Friendswood ISD board approves transfer of $2.25 million into Capital Projects Fund

students raising hands in a classroom
Friendswood ISD trustees met to discuss TEA requirements for K-3 teachers.(Courtesy Fotolia)

Friendswood ISD trustees met to discuss TEA requirements for K-3 teachers.(Courtesy Fotolia)

The Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees approved the transfer of $2.25 million into the Capital Projects Fund at the meeting on Nov. 11. The district is expecting a surplus of $3.9 million in the general fund now that the fiscal year has ended.

According to the meeting agenda, the surplus is due to the district receiving more in revenue than adopted, as well as spending less than allocated in the expenditure budget.


“We’re proposing moving that into our capital fund, and the remaining into our reserves.” Superintendent Thad Roher said. “It would be expenditures for the five buses we will be purchases and some larger projects that were not part of our priority one list.”

Roher said that final revenue numbers are still subject to change depending on certain factors, with one example being kindergarten enrollment expectations.

The board also discussed new TEA requirements for teachers who teach reading in Texas. In accordance with House Bill 3, all K-3 reading teachers will have to complete TEA Reading Academies before the fall of 2021.


The process of completing these academies are still being determined by the state, and could range from a ten day in-person program, to a three-day program both in person and online, Roher said.

Board members questioned how the Reading Academies will interact with the district’s own literacy program, and whether it might be a step backwards in instruction philosophically.

“We’re moving into the third year of our own literacy program and we have to figure out how to keep this momentum going while trying to fulfill another mandate that’s being passed down,” said Lauren Ambeau, executive director of Elementary Teaching & Learning.

Roher said the district had hoped to train its own instructors but is unable to due to the smaller size of the district. Roher added that the district has investigated partnering with another district to meet the size requirement.

“What's important is how we frame this to teachers who have invested time and energy, and taken ownership of our program,” Ambeau said. “We believe in them but we want to protect them and frame this in the most positive way without losing sight of where we're going in FISD.”
By Morgan Slutzky
Morgan is the reporter for the Pearland and Friendswood newspaper. She joined Community Impact in 2019 after graduating from Temple University with a degree in journalism. Her primary area of coverage is education, but she also writes about local events and businesses.


MOST RECENT

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Harris County. (Community Impact Staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 907 cases, 12 deaths confirmed July 9

The 12 deaths—the largest single day total in Harris County since the pandemic began—brings the total COVID-19 death count in the county to 423.

Here are the coronavirus case counts in Brazoria County for July 9. (Community Impact staff)
Brazoria County reports 84 coronavirus cases, one death July 9

The death was of a Pearland nursing home resident.

Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.

In compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's July 2 executive order, the University Interscholastic League is requiring the use of facial coverings when practical to do so for all summer activity participants, among other guidelines. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.

 (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
DATA: Roughly 5% of Brazoria, Galveston counties file for unemployment in June

The majority of the claims are in the oil and gas industry and the restaurant industry.

Craft Burger is one of 15 restaurants, catering companies and food trucks participating in this year's Black Restaurant Week. (Courtesy Craft Burger)
Houston's fifth annual Black Restaurant Week returns July 10-19

Participating patrons can play Black Restaurant Week Bingo and vote for their favorite participating eateries for a chance to win prizes such as restaurant gift cards, culinary treats and cash prizes.

The city of Houston confirmed only 204 new cases July 8, down from over 1,000 July 7, a discrepancy that officials attributed to a "computer system slowdown." (Community Impact Staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 701 new cases confirmed as hospitalizations hold steady July 8

The city of Houston confirmed only 204 new cases July 8—down from over 1,000 July 7—a discrepancy that officials attributed to a "computer system slowdown."

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Brazoria County. (Community Impact staff)
Brazoria County reports 125 coronavirus cases July 8, a new daily high

As of July 8, all age groups have more confirmed cases than recoveries.

Here are the coronavirus case counts from the Fourth of July weekend in Brazoria County and an analysis of rise of cases in the county. (Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
UPDATED: A look at coronavirus case counts over the July 4 weekend in Brazoria County

The 20-29 age bracket is now the age bracket with the most infected cases in the county.

Home sales were up across most pricing categories in Houston in June, with a 15.7% jump as compared to the same period last year. (Community Impact staff)
Despite COVID-19, year-over-year Houston-area home sales up nearly 16% in June

Home sales were up across most pricing categories in Houston in June, with a 15.7% jump as compared to the same period last year.

Eligible businesses in Harris County may receive a grant of up to $25,000. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Applications open soon for Harris County's $30 million small business assistance program

Eligible small businesses may receive a grant of up to $25,000 to cover payroll costs, rent and other operating expenses.