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Elementary and Primary Education
Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to cast the district’s ballots in favor of re-electing Walt Syers to the Galveston Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.

Friendswood ISD carries 284 votes in the election, based on the amount of taxes it levies.  A total of 834 votes is needed for a board member to be elected.

Syers, as well as David Moss, Gary Jones, Victor Pierson and Emery Williams, II are on the ballot for re-election.  Also on the ballot are Dan Brightwell, Evelyn Timmins and Clay Morrison.

The school board voted unanimously to cast its single vote in favor of electing William “Bill” Hasse for the Brazoria County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

The school board voted 3-4, with Rebecca Hillenberg, Mike Shaw and Ralph Hobratschk voting in favor and David Montz, Daniel Hopkins, Robert McCabe and Mathew Robinson opposed, to deny a motion to use bond funds for contracting services associated with the evaluation of the old Friendswood Junior High building for future usage.

The item would have allowed the use of $30,000 in bond funds to execute a contract with CJG Engineers for evaluation of the building.

The school board voted unanimously to accept the 2010-2011 audit report as presented by the district’s auditor, Null-Lairson, PC.  The audit report gave the district an unqualified or “clean” opinion of its financial statements.  Audit Report

The school board voted 6-1, with Daniel Hopkins opposed, to adopt a resolution to tax personal property defined as “goods-in-transit”. 

During the 2011 special session, the legislature acted to significantly limit the applicability of section 11.253,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said. “This exemption now applies only to goods that are stored in a public warehouse owned by someone other than the owner of the goods.”

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




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