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Posts published in January 2018

Sylvia Garcia for Congress opens Campaign office

Senator Sylvia Garcia in the center, holding her campaign for Congress yard with Congressman Gene Green and supporters.

By Allan Jamail

Senator Sylvia Garcia had a Campaign For Congress Open House reception at her first campaign office. Supporters of all ethnicity turned out in large numbers to fill the building to capacity.

Congressman Gene Green opened the event by stating why he’s enthusiastically supporting Garcia. He said, “It’s important we elect Sylvia because she the most qualified candidate and because she knows the communities and the leaders of our communities in the district. We don’t need to let someone who’s recently moved in and is wealthy, who’s spending lots of money to buy the position and yet hasn’t ever done anything for our communities and doesn’t know our leaders.” Green stated Sylvia’s has a long record of achievements and experience in service to citizens and experience matters.

Senator Garcia spoke and said, “I promised to be a representative for all, no matter where you live, your income level, your race, who you know or who you love, we need to reject discrimination in every form. We need more candidates who will bravely stand up for women and the expansion of their opportunities. My campaign is about putting people first, I’ll listen to your needs and eagerly go to work for you. Together we can restore the promise of America.”

The office is at 7121 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, will be open daily from 9am-8pm and can be called at 832-869-7529.

North Forest celebrates transition to new high school with ceremonial walk

North Forest High School’s new building while it was under construction. Recently, the transition to the new renovated building took place on Mesa Road.

Hundreds of North Forest High School students followed Principal Darryl Henson across Mesa Road on Monday, coming together to formally mark their transition into their new school.

The $59.5 million campus is the first new high school built in the North Forest community in almost 50 years.

“It’s important to show our students that we are coming over into a new environment that was built just for them,” Henson said, talking about the importance of the ceremonial walk from the old building to the new one. “I want the kids to feel a sense of pride and ownership.”

Funded through money provided by the state, the new school accommodates 1,300 to 1,500 students.

It features flexible learning areas, a modern dining commons, and career training spaces, as well as large windows that provide ample natural lighting and open views to the prairie in front of the building and the forest in back.

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Many Candidates competing for Green’s Congressional Seat

The March 6th Primary election will see a large number of candidates competing for open Congressional seats. In Texas alone, eight seats are open, and the ones of most interest in this area area TX29, Gene Green’s seat, and TX2, Ted Poe’s seat.

Green is a Democrat, but seven Democrats and four Republicans will be on the ballot in March for this position.

Poe is a Republican, and nine Republicans and five Democrats will try to win a spot on the November general election for this posotion.

Also contested in the primary and general election will be Senator Ted Cruz, up for re-election after his first six year term. He is opposed by four Republicans, and three Democrats including front-runner Beto O’Rourke from El Paso.

These elections have national significance, as the House and Senate could lose their Republican majorities in November.

Another interesting Texas race is the governor, where 10 Democrats are running in the primary to oppose Governor Greg Abbott, and two Republicans.

Because of the large numbers of candidates running in each of these races, it is anticipated that there will be a run-off election in some, which is scheduled for May 22.

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January proclaimed School Board Recognition Month

Pictured is the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees, along with Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg.

January 2018 is School Board Recognition Month—a great time to focus on the crucial role Aldine ISD Trustees play in the community and Aldine schools.

The Texas Association of School Boards’ (TASB) theme for this year’s School Board Recognition Month is, “Helping Kids Soar to Success.”

Plan now to show AISD school board members you appreciate their dedication and hard work. They are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing Aldine ISD. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of Aldine’s children.

“Our Board works tirelessly and devotes hundreds of hours to lead our students to success,” said Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg. “Setting aside time in January is one small way to celebrate their service to our community and say thanks for caring so much about the future of every child in Aldine.

“School Board Members shoulder critical responsibilities as advocates for our children. They face difficult challenges and make hard decisions with the overall goal of promoting student achievement,” Dr. Bamberg said. “They serve as the passionate voice for public education and help ensure the future of our state and nation. We truly appreciate every Board Member for voluntarily tackling the enormous job of governing our local school district.”

Aldine ISD’s Board of Education consists of President Steve Mead (serving since 2004), Vice President Paul Shanklin (serving since 2014), Secretary Rose Avalos (serving since 2006), Assistant Secretary Connie Esparza (serving since 2017) and Members Dr. Viola M. Garcia (serving since 1992), Patricia Ann Bourgeois (serving since 2014) and Dr. Kimberley Booker (serving since 2017).

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Year in Review 2017

From the compiled files of the Northeast News

JANUARY

Aldine Community distributed toys and bikes to 300 needy families. A store located at Crosstimbers shut down for selling Kush. New Travel Plaza on Beltway 8 boosts economy in the area. Merlin Griggs, Aldine ISD board member dies. Macy’s announced closing of store at Greenspoint Mall. Democrats fought to save Obamacare. Aldine FFA took place, grand champion sold for $14,000.

FEBRUARY

North Houston District recognized Community Champions. Noble Energy donates $750,000 to Aldine Education Foundation. Congressman Gene Green proposed an Amendment to abolish Electoral College vote. Harris County combated animal overpopulation, spaying and neutering dogs and cats. District Attorney announced there will be no prosecution of low amounts of marijuana.

MARCH

East Aldine District hold a community workshop to advance ideas and goals for the New Town Center that is being planned on a 61 acre site on Aldine Mail Rt. Aldine ISD named Mariangela Garcia and Lester Morrow as Teachers of the Year. (more…)

HISD Board of Education approves plan to rebuild four Harvey-damaged schools

Scarborough Elementary school, one of the 4 four Houston ISD most damaged schools by Harvey to be rebuilt.

Dec. 14, 2017 – The Houston Independent School District Board of Education during its December meeting on Thursday approved a plan to rebuild four elementary schools that sustained the most severe flood damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Facilities assessments of the four elementary schools — Braeburn, Scarborough, Kolter, and Mitchell — found significant property damage, as well as a strong need to raise the elevation of the buildings to prevent potential future flood damage.

The cost to replace the four schools is estimated at $126 million, which will be funded by a combination of Operations reserves and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) funds.

“The damage to these four buildings was catastrophic,” Superintendent Richard Carranza said. “Our Chief Operating Officer and his team looked at them and believed it would be the most effective use of HISD resources to tear down and rebuild. We look forward to getting these students back into their home campuses that will be better equipped to sustain major storms in the future.”

The proposal trustees approved calls for the four schools to be demolished and rebuilt at their current sites. The plan requires the students and staff to remain in their current temporary locations until new facilities can be reconstructed at their original location. Those new facilities could be completed and open to students in 2020.

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Livingston, Simpson share Co-Defensive Players of Year honors

By Mike Keeney, Contributing Writer

Aldine ISD had two outstanding defensive players prowling the field during the 2017 football season.

MacArthur High School senior linebacker Jacoby Simpson and Davis High School senior defensive tackle Dominic Livingston dominated at their respective positions during the season and because of their outstanding senior seasons, the two were named the Northeast News’s Co-Defensive Players of the Year.

In eight games, Simpson recorded 116 solo tackles (an average of 14.5 per game), recorded four sacks, had 28 tackles for loss and intercepted two passes. The 6′-0″, 215-pounder has committed to Arizona State.

Livingston, 6′-3″, 360-pounds, recorded 41 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, batted down 4 passes, forced 3 fumbles, recovered 2 fumbles, blocked one kick and blocked one punt. Livingston received 28 Division I offers. He originally committed to Texas A&M, but de-committed after head coach Kevin Sumlin was fired and replaced by former Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. He has since committed to LSU. (more…)