At Monday’s Board Meeting, trustees unanimously approved an amended calendar for the superintendent search with the firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. The board voted to begin interviews with prospective candidates the second week in August. We will post the amended search calendar on our website at fortbendISD.com before the end of the week.
Also, at the meeting we celebrated a number of students and staff members for their outstanding achievements and victories in various competitions … including the Dulles High School Girls Basketball Coach who was named the Houston Chronicle’s Girls Coach of the Year.
You can see all our recognitions in a special video on our website. I hope you will take time to check it out.
At Monday’s meeting, the Board approved several items to support academics, health, physical fitness, internet access and future construction to serve our students, their families and staff.
A few highlights include:
A contract for nursing services was approved to allow the District to deploy qualified, trained nurses to campuses as needed to support health and safety. We will monitor and re-evaluate nursing services on an ongoing basis as district positions are filled and as pandemic conditions continue to evolve.
Additionally, the Board renewed the Kickstart Kids contract for our middle school students who choose this option for their PE credit. The program uses martial arts, physical fitness and character development to help students resolve conflict, choose drug-free lifestyles and stay connected to their school community.
The Board also approved a project budget of nearly $32 million for Elementary School 54 which will be built in the Sienna community in Missouri City. It will accommodate 1,000 students. Construction will begin next month. The new elementary school project will be supported by a future bond.
The purchase of hotspots for students in order to return to the pre-COVID campus Lending Library plan was also approved. This plan allows students to check out a hotspot for a short time from their campus library on an as-needed basis, which allows the District to bridge the digital divide. We continue to work to make sure all students have equal access to the internet to facilitate the purposeful integration of technology to support learning. The contract for hotspots and data plans is just under $1.2 million and runs through the end of December 2024.
As a reminder to our parents whose students are enrolled in the free and reduced-price school meal program, the Federal Communications Commission may provide you with broadband internet service at home at significantly discounted prices. The program also provides discounts on computers or tablets. We have detailed information in the Headlines section of fortbendisd.com