Fort Worth trustees approve Dansby review

Posted Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

Joint meeting Thursday

Fort Worth school trustees are scheduled to meet with the Benbrook City Council at 7 p.m. Thursday at Benbrook Middle School, 201 Overcrest Drive, Benbrook.

The agenda includes discussion of academic achievement for students in Benbrook schools, strategic planning and Benbrook residential development. Four Fort Worth school district campuses, including Western Hills High School, are in Benbrook.

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FORT WORTH -- School trustees met behind closed doors Tuesday night to work on a performance evaluation for Superintendent Walter Dansby and then voted 7-0 to approve the review.

Dansby was hired in early 2012, replacing the departing Melody Johnson. He served as acting superintendent for several months before the board approved a three-year-contract. He earns a salary of $328,950.

Details of his review were not disclosed.

Also during Tuesday's meeting, trustees voted 7-0 to approve a licensing agreement with Positive Promotions of Hauppauge, N.Y., to expand the Fort Worth district's It's Not Okay anti-bullying program.

It's Not Okay is an initiative to promote respect, integrity and civility that was created by Fort Worth administrators. It is in place at all campuses.

The district will receive royalty payments from the sale of materials such as buttons, lanyards and wristbands that use the It's Not Okay phrase or the acronym INOK.

"You all have done a great job, and this will put us on the map nationally and bring some income," said board President Judy Needham.

Also, the board approved an agreement with The BGS Group to pay a flat fee of $450,000 for a one-year legal services contract to advise district staffers and handle employment issues such as suspensions and grievances.

Trustees hope the arrangement will save the district about $300,000.

In 2012, the district paid $752,636 for such services, including about $380,000 for outside counsel and a $372,636 to participate in the Texas Association of School Boards' risk management fund for legal services for professional liability claims and sexual misconduct cases, according to documents provided to trustees.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326

Twitter: @jessamybrown

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