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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to postpone work to convert the district's current junior high to an early childhood center.

According to Superintendent Trish Hanks, costs for converting the campus into an early childhood center are more than anticipated by the district.  Hanks recommended completing other projects for the school district before starting work on the junior high.

"By postponing this project for a period of time it will give administration an opportunity to visit with our community to determine our path forward in this area," Hanks said.

The school board voted 6-1, with Matthew Robinson opposed, to approve contract extensions for four administrative positions.  Deputy Superintendent Sherry Green, assistant superintendents Dr. Myrlene Kennedy and Thad Roher, as well as Executive Director of Special Education Karen Deshotel were given two year contract extensions.

The school board voted unanimously to approve a price increase for elementary school lunches for the 2010-2011 school year.  The cost of the lunches will increase from $1.90 to $2 per lunch.

The school board voted unanimously to approve a contract with ARAMARK for food service management.  ARAMARK was the sole bidder on the contract.

The school board tabled action on selection of a long term disability benefits provider.

"Friendswood Independent School District offers a long term disability benefit to all employees that provides 66.7 percent of the salary per month of the individual employee up to a maximum of $10,000 if an employee suffers a situation that would cause them to become disabled and unable to work after 90 days," Hanks said.

Presently, the district uses Lincoln Financial as a carrier for the benefit.  The school district received proposals from six providers, including Lincoln.  ING offered the lowest rate, with a monthly cost of $6,879 to provide the policy, for the same benefits the district currently receives.

The school board voted unanimously to approve $583,507 for bond technology purchases.  The purchase includes computers from Apple and and CDI, printers, software and other items.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote of those present at the time of the vote.  All members were present.  Agenda

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