South Belt students return to school
While the heat index may suggest otherwise, summer is coming to an end, and South Belt students are set to return to school.
“The district is alive with activity in anticipation of the students’ return next week,” said Pasadena Independent School District Superintendent Kirk Lewis. “Everyone is excited about the year ahead.”
With the exception of incoming freshmen, PISD students will return Tuesday, Aug. 26. To familiarize ninth-grade students with high school campuses before halls become crowded, they will begin class the previous day on Monday, Aug. 25.
Students within the Clear Creek Independent School District will also begin classes Monday, Aug. 25.
The 2014-2015 school year will mark the opening of PISD’s new Career and Technical High School. Since all CTHS students will be unfamiliar with the new campus, freshmen at the school will also begin on Tuesday, along with their elder classmates.
Between 1,500 and 1,550 students are expected to attend the school, Lewis said, adding that roughly 80 students had changed their minds over the summer about attending the new campus. Lewis, however, opted to not replace the students with others from a waiting list.
“I’d rather start with a low number,” Lewis said. “Then, let the excitement build.”
In all, Lewis said the school district is expect to have around 55,000 students – up roughly 500 from last year.
While students at South Shaver Elementary were supposed to start school this year in a new campus, construction of the replacement campus will not be complete in time, Lewis said.
Students will instead begin class in the old building, then transition into the new campus after the Labor Day holiday. Administrators are currently aiming for Monday, Sept. 8, as a target date.
PISD will expand its 1:1 technology initiative this year, providing computers to all middle school and intermediate students. Middle school students will be given the Netbook computers used by intermediate students last year, while intermediate students will be given new tablets to use. Dobie ninth-graders and all CTHS students will also be issued computers.
Lewis is excited about the new school year.
“I’m so proud of what our teachers accomplished this past year,” Lewis said. “I’m eager to see our successes as we build on last year’s achievements. Ours is a district on the path of continuous improvement. It’s great to be a part of this Pasadena family.”
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man found outside an art supply store in a strip mall at 10900 Kingspoint and Tanner Park Court Monday Aug. 18, around 10:25 p.m.
Johnathan Estes, 47, of Angleton, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address and found the victim with several gunshot wounds.
Paramedics transported him to the hospital, where he later died.
According to witnesses, an unknown male was seen dragging Estes inside a business, and then a gunshot was heard. Witnesses stated they then saw two unknown male suspects run out of the business, get into a silver vehicle of unknown make and model and flee the scene.
Estes was a tenant at the adjacent warehouse, known as Kingspoint Proper (formerly the Mullet), which is adorned with elaborate graffiti and murals. Kingspoint Proper gave street artists a place to legally paint and display their work.
A father of two autistic children, Estes operated the Southern Artists Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at raising autism awareness.
A memorial for Estes will take place at the Kingspoint warehouse Friday, Aug. 22, beginning at 7 p.m.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact police at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
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