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)

Friday, February 13, 2009

FBISD Vendor In The News In San Antonio (Reports Say FBI Is Investigating)

Review this link sent to us by a watchdog member today regarding the vendor (PBK) involved with the "Global Science Center" proposed by Dr. Jenney recently with NO apparent price tag: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/01/pbk_architects_judson_isd.php
or
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/Judson_ISD_becomes_target_of_FBI_probe.html

14 comments:

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Anonymous said...
Maybe PBK and affiliates heard about the 100+ million dollar surplus fund (fund balance) saved from past bond-debt sales?

February 10, 2009 5:21 PM


Anonymous said...
A little off topic but still related due to a question regarding transparency. So I ask a burning question, why has FBISD hired another one of Feldman & Rogers Lawyers for an inside position? Isn't it enough to have re-hired Feldman & Rogers as the district's attorneys as well as to have hired one of its attorneys as its inside staff attorney?

Now, yet another, as Human Resource Compliance Coordinator so says her business card. But her business card makes no mention of the fact that she is also an attorney. Personally, I like to always be in knowledge of the fact that I am speaking to and/or being questioned by an attorney in any and all circumstances so as to give me the opportunity to have my own attorney present to make certain that my legal rights are protected and not violated. Is it just me or is it something not quite right about this lack of transparency?

February 13, 2009 12:17 AM


FBISDWatch said...
Thank you for sharing that anonymous. Many of us are very much concerned with these vendor relationships and how cozy they are. Ck out the recent post on the vendor PBK and the reports of the FBI investigation into a San Antonio district and PBK.

February 13, 2009 8:45 AM

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Anonymous said...

I appreciate the article linked directly. So often they aren't or are dead links.

Anonymous said...

Amazingly in the newer article on the SA school district you see the Feldman law name again. Is that the same law firm involved with the 2007-08 SLAPP-suit against GISDwatch and is a current FBISD legal vendor?

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Anonymous said...

I wonder why our local prosecutor doesn't look into cases coming out of our school district like the one in San Antonio?

Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to think that not enough critical thinking is being used. If laws and rules are in place, why not follow them? When in doubt or not in doubt, follow the dictates of the rules/guidelines.

Anonymous said...

often the rules are created and holes left in them for the benefit of those reaping the profits. it is funny when even those that push to create such rules to limit competition don't follow them either creating a much larger problem like this one.

Anonymous said...

If you all think this is bad, try this report

http://www.fortbendnow.com/2009/02/16/35683

Anonymous said...

If wrong doing continues to reign unchecked, self destruction and implosion is an inevitability.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this is why Smelley has decided not to re-up for the board?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the disparate treatment of East versus West in FBISD: When you think about it, as has been stated many times over, the crux of the matter and root cause can be related to the absence of single manager districting in FBISD. If all of the BOT lives and has political support from one side of the district (West), then it stands to reason why the other side (East) is forgotten and treated like Cinderella. It is not ethical or professional nor does it exhibit leadership of character, but, nonetheless, that's the truth of the matter.

Another, ironic truth is that those commenting on the ease of the meeting in one part of the district are unlikely candidates to embrace likewise the other part of the district. So the Cinderella story is an entrenched continuation sprouting from the disparately of truth that is not pretty.

Anonymous said...

good point anon. SMD would help bring home rule to the school district rather than domination by the special interest vendors and big development companies.