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)

Monday, May 4, 2009

FBN Release: State Rep. Roasts FBISD Admin Over Summer School Pay Issue

“Do we know that there’s a problem with this district’s cash flow, or is it an administrative problem?” asked committee Chairman Mark Srama, D-Austin." FBN

"The testimony raised the ire of Bryan Republican Fred Brown.

“I think the best way to handle this is that all the people in the administration that have this attitude - lets just hold up on their paychecks for 60 days and lets see how they like it,” he said. “You start messing with people’s pay - that’s just wrong.”

State Rep. Roasts FBISD Admin Over Summer School Pay Issue
May 4th, 2009 | by Bob Dunn, FortBendNow

Testimony over Fort Bend Independent School District’s apparent failure to pay summer school teachers on time has drawn heat from House committee members - one of whom suggested administrators’ pay be withheld.

Testifying on behalf of Texas House Bill 2119, which would require Texas school districts to comply with provisions of the state’s so-called payday law, bill author and Missouri City Democrat Dora Olivo told committee members the law is needed “so that our educators and district employees have options when the district does not take its obligations or its employees seriously.”

Teacher and Fort Bend Employee Federation member Rosie Williams told the House Technology, Economic Development & Workforce Committee last week that FBISD hasn’t been paying summer school employees on time.

For the past two years, the district’s pay schedule showed teachers and hourly employees such as bus drivers were to be paid once on June 30 and again on July 30. . .

Get the full piece at: http://www.fortbendnow.com/2009/05/04/37618

FBW Comment: This is an update to a release FBISDWatch did on Weds of last week. During the sessions several major state organizations were highly critical of FBISD senior level administration and the BOT including TASA and TASB. Get the full unedited version at: http://fbisdwatch.blogspot.com/2009/04/fbisd-takes-center-stage-at-state.html