Frenship ISD to have 19 fewer positions next year

Frenship Independent School District will have 19 fewer positions next year than this year, but only two teachers have had positions eliminated.

Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Michelle McCord told FISD board members at their meeting Monday night principals from Frenship schools worked together to figure out where to save jobs on the 19 positions.

“They did what was best for kids,” McCord said.

Most of those positions have been combined with other jobs as staff have retired or quit in the last year.

“It could have been a lot more than 19,” McCord said.

Frenship Independent School District Board President Brad Draper thanked McCord for her work on staffing, noting she seems unflappable even as spring craziness sets in.

Draper also had positive words for teachers in Frenship schools.

“I’ve not heard one word of complaint,” Draper said about the financial cuts.

Superintendent David Vroonland said teachers on the Frenship campuses are simply not allowing budget problems to undo the jobs they do with students.

The board took no action on the staffing report, but it voted unanimously to not renew the contracts of two teachers, including an automotive technology teacher and a manufacturing teacher.

During the February and March meetings, several parents and students showed up to back those teachers and programs, but in the meeting Monday, no parents or students with either program seemed to be present for the final vote.

The board also voted to approve an instructional materials allotment and TEKS certification forms.

No action was taken on a presentation from Debbie Hobgood, the coordinator of special programs, on the gifted and talented programs at Frenship.

Hobgood told the board that with Vroonland’s encouragement, Frenship has been identifying more students for the gifted and talented program. It has grown about 9 percent since 2009, she said.

At the same time, the program is spending less money per student this year, she said. She showed pictures and talked about the things GT students do throughout the year, including a Leadership Conference they attend at the Casey Administration Building.

The board took no action on the gifted and talented program.

Board members approved the consent agenda unanimously, which included minutes from previous meetings, a financial report, personnel recommendations and a priority list for deferred bond projects.

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