By Nicole Jones
Friendswood ISD will use a $2.25 million surplus to purchase buses and property and upgrade its facilities, the school board decided last week.
Trustees decided at the Nov. 11 board meeting to transfer money into its capital projects fund. The district’s fiscal year ended Aug. 31, with an expected surplus of approximately $3.9 million attributed to hold-harmless revenue from the TEA related to Hurricane Harvey along with spending less than budgeted for the year.
The extra $2.25 million is expected to be used for the purchase of five buses at a cost of $543,935 and property purchases of $1.2 million. The remaining $500,000 is proposed to be used for security, athletic facility and lighting upgrades. All these purchases will be prioritized and brought before the board for approval before the money is spent, according to FISD.
PLANS FOR PROPERTY
The school district this month closed on property at 1101 Falling Leaf Drive, a one-acre residential property near the high school. Purchased for a half million, the site could be used for a future campus.
The board at its Nov. 11 meeting unanimously passed a resolution of its intent to finance its expenses for the purchase.
“If at some point in the future the district holds a successful bond election and sells bonds, this resolution gives the district the option to finance this specific property with tax exempt bonds and pay the capital projects fund back the total cost of the purchase,” FISD documents state.
Also during the meeting, the board recognized five district employees with its “Making A Difference” award. Bales teacher Wendy McAshlan, a 13-year employee, was honored for her strong leadership role with the Reading Initiative at Bales. Third-grade teacher Barbara Pastalaniec was recognized for leading teacher training opportunities and creating different learning opportunities in her classroom. She is a six-year employee of the district. Gifted and Talented program teacher Marianne Harner was honored for challenging the administration at Bales “to think and look at things in multiple ways” and using out of the box solutions. She is a five-year employee of the district. District technician Charles Medve, who has been with FISD for three years, was recognized for being a great communicator. According to his nomination, Medve “is a great communicator and helps others understand the ‘why’ behind what might be going on with their computer, printer or any of the many other devices he supports while making sure they feel supported and heard. He builds relationships on all the campuses he supports.”