The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to close the district for the week of July 4 in an effort to reduce costs.
“This year July Fourth is on a Monday and the work week would be three days,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said. “If the district is closed the entire week, it would save considerable utility costs. Employees often use vacation during that week but those who plan to work would be required to take on duty or personal leave.”
The school board voted unanimously to order a reduction in force for the district due to program changes.
The reduction in force will be for the elimination of high school social studies sections, which will require the discharge or non-renewal of teachers.
The school board voted unanimously to authorize the superintendent to seek bids for a new parking lot at Friendswood Junior High and road and parking near the baseball field at the high school.
The school board voted unanimosuly to name the high school baseball stadium after Bobby Black, a former coach for the district.
“Coach Black was the baseball coach for 25 years and almost single-handedly built the original baseball field,” Hanks said. “Many people have expressed an interest to honor his service and dedication as the Friendswood High School baseball coach by naming the stadium after him.”
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Trustee Robert McCabe was not present during votes on the action items. Agenda