Marshall Teachers, FBISD Spar Over Copier Policy; Union Files Grievance
by Bob Dunn
Marshall High School teachers said Thursday they were told a week ago that the school has “run out” of copy paper for the year, and they are not allowed to make copies for classroom lessons and projects.
However, a Fort Bend Independent School District spokeswoman said “that’s just not true,” adding that the school has “30 cases, and there’s plenty of paper.” She also said the school has “someone there who makes copies for the teachers.”
Meanwhile, officials at the Fort Bend Employee Federation, which represents 1,600 or more district employees, backed up the teachers’ statements, and said the organization is in the middle of a grievance procedure on the issue.
“We’ve had an ongoing problem” with teachers being unable to make copies, said Federation President Karrie Washenfelder. “The union has had to give the (Marshall) history department two cases of paper.”
The union’s grievance involves a Marshall teacher who purchased his own copy machine on eBay, then brought it to the school in August to give teachers in some departments the ability to make copies when needed. Sources close to the case said the teacher also bought all paper, cartridges and related supplies. However, in mid-December, Marshall Principal Alonzo Reynolds III learned of the machine and ordered that it be permanently removed from campus.
Reynolds did not return a call seeking comment for this article. . .(follow the link below for the full story)
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)