Early prioritizing suggests changes for FISD

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A “significant change” to the teacher salary schedule is among the Friendswood ISD superintendent’s priorities for the 2015-15 budget year, according to a recent report to the school board.

As an information item only, the Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees last week reviewed a priority list for next year’s budget. A proposed new salary schedule designed to stay competitive with neighboring districts would add an additional $1 million to the 2015-16 budget, and an additional $450,000 for a 3 percent cost-of-living increase for all others.

A second budget priority is to return Bales Intermediate to an independent campus – and to possibly move the third grade from Westwood to Bales. According to FISD documents, when the state cut nearly $2 million from FISD state funding, it necessitated consolidation of the two campuses. At the same time, the Bales campus has seen a reduction in enrollment. Moving third grade to Bales will even out the enrollment between Westwood and Bales, according to the report presented to the board.

Essentially, the superintendent believes that returning Bales to an intermediate campus with its own administration will be the best for its students and staff. Estimated costs are $100,000.

A third priority listed is to continue purchasing class sets of Chrome Books – computer tablets used in classrooms – for those teachers not teaching science and math.

Though serious budget discussions begin in early summer, planning takes place long beforehand.

2015-16 CALENDAR
Next year’s Friendswood ISD school calendar will not deviate much from past years.

The school board last Monday approved the 2015-16 tentative academic calendar, which includes three staff development days throughout the year: Oct. 12, Jan. 4 and Feb. 15.

The calendar will include a full week break at Thanksgiving, along with other traditional school breaks. State law requires that the first student day cannot be scheduled before the fourth Monday in August, which fall son Aug. 24.

Winter break will begin after the end of class on Dec. 18 and classes will resume on Jan. 5. Students’ last day of school will be on June 1, 2016.

Future school board meetings are set Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11. Trustees meet in the district’s Administration Building, 302 Laurel Dr. A time for public comments is scheduled for each meeting. Agendas are posted at www.boarddocs.com at least 72 hours in advance of meetings.

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