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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a catastrophic student insurance program and to drop the current group coverage plan used by the district.

The district currently pays for a group UIL insurance plan for students involved in UIL activities, which carries a $25,000 premium.

"This policy covers all students who participate in a UIL sponsored activity," Superintendent Trish Hanks said.  "The coverage will pay as a secondary insurance policy for any expenses not covered under the insured's primary policy."

By purchasing the catastrophic plan, which carries a premium of $1,418, students are able to purchase voluntary athletic insurance plans.  Rates for the voluntary insurance vary, with premiums of $95 for school time coverage, $165 for full time coverage, $280 for tackle football coverage and $9 for dental accident coverage.

"The voluntary plan does not coordinate benefits with the primary insurance and, therefore, can be used as a primary coverage for students," Hanks said.

The school board considered an engagement letter from Null-Lairson to provide audit services for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.  The contract included no price increase, with a maximum amount of $68,000. 

The school board voted unanimously to transfer items from the general fund to the bond fund for unexpected expenses that could be paid for through bond programs. 

A total of $51,498 in costs from various projects will be transferred to the bond program account.

"The first item is an air handler unit that had to be replaced at the high school cafeteria," Hanks said.  "The next group of items is work done at Westwood to correct drainage problems associated with water running into the gym.  The last items concern the leveling of the foundation at the Administration Building."

The school board voted unanimously to schedule a special meeting for April 26 to vote on the non-renewal of term contracts. 

The school board voted unanimously to approve a contract with Interquest Detection Canines of Southeast Texas to provide sniff dogs at school facilities for prohibited items.  Interquest Canines provides at least two random "sweeps" of the high school and junior high campuses to detect drugs, alcohol, prescription medication and gunpowder residue.

All other items were approved.  All votes were unanimous with Board Member Denise Ruiz absent.  Agenda






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