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Posts published in “Day: November 15, 2018”

New Crosby budget precedes audit

CHS Sophomore, Philip Canada, was awarded his Eagle Scout Rank this past October 9th. The Eagle Scout rank is the Boy Scouts’ highest rank possible and often takes years to achieve. He is active in the JROTC program and credits the program and his parents for encouraging him to be a leader. One of the Eagle Scout requirements is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. Philip’s project was to install walkways at a park to facilitate handicap access for park visitors.

CROSBY – The school trustee meeting Monday featured a “balanced budget” presented by Superintendent Davis and Chief Financial Officer Jones, as many await a special audit report to show how a financial emergency came to be.

According to Scott Davis, “With this budget now, every step is a step toward working our way out. I know that because of some things in the past, the feeling is, we were burned.”

“We are four months into developing trust and relationships, painfully,” he continued.“We are defining how we go there with 129 fewer people district wide. That is hard. We are trying to figure out how to adequately clean our buildings with fewer in maintenance.”

“Four months in, I find myself wishing I had a honeymoon period. That lasted like six hours, and I know that for me, that may never come, but I am committed to doing that. I am committed to working it out. Because in four months, we have come a long stinking way. From not knowing, having a feeling, to knowing, to ‘Oh my God, we really know!’ to ‘Oh my God, this is how we are going to have to fix it.’ And in a minute, Mrs. Jones will bring you a budget, and we start crawling out.”

According to CFO Lesa Jones, “I am very excited to bring to you a balanced budget, a right-sized budget. The Superintendent, the Principals, the department directors — this is a team effort, so hours and hours spent trying to balance the budget. It is going to be a very tight budget…”

The aggregate payroll expenditure went from $4,235,875 in September to $4,098,853 in October. Regarding income, the local tax was unchanged, but the State anticipated interim revenue (from kids attending school) dropped $6,180,541, from $57,453,625 to $52,004,960.

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Chinquapin to celebrate 50 years

Chinquapin Speakers at the Rotary Club luncheon were Laura Hipps, Development Director; junior student Kihana Wilson; and Laura Henry, Director.

HIGHLANDS – Laura Henry, Director of the Chinquapin Preparatory School, gave a talk to the Rotary Club on the history and current status of the private school, located on Wallisville Road in Highlands.

A site that was once a chicken farm has become an exemplary school for kids that are college bound. Founded in 1969 by Bob and Maxine Moore, Bob Moore was head of the English Department at St. John’s School in Houston. They saw the need to provide incentive for students who had have high potential, but limited opportunities. With a grant from the Brown Foundation, they started the school which has now grown to about 160 students, grades 6 through 12. Originally a boys school, in 1978 it became co-ed. Some students are bused from the city, and high school students live on campus five days a week.

Henry said that 83% of the students are economically disadvantaged, and 87% are Hispanic. The teacher/students ratio is 8 to 1. Each year the school accepts about 35 new students of the 200 who apply. 100% of the students must go on to a 4 year college, and 36% take post-graduate studies.

Rotary sponsors an Interact club with about 2/3 of the students participating as members.

Costs per student are about $16,000 yearly, Dr. Henry said, but most of that is paid for by contributors. The student is expected to pay only a small sum, often only $50 to $400 per month. The yearly budget for the school is about $2.4 million.

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Eastside Veterans hold salute to military

The Eastside Veterans Celebration hosted another fabulous outing for Veteran’s Weekend on the day before the Centennial Signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, the War to End All Wars. Veteran’s and first responders were treated to a meal in honor of their service, a bake off was held for desert, ceremonies were held in commemoration and local school kids came out and put on entertainment inside the David H. McNerney Crosby American Legion Post 658. The highlight of the day was a short parade that left out from the Middle School and returned from Wahl St. that saluted veterans and displayed the marching acumen of the Big Red Machine, Crosby’s High School Marching Band won the Parade recognition.

WWI commemorated at Battleship TEXAS

BATTLESHIP TEXAS

Texas Parks and Wildlife commemorated the 100th Anniversary of World War I armistice aboard Battleship TEXAS, the last remaining U.S. battleship to have served in World War I and the largest remaining artifact from World War I in the State of Texas.

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors participated in a number of family-friendly activities that commemorate the World War I Centennial, including special guided tours, a community “Flanders Field” poppy mural, and a presentation by University of Sheffield (England) professor Dr. Jonathan Rayner.

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