Other board members also sworn in
Re-elected school board trustee Susan Hohnbaum is the new President of the Fort Bend ISD board for the 2011-12 school year. She was among the officers elected by fellow trustees at a regular board meeting.
Hohnbaum, previously the board’s vice-president, who was re-elected for another three years this month, has served on the board since 2008. She takes over in place of former board President Sonal Bhuchar. Other trustees elected to serve as officers are Marilyn Glover as vice president and Jim Rice as the board’s secretary.
Both Bruce Albright and Patsy Taylor, newly elected board members for Position 4 and Position 5, respectively, were sworn in at the meeting. Albright replaces Daniel Menendez, who was the incumbent and was not re-elected. Taylor replaces Laurie Caldwell, who did not seek re-election.
The school board will be adopting a budget for the next school year on June 13. It will reflect reduction in force adjustments. In March, the school board approved a resolution declaring financial exigency due to significant projected budget reductions in state funding for education. A public meeting on the proposed school budget and tax rate, proposed to increase by two cents, will be held on June 7 at 5 p.m. in the Board
Room of the district’s administration building, 16431 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land.
About the proposed tax rate increase, which she indicates is a preliminary proposed rate, FBISD Chief Financial Officer Tracy Hoke said it is “due to an increase in the debt rate from $.30 to $.32 which is necessary because of an increased debt payment obligation in the upcoming school year.” Hoke said that it is a preliminary proposed rate and that the actual tax rate will be voted on later in September after the final certified values are received from the Fort Bend Appraisal District.