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Posts published in “Day: April 4, 2019

Channelview ISD’s May Bond addresses growth, plans for future

REPLACE COBB & SCHOCHLER: • Existing Cobb Campus: Capacity of 471. • Existing Schochler Campus: Capacity of 601. • Proposed New Campus: 1,100 student capacity; located in between; existing campuses; modern learning; environment; improved parking, drives and play areas.

With hundreds of new homes coming to the area, Channelview ISD schools, many which are already nearing maximum capacity, could soon be out of space. The expansion of the Rancho Verde residential development includes more than 620 new homes that will be built within the Channelview ISD boundaries.

In order to accommodate the future growth, Channelview ISD has called a $195.4 million bond election, the District’s first in 10 years, to be held on May 4, 2019.

Currently, Channelview High School and the Ninth Grade Center are over capacity. If approved by voters, one of the projects included in the bond is a new Career and Technical Education Center addition, which will add instructional space for approximately 340 additional students. The CTE expansion will also provide students with increased opportunities to earn industry certifications and prepare them for life beyond high school whether they decide to attend college or enter the workforce. The existing CTE space will be renovated and repurposed to create more space for other academic and art classrooms.

Rotary Fish Fry tickets on sale for May 18 event

NORTH SHORE ROTARY will hold their 44th Annual Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil on Saturday, May 18 at the Rotary Pavilion behind the Courthouse on Wallisville Road. Dinners are available for $12 Pre-Sale, or $15 at the Gate.

In addition, raffle tickets are available for $100 for a chance to win either a 2019 Toyota Camry or a Toyota Tundra pickup truck, courtesy of Community Toyota Baytown. These tickets include two meals, and the chance to win 20 other prizes.

VFW Post 9296 helps Coast Guard in time of need

US Navy veteran Gerald Muller becomes the new commander for Greens Bayou VFW Post 9296. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX — The Greens Bayou VFW Post 9296 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) helped local Coast Guard members during the recent government shutdown. When congress wouldn’t fund President Trump’s border wall he refused to sign the Spending Bill to keep the government open, creating the longest shutdown in history which took a toll on governmental employees and service members.

Commander Muller said when his members learned of Coast Guard members enduring financial hardships his post requested financial assistance for them from the National VFW Foundation. Thirty-five applicants of the Coast Guard received financial-aid.

Muller has served in many capacities of the VFW for the 15 years he’s been a member before becoming Commander of Post 9296 last year.

San Jacinto Day Festival & Battle Reenactment cancelled due to ITC facility fire

2019 Festival originally scheduled for April 13

The March 17 tank farm fire at the ITC facility remains an ongoing situation that has closed the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and the San Jacinto Museum of History since the emergency situation began. At the present time, access to the area surrounding the site is restricted to emergency personnel involved in the cleanup. All preparations needed for a successful Festival & Battle Reenactment by necessity, have been halted.

“While the situation is improving, we do not know when conditions will allow for the public to return to this hallowed ground,” said Larry Spasic, San Jacinto Museum President. “Our overriding concern is, of course, the safety of our guests and the participants involved as well as the animals used in the reenactment and our educational venues. Because of the ongoing efforts of the cleanup and remediation of the pollution in the waterways and grasslands in and around the San Jacinto Site and continuing uncertainties, we feel it is better to act proactively than reactively to these circumstances.”

With an abundance of caution, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2019 San Jacinto Festival and Battle Reenactment scheduled for April 13th. All involved are deeply saddened that this important tradition will not occur for only the second time in nearly 35 years.