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New Thompson campus stirs controversy

Pasadena ISD backpack rules explained

South Belt students return to school

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New Thompson campus stirs controversy
Involved parties in discussions for possible relocation

The proposed location of the new Thompson Intermediate campus has caused some controversy among some area residents who see the current site as being problematic.

The existing planned site, located on Highland Meadows Drive in the Riverstone Ranch at Clear Creek subdivision, has been met with opposition from residents of both the Riverstone Ranch at Clear Creek and Green Tee Terrace subdivisions, the two neighborhoods which would border the new campus.

Riverstone Ranch at Clear Creek homeowners, led by resident Elizabeth Drake, contend the current proposed location presents a safety hazard, as it is to be located deep within the subdivision, with the school’s only entrance being within a 90-plus-degree curve with limited sight of oncoming traffic in both directions.

Drake said the new campus would also have a very narrow school frontage on Highland Meadows Drive, the only street adjoining the proposed property.

Green Tee Terrace homeowners further complain that the current proposed site of the campus would contribute additional traffic to their community. Despite the Pasadena Independent School District not having the property rights to construct an entrance/exit onto Country Club Drive, which is currently designed to border the new campus on one side, some Green Tee Terrace residents are still concerned about parked vehicles and foot traffic.

Residents from both of the aforementioned subdivisions have met on two separate occasions to discuss the matter in attempts to resolve the issue.

Representatives from Pasadena ISD, the City of Pearland and Meritage Homes, the company responsible for developing the Riverstone Ranch at Clear Creek subdivision, have also been involved in discussions.

Pasadena ISD officials and community leaders have proposed a possible land swap with Meritage representatives that might allow the campus to be relocated on Hughes Road in another part of the Riverstone Ranch subdivision.

Such a move, however, would likely cost the school district additional funds.
Drake said discussions with Meritage officials had left her optimistic.

“Meritage will gladly meet with the City of Pearland and PISD to help resolve these issues and we are hopeful that a mutually beneficial agreement for all involved can be reached,” a representative from Meritage recently wrote to Drake in an email.

Pasadena ISD officials met with Meritage representatives to discuss the matter on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Pasadena ISD Associate Superintendent Alyta Harrell said she, too, is hopeful that all parties involved will reach a mutual agreement.

Current plans call for relocating the Thompson campus to a piece of property already owned by the school district. The land was originally to be used for an 11th PISD intermediate campus, but other options were evaluated after Thompson suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Harvey.

Following the historic storm, Thompson students were temporarily housed at Beverly Hills Intermediate for five months, while school officials and an independent committee studied the issue.

The first phase of design for the new campus was approved by the PISD board this past December, with GDP Group being awarded the $37.5 million contract to construct the 178,000-square-foot facility.

The new campus, which will permanently replace the original Thompson campus on Sagedowne, is expected to open in August 2021.

To keep affected residents abreast of the ongoing situation, Pasadena ISD officials have offered the following information to homeowners neighboring the proposed campus:

“In 2012, Pasadena ISD purchased a 26-acre tract of land in the southeast corner of the Riverstone Ranch community. In the 2014 bond, Pasadena ISD voters approved the construction of a new intermediate school for the neighborhood to meet the needs of our growing community and help Meritage, the developer of this master-planned community, fulfill its promise of a new school to their homeowners.

“Complications from increased construction costs and the impact Hurricane Harvey had on George A. Thompson Intermediate School, coupled with the most recent analysis of demographic enrollment, made it necessary for Pasadena ISD to relocate Thompson Intermediate to this property.

“The City of Pearland, on three separate occasions, has approved the Meritage master plan to include a grade 7-8 campus. The much-anticipated school that has been in the planning and design phase for the past seven years is ready to be built.

“In past years, the current location has been the only option; however, Meritage has agreed to take a closer look at their development plans and consider another location.

“Moving forward, PISD, GPD Group architects, the City of Pearland, and Meritage will continue working together to bring this design to a reality. The City of Pearland’s permitting requires us to share information with residents that live within 200 feet from the property; however, we are going over and above the requirement by sharing it with the entire neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. It is important to us that we build a positive relationship with the community surrounding our campus. Part of a healthy relationship is communication.

“We plan to keep community members updated and informed of the construction progress of Thompson Intermediate.”


Pasadena ISD backpack rules explained
Regulations vary from campus to campus

There has been some confusion as to what types of backpacks students in the Pasadena Independent School District can carry this upcoming school year, as each individual campus sets its own policy.

Clear or mesh backpacks are required at the following schools: Atkinson Elementary, Meador Elementary, Morris Middle School and Thompson Intermediate.

Any type of backpacks are allowed at the following schools: Burnett Elementary, Bush Elementary, Frazier Elementary, Jessup Elementary, Moore Elementary, South Belt Elementary, Stuchbery Elementary, Melillo Middle School (no wheels), Roberts Middle School, Beverly Hills Intermediate and Dobie High School.

For a complete dress code list, see Pages 3A and 4A on this weeks paper.

South Belt students return to school

Summer is coming to a close, and that means it’s time for South Belt students to return to school.

With the exception of incoming freshmen, students in the Pasadena Independent School District will return to class Monday, Aug. 19.

To familiarize ninth-grade students with high school campuses before halls become crowded, they will begin class the previous school day on Friday, Aug. 16.

Students within the Clear Creek Independent School District will also begin classes Monday, Aug. 19.

Lutheran South Academy students began school on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

San Jacinto College will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 26.

In PISD, elementary students will attend school from 7:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.; middle school students will attend school from 8:40 a.m. to 4 p.m.; intermediate students will attend school from 8:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and high school students will attend school from 7:15 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Students are tardy if they are not in class by the official start time. To prevent tardiness or disruption to the classrooms, students should arrive 15-30 minutes earlier than the start time. During that time they may eat breakfast, visit with friends and arrive at the classroom on time to put away supplies and prepare for the school day.

For more Pasadena ISD back-to-school information, visit www1.pasade
naisd.org
; additional Clear Creek ISD information can be found at www.ccisd.net; for Lutheran South Academy information, visit www.luther
ansouth.org
; and San Jacinto College information is available at www.sanjac.edu.


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