Education is holding center stage at the Austin Legislature. House Public Education Committee Member Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Kingwood, was satisfied that, on April 9, the House passed his HB 4, and that last Thursday, the Senate Public Education Committee approved it too, establishing a $130 million fund for qualifying schools to help pay for half-day pre-K. Huberty is also sponsoring and shepherding SB 149 by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, setting up graduation committees that look at more than just test scores.
Dr. Rebecca Riley
LONE STAR NAMES RILEY PRESIDENT
Kingwood resident Dr. Rebecca Riley has been named the new president of LSC-Montgomery, effective May 1. Prior to joining LSC-Montgomery, Riley served as vice president of instruction at LSC-Kingwood, a position she held since August 2009. Riley began her career at LSC-Kingwood in 1993 as an adjunct instructor of art and went on to hold numerous positions including professor of art, associate dean and dean of arts and humanities and interim vice president of student success. Riley holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Sam Houston State University, an M.F.A. in printmaking and art history and a B.F.A. in painting and art history from Texas Tech University. Riley currently serves on the board of directors of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries.
BIZCOM-HUMBLE SET FOR MAY 7
The Humble BizCom meeting, a program of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, will be May 7 from 11 a.m. to noon at Humble High School and will feature Dr. Charles Ned, Humble High School principal; Ted Poe, US Congressman, Dist. 2; Joe Turner, Houston Parks & Recreation Director; Karen Coffee, Dangerous Goods Management Marketing Director; Randy Scott and Scott Brady; and Darrell Boeske, City of Humble City manager. Area citizens, community organizations, businesses and other interested parties are welcome to attend. The event is free of charge provided an RSVP to 281-319-8902 is made. A complimentary lunch is included.
H-E-B OFFERS NEW SHOPPING APP
H-E-B has launched a new mobile app built to save shoppers time and money with innovative ways to assemble and manage shopping lists, redeem digital coupons, and research products and recipes. The app is available for download from the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store, and coincides with the launch of an all-new look for heb.com. H-E-B’s new website and mobile platform integrate features seamlessly from desktop to handheld device.
AFFORDABLE BUSINESS TRAINING OFFERED
A series of training presentations will be offered in May by the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. “Resolving Conflicts the Right Way” will be offered Tuesday, May 5. “Handling Problem People Successfully” will be Tuesday, May 12, and “Becoming Customer Focused” will be Tuesday, May 19. Member rate is $69 per seminar; non-member rate is $89 per seminar. RSVPs are required. Visit LakeHouston.org or call the Chamber office at 281-446-2128 for information and reservations.
SCHOOLS COMPETE FOR $20,000
The last day to submit points for My School’s Cool, Deerbrook Mall's program that awards $20,000 in cash prizes to participating area schools, is Sunday, May 10. Receipts from Deerbrook Mall dated Friday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, May 10, are eligible to be redeemed for points. Schools are participating are Bear Branch Elementary School, Cambridge School, Fall Creek Elementary School, Humble Elementary School, Kingwood Middle School, Maplebrook Elementary School, Northbelt Elementary School, Oak Forest Elementary, Quest Early College High School, Shadow Forest Elementary School and Timbers Elementary School. The school accruing the most points will earn $10,000; the school with the second highest number of points will receive $3,500; and the school in third place will receive $2,500. The winners will be announced Friday, May 22. The kick-off for the 2015-16 program will be in August. Schools should contact Noemi Cortez Gonzalez at 281-446-6626 to inquire about participating.
ST. ANDREWS ROAD DRAINAGE TO BE STUDIED
Recently, the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department performed a preliminary inspection of Saint Andrews Road in Kingwood and determined that drainage improvements are needed to maintain positive flow. A drainage assessment has been scheduled for Fiscal Year 2016. The assessment, which will cover approximately 1.7 miles along the three blocks where the reports originated, will consist of visual inspections, reporting and surveying, and will provide a work plan to maintain positive flow throughout the existing drainage infrastructure. In addition, a ditch maintenance work plan will be created to address the condition of roadside ditches and the flushing of existing culverts. Additional maintenance of the culverts and the ground surrounding them will be the responsibility of abutting property owners. For more information, contact Houston City Council member Dave Martin at 832-393-3008.
SANDY FORKS SAFE SIDEWALK PROJECT
CHAMBER GOLF TOURNEY SET