"...Weighing in on the Global Science Center.....I learned a long time ago not to get between a superintendent and his pet project, whether it be a bond issue or natatorium. After all, they have the “bully pulpit.” (And I mean that literally). That’s why I’ve personally sort of stayed on the fence about the Center.
However, I concur with the group who are trying to get the district to release the comments, which they (the district) said were all favorable, to the group currently asking for them. They should be available under the Texas Open Records, etc. etc.
When a group gets a project in its craw, it doesn’t matter whether kids are going to school in shacks or there aren’t enough books to go around. It seems they are hell bent on achieving their goals.
Remember, this is the organization (the school district) that schedules kids’ Christmas programs when early voting starts for a bond election. The district figures: if they get the parents to school for a program, it’s just a short step to vote for the issue.
Okay, I don’t stay out of the way, but frankly, I’m ambivalent about the Global Center. It has a high faluin’ name but we are promised it won’t cost us a penny. Well, when I see that in writing, then I’ll weigh in on its side.
If it is going to cost us some tax money, then I am not in favor of it. That several million dollars would be better spent at each campus on real educational programs rather than some PR program..." Bev's Burner
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)