FBISD extends timeline for vote on facilities & strategic plans
By Betsy Dolan
The timeline for the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees to vote on a District Strategic Plan and the Facilities Master Plan was extended until April in order to allow more community engagement and feedback.
The Board was supposed to vote on the two measures this month.
Beth Martinez, Executive Director of Organizational Development for the district, told the board that after meeting with the steering committee on January 21, there were questions and concerns that needed more attention.
“We have extended the calendar so that we can provide for more engagement with the steering committee, additional engagement with the community and the board and bring recommendations to you on April 21”, Martinez said.
Back in June, the Board voted to postpone the construction of elementary school #46 in Aliana in order to give the district time to conduct a thorough inventory of the district’s schools and facilities and to map out a long range plan for elementary school boundaries.
Superintendent Charles Dupre has said the district is moving toward a bond election but wants to make sure it is something that voters will support.
The district hired Jacobs Engineering Group to conduct a five year facilities assessment which revealed $449M worth of repairs and replacements that are needed at Fort Bend ISD schools and district buildings.
In addition, Fort Bend ISD formed a steering committee, made up of community leaders, parents and teachers that would be the driving force behind the eventual recommendations and hired educational facility planning firm, DeJong-Richter, to oversee the process.
Martinez told the board that between now and April, two additional steering committee meetings will be held as well as two more community dialogue meetings: March 18 at Austin High School and March 20 at Elkins High School to discuss the recommendations for the district strategic plan and the facilities master plan. In addition, a phone survey will be conducted.
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