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At the May monthly Board meeting, the Clear Creek Independent School District welcomed two new stakeholder representatives to the Board of Trustees. Chris Reed, representing District 2, and Arturo Sanchez, representing District 3, were sworn in to their new positions before the start of the May 22 meeting. Reed was unopposed for the District 2 seat which was formerly occupied by Win Weber who chose not to seek reelection. Sanchez won the District 3 seat against incumbent Ken Baliker.

Chris Reed, District 2

A former U.S. Army military police officer and paratrooper, Chris Reed currently owns Chris Reed Consulting where he provides local government, business and executive security consulting services. He is also the interim chief of police for the City of Kemah. He brings with him leadership experience gained as City Manager of Nassau Bay and League City Assistant Chief of Police as well as through his service in supporting the missions of many non-profit organizations around the region including the Clear Creek Education Foundation and Communities in Schools and Hope Village, to name a few. Reed also founded the Houston Area Wrestling Foundation which provides athletic opportunities to economically disadvantaged youth in the area.

“I am looking forward to growing our relationships with other local governments and sharing resources to provide an excellent education in the most efficient way possible,” said Reed.

Reed’s leadership has been recognized through many awards including the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Texas’ 2012 Outstanding Local Leader by the Shepperd Leadership Institute of the University of Texas-Permian Basin, and was a finalist for the University of Houston Public Official of the Year in 2015. In 1993 Chris was awarded the Law Enforcement Purple Heart for being shot in the line of duty.

Reed is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Master of Science in criminal justice administration. He also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from LeTourneau University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Command College. Chris Reed has been married 26 years to his wife and a teacher in CCISD, Jana, and is the father of three children.

Arturo Sanchez, District 3

Arturo Sanchez works at NASA Johnson Space Center in the External Relations Office. As the director of Education and Workforce Development at Texas Instruments (TI) in Dallas from 2006-2012, he led TI's corporate K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs and investments, as well as managed regional strategic university relationships. Sanchez started his career at NASA in 2000, as a graduate cooperative education intern and held positions in education, equal opportunity programs, community and government relations, communications and outreach.

Sanchez volunteers at Brookwood Elementary School through the Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program and helping in the classroom of English Language Learners. Sanchez worked with school administration and staff as a parent representative to better understand how the Two-Way Immersion program was being implemented at other CCISD schools, before the program launched at Brookwood Elementary in 2017. He served on CCISD’s Citizen’s Facility Advisory Committee which examined and recommended prioritized capital projects to meet the District’s needs for the next three to five years, helping shape CCISD’s 2017 Bond.

He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M International University in Laredo and a Master of Public Service and Administration from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, at Texas A&M University in College Station. Arturo and his wife Jayme are proud parents of a kindergartner and third grader in CCISD.

“I am honored to serve as a trustee with a strong and experienced board,” said Sanchez. “As the son of a lifelong educator and parent of young elementary school students, my life and professional experiences have given me the chance to work as a strategic partner with public education.”

The City of Nassau Bay is being honored with a Playful City USA designation for the third year in a row. The Playful City USA program, facilitated by national nonprofit KaBOOM!, honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents.

“Maintaining and improving our green spaces and creating new play spaces is a priority for our City and we are proud to be recognized for these efforts. Public play spaces help create an engaged and connected community by encouraging people of all ages to be active, enjoy the outdoors, and socialize with their neighbors,” said Nassau Bay City Manager Jason Reynolds.

Nassau Bay is a waterfront community and all residents live within walking distance of a city park or green space with a variety of amenities. Along with the standard parks and amenities, Nassau Bay has a nature trail on the Peninsula Wildlife Reserve, a dog park, a boardwalk along Clear Creek, an art walk on the Town Square featuring interactive art sculptures, green space, and water feature - splash pad, and several garden areas with flowers, benches, and gazebos throughout the city.

The 2017 Playful City USA recognition includes 17 communities in Texas and a total of 258 communities across the United States that make it as easy as possible for kids to play. In total, these communities feature more than 14,000 safe and engaging playspaces that serve more than 4 million kids. “We are thrilled to recognize Nassau Bay for putting kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “The well-being of our communities starts with the well-being of our kids, and play is critical for them to thrive. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all kids get the childhood they deserve filled with play.”

To see the full list of Playful City USA communities and to learn more about making play the easy choice for kids, visit kaboom.org/playfulcityusa. To learn more about Nassau Bay, visit www.nassaubay.com.

After a nationwide search, College of the Mainland has named Michael McGee new executive director of human resources.

McGee has more than 20 years experience as a human resources officer with Houston ISD, Englewood ISD in San Antonio, and the U.S. Army.

They made history as kindergartners in the 2004-2005 school year, and thirteen years later they will come back together again to mark a new chapter in their lives as the first graduating class of the Clear Creek Independent School District’s Dual-Language Program. “The Dual Language Program not only honors the home language of the children but enriches their lives by bringing two different worlds together and broadens their horizons” said Michael Marquez, principal of McWhirter Elementary which is home to the first two-way immersion program in CCISD.

Now in its fourth year, 48 students to date have completed the San Jacinto College Energy Education and Career Corps (EECC) program thanks to support from $80,000 in grant funding from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Since 2013, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded an annual $20,000 workforce development and education grant to the College to help support 12 San Jacinto College engineering design graphics students selected for the EECC program. Each fall 12 students are selected through an application process to participate in the EECC program. Once accepted, students participate in paid engineering or drafting-related internships and complete at least 288 work-based learning hours as a requirement of their associate of applied science degree or technical certificate. Some of the objectives of the EECC program are to demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, and interpersonal and teamwork skills. Students also engage with employers by demonstrating professional written and verbal communication, using the terminology of the engineering/drafting industry and using reference materials to research standards for given drawings and assignments.

The City of League City is partnering with American Legion Post 554 to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country during a special Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 29 at Fairview Cemetery, 901 N. Kansas at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will feature a roll call of area servicemen and women who have died while in military service, presentation of the colors, and guest speakers including Mayor Pat Hallisey, American Legion Post 554 Commander Christopher Smith, and John Schoelkopf from Fairview Cemetery.

Nominations are now being accepted for annual awards for Distinguished Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) Alumni, CCISD Superstars and the Dennis Johnson Memorial Small Business Award. Recipients are selected by the Clear Creek Education Foundation.

University of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus broke ground on a three-story, $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building that will allow expansion of programs in nursing and other healthcare careers. Scheduled to open spring 2019, the facility will eventually include a satellite operation of UHCL’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Construction was made possible by a bill passed in the 2015 Texas Legislature, championed by state Sen. Larry Taylor and state Rep. Ed Thompson with support from Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and Pearland Economic Development Corporation.

Galveston College will be offering a new version of its Kid’s College programs this summer.

Courses for students ages 8 through 14 include Minecraft Designers, App Attack, Design Your Own 3D Video Game, Private Lessons in Guitar and Ukulele, and Cupcake Crazies. Minecraft Designers, App Attack and Design Your Own 3D Video Game courses are offered in June and July at a cost of $129 each. Guitar and Ukulele Instruction begins May 19 and runs through August 10 at a cost of $99. Cupcake Crazies is offered in June and July at a cost of $99. For full details and to register for these classes call 409-944-1344 or go to gc.edu/kids.

Thirteen College of the Mainland theatre majors are now armed with certifications in single sword fighting after excelling May 4 on double-edged tests.

Yes, there is a national certificate—issued by the Society of American Fight Directors—for actors who train in sword fighting on the stage or in the movies.