FISD adding back positions

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As subjects such as agricultural science and criminal justice continue to enroll more students, Friendswood ISD makes plans to accommodate them.

Friendswood ISD trustees on Monday approved the addition of positions to the payroll for the 2015-2016 year, based on projected need in those areas.

Added will be an ag science teacher at Friendswood High, an extra period to the high school’s criminal justice classes and a gifted and talented teacher at the elementary/intermediate level.

During budget cuts several years ago, two GT teacher positions were cut. But since then, the two remaining GT teachers have split between the elementary and intermediate levels in both zones. Next fall, the district is adding back one of the two positions cut.

Also added for next year is a physical education teacher at Friendswood Junior High.

Trustees presented the district’s “Making A Difference Award” to Westwood-Bales special education teacher Payton Williams and Stephanie Heimeyer.

Williams teaches fourth and fifth-graders and is described as “the ultimate student advocate,” adjusting lessons according to individual needs and often working with other teachers to help students.

Heimeyer is a special education paraprofessional who builds relationships with students and supports teachers through helping execute their daily plans. “She maintains a positive, can-do attitude that spills over to all who encounter her during the day,” her nomination read.

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