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The most recent dust up, involves Position 4 candidate Kristin Tassin, who recently did an interview with the local Fox News affiliate about the overcrowding situation at two Fort Bend ISD elementary schools. Tassin, also an FBISD steering committee member, agreed to speak to the affiliate after scheduling conflicts arose with other steering committee members. In the interview, Tassin's title was listed as “Fort Bend ISD School Board Candidate.” "She is not an employee, nor a spokesperson, nor a trustee. have 1,248 students next year and 1,500 the following year, double the building's capacity of 743. The district plans to build a new elementary school in Riverstone, but the construction will take two years. The district decided to cap the enrollment at Commonwealth for the next two years and new students will enroll at Austin Parkway Elementary which has been designated as an overflow campus. Colony Bend Elementary is on stand-by as a second elementary overflow campus if needed. The district initially wanted to move the fifth graders to Fort Settlement Middle School but parents objected. "We wanted to make sure we allowed enough room to allow siblings of current students to finish up at Commonwealth", Dr. Phillys Hill, Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership said. "New students will be directed to Austin Parkway as will any new children with dual residences". Hill reiterated that parents who currently have children attending Commonwealth and who have homes being built in Riverstone, need to provide proof of residence by June 6. Parents at Austin Parkway Elementary are concerned about what extra students might mean. "We do have some unused space in the portables, but I'm curious to know what "capacity" is. Is it a reasonable number of children per classroom or do we start talking about waivers to get more than 22 kids in a class", wrote one Austin Parkway parent on FBISD Concerns. VOTING, continued on page 3 Parents wary as Fort Bend ISD implements overcrowding plan  Popular faces in town, (l-r) Two local attorneys, Amy Mitchell and Caroline Kelley, High Tech Texan By Betsy Dolan Michael Garfield, Sharon Valiante in the public works industry,  Medical Spa Diva, Dr. Shelena Lalji (Dr. Shel), and friend enjoy themselves at the Fort Bend Chamber’s 2014 Sugar Land Food and Wine Fort Bend ISD has launched Affair. Visit for event highlights. plans alleviate severe overcrowding at two of its elementary schools located in high growth areas. Commonwealth Elementary, near Riverstone, and Oakland Elementary, in the northern part of the district, are currently over capacity with the situation getting worse every year, say district officials. Commonwealth is projected to Stafford hosts separate candidate forums for SMSD and City Council By Karen Daniels To provide information to the community about the candidates running for local office, the City of Stafford held two different candidate forums last Wednesday, Even on a Sunday? By LeaAnne Klentzman Even the Good Lord rested on Sunday! As the faithful gathered at CRIMINAL a Richmond OF THE WEEK area church one recent Sunday, a crook was out loot’n the parking lot. Makes ya’ wonder…where is the lightening when you need it? Seems this car burglar smashed out the window of at least one car parked in the church lot in DUMB EVEN, continued on page 4 April; 24, at the Stafford Civic Center. The first hour featured 4 of the 5 candidates running for SMSD Board of Trustees. Mike Guerra was unable to attend because of illness. (Opening and closing statements were read by moderator, Stewart Jacobson.) Two positions are up for reelection, but only one incumbent is running, so one new board member is guaranteed. SMSD Board of Trustees candidates; Christopher Caldwell: Excels at public speaking and debate. Currently earning his doctoral in education administration. 25 year educator. Has lived in Stafford for 17 years. Wants to increase “student success rate.” Three foundational cores are continuing education, STAFFORD, continued on page 3 Gang shooting at Sugar Land Walmart several rounds from a pistol were fired.” After the shots were On Saturday morning, just fired, the participants scattered. after 1 a.m., Sugar Land Police According to Adolph there was responded to a report of shots one gunshot victim that was fired in the parking lot of the taken to a local Sugar Land Walmart located at 345 State hospital by private auto. Highway 6, said Sugar Land According to law enforcement Police spokesman Doug Adolph. personnel, the victim was He said, “Police learned that a taken to Sugar Land Methodist group of 20-30 men in their late Hospital by associates that had teens to early 20s met for a fight. been at the shooting. Those During the confrontation, officers reported that the parking lot incident was gang related and the gangs were from Alief and Missouri City. The gunshot victim’s friends swarmed the Methodist Hospital emergency room trying to get their associate help. The unidentified victim reportedly A supplement to pull out suffered a gunshot wound in the and save in this week’s torso, possibly injuring his lungs. Star. Brought to you by Adolph said the case remains under investigation and no arrests our faithful advertisers. have been made. By LeaAnne Klentzman Be sure to check out the 55 Days of Summer 2014 Fort Bend’s lead continues as job and population growth standout By Elsa Maxey   A recently released report shows Fort Bend County leads the nation and all of Texas’ 254 counties in job growth, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  This is also consistent with its lead role in population growth. Fort Bend is part of the Houston metro area, and as such, PERCENT INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT September 2012-13 United States...........................1.7 Fort Bend, Texas......................6.0 Douglas, Colorado......................... 5.9 Brazos, Texas................................ 5.7 Lee, Florida................................... 5.2 Collier, Florida............................... 5.1 Placer, California........................... 5.0 Weld, Colorado.............................. 5.0 Elkhart, Indiana............................. 4.9 Denton, Texas............................... 4.9 Utah, Utah..................................... 4.9 FORT BEND’S, continued on page 4 PARENTS, continued on page 3 2014 Cinderella Ball slated for May 3 at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s 2014 Gala Committee is busy finalizing details for the 2014 Cinderella Ball. The event, which benefits Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s programs for children whose lives have been torn apart by abuse and neglect, will take place on May 3, at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Honorary Chairs for the event are Diana and John Null. Michele Fisher of The New 93Q is the emcee. Randolph Holford is the auctioneer. Shown (L to R) checking out some of the Gala goodies are Board President Brigit Engleman and Child Advocates of Fort Bend Events CINDERELLA BALL, continued on page 3 Specialist Lisa Moore. SOUTHWEST #1 SELLING OFFICE IN FORT BEND COUNTY Outstanding Agents • Outstanding Results Each Office Independently Owned & Operated Where Sellers and Buyers Come Together Since 1986 • 281-491-1776

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