School officials at Westwood Elementary guide students to class

School officials at Westwood Elementary guide students to class. Friendswood ISD is studying its facilities and is considering changing how it determines which children attend which schools.


The Friendswood Independent School District has hired an architecture firm for $82,000 to complete a facilities master plan that could determine whether officials call for a bond election.

The district’s contract with Houston-based PBK Architects calls for an assessment of schools and other facilities, including whether they are up to state standards, and assisting school officials on developing a long-term master plan, records show.

The scope of work also includes the possibility of PBK Architects helping plan for a future bond referendum, but the agreement trustees approved did not include payments for that purpose, records show.

The facilities plan also will contain meetings to conclude what buildings should be refurbished and forming replacement plans as required, records show.

“We have just hired an architecture firm to do a long-term facility plan,” Dayna Owen, spokeswoman for the district, said. “That will give us more information on where we stand and what we need to do. Our boundary adjustment takes us through the next three years.”

If the study determines the need for renovations or additions at any of the school district’s facilities, district leaders might consider calling a bond referendum, Owen said.

It’s too early to say whether a bond election would be called in the next three years, however, board President Rebecca Hillenburg said.

“In that three-year period, I can’t speak to where we might end up,” she said. “It might be a bond, it might not be a bond.”

Along with study, the district also is considering changing how it determines which children attend which schools, Hillenburg said. The results of rezoning also would influence whether the district considered a bond election, she said.

The district was gathering and collecting information and would conduct public forums to create a plan, Hillenburg said.

“We contracted with the PBK firm to work with us on a long-range facilities plan engaging in an examination of all of the land, like the 12 acres we have in West Range and to help guide us to our needs,” she said. “PBK is hoping to have this report finished for us in six months and that will also include talking to the public.”

District leaders would be frugal with tax dollars, Hillenburg said.

“We want to make sure we are very judicious with all of our tax dollars,” she said. “We get money but we want to make sure we use each dollar as best as we possibly can.”

“If we choose to do a bond this year, it will be based on the data we collected and what’s the best decision for our students,” she said.

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Before coming to work for The Daily News as a staff reporter, he worked for us as a freelance correspondent the past year. He has written for publications like the Washington Post. “Galveston County is full of interesting stories and perspectives,”

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