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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to approve a change order to bond-funded construction work on a contract with Brae Burn Construction   for renovations to Cline Elementary School and Westwood Elementary School.

The change order reduces the total cost of the contract by $482,141, placing the new total at $4.356 million for the bond project.

“The change orders reflect the bond funds that are being returned to the district,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said.

An additional change order, which was to reduce the contract cost of improvements to Friendswood High School and the construction of the district’s natatorium, was held for no action due to the change order not being available for approval. The item, which will refund $516,358 in bond funds to the district, will be considered in March.

The school board voted unanimously to take no position regarding a proposal by Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl Johnson to combine her position with the position of chief appraiser. Johnson’s position is elected, while the chief appraiser position is non-political.

The school board took no action regarding a request to join a coalition of school districts for changes in Chapter 21 of the Texas Education Code.

The coalition’s goal will be to “increase financial flexibility” for schools within Chapter 21 “clearly allow for the option of across the board salary reduction, furlough days and other forms of appropriate reduction in pay or benefits or other cost savings actions”, as well as make other adjustments to Chapter 21 with regard to suspensions and employee and hearings.

The school board voted unanimously to reschedule the March 14 board of trustees meeting to March 7, due to the Spring Break holiday.

The school board voted unanimously to nominate Hanks as a candidate for the Texas Association of School Boards Superintendent of the Year Award.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present.  Agenda

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