Just in from FBISDWatch members who attended the school board meeting last night. Apparently Bob Broxson, the current president of the board of trustees, will not be seeking re-election. Mr. Broxson has become known for his rude treatment lately of taxpayers at public sessions and his support for the $30+ million dollar "Global Taj Mahal" being pushed by superintendent Tim Jenney. Jim Bab another candidate, running against David Reitz, has filed to challenge in the coming elections in May. He is running on a platform of cutting wasteful spending and balancing the budget and is currently opposed to the GSTC project. FBISD is experiencing its second record budget deficit emanating from spending practices and a RECORD 2007 bond election. Property tax rates have continued to increase since this bond proposal was passed in 2007. Mr. Jenney came in on a platform of balanced budgets and improving academic performance in 2006-7 but has failed to do either with the district still stuck at "academically acceptable". The current BOT recently voted to give him a raise with bonuses while discussing a commissioned TASB study to possibly reduce school district personnel by almost 400...
We will update this release at intervals....
Update: Jim Rice, a district vendor, has announced he will run for Broxson's spot. See: http://www.ricegardner.com/projects/8
Local media coming out on all this (Updated 2-25):
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)