Fort Bend Independent School District, Texas

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Fort Bend Independent School District
Sugar Land, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Charles E. Dupre
Enrollment:69,123[1]
Graduation rate:91.3%[1]
Number of schools:74
Budget: $561.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jim Rice
Board members:7
Term length:3
The Fort Bend Independent School District is a school district in Texas that served 69,123 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] The district was formed in 1959 by the consolidation of the Missouri City Independent School District and the Sugar Land Independent School District.[2] Fort Bend Independent School District is the seventh-largest school district in Texas.

About the district

Fort Bend Independent School District is located in Fort Bend County, Texas
Fort Bend Independent School District is located in Sugar Land, a city in Fort Bend County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Sugar Land is home to 82,480 residents.[3]

Demographics

Sugar Land outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 53.8 percent of Sugar Land residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Sugar Land was $107,149 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Sugar Land was 4.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Sugar Land (%) Texas (%)
White 52.0 70.4
Black or African American 7.4 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.7
Asian 35.3 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 10.6 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 46.0 52.9
2008 48.5 50.8
2004 42.1 57.3

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Fort Bend Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Charles E. Dupre. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2013. Dupre previously served as the superintendent of Pflugerville Independent School District in Texas from 2006 to 2013.[6]

School board

The Fort Bend Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Positions 1, 2 and 3 are selected from west-side residents, Position 4 is an at-large seat and the remaining seats are selected from east-side residents. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[7]

Fort Bend Board of Trustees
Member Position Assumed Office Term Ends
Susan Hohnbaum 1 2008 2014
Grayle James 2 2012 2015
Jim Rice 3 2010 2016
Bruce Albright 4 2011 2014
Patsy Taylor 5 2011 2014
Jenny Bailey 6 2012 2015
Dave Rosenthal 7 2013 2016

School board elections

See also: Fort Bend Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election on May 10, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and two seats are up for election in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2014:

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

PUBLIC COMMENT
No presentation shall exceed three minutes. Delegations of more than three persons wishing to speak on one item shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board. The speaker shall identify him or herself and make a brief presentation before the Board.

BOARD’S RESPONSE
Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administra-tively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

DISRUPTION
The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.

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—Fort Bend Independent School District's website, (2014), [9]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Fort Bend Independent School District:[10][11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $354,540,523 71.3% $54,724,424 11% $78,775,910 15.8% $0 0% $9,118,337 1.8% $497,159,194
2014-2015 $398,705,597 71% $67,678,912 12% $74,275,784 13.2% $0 0% $21,040,359 3.7% $561,700,652
Averages: $376,623,060 71% $61,201,668 12% $76,525,847 14% $0 0% $15,079,348 3% $529,429,923

Teacher salaries

Fort Bend Independent School District offers an annual starting salary of $46,750 for new teachers. The median annual salary for district teachers is $53,012 and the maximum salary is $62,405.[12]

Schools in Fort Bend Independent School District

Enrollment

The district's K-12 student enrollment grew from 68,948 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 69,123 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

District schools

Fort Bend Independent School District operates 74 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Fort Bend Independent School District
Armstrong Elementary School
Austin High School
Austin Parkway Elementary School
Baines Middle School
Barrington Place Elementary School
Blue Ridge Elementary School
Bowie Middle School
Brazos Bend Elementary School
Briargate Elementary School
Burton Elementary School
Bush High School
Clements High School
Colony Bend Elementary School
Colony Meadows Elementary School
Commonwealth Elementary School
Cornerstone Elementary School
Crockett Middle School
Drabek Elementary School
Dulles Elementary School
Dulles High School
Dulles Middle School
Elkins High School
Ferndell Henry Center for Learning
First Colony Middle School
Fleming Elementary School
Fort Settlement Middle School
Garcia Middle School
Glover Elementary School
Goodman Elementary School
Heritage Rose Elementary School
Highlands Elementary School
Hightower High School
Hodges Bend Middle School
Holley Elementary School
Hunters Glen Elementary School
Jones Elementary School
Jordan Elementary School
Kempner High School
Lake Olympia Middle School
Lakeview Elementary School
Lantern Lane Elementary School
Lexington Creek Elementary School
Marshall High School
McAuliffe Middle School
Meadows Elementary School
Mission Bend Elementary School
Mission Glen Elementary School
Mission West Elementary School
Missouri City Middle School
M.R. Wood Center for Learning
Oakland Elementary School
Oyster Creek Elementary School
Palmer Elementary School
Parks Elementary School
Pecan Grove Elementary School
Progressive High School
Quail Valley Elementary School
Quail Valley Middle School
Ridge Point High School
Ridgegate Elementary School
Ridgemont Elementary School
Sartatia Middle School
Scanlan Oaks Elementary School
Schiff Elementary School
Seguin Elementary School
Settlers Way Elementary School
Sienna Crossing Elementary School
Sugar Land Middle School
Sugar Mill Elementary School
Technical Education Center
Townewest Elementary School
Travis High School
Walker Station Elementary School
Willowridge High School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Fort Bend Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 95% of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[14]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 132,512 157,695 84 50
Student Progress 1,848 5,200 36 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,140 1,500 76 55
Postsecondary Readiness 1,389.9 1,600 87 75

Contact information

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Fort Bend Independent School District
16431 Lexington Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Phone: (281) 634-1000

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

This website was most recently evaluated on November 25, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for seven years.[15]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[16]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[17]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for two years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for two years.[18]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[19]
    • Meeting videos are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2007 are available.[20]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[21]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[22]
    • Salary pay scales are provided.[23]
  • Public Records
    • There is a mailing address, phone number and email address for FOIA requests.
    • A public records form is provided.[24]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[25]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.[26]
  • Background Checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.[27]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Only two years of agendas and minutes are provided. Sunshine Review requires them to be archived for 3-5 years to qualify.
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is not identified by name. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position. The name and personalized email must be provided.

See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Texas Education Agency, "2012-2013 Texas Academic Performance Report: Fort Bend ISD," accessed February 21, 2014
  2. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Fort Bend ISD History," accessed February 21, 2014 (dead link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Sugar Land, Texas," accessed February 21, 2014
  4. Fort Bend County Elections, "Election Results," accessed February 21, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Superintendent," accessed February 21, 2014
  7. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Eligibility/Qualifications," October 21, 2011
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Public Participation," January 30, 2014
  10. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Budget 2013-2014," accessed November 27, 2013
  11. Fort Bend Independent School District, "2014-2015 Budget Information," accessed December 15, 2014
  12. Fort Bend Independent School District, "2013-2014 Pay Structures," accessed February 21, 2014
  13. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Schools," accessed February 21, 2014
  14. Texas Education Agency, "Accountability Summary 2013: Fort Bend ISD," accessed February 21, 2014
  15. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Budgets," accessed November 25, 2012
  16. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Administration," accessed November 25, 2012
  17. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Board of Trustees," accessed November 25, 2012
  18. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Minutes, Agendas, Notices and Video," accessed February 21, 2014
  19. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Board Meetings," accessed November 25, 2012
  20. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Financial Information," accessed November 25, 2012
  21. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Current Bids and Proposals," accessed November 25, 2012
  22. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Awarded Bids and Proposals," accessed November 25, 2012
  23. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Compensation," accessed November 25, 2012
  24. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Public Information," accessed November 25, 2012
  25. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Tax Information," accessed November 25, 2012
  26. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Accountability," accessed November 25, 2012
  27. Fort Bend Independent School District, "Criminal History Check," accessed November 25, 2012