Accurate Information Report
Why did Lovejoy school board & administration provide inaccurate information?

Lovejoy ISD administration and school board made many promises to the Lovejoy community in order to win a bond election to build secondary schools. Prior to this election Lovejoy children had attended Allen ISD for 25 years.

How is it that private citizens (CUE) with NO access to inside information and only a few months of research were able to provide the community more accurate information than Lovejoy ISD?

No CUE member had/has a contract with Lovejoy ISD, owns land surrounding school sites or had/has any dealings with developers who have subsequently developed properties that were under contract with Lovejoy ISD.

CUE members had NO PROFIT POTENTIAL to cloud their FISCAL JUDGMENT - hence the accuracy of the CUE study.

Information from
Political Action Committee that supported consolidation with Allen ISD
Brenda Rizos headed this PAC.
Political Action Committee supported Lovejoy expanding to K-12
Elena Westbrook headed this PAC.
Four members of this PAC now serve as Lovejoy trustees

Lovejoy's proposed course offerings presented to the public before the vote to expand from K-6 to K-12 included regular track classes PLUS 32 pre-AP & AP classes plus 28 advanced and gifted (GT) classes for grades 6th-8th.

AllenISD has many more academic, technology offerings, career exploration offerings, advanced course offerings, extracurricular activities, and better facilities than Lovejoy will ever be able to offer.

"Many advanced offerings:
32 pre-AP and AP classes, plus 15 advanced courses for grades 6-8"

Get the Facts, Not Rumors
and Half-Truths!

Fact: The Lovejoy administration has presented a curriculum outline that includes the vast majority of courses our students take now. It has to — half of Lovejoy sophomores, for example, take advanced English instead of regular English. It’s true that a Lovejoy high school won’t have a broadcast studio or a robotics lab. What Lovejoy will have is a full complement of AP and other advanced courses — 32 AP and pre-AP courses, plus advanced courses for 6th graders, which Allen does not offer because its 6th graders are still in the elementaries. See the proposed curriculum at for more information.

Lovejoy's new curriculum has eliminated regular track classes.

Lovejoy will only offer core pre-AP and AP classes.

It is speculated that the reason for only offering advanced courses is due to LACK OF FINANCIAL PLANNING for the CHILDREN.

It appears that Lovejoy cannot afford to offer both regular and advanced tracks.

This is unfortunate for special needs and learning difference children.

We have a secondary operating budget.
December 11th, 2002
Rich Hickman, Lovejoy School Board President
Lovejoy has not completed a secondary operations budget.

Lovejoy opens the secondary school without sharing a line-item budget with the public.

Year 2004, Lovejoy residents petitioned the Legislative Budget Board to require Lovejoy to provide secondary budgetary information to the community, to no avail.

No printed information from Lovejoy ISD on this topic to dispel the pervasive community belief that class sizes would remain small.

Lovejoy has based its financial projections for secondary schools on maintaining small class sizes, as has always been our philosophy. 2003-2006 some class sizes are at or over 25 children

No mention of elementary overcrowding.
Lovejoy secondary school overcrowding is a possibility due to the inability to pass future bonds and remain under the 50-cent cap.

"Less overcrowding at all levels from elementary to high school" Lovejoy elementary is closed to new students because of overcrowding.


Lovejoy ISD residents.. should be happy to learn that the district does, in fact, know what it will cost to operate the new Lovejoy high school and middle school. Even better, we've been saving money for years to cover the transition and start-up costs. Lovejoy currently has $9.7 million in its "fund balance," which is comparable to a household's savings account.
Jan 2005, Rich Hickman, Lovejoy School Board President

LovejoyISD has no secondary budget. When asked for a budget, Dec. 12, 2002, Robert Puster stated that there is no Lovejoy secondary school budget available. The administration and Board are basing their decisions on a SangerISD budget. (Source: Robert Puster 12/12/02 meeting)
Fact: Lovejoy ISD is in good financial shape to build secondary schools, according to financial analysis performed by both Lovejoy and Allen and the consulting firms Genesis Partnership and Moak, Casey. became clear that Lovejoy will be able to afford both construction and operating costs. Lovejoy, Allen, and their consultants all agree that the two districts will have about the same income/student and the same tax rate. They have all stated publicly that Lovejoy is financially capable of building and operating its own secondary schools.

Moak & Casey NEVER stated that Lovejoy is financially capable of operating its own secondary schools.

Moak & Casey in their summary state:
"The decision to pursue the status quo, to establish a secondary facility at Lovejoy, or to consolidate the districts, can be informed, but not fully addressed by the revenue estimates provided by this report. A final decision will require additional analysis of the budget implications for each scenario and further exploration of local preferences".

Lovejoy NEVER completed a pro-forma secondary operations budget analysis.

The current tax rate for Lovejoy ISD is $1.60. Current studies indicate that the tax rate is expected to begin
climbing in the 2004-2005 school year
and would be in the $1.90s by 2006-2007.

Rich Hickman,
Lovejoy School Board President

Currently the tax rate is $1.60 ($1.45 for M&O and $ .15 for Debt Service).
In 2003-2004 the tax rate will be in the $1.60’s.
The tax rate will begin to rise in 2004-2005.

Lovejoy Bond presentation

"We don't understand how..... jumping to the higher tax rate in Allen is a benefit? We're not CPAs but our budget tells us if we can enjoy Lovejoy's $1.60 tax rate for a year or two while Lovejoy builds we saved money."
"This isn't just a school issue, it is a TAX issue. .....It makes sense, the only way to safeguard your wallet is to keep local control of your taxes by voting against consolidation.

Election judge hired by Lovejoy to run the consolidation election, bond election & school board elections

We believe if Lovejoy builds their own secondary schools, there will be higher school taxes after 2004 for a longer period of time.

"If Lovejoy builds, its tax rate for 2003 is estimated to be in the low $1.60's for 2003 - a 30-cent advantage."


Fact: Lovejoy is classified as "property wealthy" already; the source of that wealth is irrelevant. Having more commercial tax base hasn’t kept Allen’s taxes low — they already pay 20 cents per $100 more than Lovejoy residents. Because Lovejoy has a substantial tax base already, it doesn’t matter what form that wealth takes. In our case, additional commercial property would not make a noticeable difference. As a homeowner, your tax bill is determined by your home value times the tax rate — and Lovejoy’s tax rate is now, and is projected to be in 2004, substantially lower than Allen’s. In 2004, your tax rate if we consolidate will be about $1.92; if we vote AGAINST consolidation, your taxes will stay around $1.60.


Tax rate was raised immediately, August 2003, after the successful April bond election 2003, despite previous statements that the tax rate would not be raised until year 2004-2005.

Tax rate raised 2003 to $1.70, the maximum amount possible to avoid a tax rollback election.

Tax rate raised again to the maximum amount allowed by law to $1.8234.
($1.50 M&O & $1.3234 I&S)
Lovejoy CANNOT raise this tax rate until more bonds are issued.


Current studies indicate that the tax rate is expected to begin
climbing in the 2004-2005 school year and would be in the $1.90s by 2006-2007. There would be no significant
difference in the tax rate and the length of time that tax rate would be in effect with consolidation or with Lovejoy ISD
building its own schools.
The exception being that Allen ISD’s tax rate would rise more rapidly under consolidation
than Lovejoy ISD’s would while building its own schools.

Rich Hickman, Lovejoy School Board President

There are two ways to meet the property assessed value growth. Through increase in individual home valuations (meaning a higher tax bill) or through new homes being built. Our bonds and their repayment are issued on these projections. Failure to meet these projections will force a tax increase that could go above $2 rate.

We believe if Lovejoy builds their own secondary schools, there will be higher school taxes after 2004 for a longer period of time. The $61 Million-Bond package is just the first. It only covers a high school, middle school, elementary school. This does not cover a bus/service barn, or administration building. Lovejoy projects one more middle school and 2 more elementary schools, not included in the bond.

Both the Lovejoy and Allen school boards agree that if our districts separate, taxes will be essentially the same in both districts for the foreseeable future — despite the fact that Lovejoy’s tax base is primarily residential. Both boards have stated that, financially, separation slightly favors LISD and consolidation slightly favors AISD.

Lovejoy ID tax rate going up:
February 2005 Financial Projections show proposed tax rate
$1.96 year 2006 and
$1.99 year 2008

Allen ISD tax rate going down:
Allen ISD tax rate
2004-2005 -1.9334

Allen ISD tax rate
2005-2006 - $1.9124.

Lovejoy CANNOT raise the tax rate above the current level of $1.823. They have reached the state cap of $1.50 for the Maintenance and Operations portion.

The Interest and Sinking rate is capped at $.50. This rate covers bond repayment for the cost of buildings, maintenance, and other items included in bond packages.

Lovejoy should raise their tax rate this summer as they issue more bonds.

"Special needs" children are being under-served and will continue to be under-served in a Lovejoy secondary school. Special needs children are serviced through Collin County Coop, which no longer has a director as of November, 2002 and will not have one until February - Princeton no longer uses Coop citing cost and limited resources of the Coop. The Coop serves 10 school districts.

AllenISD has an excellent reputation of serving special needs.They have a resident psychologist, and on-site dedicated staff of diagnosticians for immediate student aid, with a written policy to help teachers identify special needs. Allen has a program to teach all elementary children organizational skills.

Myth: Lovejoy won’t be able to serve special-ed children well.

Fact: Lovejoy does an exceptional job of educating its special-needs children. Marianne Nevil, whose daughter uses a wheelchair and is medically fragile, says "Lovejoy and Mr. Breedlove have been very accommodating of her needs. She gets the one-on-one attention and special therapy she needs, and still gets to be around the other kids. We wouldn’t have this kind of flexibility in Allen."

Lovejoy curriculum includes NO regular track classes for secondary students, only PRE-AP and AP classes.

Speculation is that there is not enough money for regular track classes, so these classes were eliminated in lieu of advanced classes for advanced students.

Lovejoy Secondary Curriculum