By Karolyn Gephart
Members of the Friendswood ISD Transportation Department and Custodial Department were honored at the recent School Board meeting September 14 for Making a Difference.
Beverly Rhoads has worked in FISD for four years as a bus driver. She was recognized to the Board for her supportive care in her daily operations with the transporting of special needs students into Houston for their support services as well as her work in the Transportation Office. She was credited for being a role model for her department with her excellent performance in her area.
The other two honored were not only praised for their work but also thanked for their service as both have retired.
Julia Rollen retired in August after serving 43 years in the district. She was a popular bus driver who not only had routes daily but also served as driver for many field trips during those years. She was at football games helping provide a safe environment for those attending and was supportive of all FISD events and fundraisers.
Angie Mendoza has been a familiar and much loved face at Westwood Elementary for 30 years and retires with 39 years in the district. Dependable, loyal, positive and school spirited describes Mendoza while working at Westwood Elementary.
In other School Board action, the board unanimously approved requesting a Missed School Day Waiver waver from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) related to Hurricane Laura.
The Board also approved unanimously a resolution to compensate district employees for time missed on August 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2020, as a result the hurricane. The resolution also allows for those non-exempt employees who reported to work to be compensated.