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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to renew its membership in the interlocal Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund Unemployment Compensation Program.

"For several years, FISD has been a member of the TASB Risk Management Fund Unemployment Compensation Program," Superintendent Trish Hanks said in her report on the item. "Being a member of this program has provided efficient cost coverage and a variety of services designed to keep the unemployment compensation program running smoothly."

The district's contribution toward the fund for the 2009-2010 school year will be $8,266, an increase of $1,042 from the 2008-2009 school year.

The school board voted unanimously to approve requests for a class size ratio waiver for Westwood Elementary's six sections of kindergarten classes. The classes are exceeding the mandated ratio of 22 students per teacher.

"Westwood Elementary is an Exemplary campus," Hanks said. "Each kindergarten class is over by one student."

The school board took no action on approval of design development for practice soccer fields. According to district staff, the estimates for the project, which totaled $924,000, were higher than expected. The item will be considered in October.

The school board took no action regarding nominations of candidates for the Galveston County Appraisal District Board of Directors. The current five members of the board are Gary Jones, Emery Williams, II, David Moss, Victor Pierson and Walt Syers.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Board members Brandon Burris, Denise Ruiz and Mike Shaw were not present. Agenda






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