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Posts published in “Day: May 2, 2019

School District Elections Saturday, May 4

By Charlotte Jackson

This week in our community we have two important elections happening. The registered voters in the Channelview ISD have the opportunity to vote on a $195.4 million bond proposal. With the expected growth in the Channelview ISD, Board Members feel there are great needs for replacement schools, program expansions, campus renovations, safety and security improvements as well as technology improvements, new buses and land purchases for future school site.

If approved, the estimated maximum tax impact is 11.75 cents for a total tax rate of $1.5135. (This is approximately a $9.30 monthly increase for the average home valued at $120,000.

Residents who are over the age of 65, who have filed their exemption will not have to pay any additional property taxes associated with this bond.

The replacement schools will address the aging needs of campuses and the need for additional capacity for the elementary level. There will be a replacement school for DeZavala Elementary as well as a replacement school to combine both Cobb Elementary and Schochler Elementary.

The growth and program expansion will include a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center Addition as well as a new auditorium and athletic facilities additions and renovations.

San Jacinto College breaks ground on new Generation Park Campus

San Jacinto College’s newest campus at Generation Park is slated to open fall 2020. Pictured left to right: John Peter, San Jacinto College Foundation board member; Gonzalo Echeverria, McCord Development Director of Design and Planning; Rick Yarbrough, McCord Development Director of Land Development; Ian Adler, McCord Development Director of Marketing; John Flournoy, McCord Development Director of Sales and Leasing; Keith Sinor, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Secretary; Dan Mims, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Vice Chair; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor; Ryan McCord, McCord Development President; Erica Davis Rouse, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Assistant Secretary; John Moon, Jr., San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Member; Dr. Ruede Wheeler, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Member; and Hector Morales, Manager of Educational Programming for the Office of Commissioner, Precinct 2 Adrian Garcia. (Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College)

HOUSTON, Texas — San Jacinto College leaders, elected officials, and community partners gathered Tuesday, April 23, 2019 to break ground on the new Generation Park Campus, which will expand the College’s educational accessibility to students and residents of North Houston.

The 57-acre project will become the College’s fifth campus, complementing San Jacinto’s North, Central, South, and Maritime Campuses, currently serving approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually.

“We’re very excited to see this project begin to materialize,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “We’ve been in the evaluation and planning stages for several years and this new campus will be a wonderful asset for the local community and the many students who will attend here. San Jacinto College is proud to be part of this rapidly growing area and we are positioned to serve the needs of the northern part of our taxing district. We look forward to serving the surrounding area by being an academic transfer partner and a resource for workforce training.”

GALENA PARK ISD Spiro Amarantos coming home as Yellow Jackets’ New Head Coach

Coach Amarantos

Galena Park ISD would like to welcome back Coach Spiro Amarantos as the head coach for the Galena Park High School (GPHS) football team.

Coach Amarantos is a 1989 Galena Park High School graduate. He also attended Galena Park Elementary, Jacinto City Elementary and Galena Park Middle School. He was a three- year letterman on the varsity football team and played as a cornerback and receiver. He credits Coach Bill Koch and the rest of the GPHS coaching staff for instilling many values in him, many of which he still carries to this day.

After high school, Coach Amarantos attended San Jacinto College then transferred to the University of Houston. Upon graduation, he returned to his roots to begin a career in education at Woodland Acres Middle School eventually becoming a defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Galena Park High School. After 15 years at GPISD, Coach Amarantos went to Summer Creek High School to coach for three years then went to Porter High School. When the position for the Galena Park High School head coach opened, it was a no brainer for him to come back to the community that means so much to him.

Community outreach projects help the needy

Last Saturday Judge Lucia G. Bates and her team as well as Helen Berrott Tims from Judge Joe Stephens office collaborated with Bernice Koko and team from United Health Partners, Brian Allen and North Shore GENTS to help beautify homes of three different senior adults in the Cloverleaf area who were identified by Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s Precinct2gether Director Chara Bowie.


TxDOT has announced that all three westbound lanes will be open in the next few days, and closed ramps and signalization at Crosby-Lynchburg will be returned to normal, according to TxDOT Engineer David Lazaro.

The IH-10/San Jacinto Bridge was originally struck by a barge on February 11, 2019. A contractor started repair and rebuilding of the damaged column in early-April.

Much of the permanent repairs have been completed. This week the contractor is focusing on finishing the smaller details.

Weather permitting, the intent is to re-stripe IH-10 back to its original configuration this weekend. In order to do so we will have to close IH-10 down to 1 lane going westbound. At some point over the weekend we will shift commuters over to the left hand side to re-stripe the side they are currently driving on. By Monday Morning Rush Hour the expectation is to have open:

1. All lanes on IH-10 West at the San Jacinto Bridge

2. SPUR 330 North to IH-10 West

3. All lanes on IH-10 West at Thompson

4. Crosby-Lynchburg Entrance Ramp to IH-10 West

5. IH-10 East Exit Ramp to Thompson Rd.

In the event that the weather conditions do not allow us to perform the work needed, some of the work will take place during the week of May 6th at night and possibly into the next weekend, (May 10th – 12th).