North Shore Rotary was informed of the State of the School Districts in the area, by the three superintendents of Galena Park, Channelview, and Sheldon. The talks took place at the regular weekly luncheon of the club, at the Holiday Inn in Channelview last Thursday, Sept. 1.
Channelview superintendent Greg Ollis said there was a new motto at CISD, “One Passion One Dream One Heartbeat.” Ollis stated that the district had grown, to 9500 students, 1292 employees on 13 campuses.
For purposes of state funding, the district is classified as not affluent. 80% of the students are enrolled in free or reduced rate lunches, and 40% for free breakfast. The district budget for this year will be $78 million, and the tax rate has decreased in 2 of the last 3 years.
Referring to a favorable graduation rate of 89.6%, Ollis said that “we changed the culture of what went on in our schools.”
NORTH CHANNEL – The problem of drug disposal, and possible misuse of available drugs in the home, just got easier with a Disposal Box available at the Walgreens store on Uvalde.
At a dedication ceremony last Thursday, Sept. 1, Congressman Gene Green and representatives of Walgreens spoke and demonstrated how to use the Disposal facility.
Green is ranking member of the subcommittee on Health for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal health programs.
In his remarks, Green noted the large number of flu shots donated by Walgreens during the school immunization day at North Shore and Galena Park. He noted the problem of drug overdose, where every 12 minutes someone in America dies of an overdose. He said that proper disposal, such as in this Kiosk, will help solve the problem.
Walgreen’s representatives also spoke. Regional VP Stephen Johnson said that there were 18 Disposal Kiosks in the Houston area, and there would be more. To date, there are 53 Medication Disposal Kiosks in Texas. Nearby locations include Tidwell Road, West Road, Old Spanish Trail, and Buffalo Speedway. The Sheriff’s office also provides a similar drop-off in Aldine.
Spokesperson Carole Hardin-Oliver also pointed out that Walgreens is involved in providing an antidote to opioid overdoses, naloxone, without a prescription at all their pharmacies. This medicine, and instructions on how to use it, are expected to save many lives, she said.
Houston — Dr. Angi Williams, superintendent of Galena Park Independent School District, has been named a finalist for the 2016 Superintendent of the Year sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards.
The Superintendent of the Year award recognizes exemplary superintendents for their excellence and achievement in educational leadership. Candidates were chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performances and commitment to public involvement in education.
In June, Dr. Williams was named 2016 Region 4 Superintendent of the Year and qualified for Texas Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Williams traveled to Austin last month to be interviewed on issues such as advocacy for public education, recruitment and retention of high quality educators, programs and initiatives that positively affect student growth and steps to measure continuous improvement were targeted.
The state selection committee cited Dr. Williams’ emphasis on the importance of teaching from the “crib to college” and her belief that every educator has to be the best every single day to ensure success for all students.
The Superintendent of the Year will be announced on September 23 in Houston at the TASA/TASB Convention.
Activities at the Port of Houston were the subject of the talk last Friday, at the North Channel Chamber’s monthly luncheon. The guest speaker was Leslie Herbst, Community Relations Manager for the Port of Houston Authority.
Herbst reviewed the history of the Port, with antique photos of some of the first facilities and loads. The Port recently celebrated its 100th birthday, she said.
Congressman Thomas Bell brought representatives from Congress to the Ship Channel area in 1912, and got federal money to dredge and expand the facility into a deep water port. Bell is also known for the city named for him, Tomball. The original channel was dredged to 25’ depth, adequate for ships of the day. It was officially opened by the president in 1914.
Herbst said that the Port is one of the four pillars of the Houston Economy, along with NASA and the oil and gas industry.