Former Mayor, ISD board member to be named Honorary Alum

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SONY DSCFormer Mayor and FISD school board member, Harold Whitakerhas been named Honorary Distinguished Alumnus from the FHS Alumni Association.He will be honored with four alumni and another Honorary member at the Distinguished Alumni Banquet October 10 at The Green Event Center inFriendswood.

Friendswood is a community of volunteers and Whitaker is the poster child of volunteerism in the community, according to alumna Sally Branson who nominated him for his award.

While serving as President of the Friendswood ISD School Board, he was instrumental in the acquisition of the property where Windsong Intermediate now stands.

After serving more than 12 years on the board, he was elected Mayor of Friendswood. Almost immediately upon taking office, Mayor Whitaker initiated monthly meetings between the City and the School District.The purpose of these monthly meetings was to address any issues either party might want to discuss, such as Friendswood Police Officers assisting the School District with heavy traffic flow during school arrival and departure. These meetings still continue today.

Mayor Whitaker was also instrumental in securing the property where the new junior high school sits. In addition, he led discussions between the City and the School District, drainage and retention for the schooland park site.

After serving as Mayor for six years, Whitaker was elected to the Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District (GCCDD) where he has served for eight years and is currently President. During his tenure, the GCCDDhas leased land to the ISD for the new FFA barn per the following terms: onedollar for 99 years.

Whitaker has invested many years of service to the community and especially to FISD.  He and his wife Ann live in Friendswood.

He will be honored at the banquet as an Honorary Distinguished Alumnus.

Tables are on sale for the banquet at the Administration Building. The banquet will have a reception time at 7:30 pm with dinner and a program following. The ticket cost is $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10.

To reserve a place, call 281-482 1267.  A sell-out crowd is expected.