep pressing forward in a positive direction as they set their roots in 2019.
“It’s time for reset, it’s time for a redo,” Davis said.
Davis also noted that student enrollment is up by 3 percent, despite the district’s current financial situation.
“With everything that we’ve experienced kids and families are still coming to Crosby,” Davis said. “Yes we’ve gone through some tough times, yes there’s still things to fix but we’re going through it, we’re not stopping.”