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Former Superintendent Nadine Kujawa passes away November 8

ALDINE – Mrs. Nadine Kujawa, who was the first-ever female superintendent in the history of Aldine ISD, has passed away. Mrs. Kujawa, 80, passed away on Monday, Nov. 8.

Mrs. Kujawa devoted 42 years to Aldine ISD and served in a number of roles. She was a graduate of Aldine High School (the Class of 1959) and was the first Aldine ISD graduate to serve as superintendent.

“Our hearts go out to the Kujawa family with the passing of a true legend,” said Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. “Mrs. Kujawa was a trailblazer for so many of us in education. She was well-respected across the state and committed her entire professional career to the students and staff of Aldine ISD. She was a proud graduate of Aldine High School. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Harry and her daughters Christine and Karen, her grandchildren and her extended family.”

Mrs. Kujawa succeeded Superintendent M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson in 2001 and served as the district’s leader until her retirement in May of 2007.

She began her teaching career in AISD in 1962 as a second-grade teacher at Oleson Elementary School.

W. Leo Daniels Tower to receive major rehabilitation

W. Leo Daniels Tower, named for a local pastor, was built over 40 years ago, and houses 100 apartments serving low rent elderly or disabled persons.

Houston to fund $10 million of $27 million Jensen revitalization

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council on October 6, 2021 have approved $10 million to rehabilitate W. Leo Daniels Tower. Built at 8826 Harrell Street more than 40 years ago, this community of 100 apartment homes serves very low- and extremely low-income Houstonians who are elderly and/or disabled. This rehabilitation, completed through the City of Houston’s Harvey Multifamily Program, will bring investment to an asset in disrepair and establish resilient, high-quality housing where it is much needed, helping people stay in their community.

“The existing housing units are old and located in an area where affordable housing is desperately needed,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We recognized that need as a City and are glad to assist, because it will require much more resources than a typical rehabilitation. The City supports these communities and the resulting benefit of improved housing for vulnerable residents. Rehabilitating older properties instead of demolishing and creating new developments is a wonderful way for neighborhoods to keep their character and local history.”

The rehabilitated complex will provide studio and one-bedroom apartments. With support from a program through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, residents will pay no more than 30% of their income in rent. The complex is adjacent to a church, which will offer supportive services, programming, hot meals, and transportation for residents.

Aldine ISD dedicates Education Center in Memory of Kenneth Knippel

Susan Knippel, center, second row, and members of her family pose with members of the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney and former superintendents M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson and Dr. Wanda Bamberg, around the photo of former Assistant Superintendent of Administration Ken Knippel. On Sunday, Nov. 7, Aldine ISD officially dedicated the Kenneth R. Knippel Education Center in Mr. Knippel’s honor.

For 39 years, Ken Knippel devoted himself to the students and staff of Aldine ISD. On Sunday, Nov. 7, the district rewarded his loyalty and dedication to AISD by officially dedicating the Kenneth R. Knippel Education Center in his honor.

Mr. Knippel’s family, friends and colleagues gathered for the dedication ceremony.

For 13 years, Mr. Knippel served as the Assistant Superintendent of Administration and one of his goals was to have the district build a new alternative education facility. That dream became a reality in 2015 when Aldine voters overwhelmingly passed a $798 million bond referendum. Part of the bond package included building the new Aldine Education Center (AEC). Mr. Knippel saw his dream become a reality when AEC opened in August of 2018.

Unfortunately, Mr. Knippel passed away in January of 2020. Aldine ISD’s Board of Trustees knew how much the facility meant to him and voted to re-name AEC the Kenneth R. Knippel Education Center in his honor.

The dedication ceremony was originally scheduled for April of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7.

Mr. Knippel’s wife Susan thanked the Board for re-naming AEC after Mr. Knippel.