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Major new development planned for Mont Belvieu

The Development site is the corner of Eagle Drive and FM 565.

Mont Belvieu City Council has approved McGrath Real Estate Group’s proposal to begin developing a 1,400- acre piece of land on the corner of Eagle Drive and FM 565. What’s currently being used as farmland, will become a new master-planned community called Riceland.

Scott Swigert, Interim City Manager, says “The City of Mont Belvieu is excited to partner with McGrath Real Estate Partners to bring the Riceland master-planned community into Mont Belvieu. The vision for Riceland underscores what people love about living in Mont Belvieu; a high-quality high-amenity lifestyle that maintains our hometown feel. This is evident in the priority the developers have placed on working with the City to bring our vision of an authentic downtown, anchored by our new City Hall, into reality.”

The agreement with the Riceland developers will drive major City infrastructure improvements as it begins that will benefit all of our residents. The developer, in partnership with the city, will be building new roads and improving existing roads. Developers are also working closely with Barbers Hill Independent School District to hold out land for them to accommodate any necessary schools.

A Walkable Business District is part of the Project.

BHISD earns top scores in state testing

Texas Education Agency released 2020- 2021 state accountability scores in August, and Barbers Hill ISD ranked at the top of its 40-district comparison group statewide.

“Our outstanding scores can be attributed to the heroic effort of staff members who put students first despite obstacles, students who came to school and gave it their best, and a community who continued to trust and support us in these unprecedented times,” said Deputy Superintendent Sandra Duree.

The district’s overall passing rate was 89 percent, which is 22 points higher than the state average and ahead of second- and third-ranking Dallas-area districts Frisco ISD and Wylie ISD.

“State accountability scores are one measure of success,” said Duree. “Last year we celebrated so many successes, such as our highest number of Advanced Placement scholars, a National Merit Commended Student, and our new Social Emotional Learning program, not to mention our dozens of state qualifiers and state champions.”

Judge rules Barbers Hill ISD’s dress code discriminatory after 2 Black students suspended over length of dreadlocks

KADEN BRADFORD & DE’ANDRE ARNOLD

Barbers Hill ISD Student Hair Controversy

HOUSTON – After three days of consideration, a judge ruled Monday night that the Barbers Hill Independent School District’s dress code is discriminatory after two Black students were suspended over the length of their dreadlocks.

A U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas made the ruling Monday night.

According to court records, “The Court held an evidentiary hearing on the motion over the three days spanning July 22, 2020, through July 24, 2020. After careful consideration of the parties’ written submissions, the extensive evidentiary record developed at the hearing, and the other filings in the case, K.B.‘s motion is granted.”

The lawsuit was filed after Deandre Arnold, a former Barbers Hill High School student, was suspended his senior year over the length of his hair. Arnold, his mother and other family members, filed the lawsuit against the district, alleging the following causes of action: intentional race discrimination, intentional race discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation in violation of the First Amendment and several other violations under the U.S. Constitutional Amendment.

How the dreadlock controversy began

Barbers Hill ISD set to open classes Aug. 17 amidst controversy and concern

GREG POOLE, BHISD Superintendent

CHAMBERS COUNTY – Parents in the Barbers Hill school district seem ready to send their children back to school, in spite of the threat of the COVID-19 virus rampant in the state.

Many parents are comfortable with the in-person option but the issue is causing tension between the superintendent and the Chambers County Public Health Department.

The department on Wednesday August 5th posted a letter saying it had “urged” local school boards to “take further action to protect their staff and students by delaying in-person instruction until September 8th at the earliest.”

Classes are scheduled to begin August 19 with parents having the option of starting kids online or at home, per TEA guidelines.

“With them giving the option to home school or send the kids to school, I think that eliminates a lot of the number of kids in school, which makes it easier for them to social distance,” said one parent.

The advisory applied to all school districts in Chambers County, but they have all chosen to open before the suggested date of September 8.

Barbers Hill teachers actually reported for training this week, on Monday August 10.

Other Chambers County districts include Anahuac, who will start on Wednesday August 13, and East Chambers starting on Monday August 17.

Barbers Hill ISD students earn National Merit Scholars recognition

Barbers Hill High School seniors Kathryn Hok and Kaitlyn Robinson were named 2019 National Merit Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation this month.

Both students are ranked in the Top Five of the Barbers Hill Class of 2019.

“To get to this level of academic achievement requires determination, hard work, and a willingness to stretch themselves by taking advanced level courses,” said Asst. Supt. of Curriculum and Instruction Sandra Duree. “I’m so proud of these students and the amazing BHISD staff. Working together toward a common goal helps us move forward in our quest for excellence for all students.”

Robinson plans to attend Texas A&M University next year, and Hok is considering several university options.

Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation will be recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

National Hispanic Scholars

The College Board in September named three Barbers Hill High School students as National Hispanic Scholars.

Barbers Hill seniors Jade Meador, Adriana Torres-Rodriguez, and Isaac Recio were named Scholars in the program based on their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT in this region. Scholars must score in the top 2.5% of Hispanic test-takers in the region during their junior year, as well as achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA.

“We are very proud of these three students,” said BHHS Principal Rick Kana. “They have pushed themselves academically and stand out as leaders on our campus. They are so deserving of this recognition, and we are proud to have them at Barbers Hill High School.”

Each year, the National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes approximately 5,000 students nationwide out of over 250,000 Hispanic students who take the PSAT/NMSQT.