Fort Bend school district approves land purchases
New high school planned for Sienna Plantation area
By ZEN T. C. ZHENG
Two weeks after earmarking $5.3 million to acquire 110 acres in east Fort Bend County, the Fort Bend school board Monday night decided to buy another 77 acres in the vicinity for future campuses.
With Trustees Bob Broxson and Stan Magee absent, the school board OK'd $3.4 million — $1 per square foot — to purchase two tracts, one 62 acres and the other 15 acres south of the Sienna Plantation development from H.W. Sienna, L.P. The tracts are south of where Sienna Parkway ends.
Superintendent Tim Jenney said the landowner, which which was asking $1.15 per square foot for the tracts, agreed to slash the total cost by $503,118.
Jenney said school officials are eyeing the land approved Monday night for a new high school, which they hope to open in 2010, and reserve the remaining land for future facility needs.
"It's getting more difficult to acquire land as time goes by," Jenney said. "These tracts of land will provide us with an inventory of property for our future needs."
On Feb. 25, trustees approved the purchase of three tracts — of 65, 30 and 15 acres — located east of FM 521 and south of Texas 6 at a price of $1.1 per square foot from Hannover Estates.
Jenney said school officials are considering the Hannover site for a new elementary school, which would be the 45th in the district, and an alternative learning center.
The planned elementary and alternative learning campuses are part of the bond package voters approved last November. . .(get the full story at: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/5608625.html)
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It looks like near market value again was paid for undeveloped land in east fort bend county (FBISD)...
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)