Fort Bend school rezoning tough sell again
This is how time flies -- so goes the cliche.
As the voices of protest from parents angry with Fort Bend school district's last round of attendance zone changes still ring at my ears, community opposition to rezoning has returned to two public meetings last week.
Hundreds of parents turned out at the meetings making the plea for the district not to move their kids and disrupt their academic and social lives.
This time, district officials want to reshuffle students of several campuses, which would affect numerous neighborhoods and apartment communities due to the planned opening of two new elementary schools and the new K-6 elementary grade setup.
Part of the rezoning would involve moving groups of students from Dulles Middle School to Missouri City Middle School and from Dulles High School to Marshall High. In addition, some students of Dulles, Jones and Quail Valley elementary schools would be shipped to a new school named Elementary No. 39.
No. 39, built a year ago, has been the temporary home for pupils of Quail Valley Elementary, which was torn down and being rebuilt to reopen in August. Quail Valley pupils - except for those to be rezoned to No. 39 - then will return to the rebuilt campus. . .
. . . Parent and district critic Noel Pinnock is among many who are upset with the district's rezoning. Pinnock, who lost his bid in the trustee's race to David Reitz in 2007, has been pushing for a single-member district school board. He attributed the board's support for unpopular rezoning plans to lack of effective representation of communities due to the board's current setup. . . (get the full story at http://blogs.chron.com/fortbend/archives/2008/01/fort_bend_schoo.html#comments)
2009 FBISD Tax Hearing (On YouTube)
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2009 FBISD CONTROVERSIAL TAX HEARING (YES THEY ARE RAISING THEM AGAIN--see petition of over 500 district taxpayers asking for board accountability) --In case anyone missed it they raised the property tax rate again (4th time) in 2010 and more than likely will do so again in 2011 facing another projected 15-20 million dollar budget deficit, according to some media reports. ***NEW*** ..Petition TO STOP THE GSTC (Global Science Museum being planned at the district central office--near $30 million dollar project that superintendent Jenney is pushing): http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopthegcst/ (see update below on this apparently ending this project after 2 years)