PISD proposes $175.6 million bond
Recommendations include Dobie ninth-grade center, new intermediate school
The Pasadena Independent School District is proposing a $175.6 million November bond election to construct new campuses and make other structural improvements.
PISD Superintendent Kirk Lewis made the announcement at a school board workshop on Wednesday, July 9.
Officials said the proposal would not increase the school district’s tax rate.
The proposed improvements were based on recommendations from the Future Facility Committee and conversations with the board, staff and community.
If passed, the bond would provide for a new Dobie High School ninth-grade campus and a new local intermediate school, to be located in the Riverstone Ranch area.
The construction of a ninth-grade campus at Dobie High School would provide the guaranteed enrollment needed at the campus. The facility would house only first-year ninth-graders.
The Early College High School and Odyssey programs for Dobie would be housed internally on Dobie’s primary campus. Therefore, the enrollment inside the primary campus would be approximately 3,100 - 3,200 students with capacity for enrollment at the ninth-grade center of 900 - 1,000 students.
The ninth-grade campus would be constructed on a site to be determined.
The proposed intermediate school, the 11th in the district, would provide enrollment relief primarily to Thompson Intermediate.
Additional recommended improvements include Early College High School wing additions at Rayburn and South Houston high schools, an Early College renovation at Memorial High School, an expansion wing addition at the career and technical high school and replacement campuses for Mae Smythe, L. F. Smith and Pomeroy elementary schools.
The PISD board is expected to vote on the bond proposal at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 29.
The Harris County Precinct 2 Constable’s office is searching for a pair of armed robbers, one attempted robber and two would-be burglars.
The robbers struck three separate businesses along Scarsdale the evening of Tuesday, July 8.
The first incident took place at the Subway in the 10900 block of Scarsdale. Two men entered the restaurant around 8:50 p.m. One of the men produced a pistol and demanded money from the cash register.
Following the robbery, the two men went to the Pizza Hut in the same strip center and also robbed them at gunpoint.
Deputies said the men fled through the alley way, possibly to a getaway car.
Roughly 15 minutes later the same two men were spotted at the Autozone in the 10800 block of Scarsdale. While the men did not pull a gun or rob cash from the store, they did steal multiple bottles of oil before fleeing in what may have been an older model Dodge Caravan.
The men are described as being Hispanic – one heavyset and one thin. The heavyset one had a shaved head and a teardrop tattoo. The thin one was wearing a hat.
Earlier that day, two suspects attempted to break into a home in the Clear Brook Landing subdivision but were scared off when they saw a resident was present.
Deputies said two men repeatedly banged on the front door of a house on Acacia Forest at Sagemeadow.
When no one answered the door after about five minutes, the men went around to the back of the house, broke out a window and opened the back door.
When the men entered the home, they spotted a teenage female resident and fled the scene.
The suspects are described only as black men.
On Thursday, July 10, a juvenile suspect attempted to rob the Valero in the 12300 block of Scarsdale at Sageglen.
According to deputies, the teen suspect entered the store around 1 p.m., produced a black handgun and demanded money from the register. Suspecting the gun was a fake, as the tip appeared to be chipped off, the clerk chased the youth out of the store and called 911.
The suspect is described as being a black male in his early teens, wearing a black and white striped hoodie and black pants.
Anyone with information about any of these cases is urged to contact the constable’s office at 281-481-9189.
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