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Channelview ISD calls for $195M Bond Election in May

Proposition Addresses Growth, Safety, Program Expansion, & More

The Channelview ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the Citizens’ Bond Planning Committee recommendation to call for a $195.4 million bond package addressing district growth, safety, program expansion, and aging infrastructure across the district.

Development of the bond proposal involved an in-depth process of information gathering, research and community input. The district conducted facilities assessments at each campus, a district-wide capacity study, educational planning with campus staff, and in October 2018, formed the Citizens’ Bond Planning Committee (CBPC).

The CBPC, made up of parents, staff, and local community members, met over the course of four months to study and prioritize the district’s current and long-term facility needs. On Tuesday, January 15, the Committee made its recommendation to the Board of Trustees to call for a bond election to be held Saturday, May 4.

“We are extremely grateful to the citizens who worked diligently to develop this plan for the future of our district. We had over 40 community members from all backgrounds come together to provide their input. Their engagement and commitment to the process resulted in a bond proposal that plans for growth and impacts every campus,” said Board President Keith Liggett. “We are excited to bring it forward to the voters for their consideration.”

Some of the proposed projects include:

Barge damages I-10 bridge

THIS CONCRETE PIER, under the westbound lanes of I-10, was struck by an uncontrolled barge. TxDOT reported a structural failure both above and below the water line. They reported that they will let an emergency contract in a few days, for repairs and/or replacement of the pier. (Photo by We All Nosey)

Traffic flow severely throttled

Monday afternoon a barge, being pushed by a tug boat, the Lindberg Crosby, hit a support pier under the I-10 highway, severely damaging it.

TxDOT was forced to close the westbound lanes of the highway, until they could ascertain the extent of the damage. This caused a severe traffic jam from Highlands clear to the far side of Baytown. In addition, the entry ramp westbound at Four Corners was closed, and traffic backed up on all the side roads clear to Crosby. Some motorists headed north, to US90, but delays of over an hour were reported.

The Coast Guard told this newspaper that an investigation was underway, but did not have details on the cause of the collision at this time. Aerial photos on TV news showed the barge and a tug boat standing by just south of the highway.

TRAFFIC WESTBOUND at 4:33pm was blocked by TxDOT trucks and the police, as engineers assessed the damage. Later one lane was opened, and on Tuesday two lanes, but the on-ramp from Crosby-Lynchburg was closed, causing massive backups from Highlands to Crosby and Baytown. (Transtar Photo)

Environmentalists such as Jackie Young of the San Jacinto River Coalition, expressed concern that workers repairing the damaged pier might be exposed to toxins from the nearby waste pits, which occur on both the north and south sides of the highway. She also said that the occurrence of a barge out of control was another reason why the waste pits needed totally removed from the river.

North Shore & South Houston Face-off in Basketball Playoffs

By Allan Jamail

North Shore basketball Coach Sam Benitez is preparing the Mustangs for the first round of the playoffs in a Bi-District showdown against the South Houston Trojans, with a 21 win, 13 loss record. North Shore finished regular season play with 28 wins & 3 loses.

The game will be played Tuesday, February 19th at 7 PM on a neutral site in Deer Park, 710 San Augustine Ave. 77536.