About $1 million to be gained through Bring a friend to Fort Bend
By Elsa Maxey
The Fort Bend Independent School District is hoping to generate $1 million by enrolling about 200 students with the expansion of an inter-district transfer program. The school district says this is a conservative estimate based on undetermined funding formulas by the State.
Between now through July 15, FBISD is accepting applications for K-12 out-of-district students to attend school at any open campus in its school district. Applicants, however, must meet certain admission requirements and provide their own transportation.
Fort Bend ISD first allowed students who did not reside in the district to enroll for the school year, 2010 -11, the one that just ended. These were the children of non-resident employees, who took advantage of the enrollment option, said Communications Director Nancy Porter. The revenue gain to FBISD totaled $724,280.
Just last month, the district’s trustees adopted revisions to allow any K-12 non-resident student, who can qualify in accordance with their guidelines, to enroll in a school designated by the Department of School Administration as “open,” which means having space available.
“Fort Bend ISD is exploring opportunities to increase revenue and decrease costs while maintaining its reputation for providing quality instructional programs that its communities have come to expect,” said Porter.
For more information, visit fortbendisd on the “Bring a Friend to Fort Bend” link or call 281-634-1729. The upcoming school year starts on Monday, Aug. 22.