The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone conversion of the former Friendswood Junior High campus into a new early childhood center.
“The board needs to take action to release the $7 million in bond funds the board designated as a set aside for the conversion,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said.
The funds would then be available for other projects, Hanks said.
The school board voted unanimously to direct Hanks to pursue bids for several projects to be paid for through bond funds re-directed from the early childhood center project.
The district will pursue bids for the purchase of ten new school buses, mounted projectors at campuses, a new roof on the old junior high building, and an above-ground fuel system for the transportation center.
The board will be presented project costs prior to a final vote to proceed.
The school board voted unanimously to hire Texas General Contractors for restoration of the Friendswood High School girls’ gym.
The school board voted unanimously to select Norman Bell Concrete Services, Inc. to provide concrete flatwork for various projects in the district. The projects include sidewalks, play areas, driveways and parking areas. Norman Bell Concrete Services was one of seven vendors that had submitted proposals for the work.
The school board voted unanimously to approve a contract with Interquest Detection Canines. Interquest will provide two visits to Friendswood High School and Friendswood Junior High per school year at $440 per visit.
“Typically, one visit is carried out in the fall semester and one in the spring,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said. “During a visit a detection canine team will randomly check several classrooms, sections of lockers and locker rooms, and sections of the parking lot at the high school. Canines are trained to alert on prescription medication, over the counter medication, gun powder, marijuana, alcohol, and narcotics. Visits are made to the high school and junior high.”
The school board voted 4-0-1, with Ralph Hobratschk abstaining, to approve the minutes of the March 28 meeting.
The school board took no action regarding a Level III parent/student grievance.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Trustees David Montz and Tony Hopkins were absent. Agenda