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LET US HELP. • PAIN MANAGEMENT • PHYSICAL THERAPY • WORK COMPENSATION • SPECIAL SERVICES One-Way Pairs project ACE Pain Management & Physical Therapy 1235 LAKE POINTE PARKWAY, SUITE 103 • SUGAR LAND, TX 77478 832-532-0050 • WWW.ACEPAIN.COM Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Fort Bend ISD raises teacher and staff salaries; adds over 450 new positions By Betsy Dolan The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved a $47.1 million plan that will boost starting teacher salaries, give teachers and staff raises and add over 450 new positions for the 2014-2015 school year. The move comes as the district strives to become more competitive with surrounding school districts in the Houston metro area and to prevent high turnover from teachers Rosenberg residents look at design plans for the controversial One-Way Pairs project that would turn sections with less than 10 years of of two major roads into one-way streets. experience. Starting teacher salaries will jump to $50,000 and experienced teachers will see a percentage increase on the teacher pay scale ranging from 4% to 8.6%. Teacher salaries will go up a bridge at State Highway 36 justified", Benton said. "Sixtybetween $2,214 to $4,147 By Betsy Dolan and U.S. 90A to cross over the nine businesses have left making the district a salary Dozens of Rosenberg Union Pacific railroad tracks. Highway 90 in 20 years and leader for teachers with 14 residents and business owners TxDOT says the current railroad businesses don't leave when you years of experience, according spoke out against the One-Way passes are not tall enough and see increased traffic". to Chief Financial Officer Pairs road project at a Texas there are no shoulders for safety. Some who spoke out Steven Bassett. Department of Transportation "I am in favor of this project", against the project said the "We worked to level the public hearing April 8 at Lamar said Richard Morrison, Fort congestion problems are from steps and make it affordable," Consolidated High School. Bend County Commissioner. semi-truck traffic and lights said Superintendent Charles Phase 1 would involve "The most important part of this that aren't synched properly. Dupre. "We got to level 16 but turning portions of U.S. 90A project is the triple-fork bridge Others worried that the change we couldn't go all the way to (Avenue H) and FM 1640 to help make a very dangerous in the roads would change the top this year. Our goal is to (Avenue I) into one-way streets. intersection safer. But we can't Rosenberg's small-town correct a few more steps every The change would convert the get to that part until we do atmosphere. year." four lanes of U.S. 90A one-way Phase 1". "I know things have to But Fort Bend Employees westbound and the four lanes of Opposition speaks out change but this is a very big Federation President Karrie FM 1640 one-way eastbound. Rosenberg City Councilman, deal and is not the best thing Washenfelder hoped the TxDOT contends that the Billy Benton, questioned the for Rosenberg," said one long- district would institute a rolling existing roads are not adequate safety argument, stating that time resident. " I feel like set of pay raises where teachers for the area's projected he has seen crash figures from TxDOT is trying really hard to population growth. A traffic TxDOT that show the area in sell us on this and if it is such volume study showed 29,772 question as being safer than the a great project it should stand cars moving through the SH intersection of U.S. 90A and on its own." 36 and U.S. 90A intersection Thompson Road (FM 762) in every day by 2015. The number Richmond. ONE-WAY PAIRS, continued on page 9 grows to 37,304, a jump of 25% "I think TxDOT has been By Elsa Maxey by 2035. hanging their hat on the safety The second phase calls for aspect and I don't think it is A ribbon cutting between Bellaire Blvd. and Westpark Tollway next to the Shops at Bella Terra between Sugar Land and Katy marks the opening of another toll overpass on By LeaAnne Klentzman By LeaAnne Klentzman desks inside what is known as Segment Just because it has Joint Clinic the clinic as As dawn broke Friday D of the Grand Parkway in the name does not mean it is a they prepared morning a deputy constable was in Fort Bend County. Colorado type dispensary. their takedown involved in a traffic accident The event last Friday, April One night last week a operation. with a teen on a bicycle near 11, featured a ceremonial stage CRIMINAL Rosenberg man wandered OF THE WEEK Eventually the Katy in north Fort Bend County. over then crashed on in to a posse entered the About 6:30 a.m., Friday Richmond Bone and Joint building and officers nabbed morning, a Precinct 3 Deputy Clinic. As the intruder wandered the intruder in the kitchen. A Constable was traveling around the building, the cleaning sho’nuf place where a Colorado south on Gaston Road at crew ratted him out, calling 911. type dispensary crook would be the intersection of Fry Road Classic Chevrolet’s Imagine his surprise when found. when a 9th grader from Seven annual competition he realized all that movement It was a tough lesson to Lakes High School, riding her outside the windows – an all learn… in Texas those joint bike to school, was hit by the turns out large crowd glass building totally illuminated clinics read Bone AND Joint Constable in the intersection. & winning teams from the inside - was not the clinic. A nurse was in one shrubs! Nothing like get’n busted on of the cars stopped at the By Elsa Maxey Yep, as police arrived they center stage with all the lights intersection and was able to surrounded the building, on… Smile, they were looking provide immediate medical Fifty great teams at the watching him loot offices and right at you, fool! attention. The girl was taken annual chili cook-off at Classic by air ambulance to Memorial Chevrolet Sugar Land on the Hermann with undisclosed Southwest Freeway served up injuries; her family was at some of the best chili in town. her side shortly thereafter. Just ask the judges - Fort Bend BE SURE TO CHECK No further information was County Commissioner James OUT THE SKEETERS available at press time regarding Patterson, Sugar Land Assistant BASEBALL SCHEDULE her injuries. Precinct 3 City Manager Steve Griffith, A supplement to pull out and Constable Rob Cook said, “Our Miss Sugar Land Mai Phan, save in this week’s Star. Brought to thoughts and prayers are with Buc-ee's Mascot, the Skeeter’s you by our faithful advertisers. this young lady and her family.” Swatson Mascot, Rosenberg The Star will be closed The Highway Patrol is Mayor Vincent Morales, Jr., Friday, April 18 in working the accident; the report observance of GOOD FRIDAY was not available at press time. RELAX, continued on page 9 Opposition speaks out against One-Way Pairs at public hearing DR. SURYA RAGUTHU Hours: Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm • Saturday 8am - 12pm Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website FortBendStar.com Volume XXXVI • No. 34 To schedule appointment, call: in different pay brackets get a raise each year over a five year period. "What my teachers have asked me to present to the board is that we give pay raises across the board--not a percentage--a set amount," Washenfelder said. "Whatever it takes to bring those young teachers to $50,000, we should give to everyone in this district--a flat pay raise across the board." Trustee Susan Hohnbaum took issue with a new increase in stipends for bi-lingual teachers from $3,000 to $4,000 per year stating that she has heard that some of the teachers are not as proficient in English as they should be and questioned why all bi-lingual teachers would be getting the stipend and not just the new hires. District staff said the increased stipends were necessary in a highly competitive market to attract and retain the best bi-lingual teachers. FBISD, continued on page 9 Citizens gather for public meeting on Stafford’s Comprehensive Development Plan By Karen Daniels While in office years ago, President Richard Nixon mandated that every city develop a master plan. In 1971, the first and only comprehensive plan for the City of Stafford was adopted. Back then, Stafford was mostly a farming community and Texas Instruments had just opened their doors. The annual budget was $361K, while today’s budget is $20M. Stafford’s population in 1971 was 3K compared to now at 18K. Mayor Scarcella said,” Over the next year and a half, these proposing ideas will take us to 2040. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from you.” Dan Sefco with Freese and Nichols, the engineering firm conducting the development plan, spoke of establishing new ideas and goals for the City. Long range plans will include recommendations for land use, parks, community livability, infrastructure, development standards and transportation. CITIZENS, continued on page 9 Non-stop US 59 to I-10 completed Last of Grand Parkway toll overpasses open Smile, they see you… DUMB Cyclist hit by deputy in front of the overpass, now open to southbound traffic from the Westpark Tollway/FM 1093 to U.S. 59. Northbound traffic can already travel from U.S. 59 to West Belfort, and a remaining northbound section between Bellaire and the Westpark Tollway is scheduled to open this week. “There are a lot of people who had a hand in making this project come to fruition,” said Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert at the ribbon cutting about the segment’s impending completion. “A very necessary improvement to traffic flow,” he said, as there will be no traffic lights on the road with the overpasses for EZ tag motorists traveling on the non-stop thoroughfare. This direct connection NON-STOP, continued on page 9 Relax, enjoy the chili This cute, yellow, quacking “duckie” is part of the cast of characters that celebrates the Easter season and here, it visits with Valentina (10), Emilia (8), Paula (5) and Daniela (5) Gomez, along with Camryn (4) and Sydnee (8) Johnson during the annual Chili Cook-Off at Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land benefiting the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association.