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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted to postpone renovation of the existing junior high campus for the creation of an early childhood campus for an indefinite period.

"Due to various factors, revenue is significantly less than expected," Superintendent Trish Hanks said in recommending delay of construction of the campus.

The school board tabled action on declaring a financial exigency.

Hanks noted that an $800,000 deficit is expected for the district's 2010-2011 school year budget, due to "slower than anticipated enrollment growth and low interest income".  She also said cuts in personnel and programs will be necessary to balance the budget.

The school board voted unanimously to approve a contract with Steep Creek Media for advertising on district school buses.

"Advertising on school buses has become a means of generating additional revenues for school districts," 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."

The school board had considered an offer from Alpha Media Ads for advertising on buses in December, but took no action on the contract, which offered 50 percent of the net advertising revenues from the ads to the district.  Alpha Media Ads offered 65 percent of net revenues, versus 60 percent from Steep Creek Media.  However, Steep Creek Media proposes to charge higher advertising rates, resulting in a higher monthly revenue for the district.  Monthly Revenue Report

The school board took no action regarding a request by the City of Friendswood to participate in the cost of a project to increase parking along Stadium Lane at an amount of $200,000, or 50 percent of the total project cost.

"It is anticipated that the parking lot will handle overflow parking of users of Renwick Park during Little League season and youth football," Hanks said. "It is also thought that this additional parking would alleviate overcrowding on open house nights, party days, and other special events held at Bales and Westwood."

The school board voted unanimously to approve an option for the design of seating at the football stadium and baseball and softball field plans.  The board chose "Option 6", which was presented during the meeting by representatives from Bay Architects.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Board Member Daniel Hopkins was absent.  Agenda

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