Are ice hockey teams getting cold treatment from FBISD?
For two years, several student ice hockey teams in the Fort Bend school district have been badgering school officials to bless them with a student club status and to treat them just like any other student groups such as a drama club or a softball club.
Parents, coaches and the students have petitioned, e-mailed and publicly addressed the school board and the administration asking for the sport to be recognized. I still remember a school board meeting two years ago that dragged until after 2 a.m. after dozens of ice hockey players and their supporters lined up to make their pleas.
They appeared to be making some headway at one point when Mike McKie, the district's assistant superintendent for high schools, openly declared that "I don't see recognition as a problem" and pledged to advise principals to allow the teams to have their pictures published in school yearbooks and their activities announced in campus newspapers.
The parents and students viewed it a sign of the district beginning to address their concerns, though they were not satisfied with the promise because it stopped short of affording the teams the club status that they said would enable the teams the right to receive letter jackets and a sense of legitimacy.
But Rosemary Abramson, mother of a student player who attends Dulles High, said what McKie promised never happened. . .
Additional comment from Abramson in the blog that FBISDWatch thinks should be taken more seriously (parent/taxpayer representation on district committees):
"This is at zero cost to the school district and with zero liabilities to the school district.
Furthermore, it is very unfortunate that our elected Trustees, EXCEPT for one, voted on a policy that was not allowed any type of public input, no student input, no tax paying input, no established public committee or task force.
In the audio portion of the recent school board meeting held on Feb. 11th, the assistant superintendent, Mr. McKie, publicly states, we have to support the "Majority Interest". Our Varsity Ice Hockey kids chose a sport that isn't of the "Majority Interest" such as football.
Couldn't this be construed as a documented statement by a FBISD administrator that they, the district, openly discriminates against those in the "minority interest" ???
They, FBISD, has created a "political game" out of a child's game and have publicly stated in a documented school board meeting that they only support the "Majority Interest" --- what a PITY on the face of FBISD for OPENLY acknowledging discrimination."
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)