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Posts published in “Day: October 25, 2011

Early voting starts on sales tax election; next open house Oct. 27

NORTHEAST– Residents of the East Aldine District are invited to a second Open House, next Thursday evening, Oct. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the district offices at 5333 Aldine Mail Route. This is the new office, next to Jed’s hardware store.

At the Open House, representatives of the District will show a video celebrating the 10th Anniversary, answer questions and hear comments from residents, and provide information on the Special Sales & Use Tax election that will be held on November 8th. Refreshments will be served at the Open House.

Early voting for the election runs from Monday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Nov. 4th, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the District offices, 5333 Aldine Mail Route. Election Day is November 8th, from 7 am to 7 pm at the same location. All residents of Districts 254, 497, and 743 are eligible to vote in this election.

The purpose of this election is to allow the East Aldine District to collect an extra one cent per dolloar sales tax. If approved, the new sales tax will generate funds that will allow the District to undertake new and additional projects, such as Water and Sewer lines, Public Safety, Transportation improvements, Environmental and Design elements such as signage and landscaping, Public Health and Neighborhoods Services, Business and Economic Developoment to bring jobs to the area, and Community Development.

District representatives explained that this will not increase the sales tax above 8.25 per cent, only allow the funds to go to the District and be used for local improvements.

Halls Bayou Flooding Report to public at Oct. 25th meeting

NORTHEAST– The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a public open house on Tuesday, Oct. 25, to provide information about “Halls Ahead,” an accelerated flood damage reduction study within the Halls Bayou watershed that will incorporate community needs and interests.

The purpose of the open house is to inform the public about the study and solicit feedback. This is the first of three “Halls Ahead” public open houses that will occur in the next 12 months. The meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at MacArthur High School, 4400 Aldine Mail Route Road, in the auditorium from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

“Halls Ahead” is an accelerated flood damage reduction study by the Harris County Flood Control District within the Halls Bayou watershed. During a 12-month period that started in August 2011, a team of experts in fluvial geomorphology and in hydrology, urban designers, environmental scientists and civil engineers began creating a flood damage reduction plan that incorporates sustainable design principles and considers enhancement of the urban and natural environment. Public input is a critical part of creating a successful plan that identifies needs in the Halls Bayou watershed.

The “Halls Ahead” study will accomplish two main objectives: The first objective is to identify flood damage reduction projects that can be designed and implemented as funding allows. The second objective is to identify opportunities to enhance the urban environment and provide neighborhood-friendly amenities, such as trails, parks and habitat restoration, that may be implemented through partnerships with community, civic or other organizations.

Members of the public are invited to attend the open house anytime between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The same information will be presented throughout the duration of the open house. Displays relating to the study will be available for public viewing, and Flood Control District representatives and their consultants will be available to provide information and answer questions about “Halls Ahead.”

No formal, oral presentation is planned, and all information will be provided in English and Spanish. All comments will be documented, reviewed and considered during the study.

In addition to its effort to identify future projects to reduce flooding risks and damages through the “Halls Ahead” study, the Flood Control District has already successfully reduced flooding risks along Halls Bayou. In 2008, the Flood Control District completed construction of a stormwater detention basin that can store roughly 300 million gallons of stormwater inside the city of Houston’s Keith-Wiess Park. In addition, the Flood Control District and the city of Houston are currently excavating a stormwater detention basin near Jensen Drive on the west side of U.S. 59. The District has plans to excavate a third basin along Halls Bayou near Jensen on the east side of U.S. 59.

For additional information about the “Halls Ahead” study, please visit or email

Edna Forté named Superintendent at North Forest ISD

NORTH FOREST, October 18, 2011–The Board of Trustees of the North Forest Independent School District Monday named Edna Forté as Superintendent of Schools.

The Board’s vote was unanimous. Forté has been Acting Superintendent since March 2011.

“The Board of Trustees has absolute trust that Ms. Forté will keep our school district moving forward this year and beyond,” said Chair Albert Coleman. “She has the skills and judgment to have a big impact on our district and its students, community, staff and Board.”

A visionary and progressive leader, Edna Forté has worked aggressively to implement academic reforms that increase student achievement in urban public schools. Her leadership philosophy recognizes the need to establish meaningful relationships, maintain open collaborative lines of communication, and focus the collective efforts of the entire organization on outcomes that serve the best interest of all children.

“This year, there are three critical priorities the North Forest Independent School District will address,” said Forté. “First, improve achievement; second, systemize financial policy; and third, gain the public’s trust.”

During her tenure in the North Forest Independent School District, Forté has facilitated a number of innovative initiatives aimed largely at advancing pathways to graduation. Specifically, she worked to obtain a multi-million dollar transformation grant intended to unite high school stakeholders around a common vision and common goals. In addition, she collaborated with external partners to acquire a grant to assist the district in lifting the YES Prep North Forest Charter School purposed to create innovative new secondary school choices within the district.

Forté possesses over 20 years of experience and has an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and expertise. Her educational career began in the Alief Independent School District. She later transitioned to the Houston Independent School District where she held several impactful positions including Literacy Specialist, Principal, and Regional External Funding Supervisor. In 2006, she joined the North Forest Independent School District as the Director of Federal Programs. She was subsequently promoted to Executive Director of Federal & State Programs in 2008 and became Acting Superintendent in March.

Edna Forté is affiliated with several professional organizations including the Texas Association of School Business Administrators, The American Leadership Forum, Houston A+ Challenge Executive Leadership Council, and The National Leadership Institute. In 2011, she was recognized by the Texas Black Caucus as an Outstanding Community Leader Honoree in recognition of her contributions to building equitable and diverse communities.