Friendswood ISD School Board members voted unanimously at their Sept. 10 meeting to cancel the upcoming trustee election in November. By certifying the lone candidates as unopposed and thereby elected, the seven current members will not have an election for the four positions that were going to be on the ballot.
The four that were unopposed while not having to participate in an election will have to wait to be sworn into office on Nov. 8 or later.
Laura Seifert will be sworn in Position 1, replacing Mike Shaw who retired and Denise Ruiz who has served as interim member in that position. Matthew Robinson will continue on the board in Position 2. Rebecca Hillenburg will continue to serve in Position 3 and Tony Hopkins will continue in Position 4.
Also at the September meeting, seven students received letter jackets for their accomplishments in the Special Olympics.
James Rejack earned a jacket in bowling. The following students earned their jackets in bowling and athletics (track and field): Logan Saucedo, Jake Varley, Sterling Dean, Alexandra Molen, Ashley Reuter, and Zack Griego.
Participation in Special Olympics by FISD students is coached by Teresa Byrd.
Also being honored were members of both the Food Services Department and Custodial Services. Food Services staff members honored for making a difference were Lorrie Stamets and Sally Martos. Custodial Services staff members honored were Milka Romero, Mercedes Elizabeth Palomo, Cuc Huynh, and Quan Le.
In other action, Board members accepted a gift deed for an 11.92 acre tract of property in the West Ranch subdivision.
In 2005, the City of Friendswood entered into an agreement with Autumn Creek Development Ltd., concerning the development of the West Ranch Subdivision. As part of such agreement, Autumn Creek Development, Ltd. committed to donate a tract of land located in the West Ranch Subdivision, near the intersection of Brittany Bay Blvd. and West Rd. suitable for development of a Friendswood ISD school site.
The District and Autumn Creek Development, Ltd. have agreed upon a site that is suitable for potential future use as an elementary school site to Friendswood ISD at no cost.
Story by Karolyn Gephart