FBISD urged to give bigger raises this year
By Barbara Fulenwider
Fort Bend ISD board meetings on the proposed 2008-09 budget are well underway so at their June 9 regularly scheduled meeting, Karrie Washenfelder, president of the Fort Bend Employee Federation, asked trustees to provide their employees with more than the 3.25 percent raise they got last year.
She pointed out the huge increases in gasoline and groceries, and said that “while everyone is paying higher prices, it’s obvious that our classified employees (bus drivers, skilled laborers, groundskeepers, cafeteria workers, custodians, etc.) will be hardest hit by this explosive rise in the cost of living. Unlike the school district they do not have millions in their fund balance account to make ends meet.”
She went on to urge trustees to use some of their fund balance to pay employees more. . .
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)