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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

If we know, we tell...... I know it is pretty popular in some circles to criticize FBISD’s superintendent Dr. Tim Jenney. I’m no big fan of Dr. Jenney although I have nothing against him and I’m pretty sure he does a better job of running FBISD than I would or ever could. Considering the enormity of FBISD, and all of the personalities involved, it’s a wonder anyone can run it at all. I think we should all keep in mind the last time any of us tried to run anything. Heck, I can’t even get my two darling grandsons and beautiful granddaughter to mind, much less the dozen or so people here at the Star. So.....

If the information I was able to glean from the web sites is correct, Fort Bend ISD may be getting a bargain with its superintendent’s salary.

You may remember a previous column when I complained about having to wait to get a copy of the superintendent’s contract. Well, I finally got a copy and I compared it to the Katy ISD superintendent’s contract. I used Katy because KISD posts its superintendent’s contract on-line, a novel idea that Fort Bend ISD might consider. Katy also publishes on-line its monthly check register so you can see where its money is going.

Of course, I guess Fort Bend ISD still subscribes to the policy of “Knowledge is power” and an important corollary of that is “If I have all the knowledge, then I have all the power and I don’t want to share that with anyone.”

Now back to the contracts; FBISD pays its superintendent a base salary of $260,339. whereas Katy with fewer teachers, students and campuses, pays its superintendent $280,000.

Fort Bend ISD reimburses its chief for reasonable expenses for travel and other business expenses and gives him $800 per month car allowance for local travel and $350 monthly for information technology and communication.

Katy lumps it altogether as $1300 per month.

FBISD pays health insurance for the super and his wife like its other 12 month employees and also grants him over $500,000 whole life insurance. Katy’s superintendent gets the same half million but it is term life.

Both schools provide for purchasing retirement years with the Texas Retirement System and both schools provide for annuities and in Jenney’s case, a performance incentive tied to actionable goals. Some of the stuff is so murky to me that I am going to have to consult a CPA to help me figure some of those out.

More next week.

 

  Katy Fort Bend
Students 58,000 70,000
Campuses 53 74

A saddened family.... My grandmother and grandfather by marriage (daughter-in-law Lisa Fredrickson’s grandparents) were to celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary this past weekend. We bought airplane tickets and reserved a rental car in San Diego, then received a telephone call that Jane Goldman had passed on. Our anniversary party turned into a funeral.

Jane, who was in her 90s, was an unusual woman for her time. She was a college graduate who had twin daughters while her husband was away at war and still worked outside the home. Later in life, she was a world traveller and filled up more than two passports. In her later years, she kept her mind active by playing bridge and mah-jong. In all things she was a practical woman until the end when her passing caused us to change our wardrobe but not our reservations. We loved NaNa! 

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