By Nicole Jones
Friendswood ISD Trustees are looking toward the future with discussion of security upgrades at various campuses and preparation for an eventual expansion of Friendswood High.
School board members addressed the district’s growth and upcoming needs at their Dec. 9 meeting, reviewing the footprint of the high school campus for possible expansion in the future.
The district has moved forward with buying an additional tract near the high school, opting to buy an additional. 985 acres adjacent to the campus at 1102 Mustang Drive for $935,000.
The residence at 1014 Mustang Drive was purchased Nov. 15 for $700,000.
The board at its December meeting passed a resolution giving the district an option to finance the property with tax exempt bonds and reimburse the capital projects fund for the total cost of the purchase, should the district hold a successful future bond election.
Also on Dec. 9, trustees discussed future safety needs at various campuses. Recommended are $1 million in upgrades, including $400,000 in district-wide fencing and security cameras, $146,000 in public address systems and a front office renovation at Friendswood Junior High as well as improvements at the high school, Bales Intermediate, Windsong Intermediate, Cline, Westwood elementary schools and at the administration building.
Trustees also approved a student device replacement plan at their regular December meeting, calling for the replacement of about one quarter of classroom devices at a cost of $463,874.