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Posts published in “Day: March 20, 2007

Outstanding Women in Business honored by NH Greenspoint Chamber

NORTH HOUSTON GREENSPOINT– The Chamber’s luncheon theme this month was ‘Outstanding Women in Business,” and to prove the point, they honored 18 women in various business and leadership roles throughout the North Houston area.
These included the following: Jana Anders, InvesTex C.U.; Sylvia Boling, Y.O.U.T.H.; Jill Boullion, Boullion Graphics; Rosemary Buske, Contact Promotions; Julie Cripe, Omni Bank; Sherran Domescik, Sam Houston Race Park; Nadia Eloufir, Greenspoint Club; Margaret Eyster, Magoo’s PrintShop; Jocklynn Keville, Greater Greenspoint Management District; Susan Hill, Hawes Hill Calderon; Teri Koerth, Airline Improvement District; Phyllis Oustifine, Hawes Hill Calderon; Dana Podsednik, Hydril; Sharon Rister, Amegy Bank; Johnnye Shupe, Shupe Staffing Solutions; Mary Skaff, US Personnel; Kristine Walker, PrimeWay Federal C.U.; Katherine West, Macedonia Outreach & Career Center.
The luncheon honoring the women was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly Sofitel) on Beltway 8. Master of Ceremonies was NHGCC president Reggie Gray. Presenting the awards to the women was board chairman Bill Ginder. Each woman received a rose, and a plaque from the Chamber designating the honor.

In other business, Gray announced that the Chamber will have a Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, March 22nd for Luna’s Mexican Restaurant in the Greenspoint Mall. Chamber members and the public are invited.
On Friday, March 23rd the chamber will host two events. A breakfast at the Wyndham Greenspoint hotel will honor Teachers in the Aldine ISD. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. Call 281-442-8701 for reservations and to sponsor a teacher.
Later that day, the Chamber members will participate in 2007 Casino Night at the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center. The event is sponsored by North Houston Bank, and starts at 8 p.m. Call 281-442-8701 for tickets, which are $50 per person.

Jones selected North Forest ISD interim superintendent

By Gilbert Hoffman
Acting at a special called School Board meeting last Monday March 12, Assistant Superintendent William Jones was appointed acting superintendent in place of Dr. James Simpson, who was terminated earlier.
The vote was 6-1, with Trustee Silvia Brooks Williams voting “no.” She said later that she felt the board should have found a candidate with more experience in educational values, not administrative.
Jones has been with the North Forest ISD for over 30 years he said, and worked closely with Simpson. He said that in the near future he would concentrate on helping ready the students for their TAKS tests in April, and work with the TEA conservator Henry Boening to solve the financial problems that exist in the district.
Jones is not new to this position. He was acting superintendent during Simpson’s 2 and 1/2 year term, when he was suspended by the board temporarily.

Also at the meeting, the board was introduced to the new TEA conservator, Henry Boening, who is a retired superintendent from Galvestion ISD. The conservator’s job will be to review all expenditures related to the FEMA and 2001 Bond monies, and see that they are properly accounted for. He is not expected to be involved in academic assessments.
Also during the meeting Monday night, there was extensive questioning of J. Paul Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Opertions, about financial records and why they were not made available in written form at this meeting.
Several members of the board complained that the administration regularly talked about the finances, but rarely provided the documents to the board to allow them to see the situation.
Johnson said he would see that the documents were presented to the board by next Monday, as requested. However, he pointed out to the North East News that his responsibilities did not officially include the financial matters of the district. These come under the office of the Director of Finances, Lamont Waddell.
The next meeting of the school board was scheduled for Monday night, March 19, at which time William Jones is expected to receive an interim appointment to the end of the school year.