Jason Burdine, FBISD Board of Trustees Vice President, officially announces plans to seek re-election in May 2017. Burdine was first elected to the board in May 2014 for a three-year term and was subsequently elected by his peers on the board to serve as Vice President in May of 2016.
During his term in office, Mr. Burdine has worked diligently with fellow board members and the Superintendent to strengthen FBISD into an organization that enables all students to achieve success. During his term, the FBISD board of Trustees launched and/or approved the construction of six new schools, a comprehensive district rezoning, a facilities plan, and a $484-million-dollar bond. In addition to funding the constructing of new schools, the bond program includes funds to modernize current schools, a district-wide technology plan, and a transportation budget to purchase new buses. Mr. Burdine is proud that the bond was approved by 75% of voters with zero tax increase.
During his term, Mr. Burdine championed the new Career and Technology Education (CTE) center that will prepare our students who plan to directly enter the work force after high school or those who begin their career, working while attending college. The new CTE center will provide training and education in fields specifically needed in the Fort Bend area as well as specific, in-demand training for the general workforce today. Mr. Burdine believes the goal of FBISD is to exceptionally prepare every student for their life beyond High School.
A former classroom volunteer, Burdine believes that teachers are one of the most important assets of FBISD. He voted to approve starting teacher salaries of $50,500 and has consistently supported all initiatives that support teacher growth and development. Jason also serves on the Teacher of the Year Committee which showcases the district’s talent on every campus in our district. Mr. Burdine has a passion for education and is encouraged by the level of talented instructors with whom he works. The Teacher of the Year program is important on many levels, but specifically, it gives teachers a chance to encourage others and grow the teaching profession.
Sound Fiscal Management is another proud achievement of FBISD. FBISD’s overall tax rate of $1.34 per $100 valuation has remain unchanged for the past six years and is among the lowest of our surrounding school districts. For the 12th consecutive year Fort Bend ISD has received a rating of Superior Achievement by the Texas Education Agency’s School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas). Fort Bend ISD was also awarded five stars in the Texas Comptroller’s annual Financial Allocation Study for Texas, or FAST ratings. Mr. Burdine believes that Financial Transparency is crucial to the success of our district, building trust among all tax payers will determine the districts future success.
In addition to his service as Vice President of the Board, Mr. Burdine currently serves as the Board's Construction liaison and meets with Administration on a monthly basis to review current and future construction projects in the District.
Mr. Burdine says that his goal is to ensure that every student in FBISD receives a great education so that they can compete in society regardless of the path that they choose. “It is our duty in this great country and the great state of Texas to ensure that each and every child receives the best education we can provide.”
Jason and his wife Andrea Burdine have lived in Fort Bend Since 2007 and have two children, Blake and Makayla. Jason is a Graduate of Texas A&M University and is a Financial Advisor. Jason is currently participating in the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership Forum which offers opportunities to learn and grow as a community to work together. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, the outdoors and volunteering in Fort Bend.
Jason will be hosting a Re-Election Kick-off event on January 30th at 5:30 PM at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. The address is 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478.