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Elementary and Primary Education
Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to approve a proposed tax rate of $1.367 per $100 property valuation for the 2011 tax year.

The proposed rate is the same as the 2010 tax rate, with $1.04 allocated to maintenance and operation of the district and $0.327 for debt payments.

The school board voted unanimously to schedule a public hearing for August 8 to receive comments on the proposed budget and tax rate for the 2011-2012 school year.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of several items through bond funds, including equipment upgrades at the high school gymnasiums and lockers for the boys’ basketball locker room.

The school board voted 4-1, with Matthew Robinson opposed, to approve a request by Friendswood High School for a one-hour late arrival on Wednesdays for staff development.

“Friendswood High School is requesting a one hour late arrival each Wednesday in order to continue Professional Learning Communities,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said.  “With the loss of the common planning period for teachers there is no time during the day or after school, due to extra-curricular obligations,  for content teachers to plan together within a team, review data, make curricular improvements and learn the new requirements of the STAAR End of Course assessments in order to positively affect student performance.”

The district will request a waiver from the Texas Education Agency to allow a one-hour late arrival at the high school.

The school board voted unanimously to eliminate the perfect attendance bonus for full-time teachers.

“Due to the unprecedented state budget reductions, the district has been forced to look for ways to cut the budget,” Hanks said.

According to Hanks, elimination of the bonus would save approximately $7,500.

The school board voted 4-0-1, with Robinson abstaining, to approve the minutes of the June 13 and June 27 school board meetings.

During the meeting, Bay Architects presented designs and cost estimates for a new front entry at Westwood Elementary.  No action was taken on the item.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Trustees David Montz and Ralph Hobratschk were absent.  Agenda

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