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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a contract with College of the Mainland for its Collegiate High School Program.

"Collegiate High School is an Advanced Academic Middle College Program for high school students who seek an academically challenging, mature educational environment," Superintendent Trish Hanks said. "CHS offers rigorous academic instruction, career guidance, academic counseling, and work-based learning opportunities. By optimizing dual credit opportunities, students may complete high school graduation and associate degree requirements simultaneously."

The contract provides for all instructional costs for the students, which is $3,000 per student. The district has five students enrolled in the program this year, according to Hanks.

The school board voted unanimously to grant an easement to Texas-New Mexico Power Company for an electric distribution line to the district's new natatorium, which is currently under construction. The easement is required to provide electricity to the facility.

The school board held a public hearing to receive comments on its Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas rating for the 2007-2008 school year. The district received a rating of superior, the highest rating available, for its financial management practices. 

The FIRST program was created in 2001 by the state legislature to assess the quality of financial management in Texas public schools.

During the meeting, Hanks presented a report on the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System, or TELPAS at the district. The program is required through the No Child Left Behind Act, and requires schools to assess "Limited English Proficient" students.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Board Member Robert McCabe was absent. Agenda

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