Taken from: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=272950882709&topic=15755 (this original thread has been removed and replaced with the link below)
Update 8-1-10: This topic thread and forum responses has been removed and replaced with this: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=272950882709&topic=15760
Original post: "Jim Babb For FBISD- You all know where I stand on the GSTC. Dr. Jenney recently advised me that he does still intend to build the center and indicated that it will be funded primarily by residual bonds from previous bond elections. However, 20% must come from private sector contributions. Of course, the cost staffing & maintaining the center, as well as transporting the students must also be considered. As proposed, the center will serve grades 2-8. Below is a link to the FBISD page, regarding the center.
-This is the same central office museum plan that was extensively covered here and throughout the local media last year. As many of you remember the district has been undergoing a 3rd consecutive record budget deficit that also involved large "reductions in force". This 20-30 million dollar project has never been voted on by the public and was not on prior bond/debt elections.
Stay tuned for updates...(search this site for additional background on this hot button issue)
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)