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)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chron: Despite Community Opposition Jenney Moves Forward With Duplicate Science Museum (as DA continues investigation)-

Drymalla, SWH top-ranked for science center
January 13, 2010 9:03 am Zen T.C. Zheng, Houston Chronicle

Columbus-based Drymalla Construction Co. and Plano-based SWH Group top the lists of candidates seeking the job to build the Fort Bend school district’s $26 million Global Center for Science and Technology...

...Both companies have Houston offices and have been longtime vendors of the district for various construction projects...

...I asked district spokeswoman Mary Ann Simpson Tuesday if any partners have made such pledges and if the funds are in place. She said she doesn’t know but will check into it.

Superintendent Tim Jenney has said the project would not lead to an increase in the district's property tax rate.

The project, while welcomed by some teachers and parents, has elicited opposition among others, including those who are asking District Attorney John Healey to investigate if the district has violated state laws in its responses to critics’ request for public information on the project.

District officials hope to break ground on the science center early this year next to the district administration building in Sugar Land...

Get the full piece at: http://www.ultimatefortbend.com/2010/01/drymalla-swh-could-be-hired-science-center#comment-546