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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve $267,699 for the purchase of three school buses for the district from Thomas Bus Gulf Coast.

"The number of buses in our fleet needs to be increased," Superintendent Trish Hanks said. "The Transportation Department has had several times this past school year where they have had to combine routes because extra curricular trips were using buses that should have been on a route."

The majority of the purchase will be funded through 2005 Bond funds, Hanks said.

The school board voted unanimously to approve campus improvement plans for the 2009-2010 school year.

"The Board adopted the 2009-2010 District Improvement Plan on April 14, 2009," Hanks said. "Each campus has reviewed the District's Improvement Plan and developed their campus plan to support District goals and address specific campus needs. Student performance data was analyzed and specific goals and objectives were developed to address identified needs."

The school board voted unanimously to increase the purchasing authority of the superintendent.

"The current limit for purchases not requiring board approval is $10,000, per local board policy," Hanks said. "The state allows $25,000 before requiring Board approval.. The District has had at least two occasions in the past year where we have had to take immediate action to procure goods and /or services that exceeded the $10,000 limit."

The school board voted unanimously to approve $10,497 for repair of the Friendswood Junior High Girls Gym foundation by DuWest.

One wall of the gymnasium that also requires repair will be considered at a future meeting.

The school board voted unanimously to deny a parent's Level III appeal to the school board regarding transportation.

The school board voted unanimously to deny a Level III appeal regarding unexcused absences.

The school board took no action regarding on nominations for the Texas Association of School Boards Region 4 positions A and C.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.. All members were present. Agenda






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