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Trustee Rick Ogden resigns from Board

Aldine ISD Trustee Rick Ogden announced his resignation from the Aldine ISD Board of Education. The announcement came during the Board’s Nov. 15 meeting.

Mr. Ogden and his wife Charlotte are moving out of the district.

Mr. Ogden, who currently serves as vice-president, has served on the Board for 26 years. He was appointed in August 1990 to fill the unexpired term of Walter Stovall. He was elected to that position in January 1991. Prior to becoming a trustee, he served on the district’s Project 2000 Committee.

Mr. Ogden has held all four Board offices and chaired numerous committees. A 1992 member of Leadership Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), Mr. Ogden earned the title Master Trustee. In addition to serving on the school board, Mr. Ogden has served as a director of TASB and was that group’s president in 2002-03.

He has held all offices in TASB and served as the manager of the TASB Risk Management Fund Board as well as a trainer for The Center For the Reform of School Systems (CRSS). Mr. Ogden is a native Houstonian, a 33-year resident of Aldine and has four children who are all graduates of Aldine High School.

Mr. Ogden is the longest-serving member of the Board of Trustees with his 26 years of service.

“It has been my privilege to serve Aldine ISD as part of the team of “eight” for more than 26 years,” Mr. Ogden said. “In addition to current board members, my fondest memories are centered in working with fellow trustees who worked together to create the best possible education environment for our students, administration, staff and support staff.

“Three superintendents with whom I shared a journey of student-centered focus – Mr. M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson, Mrs. Nadine Kujawa and Dr. Wanda Bamberg, as well as Deputy Superintendent Dr. Archie Blanson, made my job as a board member not only memorable but joyous. These incredible education professionals, supported by a stellar cabinet and numerous educators and teachers, helped to make Aldine a district of distinction as well as a model for other school districts to follow.”

Board President Rose Avalos spoke on behalf of the Board and thanked Mr. Ogden for his service over the last 26 years.

“Rick Ogden’s leadership initiated the Aldine ISD school boards’ true involvement at the state level,” Ms. Avalos said. “His experience has been invaluable to so many of us. His commitment and loyalty as an Aldine school board Trustee has enhanced our advocacy efforts for all students.”

Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg also thanked Mr. Ogden for his leadership.

“I want to thank Mr. Ogden for his dedicated service to our district over the last 26 years. He has been a valuable member of our team and we will miss his leadership and guidance,” said. Dr. Bamberg. “We wish him and Charlotte the best as they embark on this new chapter in their lives. Mr. Ogden is not only well respected in Aldine and by his fellow board members, but across the state for his service to TASB.”

Mr. Ogden’s resignation means the Board will need to find a replacement for his position. The Board’s Selection Committee, consisting of Paul Shanklin, Dr. Viola M. Garcia and Steve Mead, will begin the process of screening applicants. It is the responsibility of the committee to interview potential Board members and make a recommendation to the full Board. The committee will generate a list from the names of individuals previously provided by the community, Board members, the superintendent and other during the last vacancy created in 2014. The committee will also solicit recommendations for names of additional candidates.

Mr. Ogden will remain as a participating member of the Board as a “holdover” until his replacement is found. Mr. Ogden’s term is up in November 2017. The person chosen for his position will run in the next election.

Next phase of $58 million Greens Bayou Federal Flood Risk Management Project begins

Approximately one year after breaking ground on the $58 Million Greens Bayou Federal Flood Risk Management Project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and Harris County Flood Control District are kicking off the next project phase.

This federal-local partnership project includes completion of a stormwater detention basin on 138 acres and approximately 3.7 miles of channel conveyance improvements from Cutten Road to Veterans Memorial Drive. West Greens Drive bisects the basin, dividing it into two parts, but it will be connected by means of box culverts and will function as a single flood damage reduction facility.

When fully complete, the basin will hold approximately 1,650 acre-feet, or 538 million gallons, of stormwater that would otherwise threaten homes and businesses. Stormwater detention basins reduce flooding risks and damages during heavy rain events by safely storing excess floodwater and slowly releasing it back to the bayou when the threat of flooding has passed.

The Corps recently awarded a $21.4 million contract to Lecon Inc. for the following work:

• Completion of the Antoine Stormwater Detention Basin’s (formally known as HCFCD Unit P500-05-00) north cell, which is located north of West Greens Road;

• Excavation of the south cell of the Antoine basin, which is located south of West Greens Road;

• Construction of the channel conveyance improvements from Cutten Road to Veterans Memorial Drive.

“This project represents strong partnership between HCFCD, Stakeholders and Corps of Engineers. Upon completion, it complements Flood Risk Reduction (FRM) improvements in place and planned by HCFCD along Greens Bayou; thus magnifying FRM value along the Bayou. Upon completion, the project lays a foundation for other potential value added and permitted improvements by either Stakeholders or HCFCD; such permitted improvements will add to the community quality of life,” said Shakhar Misir, USACE Galveston District project manager for the Greens Bayou project.

The project’s first phase of construction, which started a year ago with partial excavation of the Antoine basin’s north cell and outfall structure to Greens Bayou, was recently completed, also by Lecon Inc. This paved the way for the start of work this month on completion of the basin. Additional trees will be cut and removed from the basin’s north and south cell to allow for excavation of the basin.

After construction is complete, the Corps will plant native trees and grasses in and around the basin, with wetland plants placed in low areas as part of the landscaping. They will also plant grasses on disturbed areas along sides of the bayou, and native trees where appropriate along the bayou banks. These features will improve stormwater quality, support wildlife and provide opportunities for recreational benefits.

Completion of this phase of the federal project will take an estimated three additional years.