This Week's Headlines

South Belt students return to school

City to reimburse Harvey repairs

Early voting underway for election

Swimming pools to close for season

School supply lists posted online

Kitchen, 54, found dead in vehicle

PISD still strong 1 year after Harvey

Coleman supports flood bond

Alumni host tours at Dobie high school first, current campuses

Commissioners Court adopts disparity study

UHCL plans dates

Former Pasadena ISD students may receive diploma through alternative graduation program under SB 463

HFD initiative focuses on firefighter health, safety

NASA releases selection of new space center deputy director

Mayor combats human trafficking with plan’s phase two

Kirkwood South HOA releases news

Proposed 58-tank storage facility between I-45 and Ellington air strip

Leader to award Schlitterbahn ticket prizes in vacation pic contest

Clear Brook shows skills at Turner invite

Dobie football ready; first scrimmage here

Cowboys, Dolphins begin BAFL play

Former Dobie tennis standouts prove they still have what it takes

JFD netters continue tough early stretch

Dobie FB season tickets available for limited time


South Belt students return to school

While the heat index may suggest otherwise, summer is coming to an end, and South Belt students have returned to school.

With the exception of incoming freshmen, students in the Pasadena Independent School District will return to school Monday, Aug. 20. To familiarize ninth-grade students with high school campuses before halls become crowded, they will begin class the previous school day on Friday, Aug. 17.

Students within the Clear Creek Independent School District will also begin classes Monday, Aug. 20.

Lutheran South Academy students began school on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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.

This year will mark the first full academic year that the new Dobie ninth-grade center will be open to students.

Originally scheduled to open in August 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year, the opening of the campus was postponed due to construction delays.

Located at the southeast corner of Fuqua and Monroe, Dobie9 was approved by voters in November 2014 as part of a $175 million bond package.

The new campus was needed to alleviate overcrowding at the area high school, as Dobie has been at its maximum capacity for more than a decade.

When the new Dobie main campus on Blackhawk 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.

Campus enrollment, however, briefly topped 4,000 students at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.

Last school year, the campus had 14 portable buildings, including 12 double-classroom buildings and two quad-classroom buildings.

In the fall of 2014, Dobie was named one of the 100 largest high schools in America. With a reported 3,452 students, Dobie ranked No. 88 on the list.

The new Dobie9 facility will house only first year ninth-graders. Students will have the same academic and extracurricular opportunities as students on the main campus. PISD officials expect around 1,000 students to attend the new campus this year.

For more PISD back-to-school information, including dress code, bus routes, supplies and code of conduct, visit

For more CCISD back-to-school information, visit

City to reimburse Harvey repairs

The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is releasing a new tip sheet for homeowners making repairs to their Hurricane Harvey-damaged homes. Later this year, the City of Houston will launch a Homeowner Reimbursement Program to reimburse homeowners for eligible repair expenses.

“Houston is a resilient city. Many Houstonians have been working hard to rebuild their homes,” said Housing and Community Development Director Tom McCasland. “Help is on the way to assist homeowners with the cost of repairs.”

The Homeowner Reimbursement Program is one of five programs the City of Houston will launch to assist homeowners with home repairs. Program guidelines outlining the specifics of the program are being developed now. The tip sheet advises residents about how to prepare to apply to the Reimbursement Program as they make repairs.

“We’re advising all homeowners to save receipts, sign contracts for any work completed on their homes, take before and after pictures, build to code, and familiarize themselves with the kinds of expenses that are eligible for reimbursement,” said Mayra Bontemps, HCD’s Assistant Director for Disaster Recovery. The program will not reimburse homeowners for luxury finishes such as marble countertops, Jacuzzis, or pools. “Not everyone will qualify for the program, but we want to make sure homeowners know about the programs that are coming and how they can get ready,” continued Bontemps.
Mayor Sylvester Turner worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of Texas, and County Judge Ed Emmett to ensure that the City of Houston would administer its own housing recovery programs and that Houston got its fair share of recovery resources. The programs that launch later this year will be the first in more than $1 billion for housing recovery programming from Harvey.

Earlier this year, HCD convened 18 public meetings and conducted an online survey about Houstonians’ priorities for housing recovery. More than 800 people attended an in-person meeting, and an additional 700+ participated in the online survey.

Visit for updates on housing recovery programs.

Early voting underway for election

Early voting for the $2.5 billion Harris County Flood Control District bond election is currently underway and will continue through Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Election Day will be Saturday, Aug. 25 – the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey making landfall in the Houston area.

If approved by voters, the proposal would provide funding for multiple flood prevention projects in each of the county’s watersheds. All watersheds work together to improve the overall flood control for the Greater-Houston area.
More than 150 of these proposals are featured on an interactive map that can be viewed at Of these projects, at least five are connected to the local Clear Creek Watershed.

The estimated cost of improvements in the South Belt community is roughly $235 million.

Should the measure pass, the issuance of bonds would be spread over at least 10 to 15 years, and the expected tax increase for most homeowners in the district would be limited to 1.4 percent.

The actual timing of individual projects will depend on a variety of factors, including environmental permitting and right-of-way acquisition. Projects will be authorized individually for funding by Harris County Commissioners Court, based on recommendations from the Flood Control District.

Commissioners Court will vote on the final project list on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at its regularly scheduled meeting.

Nearby early voting locations include the Harris County annex at 10851 Scarsdale and Beamer; the east Harris County Activity Center at 7340 Spencer Highway in Pasadena; and the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane in the Clear Lake area.

Polling hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 10 and Aug. 13 through Aug. 14; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 through Aug. 18; 1 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 19; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 20 through Aug. 21.

To see a complete list of polling locations, visit

For additional information on the bond, visit or call 713-684-4107.

Swimming pools to close for season

Summer is coming to an end, and several local swimming pools are closing for the season.

The City of Houston’s Sagemont and Beverly Hills swimming pools closed daily operations on Sunday, Aug. 12. The pools will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays (and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3) from 1 to 8 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 3.

The Sageglen pool will remain open three weekends past Labor Day, closing Sunday, Sept. 30. Pool hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

All other remaining pools in the area will be open weekends only through Labor Day.

Riverstone Ranch pool hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (both locations); Ashley Pointe pool hours will be from noon to 8 p.m.; Clear Brook Meadows pool hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Highland Meadow pool hours are 3 to 8 p.m.


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