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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a 2010 proposed tax rate of $1.04 per $100 property valuation for maintenance and operations and $0.327 for debt service payments.

The proposed rate is the same as the rate levied for 2009.

The school board voted to set a public hearing for August 10 to receive comments from the public regarding the budget and proposed tax rate.  The school board may vote for final adoption of the tax rate following the public hearing.

The school board voted to call an election for November 2 for Trustee Position 5, Position 6 and Position 7.  The positions are held by Robert McCabe, Brandon Burris and Denise Ruiz, respectively.  Candidate filing for the election begins July 26 and ends August 24.

The school board voted to approve the terms of Superintendent Trish Hanks' contract.  Board President Rebecca Hillenburg congratulated Hanks on "a superb job of leading the team".

The school board voted to schedule a meeting for July 29 to consider energy pricing proposals for the district.

"The district has purchased electricity through Energy For Schools for almost ten years," Hanks said.  "Energy For Schools has aggregated demand from school districts and then found the best deal possible for the supply of this demand."

The district's current contract with Energy for Schools expires in April 2012.  A contract for the next term in Energy For Schools is required by July 30.

According to Hanks, the district has been contacted by a firm regarding proposals for the school district to purchase electricity independently, and not in a pool through Energy For Schools.  At the special meeting, the district will consider whether to continue contracting with Energy For Schools or seek independent pricing for electricity purchases.

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

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