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Posts published in “Day: December 10, 2013

East Aldine District awards strategic partners

East Aldine District held their 4th Annual Partners’ Reception and Dinner last Tuesday evening, Dec. 3rd at the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center.

Awards were presented to those partners who had participated with the district in their goals of improving living conditions for residents of East Aldine.

About 150 persons attended, including business members, officials, board members, educators, public safety officials, and friends. The emcee for the evening was Dr. Bennie Lambert of Lone Star College North Harris.

Awards were presented in eight categories, to recipients that had helped the district through the year. Two special awards were made to government officials: State Senator Senfronia Thompson received the Governmental Strategic Partner Award. Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman received the Chairman’s Award from Mr. Overturff.

After the awards, remarks about the status of the district were made by Chairman Gerald Overturff, and President/CEO David Hawes.

Overturff added flavor to the evening with his remembrances of the Aldine area developing from a rough rural environment, to the urban quality it has today, with utilities, public safety, and good educational facilities.

Hawes said he thought East Aldine had finally achieved the quality of a real community, with 60,000 persons living here, and $40 million in new water and sewer utilities either installed or planned. He said he thought the district was “changing the lives of people in this community” and he had a “Vision of Aldine being a Community of Excellence.”

Teen found shot in Keith- Wiess Park

Houston police homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager found in Keith-Wiess Park around 6:45 a.m. on Monday, December 1.

According to HPD homicide investigators, runners from MacArthur High School and other joggers saw the body along a running trail at Keith-Wiess Park.

The victim was deceased from several gunshot wounds. He has been identified as Luis Lara, 19, of Houston. He was a recent graduate of MacArthur High School, in 2012.

Aldine Independent School District notified parents of the students who found the body about the incident and MacArthur HS also sent letters to parents.

At this time, there is no known motive nor suspect(s). Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. All tips remain anonymous.

Aldine ISD to build new elementary on northside

During the Nov. 19 Board meeting, Trustees approved Deputy Superintendent Dr. Archie Blanson’s recommendation to build a new elementary school on the north side of the district.

The school will be located at the district’s Cypresswood Pointe location and is scheduled to open at the start of the 2015-16 school year. The project will cost approximately $15 million and will be funded by the bond referendum that AISD voters passed in May of 2007.

Dr. Blanson and the district’s area superintendents have held several meetings to address student growth on the north side of the district (Nimitz area). After reviewing data, it was determined the fastest growth in that area is at the elementary school level. Dunn Elementary School, Jones Elementary School and Magrill Elementary School all have approximately 1,000 students and each is growing. Several neighborhoods in the FM 1960/Treaschwig area are expected to build 1,300 homes over the next two years.