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)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Important Dates Coming Up!

Important Dates:

June 5 - Last Student Day - Early Release All Students

June 6,7 - Graduation at the Toyota Center - Details ...

June 9 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM

July 4 - Independence Day Holiday

July 14 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM

Monday, May 26, 2008

Teacher Of The Year Contract Terminated At Marshall HS In Missouri City--see this FBN report--

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Friday, May 23, 2008

FBISD Ends Sienna Land Contract

FBISD Terminates Contract To Purchase Sienna Property For School
by John Pape, FBN

Fort Bend ISD’s on-again, off-again deal to purchase property in Sienna Plantation for a new high school is off again, this time apparently for good.

In a specially-called meeting that lasted until after 11 p.m. Thursday evening, school trustees voted to terminate the contract with HW Sienna, L.P., and request the return of earnest money paid to secure the property. The vote came at the end of an almost two hour executive session during which the board debated the decision behind closed doors.

Trustees voted to terminate the contract by a 5-2 vote, with newly-elected board members Daniel Menendez and Susan Hohnbaum casting the dissenting votes.

In March, the board had voted to buy 77 acres of property from HW Sienna for $3.35 million. Although specific details on what caused the deal to fall through were not publicly revealed, trustees alluded to “conditions” and “constraints” placed on finalizing the deal by the seller.

The district has been under the gun to finalize the purchase in order meet deadlines to build a new high school in the eastern part of the district.

Trustee David Reitz, who made the motion to terminate the contract, voiced his frustration over dealing with the seller, asking Superintendent Dr. Timothy Jenney if the purchase of the Sienna property had been typical.

“How long have we been negotiating to do a routine transaction?” Reitz asked. “Dr. Jenney, you’ve been at this for a long time; is this normally a six-month process?”

Jenney said it was not.

“Generally, it’s fairly straight forward,” he explained.

Trustee Bob Broxson, who seconded Reitz’ motion to pull out of the deal, echoed the frustration.

“We’ve worked really hard to get a high school in Sienna,” Broxson said. “I’ve been (doing) contract negotiations for 25 years and I’ve never been in a process like this. I think it’s time to bring this sad chapter to an end and get on with building a high school.”

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bhuchar Becomes Board Pres.

Knox Says Good-bye, Bhuchar Elected FBISD Board President
by John Pape, FBN

Sonal Bhuchar was unanimously elected president of the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees during Monday night’s meeting, replacing Cynthia Knox who did not seek re-election to the school board.

Bhuchar’s election came as trustees emerged from a 40-minute executive session during which the board deliberated in closed session. Trustee David Reitz made the motion to nominate Bhuchar.

Steve Smelley was re-elected as board vice president and Bob Broxson was tapped as secretary. Both votes were unanimous. . .get the full story at:


Monday, May 19, 2008

Important Dates Coming Up!

Important Dates Coming Up!

May 19 - Canvass votes for May 10 Election

May 19 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM

May 26 - Memorial Day Holiday

June 5 - Last Student Day - Early Release All Students

June 6,7 - Graduation at the Toyota Center - Details ...

June 9 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM

July 4 - Independence Day Holiday

July 14 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Voter Fraud In Missouri City Or Just Another Mistake? ? ?

Leftover Election Sign Causes Some Confusion Saturday At Glover Elementary
by Jamie Mock, FBN

At least one Missouri City voter was misdirected on election day due to a sign mistakenly left up by the Fort Bend County Election Administration.

The sign, placed at Glover Elementary during the primary run-off, told voters from precincts 2077 and 2141 that their polling location had moved from Glover Elementary to the Missouri City Community Center.

Missouri City resident Beth Blankenship saw the sign, and went to the community center on Saturday to vote. She was told she could not vote, because she was not on the voting roster. She told election officials about the sign, and the election judge at Glover was contacted. By the time Blankenship returned to Glover to vote, the sign was taken down. Blankenship was able to cast her vote.

“My concern was how many people may have just turned away after they went to vote and saw the sign was up,” said Blankenship. “A lot of people might have thought it was official and didn’t vote.” . . . follow the full link below:


--It has been reported that the US Justice Dept. has received formal complaints over this and related issues...

Upcoming Dates-

Important Dates Coming Up!

May 19 - Canvass votes for May 10 Election

May 19 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM

May 26 - Memorial Day Holiday

June 5 - Last Student Day - Early Release All Students

June 6,7 - Graduation at the Toyota Center - Details ...

June 9 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM

July 4 - Independence Day Holiday

July 14 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 11, 2008

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FBN: Bus Safety An Issue

FBISD Bus Drivers Say They Are Told To Ignore ‘Minor’ Repair Needs
by John Pape, Fortbendnow

Minor repairs to Fort Bend ISD school buses are not being done, according to some district bus drivers who say they have been told not to “write up” such problems.

Several Fort Bend ISD bus drivers have confirmed that they have been told not to report minor repair needs because there are not enough mechanics to handle the work. The shortage of maintenance personnel is due to the fact that there are not enough bus drivers to drive daily routes and maintenance personnel are routinely being used to as replacement drivers. The remaining available mechanics are needed to concentrate on more critical bus repairs, the drivers say.

“We have been told not to write up minor repairs because of the manpower shortage,” one driver said.

He added that drivers were given the directive as far back as January and he fears that the backlog of needed repairs, although they may be minor, may eventually build up to a point where bus safety is compromised.

“Where will it stop? When will all these issues be addressed?” another driver asked. “When we break down on the side of the road with a bus load of kids?”

See: http://www.fortbendnow.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home&article-FBISD-Bus-Drivers-Say-They-Are-Told-To-Ignore-‘Minor’-Repair-Needs%20=&id=64346&widget=push&instance=home_news_bullets&open=&

Friday, May 9, 2008

See FBISDWatch candidate endorsements http://fbisdwatch.blogspot.com/2008/04/fbisdwatch-school-board-candidate.html

Note: FBISDWatch has endorsed Pinnock, Poats and Tunstall in the Missouri City council races for their ethical stance on city and school involvements!

See this related safety piece running on FBN: http://fortbendnow.com/pages/full_story?_session_id=7ef2b96d652f58e93c516f19995230fe&hash=cb_post_comment_64346&page_label=full_story&id=64346&content_instance=64346&need_to_add=true&secure_comments=true&widget=push&open=&#cb_post_comment_64346

Monday, May 5, 2008

From FBN: Baines Middle School Teacher Caught With Minor In Sienna Plantation

Teacher Caught With Minor Arrested For Sexual Assault
by John Pape, FortBendNow

Former Baines Middle School teacher Rebecca Ann Bramlett has been arrested by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and charged with sexual assault. Bramlett was found with a 16-year-old boy in her car during a traffic stop in eastern Fort Bend County this past weekend. She told deputies that the minor was her “boyfriend” and admitted to having an ongoing relationship with him.
The former Baines Middle School teacher who was caught last weekend with a 16-year-old boy in her car has been arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child.

The woman, identified as Rebecca Ann Bramlett, was been taken into custody by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department Friday morning. She was booked into the county jail under a $500,000 bond. . .

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Friday, May 2, 2008

FBN: FBISD Proposed Academies

Fort Bend ISD Academy Proposal – What Will It Cost?
by John Pape, Fortbendnow
Final in a four-part series

One of the Fort Bend Independent School District’s major initiatives over the next few years will be the development of an academy system, effectively creating a specialized school within each of the district’s high school campuses.

In an effort to provide more information to district residents, over the past several days Fort Bend Now has provided an overview of the proposed academy system. This is the final installment in the series, today focusing on the budgeting implications of the academy structure.

According to information recently provided by FBISD administration to trustees in a presentation on the academy system, the budget for year-one implementation is expected to cost $275,000 per academy.

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