FBISD B.O.T. – A Board increasingly
divided from the community it serves
Jim Babb, FBISD Pos. 7 Candidate
FBISD Board President Bob Broxson was recently quoted by a media source as saying:
“It bothers me when people come up and give misleading information about how this board does its business. To hear people say that we are recklessly spending money is not true.”
This statement appears to be in defense of his behavior during a contentious February 8, 2010 Board meeting. This is Mr. Broxon’s opinion, to which he has a right. However, the citizens have a right to express their opinions as well. The tensions appear to have occurred when Mr. Broxon took exception to speakers exercising their right to express an opinion that was contrary to his own and, to be fair, critical of the board.
After attending numerous board meetings, I have become disheartened by the level of discourtesy and animosity shown toward some community speakers, by members of this board. From scolding the audience, as if they were misbehaving children, to being disrespectful to the speakers (rolling their eyes and other impolite facial responses, exiting & re-entering the room while a speaker addresses them etc.), this collective board does not, in my opinion, provide an inviting forum for parents and taxpayers to express their concerns, seek action or information.
I do not want this to be perceived as a “Bash the Board” article. I sincerely appreciate those who volunteer their time to serve our community and our children.
It is important to remember that when we elect someone to serve on the Board of Trustees, we are in essence hiring them to represent the concerns, the values and the interests of our community. Hence, they should welcome reasonable, warranted and civil scrutiny of their performance.
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)