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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.”

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.

Seabrook Rotary ClubSeabrook Rotary Club spun off “Rotary Books for the World” to be its own 501(c)3 charity, an International Service Project of Rotary International. They have shipped 290 containers of books (more than 11.5 million pounds), school furniture, mobility devices (such as wheelchairs), to 25 different countries.

pelican baySchool is out, summer is here, and it’s time to go swimming! Seabrook’s very own Pelican Bay Pool and Splashpad recently opened to a steady stream of crowds. “Opening day was crazy,” said Elissa Hutson, Manager of Pelican Bay. “We didn’t hit capacity, but as soon as one group of people left, another group came in.”

Residents of the City of Seabrook can show their driver’s license or Seabrook water bill to receive reduced residential pool rates. Pool entry fees for residents are $2 for individuals 17 years of age or younger, $4 for adults aged 18 to 64 and free for adults 65 and older. Non-resident rates are $6 for children 17 years old and younger and $8 for adults 18 years and older. Season passes can be purchased at City Hall for $25 for residents up to 64 years of age, and $150 for non-residents.

In addition to swimming and waterslides Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00am to 8:00pm, the pool is also hosting two dive-in movies this summer. Movie dates will be Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, August 13th from 8:00pm until the end of the movie.

The pool season runs until Saturday, August 27th. So make sure you grab your swimming suit, towel and sunscreen and head down to Seabrook’s Pelican Bay to have a great time before summer ends!

Tookies Hamburgers & More!

Everybody in the greater Clear Lake Area (and maybe beyond) knows when you want a really good burger, and onions rings or fried pickles, that can’t be matched by anyone, you go to Tookies! It’s still a mystery what people ate after the restaurant was flooded and ruined by 4ft. of water after Hurricane Ike! Tookies is a staple in the community, and was refurbished and repaired quickly back to its old self though, and it’s been business and burgers as usual ever since.

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