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Posts published in October 2018

Crosby ISD declares fiscal emergency

Carla Mills Windfont warns not to forget our principles before the Oct. 8 meeting is declared in order.

CROSBY – The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution declaring Crosby Independent School District as being in a state of Financial Exigency at Monday’s Special Called Meeting at the Operations Center.

Texas Education Code defines Financial Exigency as a school district where financial resources are insufficient to support the district’s instructional programs or the school district is unable to finance the full compensation of staff for the current or succeeding fiscal year.

Approving the resolution allows the district to proceed with a reduction in personnel that would be necessary to correct budget issues. Included in the resolution were several employment areas that would be impacted by the reduction in force.

JoeAnne Crawford, a former Trustee, defeated in an election when Gerald Blankenship presided, during the Hearing of Citizens was very critical of the board’s decisions.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis stated, “Tonight’s board meeting officially marks the beginning of the reduction in force process with the board’s approval of the resolution declaring Financial Exigency and listing of the employment areas to be impacted. Some of you may have heard rumblings that some employees have already been notified of their future with Crosby ISD. Last week we met with 18 employees who would be easily identifiable per tonight’s resolution, as they constitute an employment area with only one or two employees. Because this agenda needed to be posted last Friday to be in compliance with requirements set forth by the Texas Open Meetings Act, we wanted to notify those employees that would be easily identifiable of their employment status with Crosby ISD. It is a difficult process, but it is our earnest desire to give every employee the respect and dignity they deserve. For this reason, I met with these employees ahead of the board meeting. As these conversations begin, many have asked about the process for the reduction in force. There are several legal scenarios that we have applied to finalize staff reduction decisions:

1. Eliminating an entire employment area was possible without having to apply the criteria set in place by Board Policy DFFA (local). In these cases, professional employment areas were affected when duties assigned to those areas could be shifted to remaining personnel Contact: Viviana Killion, Director of Community Relations Phone: 281-328-9200 Email: vkillion@crosbyisd.org Crosby Independent School District 706 Runneburg Road, Crosby, TX 77532 www.crosbyisd.org and would have the least disruptive impact to classroom instruction and district operations. Additionally, the majority of these employment areas consist of no more than one or two employees. These employees will be allowed to remain with the district until December 20th to minimize mid-semester disruptions, whenever possible, but have already been notified of their recommended status with the district. (more…)

FM 2100 begins to let in March

CROSBY – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning to begin the reconstruction of FM 2100 from S. Diamondhead to 0.23 miles south of Antelope Drive in March of 2019.

A series of temporary road closures of several intersections are planned and TxDOT says they will notify relevant parties of the closures. These closures are of course said to be related to public safety while construction continues.

TxDOT said the motivation to reconstruct Main Street in Crosby is to improve traffic safety and facilitate mobility with additional lanes, sidewalks and a raised median over the 8 miles to reach Huffman. In total some 107 acres is involved in the reconstruction. The reconstruction to Huffman’s FM 1960 is to take 3.5 years and cost $79.3 Million to build.

A series of public hearings in 2015 found primary concern of commenters was to add a raised median to the FM 2100 roadway, which reduces the number of entrance/exit access points to properties along FM 2100. Business owners along the corridor were worried that the median might make patronage by their customers challenging. The project has not changed in any way in spite of the 97 dissenters.

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Jackie Young wins national award

NEW YORK CITY: Environmentalist Lois Gibbs presents the “Champions for Change” award to Jackie Young, for her work in getting EPA to clean up the San Jacinto River Superfund site.

CHEJ: “Champions for Change”

NEW YORK CITY – At a special awards gala on September 6th in the center of Manhattan, the Center for Health, Environment & Justice gave out three awards for outstanding work to save the environment.

One of these awards was presented to Houston’s Jackie Young, Director of the TxHEA or Texas Health and Environment Alliance.

The award was presented by Lois Gibbs, who is famous for exposing the hazardous conditions at the Love Canal. Also present was actress and film director Patricia Arquette, who is making a movie about New York. The ceremony was called “Champions for Change” and honored ongoing work with communities at risk from environmental harms.

Other recipients of the award were Dr. Beverly Paigen, a community scientist who documented health impacts at Love Canal, and PUSH BUFFALO, or People United for Sustainable Housing, Buffalo, New York. They worked on affordable housing, equitable jobs and ecological sustainability for the West Side of Buffalo.

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Constable Eagleton at Highlands Rotary

Constable Sherman Eagleton presents his command staff at the Highlands Rotary luncheon last week. Each deputy outlined his responsibilities for public safety and crime fighting in the Constable Pct. 3 area.

HIGHLANDS – Constable Eagleton met with the Highlands Rotary club, last week, to present information about his department and public safety concerns in the Highlands area.

Eagleton brought with him seven members of his command staff, to answer questions in their particular area. Included were chief deputy Kirk Bonsal, and Lt. Warden of the Environmental division.

Eagleton is enlarging his department’s capabilities, with federal funds secured after Hurricane Harvey in the amount of $3.5 million dollars. For high water rescues, he has added 10 Hummers, several boats, an airboat, and three deuce high water trucks. He said that during Harvey, his department made 5000 rescues.

He has also added quite a few deputies to his staff. When he took over in 2016, there were 122 officers and there are now 170.

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Win a Turner Chevy at Jamail Classic

David Mendez, Pam Jamail Johnson and Debbie Fannin show the new 2018 Chevy Malibu a lucky golfer could win in the 20th Annual Jared Jamail Golf Classic on Oct. 13 at Stonebridge at Newport. According to Johnson, “We are only a few days away and we are still in need of teams, sponsors and donations.”

The Jared Jamail Scholarship fund still gave their annual four scholarships to Crosby students even after the devastating floods last year. This year registration starts at 7:00 a.m. Tee time is at 8 and lunch and awards are at 1:00 p.m. Contact Pam at 832-592-3974 or write to sign up pamjj99@aol.com.