PISD bond, other elections set for Nov. 4
The 2014 general and special elections are set to take place Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Of particular importance to South Belt residents is a $175.5 million bond proposal for the Pasadena Independent School District.
PISD officials said the measure would not increase the school district’s tax rate.
If passed, the bond would provide for a new Dobie ninth-grade campus and a new local intermediate school, to be located in the Riverstone Ranch area.
Construction of the ninth-grade campus would help alleviate overcrowding at the area school. 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 to Thompson and Beverly Hills intermediate schools.
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.
Voters will also decide who will fill the state District 129 seat being vacated by longtime Rep. John Davis.
Vying for the position are Republican Dennis Paul and Democrat John Gay. (See related questionnaire on Page 3A of this issue.)
Despite being from opposite aisles of the political spectrum, the two candidates have much in common, as they each describe themselves as being conservative and said they’d fight for smaller government, less regulation, lower taxes and a secure border.
In the U.S. House District 22 race, Republican incumbent Pete Olson is being challenged by Democrat Frank Briscoe and Libertarian Rob Lapham.
Early voting is currently underway and will continue through Friday, Oct. 31.
Local early voting polling locations include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall No. 66 at 4345 Allen Genoa, the Harris County Courthouse Annex No. 25 at 7330 Spencer Highway and the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane.
See list below for local Election Day polling locations (different from the early voting locations mentioned above).
Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information or to see a complete list of polling locations, visit www.harrisvotes.org.
Nov. 4 polling locations
76___Beverly Hills Intermediate School at 11111 Beamer Road
289__Garfield Elementary School at 10301 Hartsook St.
417__Stuchbery Elementary School at 11210 Hughes Road
418__Beverly Hills Community Center at 10201 Kingspoint Road
475__Scarsdale Civic Association Building at 12127 Teaneck Drive
476__Frazier Elementary School at 10503 Hughes Road
536__Laura Welch Bush Elementary School at 9100 Blackhawk Blvd.
537__BellaVita Clubhouse at 1548-B N. Riviera Circle
545__Parker Williams Library at 10851 Scarsdale Blvd. Suite 510
654__El Franco Lee Community Center at 9400 Hall Road
715__Aviation Department - Ellington Field off of Highway 3 Building 510
755__Genoa Staff Development Center at 12900 Almeda Genoa Road
774__JC Mitchell Elementary School at 10900 Gulfdale Drive
842__Burnett Elementary School at 11825 Teaneck Drive
996__Parker Williams Library at 10851 Scarsdale Blvd. Suite 510
The Lone Star Flight Museum unveiled the master plan for its new state-of-the-art, 130,000-square-foot facility at a press conference hosted by Houston Mayor Annise Parker Monday, Oct. 27, at Ellington Airport.
The museum will feature interactive, educational exhibits focusing on aviation history, science, technology, and more allowing visitors to explore and experience the history of Texas’ aviation heritage. Highlights include a flight academy, aviation learning center and hangars full of vintage aircrafts.
“The new Houston-based Lone Star Flight Museum will become a special attraction that will draw visitors from the Lone Star region and around the country who are interested in aviation,” Parker said. “Through innovative and experiential learning, elements of discovery and surprise will spark interest and understanding about the importance of aviation for generations to come.”
The Lone Star Flight Museum will feature a host of hands-on exhibits educating museum-goers about Texas aviation history. Visitors will embark on a journey from the origins of flight through the present day showcasing how the aviation industry shaped Texas’ success. The Orientation Space will transition visitors from the outside world to the fantasy of flight providing an overview of what lies ahead.
The grounds will be transformed into a state-of-the-art aviation museum featuring an Aviation Learning Center. The Aviation Learning Center, originally developed at the world-class Seattle Museum of Flight, will be replicated for the first time at the new museum. “The Aviation Learning Center program will be aligned with Texas academic standards, such as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which will assist teachers in their STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) content and project based curriculum,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, retired NASA astronaut, director of the University of Houston’s STEM Center and co-chair with Dr. Rod Paige of the Lone Star Flight Museum’s Education Committee. “It is also part of our program to provide teachers with professional development credits.” “The center will provide a hands-on, interactive learning environment focusing on aircraft identification, design, traffic control, aerodynamics, aviation weather, and more,” said Paige, former United States secretary of education and co-chair of the museum’s Education Committee. Students in grades five – 12 will work together to plan all aspects of a flight and then make the flight in a simulator.
The Flight Academy training program offers visitors the opportunity to “earn their wings.” The program is divided into four parts: Design and Engineering, Science of Flight, Ground School, and Flight School. As a visitor progresses through the program, he or she will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of flight and aircraft design explained through basic scientific principles and a series of educational stations.
The Protecting the Nation Exhibit Hangar and Texas Hall of Fame Flight Hangar will feature a flying collection of historic aircraft primarily from the World War II era. The hangars will also present visual depictions and information about the men and women who hold a prominent place in Texas and America’s aviation history.
The Texas Aviation Heritage Gallery will chronicle the history of aviation in Texas while exploring the course for the future. Aviation helped shape this state and will continue as an industry vital to its economy.
The museum also will offer a number of additional amenities for visitors to enjoy, from an aircraft restoration area showcasing the aircraft preservation process to a research library and archive facility offering visitors and researchers access to historic aviation information. The center contains the museum’s extensive collection of books, manuscripts, oral histories, and original papers of aviators and aviation history.
Across the lobby, the museum gift shop will offer visitors the opportunity to take home a piece of the museum experience. Visitors will be able to revisit stories and objects that they have seen while touring the museum, from books and toys, to other types of memorabilia. The Lone Star Auditorium will be a central part of the public programs offered at the museum, with seating for more than 400. Programs will include film screenings, conferences, public meetings, and small-scale performances and events.
The interactive flight museum is being created by a consortium of leading experts in education and design throughout the country, including: Museum Consultant Ralph Bufano, Webb Architects, DG Studios, Judson Design and the Sarrazin Group.
After significant damage by Hurricane Ike in 2008, The Lone Star Flight Museum is relocating from its home of more than 20 years in Galveston to 13 acres at Ellington Airport.
The site has been leased from the City of Houston for 40 years for $1 per year. Construction is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2015, and a late 2016 opening is projected. The move to Houston will allow the museum to extend its reach into the community and partner with educational institutions in the Greater Houston area.
The museum has completed its initial $25 million capital campaign led by Scott Rozzell and Barry Hunsaker, making it the most ambitious fundraising effort in its 29-year history, according to Larry Gregory, president. An additional $10 million is currently being raised to fund an endowment, educational programming and exhibits, bringing the total investment in the project to $35 million.
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