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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a $1.25 million guaranteed maximum price for renovations and additions at Westwood Elementary.
The total is for the base bid work only. Additional work proposed, including air conditioning and renovation at the gymnasium, carpeting in the classrooms, front entry work and an ornamental fence along the bus loop were not included. The alternates would bring the total price to $2.223 million.
The school board voted unanimously to approve student fees for the 2009-2010 school year.
“The high school has dropped a total of $136.00 from their fee statement from the 2008 - 2009 fee statement,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said. “The Junior High fees for existing courses charging a fee remain the same as 2008 - 2009 with the exception of a fee reduction of $20.00 for Film Video and $5.00 in Multimedia and Desktop Publishing. The junior high has added two new CATE elective courses that now charge a fee as well as adding the other existing foreign languages to the fee currently being charged for Spanish for a personal magazine subscription. The fee for Art at the Intermediate schools has not changed.”
The school board voted unanimously to approve $31,508 for the renewal and purchase of additional licenses for its Nova Net program at Friendswood High School.
“Nova Net is a web based curriculum product that has been used by the Friendswood High School for the past five years,” Hanks said. “The main use of this program has been for students that have gotten behind in credits and need a self-paced system that allows them to regain credits through a recognized curriculum for numerous subjects.”
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present.
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