FBW: Although these information links from the "Budget Challenges" area of FBISD main site are an improvement over past attempts at transparency they are far from a school district "online cash register" that gives the public access to budget line items and details needed during financial crisis. Closer public scrutiny is warranted and desired. Many school districts in Texas utilize such a service but not FBISD currently.
The district also put out their own summary on the S&P bond ratings stating that "AA" was an indicator of the districts quality. Follow the links on the right hand side of this page to further determine for yourselves if a "AA" rating is a "high" standard or just mediocre in comparison to other districts in our category.
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)