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)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

FB Sun: Clements Left 600+ Seats Over Capacity In Board Supported Zoning Plan While Other Schools Get Relief!

Get the actual and functional capacity numbers in this FB Sun release on the zoning proposal the board and administration are pushing prior to public hearings.....http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/2009/10/31/fort_bend_sun/news/sws_-_fbisd_zoning_1027.txt

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FBN: Rumors Still Flying About Clements HS Principal & Over-crowding--

Despite Rumors, District Says ----- Still Clements Principal
October 28th, 2009 | by Jamie Mock

According to Fort Bend Independent School District representatives, xxxxx xxxxx is still the principal at Clements High School, despite rumors to the contrary. xxxxx was at a recent board meeting dispelling other rumors that have circulated about the school, most dealing with overcrowding.

There are “no kids sitting on floors” the principal told board members during a September zoning workshop. With Clements over capacity by 607 students, there have been rumors of students sitting on the floor in classrooms and the cafeteria, and students not having books...(get the full piece below)


Related: http://www.ultimatefortbend.com/2009/10/fort-bend-isd-settles-zoning-sets-hearings#comment-205

Monday, October 26, 2009

FBISD Upcoming--

Date / Event

Oct. 26 Academy Expo
Oct. 26 School Board Workshop - Zoning
Oct. 26 Regular School Board Meeting
Nov. 7 Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Fort Bend Fabulous!
Nov. 9 Regular School Board Meeting
Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Holidays

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chron: Damaged campus fire alarm system replaced

10-21 UPDATE: http://www.fortbendnow.com/2009/10/21/41595

Damaged campus fire alarm system replaced
October 19, 2009 1:04 pm Zen T.C. Zheng wrote:

Criticism from the community was quick when Lake Olympia Middle School’s fire alarm was out on Oct. 2.

I got a couple of e-mails alerting me to the problem, counting the days that the campus had gone without a functioning alarm and accusing the Fort Bend school district of neglect.

I was told that the Missouri City fire marshal had to place the campus on fire watch. One sender charged school officials of having “not done due diligence and cannot guarantee our children's safety...."

...Here is the good news: the new alarm system was installed last week, Porter said.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Olivo Seeks Re-election To District 27 Seat

This was sent to the FBW site and we are posting it here for your viewing. Ms Olivo has opposed the expansion of the Blue Ridge Landfill here in Fort Bend County, pushed to improve quality education in our schools and opposed the tolling of our public roads for private foreign companies. Get more below:

St. Representative Dora Olivo
Endorsed by Houston Area Legislators

State Representative Dora Olivo of Rosenberg has received the endorsement of many Houston area legislators as she seeks re-election in 2010.

Olivo, a Democrat representing part of Fort Bend County, will be running for her eighth term in the Texas House of Representatives next year.

“I am humbled by the support of so many of my colleagues in the Houston area,” said Olivo. “I look forward to returning to the House and working with them on many issues that protect the interests of our families and communities, including education and mental health.”

Endorsing Olivo for re-election are State Senator Mario Gallegos and State Representatives
Alma A. Allen, Carol Alvarado, Ellen Cohen, Garnet F. Coleman, Harold V. Dutton, Jr., Jessica Farrar, Ana E. Hernandez, Scott Hochberg, Kristi Thibaut, Senfronia Thompson, Sylvester Turner,
Hubert Vo and Armando Walle.

Olivo serves on the Public Education and Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committees in the House.

Campaign site: http://www.doraolivo.com/

Friday, October 16, 2009

Problem With Lake Olympia Fire Protection System Continues--according to our sources--

Several e-mails a week come into the watch site regarding ongoing issues in the school district. We are sharing this one publically while protecting the source for obvious reasons:

"It has come to my attention that Lake Olympia Middle School has not had a functional fire alarm system since Friday, October 2, 2009. The children at Lake Olympia Middle School have not had a functional alarm system for five full days. Instead, FBISD has been forced, by the fire marshal, to have a fire watch placed on the school to ensure the safety of the children. The safety of FBISD children has to be ensured by the wonderful men and women of the fire departments, since our school district support manager..., has not done her due diligence and cannot guarantee our children's safety. "

This issue was first covered by local media, but the system apparently has remained down. We received this update last night via e-mail:

"As we speak, the alarm system is still down at Lake Olympia MS. Now, I do not think it reasonable that 2 weeks is the required time to repair the fire alarm system."

Obviously something needs to be done. A fire watch has been ordered by the fire marshalls office and this can be a very expensive endeavor as well as unnecessary if the system were immediately fixed or replaced. This is not a safe situation for the children, families or employees of LOMS.

When will senior administration and the school board act on this crisis?

We will update this story as needed...

Also see: http://www.ultimatefortbend.com/2009/10/fbisdwatch-lake-olympia-middle-school-fire-alarm-still-out

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

FBN: BOT Meeting Updates-

Chron report: http://www.ultimatefortbend.com/2009/10/fort-bend-isd-may-expand-gift-policy

http://www.fortbendnow.com/2009/10/13/41344 (Supt seeking more power over special donations could present more potential conflicts in the future)


http://www.fortbendnow.com/2009/10/13/41357 (New middle school construction contract awarded)

http://www.ultimatefortbend.com/2009/10/exceptions-okd-nepotism-cases (District making exceptions to nepotism policy - not a good path to follow)

Monday, October 12, 2009

FBN UPDATE: Former FBISD Police Chief Seeking New Position--

Update: http://www.fortbendnow.com/2009/10/12/41261

Upcoming Events-

Oct. 12 Board Budget Workshop

Oct. 12 Regular School Board Meeting

Oct. 13 & 15 Fort Bend ISD College Nights

Oct. 15 Elem. Parent Conf. & Elem. Early Release

Oct. 26 Regular School Board Meeting

Nov. 7 Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Fort Bend Fabulous!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Chronicle: Why is Fort Bend ISD police chief leaving?

Why is Fort Bend ISD police chief leaving?
October 5, 2009
By: Zen T.C. Zheng, Houston Chronicle

I wasn’t exactly surprised when Fort Bend ISD Police Chief J.L. Campbell said he will leave the district by the end of the year.

Pressure has been mounting on him since last year when news reports alleged that he used district resources for his unsuccessful bid to run for sheriff of Galveston County.

Those reports also called into question Campbell’s management of the police department after some officers reportedly complained about their lack of equipment and training. Campbell has denied the allegations, according to the reports.

Following those reports, FBISDWatch, a Web-based district watchdog [group], e-mailed Superintendent Tim Jenney and the school board in January pushing for an investigation of Campbell based on the allegations that include his absence from his district job during much of 2008 while he was seeking the sheriff’s post....(get the full piece below)


FB Star Reports:

FBISD police chief plans to retire
Watchdog group called for investigation

By Cheryl Skinner

Fort Bend Independent School District Police Chief J. L. Campbell announced last week he will retire from that position at the end of this year. In the meantime, a watchdog group is still calling for an investigation into allegations made by some of the members of the school police force on alleged mismanagement on the part of Campbell....

Full article: http://www.fortbendstar.com/093009/n_FBISD%20police%20chief%20plans%20to%20retire.htm



Thursday, October 1, 2009


Tax rate goes up in Fort Bend ISD
Trustees approve increase Sept. 28
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:57PM

Fort Bend school officials said the district's 3½-cent property tax hike for next year will not fund anything other than what voters endorsed nearly two years ago.

The school board approved on Sept. 28 a new tax rate of $1.305 per $100 assessed value. Last year, the district's tax rate rose by 2 cents from $1.25 in 2007. . .

During recent school board workshops and the Sept. 28 meeting in which trustees approved the tax-rate increase, officials tried to dispel speculation from critics that the district sought the higher tax rate to fund projects they described as wasteful, including a controversial “Global Center for Science and Technology.”

Get the full story at: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/6643858.html