It has been reported to FBW, that an unconfirmed rumor is circulating on a number of fort bend blog-sites, that apparently the FBISD school board may be considering a large raise for the superintendant of schools during this reported budget crisis and with no rating increase for the district (academically acceptable) in 2007-08. This too followed a record bond debt voted at the end of 2007. For more on the budget crisis, see this FB Star piece:
FBISD dilemma: raises and deficit
budget or balanced budget and no raises
By Barbara Fulenwider, Fort Bend Star
The Fort Bend ISD board is between a rock and a hard place. They can adopt a balanced budget that includes no raises or much staffing beyond campuses or give employee raises and adopt a deficit budget.
The superintendent of another school district, faced with a similar scenario, said it’s a problem 50 percent of Texas districts are facing this year thanks to legislators having changed the school funding formula two years ago. While the state’s public school districts are pinched, the state has a big bankroll this year. . . (get the full story below)
FBW comment: It concerns this FBW contributor, that in a district experiencing excessive growth and bond debt, along with mediocre academic performance, especially in the middle and high schools of the east end of the district (no recognized or exemplary campuses), that the board may be considering such an action as rewarding the chief school executive. We will update this story as it develops.
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)