Local charter school to go out for bid
Construction of a long-awaited South Belt charter school is set to go out for bid later this month.
A branch of the Houston Gateway Academy, the Elite College Prep Academy–Riverstone will be located on Riverstone Ranch Road at Kirksage.
A charter school is an independently run public school that is granted greater flexibility in its operations in return for greater accountability for performance. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals and methods of assessment.
Like traditional public schools, charter schools are funded according to enrollment levels and receive state funds on a per-pupil basis.
They are tuition-free and not restricted by zoning, making them schools of choice.
The new campus will be the fourth for Houston Gateway Academy. At approximately 168,000-square feet, it will also be its largest – roughly twice the size of the other campuses.
While the campus will eventually serve pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, it will initially be open through only ninth grade, with an additional grade being added each year as students progress.
School officials project campus enrollment will be roughly 1,600 once the12th-grade class has been implemented. Officials further said class sizes will be smaller than their traditional public school counterparts, exceeding state standards.
In multiple years, Houston Gateway Academy has been recognized for Outstanding Academic Performance by the Texas Education Agency and has received the Texas Honor Circle District Award from the Texas Comptroller’s office. It has also been rated as Exemplary by the TEA multiple years.
Construction will be broken down into four phases. The first phase will be the main building. The second phase will be a 200-seat natatorium for swimming. The third phase will involve adding a third story to the main building. The final stage of construction will be a 1,200-seat stadium to be located across the street from the main building.
Administrators hope construction will begin by January and the school is open for class by fall 2016.
Deputies from the Harris County Precinct 2 Constable’s office have responded to multiple home burglaries this past week and are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
On Friday, Aug. 8, a house in the 11400 block of Sagecountry was burglarized.
The crook(s) entered the residence by kicking in the front door while the homeowner was at work. Several items of value were reported missing from the home.
A second house, located on Penny Park Trail in the Meadows of Clear Creek subdivision, was broken into Monday, Aug. 11.
The homeowner was taking a nap at the residence when she was awoken by a white male entering the house. When the suspect spotted the woman, he fled the house out the back door.
A third home, located on Camber Brook Court in the Clear Brook Meadows subdivision, was burglarized Wednesday, Aug. 13.
The homeowner noticed upon coming home that her bedroom had been ransacked. She also reported hearing voices from her bedroom closet. She then ran to a neighbor’s house and called police.
The suspects fled the scene before deputies arrived.
Several pieces of jewelry were reported missing.
Anyone with information on any of these burglaries is urged to contact the constable’s office at 281-481-9189.
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