FBISD Bus Drivers Continue To Press Their Pay Rate Complaints To Trustees
by John Pape
A number of Fort Bend ISD bus drivers renewed their plea to school trustees for a pay raise during this week’s board meeting.
Two drivers, Clinton Ard and Gerald Kallina, spoke on behalf of a group of about a dozen drivers in attendance. Both said that Fort Bend bus drivers’ salaries are below those of other districts and the low salaries are resulting in low morale and high turnover.
“Our neighboring districts have noticed the need for an increase in salaries to offset the cost of living. Houston ISD’s starting salary is $15.50 per hour, compared to Fort Bend ISD’s starting salary of $11.85 per hour,” Ard told trustees. “Our district has a higher turnover rate of drivers than neighboring districts, meaning the more we hire and train drivers, the more they leave and go to other districts paying higher salaries.” . . .
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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)