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Elementary and Primary Education
Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted 5-0-1, with Ralph Hobratschk abstaining, to consolidate administrative staff at Westwood and Bales campuses by eliminating the principal position at Bales.

Lynn Hobratschk will take the helm of both campuses as principal.  Superintendent Trish Hanks had recommended the consolidation due to an expected enrollment of 364 students at Bales, as well as budget reductions.

“A total enrollment for Westwood and Bales combined is expected to be 1,064 students,” Hanks said.

The school board voted unanimously to approve an assistant principal position at Bales Intermediate School.

“Federal funds are available to cover another position currently funded by local funds,” Hanks said. “Once these local funds are available, the district is able to fund an assistant principal’s position at Bales Intermediate School for a minimal increase to the budget.”

The assistant principal position will also cover Westwood’s campus, due to the consolidation of the administration of the two schools.

The school board voted unanimously to name Liz Perdue as the assistant principal of Bales.

The school board voted unanimously to approve designs for several possible bond projects.  The board approved the design of a junior high canopy extension, design of a high school canopy, soundproofing at Friendswood High School, and renovations of the auditorium entry.

The board requested that Bay Architects, which was hired by the district to develop designs for the projects, bring back a new rendering for the front entry of Westwood Elementary.

The school board voted to approve two items which will reduce routes for bus service to the junior high and high school campuses.

“In an effort to best utilize district funds and also to operate as efficiently as possible, the transportation department has created different proposed scenarios for limiting bus service for certain junior high and high school students living closest to those campuses,” Hanks said.

The board voted unanimously to implement centralized stops for Friendswood Junior High in recommended area.

The board also voted unanimously to approve an option to implement centralized stops between Sunset and FM 518 with the elimination of transportation west of Sunset for Friendswood High School students.   Transportation Options

The school board took no action regarding the elimination of a bus route for transporting students across attendance zones to daycare facilities.  Elimination of the route would reduce costs by $23,113 per year.  However, Hanks did not recommend eliminating the route.

“Students effected by this change are our youngest students and I would like to give day cares and parents more notice before making this change,” she said.

The item will be placed on the agenda in November for further discussion.

The school board voted unanimously to eliminate a videographer position, but to retain a School Resource Officer at Friendswood Junior High.  The items were considered for elimination as part of budget reductions.

The school board voted unanimously to award a contract for bank depository services to Wells Fargo.

The school board took no action on the Texas Association of School Boards 2010-2012 Advocacy Agenda.  The board requested additional time to review the information.

The school board voted unanimously to postpone action on the elimination of the perfect attendance bonus for full-time classroom teachers.  The item will be considered during the July 18 meeting.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Trustee Robert McCabe was absent. Agenda

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