Dobie named one of largest U.S. schools
Dobie High School was recently named one of the top 100 largest high schools in America.
With a reported 3,452 students, Dobie ranked No. 88 on the list, which appeared last week in the Houston Chronicle.
University Primetime used data from the National Center for Education Statistics to compile its list.
In all, 14 Texas schools appeared on the list – 10 of which are located in the Houston area.
Despite numbers reaching close to 5,000, Texas was no match for New York with 16 schools, eight in the top 10, including the No. 1 spot: Brooklyn Technical High School with 8,076 students.
In 2013, the Pasadena Independent School District board of trustees approved capping enrollment at the campus, but the move affects only new transfer requests not students who live within the school’s set boundaries.
Dobie has been at its maximum capacity for several years. When the new Blackhawk campus was constructed as part of a 2000 bond issue, it was designed to accommodate 3,000 students.
A subsequent bond issue in 2004 increased student capacity by 525, bringing the total to 3,525.
The campus currently has 14 portable buildings, including 12 double-classroom buildings and two quad-classroom buildings. Construction of a new ninth-grade center to alleviate overcrowding has been proposed as part of a November bond election.
During the 2013-2014 school year, Dobie briefly topped the 4,000-student mark.
While the opening of the district’s new Career and Technical Center has since reduced enrollment at Dobie, the campus still has by far the most students of any PISD high school.
According to PISD officials, Dobie’s enrollment at the beginning of this school year was actually 3,708 students (1,005 freshmen, 994 sophomores, 887 juniors and 822 seniors). Using this figure, the school would have been ranked No. 56 on the list.
By comparison, Memorial had 2,855; Rayburn had 2,735; South Houston had 2,328; Pasadena had 2,315; and the Career and Technical High School had 1,015.
To see the complete list, visit www.universityprimetime.com/top-100-largest-high-schools-america-attend-one.
Roadway improvements, enhancement projects and a bridge replacement were among the construction projects recently approved at last month’s Texas Transportation Commission meeting.
These projects aim to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety in both metropolitan and rural areas. Recently, a list of the 100 Most Congested Roadways in Texas was released and such improvements will help to improve traffic conditions in the six-county Houston District.
The Transportation Commission awarded $10.3 million to Lone Star Road Construction to extend the Beltway 8 South westbound and eastbound frontage roads over Mykawa. Currently, traffic traveling along the frontage roads merges onto a single lane that is adjacent to the main lanes of Beltway 8 on both the westbound and eastbound sides.
The extended frontage roads will allow continuous travel on three-lane frontage roads that are separate from the main lanes of Beltway 8. The project will improve traffic flow in the area and allow the Harris County Toll Road Authority to eventually widen the main lanes of Beltway 8 South. Construction is set to begin in early 2015 and take about a year to complete.
Many residents in the South Belt and Pearland areas, as well as other communities in southern Harris County use this stretch of highway to reach SH 288 to the west and IH 45 to the east. The joining of frontage road segments will also benefit the thriving business community that currently serves both Harris County and Brazoria County.
Also, in south Harris County, the Transportation Commission awarded $1.09 million to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the widening of Preston Road from Beltway 8 to Genoa Red Bluff Road. A four-lane divided thoroughfare will be constructed as part of the project. Construction is to begin in late 2014 and be complete in spring 2016.
In order to improve the aesthetics along US 90 from IH 610 East Loop to Beltway 8 East and other parts of the Houston District, the Transportation Commission approved $1.4 million for landscape development and maintenance. Work is set to begin this fall and be complete by spring 2015. The project will allow for planting greenery as part of the Green Ribbon Project.
“Such projects help to improve traffic conditions, enhance safety and beautify roads in two counties that have seen significant growth in recent years,” said Mike Alford, Houston District engineer.
Further, SCR Construction Co., Inc. has been awarded the contract to provide stay cable maintenance to the Fred Hartman Bridge. The $5.1 million project does not have a start date as of yet but will take eight months to complete when maintenance begins. Third Coast Services LLC will install and update traffic signals at various intersections within Harris County Precinct 1. The project will take about 300 working days and costs $4.2 million. The start date is to be determined.
In addition to the items approved by the commission members in August, they also approved multiple projects in July. The commission awarded a $10.3 million project to Sterling Delaware Holding Company, Inc. to extend Beamer from just west of Tall Ships Lane to west of Bay Area Boulevard. The joint project with Harris County will consist of building a four-lane divided roadway with curb and gutters. The project will also include a raised median and storm sewer drainage. A future project will extend Beamer north from Tall Ships Lane to Dixie Farm Road.
Additionally, a joint project with the Midtown Management District to reconstruct Caroline Street from Holman to Pierce Street in the midtown section of Houston was awarded. The pavement on the existing street is in poor condition, and the project will reconstruct the entire street replacing the old pavement with new concrete pavement. The project will also provide new amenities such as wider sidewalks, landscaping, upgraded drainage, decorative lighting and a “rain garden” filtration system.
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