Fort Bend Independent School District

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Fort Bend Independent School District
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FBISDAdmin.jpg
Administration Building
Address
16431 Lexington Blvd
Sugar Land, Texas 77479, Fort Bend County
United States
District information
MottoInspire, Equip, Imagine
EstablishedApril 18, 1959 (April 18, 1959)
SuperintendentCharles E. Dupre (2013–current)
School boardKristin Tassin (Pres-P4), Jason Burdine (VP-P1), Addie Heyliger (Secr-P6), Grayle James (P2), Jim Rice (P3), KP George (P5), Dave Rosenthal (P7)
Students and staff
Students75,769 (April 2018)
Staff10,000+ full & part time
Other information
Websitehttps://www.fortbendisd.com/

The Fort Bend Independent School District, also known as Fort Bend ISD or FBISD, is a school district system in the U.S. state of Texas based in the city of Sugar Land.

The district spans 170 square miles (440 km2) covering almost all of the city of Sugar Land, the city of Meadows Place, the Fort Bend county portion of Missouri City, Arcola, small sections of Houston, small sections of Pearland (including some of Shadow Creek Ranch, which is attempting to secede from FBISD),[1] the unincorporated communities of Clodine, Four Corners, Juliff, and Fresno, and the Fort Bend County portion of Mission Bend.

Fort Bend Independent School District was created by the consolidation of the Sugar Land ISD and Missouri City ISD in 1959. The school district is the seventh largest public school system in the state of Texas and third largest within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown Metropolitan Area. The school district is currently the largest employer in Fort Bend County with more than 9,000 district employees, and encompasses some of the wealthiest locales in the State of Texas.[2]

Fort Bend ISD is distinguished by its honors. In 2010, the school district was rated "recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]

The district is the only school district in the nation to be named a 2011 National School District of Character by the National Schools of Character Program in Washington DC—and only one of two districts in Texas to be honored with this designation. The Washington Post ranked Clements, Austin, Kempner, Travis, Dulles, Hightower and Elkins High Schools as seven of the Top 2011 High Schools in the Nation.

History[edit]

Photo shows a Texas Historical Commission marker for the former Sugar Land Independent School District on the grounds of the Sugar Land Auditorium. It became part of the Fort Bend Independent School District in 1959. View is toward the southeast.
Historic marker of the former Sugar Land ISD near Lakeview Elem. School.

Fort Bend ISD was formed when Sugar Land ISD and Missouri City ISD merged after an election on April 18, 1959.[2] The first superintendent was Louis P. Rodgers (died May 1967).[4] Missouri City ISD was formed from Missouri City Common School, House Common School and Mustang Common School (Fresno area). Sugar Land ISD was formed in 1918 and was expanded by adding Sartartia Common School and Clodine Common School in 1948. [5]

Originally FBISD was racially segregated, with white high school students attending the consolidated Dulles High School, with its permanent campus in Sugar Land, and black high school students attending M.R. Wood School in Sugar Land.[2] In 1963, FBISD had 600 students.[6] The school district desegregated in September 1965;[2] in the post-desegregation period Dulles was the district's sole high school until Willowridge High School opened in 1979. In 1969 the school district had 1,000 students, and its enrollment was increasing. Between 1979 and 1997, a new high school opened at intervals no more than five years apart. The district became the fastest growing school district in the State of Texas.[6] In August 1997 the district had over 14,000 students at its high schools, then numbering six.[6]

A portion of Stafford was formerly a part of Fort Bend ISD, but it broke away and formed the Stafford Municipal School District. In 1977, the FBISD portions of the city of Stafford left FBISD for the Stafford MSD, and the move was found to be constitutional in 1981. Residents in Stafford's ETJ are served by Fort Bend ISD, not Stafford MSD.

Circa 1997 FBISD was the fastest-growing school district in Texas, with new comprehensive high schools opening in increments of fewer than five years.[6]

Divisions/Administration Buildings[edit]

The Fort Bend ISD Police Department is headquartered in Stafford.[7] Its current headquarters was the former FBISD Administration Building located off FM1092 which was later converted into a vehicle maintenance facility after the administration HQ was moved to Sugar Land.[citation needed]

FBISD's current administration building is located in Sugar Land, near the Town Square and First Colony Mall. There is also the FBISD Annex, which contains an auditorium/banquet hall for FBISD, as well as a shop for teachers of FBISD.

Athletics and extracurriculars[edit]

FBISD Athletic Facility

FBISD is known for having some of the best athletic teams in Houston[who?][citation needed]. All 11 high schools contain 2 gyms, Tennis Courts, a football/soccer/track field, a baseball field, and softball field, each fitted with LED scoreboards.

FBISD also manages 2 athletic complexes, complete with turf and Video/LED scoreboards from NEVCO:

  • Kenneth Hall Stadium (Football/Soccer/Track) and Buddy Hopson Field House (Gym) located next to Hightower[8]
  • Edward Mercer Stadium (Football/Soccer) and Wheeler Field House (gym) located next to the Admin Building[8]
    • Frankie Field (Baseball) is also located next to Mercer, but it is Clements's Home Field

Louis P. Rodgers Memorial Auditorium in Dulles High School was built in 1969.[4]

Recognitions[edit]

Seventy percent of the district’s campuses received an Exemplary or Recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency in 2002. That same year, the district was named a Recognized District by the Texas Education Agency for the second consecutive year, making it one of the largest public school districts in Texas to receive that rating. Currently the district is ranked "academically acceptable" and has been for the last several years.

Austin High School and Clements High School, both in Sugar Land, have been recognized by Texas Monthly magazine in its list of the top 10 high schools in the state of Texas. In addition, Clements, Austin, and Elkins high schools ranked 313th, 626th, and 702nd, respectively, among the top 1000 schools in the United States by Newsweek.

Fort Bend ISD has been named one of the top 100 School Districts in the Nation for a Fine Arts Education, according to a nationwide survey of public and private school programs.

Governance[edit]

The current Superintendent is Charles E. Dupre who was hired in 2013 after Dr. Jenney retired and left. Dupre previously served in Pflugerville Independent School District. In June 2008, the University Council for Education Administration, housed at the University of Texas at Austin, awarded Dupre the Excellence in Education Leadership Award for his dedication to improving the training and development of school leaders.

FBISD is served by a board of trustees who are periodically elected. Each trustee represents one of the seven regions in the school district.

Schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

Missouri City Middle School in Missouri City

Elementary schools[edit]

  • (AE)Armstrong Elementary School (Missouri City) (Opened August 25, 2008 [28][permanent dead link])
  • (APE)Austin Parkway Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Occupied September 1989 [29])
  • (BPE)Barrington Place Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Opened fall 1990 [30])
  • (BRE)Blue Ridge Elementary School (Houston) (Occupied August 1969 [31])
  • (BBE)Brazos Bend Elementary (Houston) (Occupied August 20, 1997)
  • (BGE)Briargate Elementary School (Houston) (Occupied August 1977 [32])
  • (WBE)Walter Moses Burton Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 14, 1996 [33])
  • (CBE)Colony Bend Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Occupied August 1981 [34])
  • (CME)Colony Meadows Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Opened fall 1991 [35])
  • (CWE)Commonwealth Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Opened August 14, 1997 [36])
  • (CSE)Cornerstone Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Opened August 27, 2007 [37][permanent dead link])
  • (RDE)Rita Drabek Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 16, 2001 [38])
  • (DE)Dulles Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Occupied August 1976 [39])
  • (AFE)Arizona Fleming Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 17, 1994 [40])
  • (GE)Edgar Glover Elementary School (Missouri City) (Opened August 17, 1994 [41])
  • (LGE)Lula Goodman Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 15, 2000 [42])
  • (HE)Highlands Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Occupied in the fall of 1986 [43][permanent dead link])
  • (MHE)Mary Austin Holley Elementary School (Unincorporated area)
  • (HRE)Heritage Rose Elementary School (Rosharon)(ES # 45) (Opened Fall 2010 [44])
  • (HGE)Hunters Glen Elementary School (Missouri City) (Opened September 1985 [45])
  • (JE)E.A. Jones Elementary School (Missouri City) (Opened 1963)
  • (BJE)Barbara Jordan Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 15, 2002 [46])
  • (LVE)Lakeview Elementary School (Sugar Land)
  • (LLE)Lantern Lane Elementary School (Missouri City) (Occupied January 1979 [47])
  • (DLE)Donald Leonetti Elementary (Sienna Plantation) (Opening Fall 2017)
  • (LCE)Lexington Creek Elementary School (Missouri City) (Opened August 17, 1994 [48])
  • (CVME)Carolyn and Vernon Madden Elementary (Richmond) (Opened August 24, 2015)
  • (ME)Meadows Elementary School (Meadows Place) (Occupied August 1973 [49])
  • (MBE)Mission Bend Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Occupied August 1981 [50])
  • (MGE)Mission Glen Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Occupied fall 1986 [51])
  • (MWE)Mission West Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened fall 1991 [52])
  • (OE)Oakland Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 21, 2006 [53])
  • (OCE)Oyster Creek Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 14, 1999 [54][permanent dead link])
  • (PE)Palmer Elementary School (Missouri City) (Opened September 1985 [55])
  • (RPE)Rosa Parks Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 27, 2007 [56][permanent dead link])
  • (PGE)Pecan Grove Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Occupied September 1988 [57])
  • (QVE)Quail Valley Elementary School (Missouri City) (Occupied August 1975 [58])
  • (RGE)Ridgegate Elementary School (Houston) (Occupied January 1981 [59])
  • (RME)Ridgemont Elementary School (Houston) (Occupied August 1973 [60])
  • (SOE)Scanlan Oaks Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 12, 2004 [61])
  • (JSE)Schiff Elementary School (Missouri City) (Opened August 25, 2008 [62][permanent dead link])
  • (JSES)Seguin Elementary School (unincorporated area, Grand Mission) (Opened August 24, 2009 [63][permanent dead link])
  • (SWE)Settlers Way Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Occupied August 1984 [64])
  • (SCE)Sienna Crossing Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened August 13, 1998 [65])
  • (SME)Sugar Mill Elementary School (Sugar Land) (Occupied 1984 [66])
  • (ASE)Anne McCormick Sullivan Elementary (Riverstone, Unincorporated area) (Occupied Fall 2016)
  • (TWE)Townewest Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Occupied August 1978 [67])
  • (WSE)Walker Station Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (Opened fall 1992 [68])

Other schools[edit]

  • (FHCL)Ferndell Henry Alternative Center
    • Hosts district's Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
  • (PHS)Progressive High School
    • Classes to help students who are behind in credits/grades
  • (TEC)Technical Education Center
    • Hosts CTE classes for all High schools in FBISD
  • James Reese Career and Technical Center (Opening Fall 2018)
    • Newer center to replace aging TEC

Academies[edit]

Fort Bend ISD opened several magnet programs to foster small learning communities with a career based focus. Several Academies are housed at different schools and are magnet programs that require an application. The District provides busing throughout the district for Academy students, irrespective of which school they choose to attend, located at their zoned Elementary Campus (or another location deemed appropriate by staff/parents). A few of the Academies were shut down due to low application and attendance rates.

Middle School Academies[edit]

  • Quail Valley Middle School Academy for the Gifted and Talented (For GT Identified)

High School Academies[edit]

*The GSA and IBMA academies are under a transition period to Travis HS.

  • GSA for '18 are held at Clements HS.
  • IBMA for '18 are held at Bush HS.

C.O '19 (+) for both academies are at Travis

Former schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Pearland School Districts." (Archive) City of Pearland. Retrieved on March 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "District Information / History". www.fortbendisd.com. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  3. ^ "2010 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2011-11-14.
  4. ^ a b "Campus History." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on November 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Research done by the Texas State Library, recorded in the Fort Bend County Official Public Records under document number 2000062274 on July 27, 2000.
  6. ^ a b c d Solomon, Jerome (1997-08-28). "FOOTBALL 1997/HIGH SCHOOLS/FORT BEND BONANZA/Phillips, Dulles in hunt to add to town's memories". Houston Chronicle. p. Special 33. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2011-12-31. Since then, however, the Fort Bend ISD has not gone more than five years without opening a new high school. [...] to form the fastest growing district in the state.
  7. ^ "FBISD Police Archived 2012-01-24 at the Wayback Machine.." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2011. "13600 Murphy Road Stafford, Texas 77477"
  8. ^ a b "Athletics / Athletic Facilities". www.fortbendisd.com. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  9. ^ Blue Ribbon Award Archived 2006-05-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF) Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Microsoft Word - 2007-schools.doc
  12. ^ Mark Odintz: Arcola, Tx from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved December 23, 2008.

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