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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to file an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court in the opinion issued by the 14th Court of Appeals in the case of Kessling vs. Friendswood ISD.

The case involves a suit filed in 2006 by Friendswood resident Nancy Kessling alleging that the district had violated the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Texas Public Information Act at various times.

The school board voted unanimously to cast 203 votes in the election of the Galveston Central Appraisal District Board of Directors in favor of Walt Syers. The remaining 68 votes held by the district were cast in favor of Gary Jones. Each taxing entity is given a number of votes based on the percentage of the county's overall tax levy it draws.

The vote gives Syers a total of 836 votes, securing his seat on the board for the 2010-2011 term.. Jones carries a total of 648 votes, following his receipt of 106 votes from the City of Friendswood on Monday. A total of 834 votes is required for election to the board. Both Syers and Jones are incumbent members of the board. The deadline for voting is December 15. Report

The school board voted unanimously to cast its single vote in the Brazoria County Appraisal District Board of Directors election in favor of Rubye Jo Knight. A total of 13 candidates are on the ballot for the six-member board. Knight is the current chair of the appraisal district. Other members currently on the board are Patricia Taylor, Henry Munson, William Hasse, Glenn Salyer and Brazoria County Tax Assessor-Collector Ro'Vin Garrett. A total of 834 votes is required to elect members to the board. If Garrett is not appointed to the board through the election, she will serve as a non-voting member.

The school board took no action regarding an agreement with Alpha Media Ads for advertisement on school buses. The item will be considered at the January 12 school board meeting.

"Advertising on school buses has become a means of generating additional revenues for school districts," Superintendent Trish Hanks said. "The state of Texas allows such advertising providing specific guidelines are followed and the district has final authorization as to what advertising is placed on the buses.  Numerous districts throughout the Houston Area are now advertising on school buses."

In the proposed agreement, Alpha Media Ads would pay 50 percent of its net advertising revenues to the district. Hanks said estimated revenues for the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year were $15,000, and as much as $40,000 for 2010-2011 as the program grew.

The school board voted unanimously to approve floor designs for the front lobby and drama lobby at Friendswood High School.

The school board voted unanimously to schedule a workshop meeting for January 19.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Board members Brandon Burris and Denise Ruiz were absent. Agenda

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