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See DAILY news updates: The Fort Bend / Southwest STAR Search 1,000’s of new and used autos online 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477 E-Mail: • Website: Office: 281-690-4200 • Fax: 281-690-4250 • TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7478 Volume XXXIV • No. 45 Family Owned and Locally Operated • An Official Fort Bend County Newspaper Despite criticism, Fort Bend ISD’s Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Grown Up Spelling Bee iAchieve program moving forward bond referendum to purchase technology equipment including The first phase of Fort Bend iPads and iCartes was the first ISD's iAchieve program, also of two iAchieve agenda items known as the iPad program, is set discussed. Bailey and Rosenthal to roll out in September, despite argued that the almost $300 a push by two of the school million bond referendum board's newest members to scrap stipulated that the bulk of the the program altogether. Dave money was to be used for long Rosenthal and Jenny Bailey, who term projects like land purchases, beat incumbents Cynthia Lenton- new construction and school Gary and Marilyn Glover in May repairs. Technology spending and ran their campaigns largely was earmarked for $19.5 million. on opposition to the iAchieve They took issue with the BOT program, cast dissenting votes on decision in February 2012 to an issue related to funding of the use remaining bond money and program at the June 11 meeting. interest to fund the iAchieve That issue, whether to use program when district projections $10 million dollars in remaining indicate the need for investment funds and interest from the 2003 in infrastructure. "We've heard the projections calling for explosive growth, especially in Sienna and Riverstone," Rosenthal said. "At some point there are going to have to be schools built and when people remember that we used bond money for iPads they're not going to approve a new bond measure." Bailey argued that with economic uncertainty and the unlikelihood of a new bond measure being approved by voters, the remaining bond funds should be kept in reserve, not spent on "items with a short life span like iPads." BOT member, Bruce Albright, expressed his concerns that abandoning the iAchieve program now would not be fiscally responsible. The district has already purchased 6,500 iPads, 73 teachers and writers are working on curriculum items, proffered by County Judge and extensive preparations By LeaAnne Klentzman Bob Herbert, is the enactment of are underway to implement Protecting the taxpayer’s Texas Government Code 130.908 iAchieve's first phase, also money is the job of which is the Court’s approval of called Wave 1, at 14 schools Commissioner’s Court, and this Spending by Certain County and in September. In addition, week they appear to have stepped Precinct Officers once they have some federal funds received up to the plate. That being said, spent over the prescribed amount. by the district may have to be it will take close monitoring to That prescribed amount will be refunded should the program make sure they really do hold identified during Commissioner’s be dismantled, according to the Lame Ducks accountable. Court and is expected to be administration. In 1991 the Texas Legislature $5,000 cumulative. The motion to cease funding created what is commonly The item summary on the for the project failed as five known as the Lame Duck Court’s agenda identifies it as, trustees voted against the Expenditures statute; it has been “Take all appropriate action to set motion. Only Rosenthal and modified several times, the last the amount for any expenditures Bailey voted in favor. The in 2003. What it does is protect made without advance approval two trustees withdrew another the taxpayers from Lame Duck of Commissioners Court by motion to temporarily suspend politicians being able to throw incumbent county or precinct the iAchieve initiative after away their agency assets after officers who are not renominated the board agreed to present a losing and election. or reelected to the county or report on the implementation Hence, as one of this week’s of Wave 1, before proceeding KEEPING, continued on page 7 Commissioner’s Court agenda with Wave 2. By Betsy Dolan Keeping tabs on lame duck’s expenditures Have you heard the newzzzz?!  The bees are buzzing around Fort Bend County as the Literacy Council’s 3rd Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee is quickly approaching!  The Grown-Up Spelling Bee is a corporatestyle luncheon that will take place on Friday, August 24, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the University of Houston-Sugar Land. Don’t “Bee” a “Humble Bee;” “Bee” a “Bumble Bee” and grab two of your co-workers, friends or family members to join the fun as participants in our Bee. Kevin Gardner and Crissy Nolen are the King and Queen Bees, or Co-Chairs, of the 3rd Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee. For more information, please visit our website, or contact the Literacy Council at 281.240.8181.  We hope to see you at the Bee on Friday, August 24, 2012! State and local candidates in upcoming runoffs next month Runoff Election in Fort Bend County set for July 31st. Not all In a little over a month, the the races to take place November candidates from the May 29th 2012 will appear on next month’s primary election for both the ballot, but only those where there Republican and Democratic was no clear majority win, which parties that did not garner a is why the runoff is necessary. majority vote margin will be back Be prepared to see several state on a ballot. This is for the Primary offices listed on those runoffs. For By Elsa Maxey Stafford council hears Main Event Entertainment plans By Karen Daniels If you've shopped recently at The Fountains by the Southwest Freeway, no doubt you've noticed a vacancy left by The Room Store and Saks Off 5th's departure. At last week's Stafford City Council meeting, representatives of Main Event Strike a Pose for Autism Entertainment were there to request a Special Use Permit for their amusement arcade which will be built within these two spaces. Inside the 55,000 square foot area will be state-of-theart open bowling lanes, laser tag, 115 arcade games, billiard the Republicans, these include the race for U.S. Senator between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz to determine the candidate that will run against the one winning the runoff Democratic Primary. For the Dems, it could be either Paul Sadler or Grady Yarborough, both running against each other in that primary runoff next month. Other runoff races on the Republican ticket include two for Railroad Commissioner, a race for Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Place 4, and then STAFFORD, continued on page 7 STATE, continued on page 7 Click it or Ticket By LeaAnne Klentzman Don’t say you’ve never been warned! L u r k i n g around the corner CRIMINAL and along the OF THE WEEK streets … are the Sugar Land police…they are watching for seatbelt violators and are happy to announce it! Yep, they sent out a press release tell’n everyone – Yo! Click it or Ticket… DUMB Proposed elevation rendering Missouri City and Stafford work together to build new animal shelter Bailee Coward It is that time of year again! Hope for Three is now accepting photos for the 2013 calendar “The Many Faces of Autism.” The Calendar, which is in its second year, will feature an extraordinary compilation of unique children on the autism spectrum. One hundred percent of the funds generated from the sale of this calendar will benefit families in need of assistance to obtain treatment and services they might not otherwise afford. Hope for Three is a local non-profit that began its journey in 2011. Its mission is to raise community awareness and provide assistance to families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and the many challenges of the disorder. Pictured is four year old Bailee Coward of Sugar Land who reigns as the 2012 inaugural cover calendar winner. For information on how you can submit your friend or family member striking a pose for autism, visit http:// or call 1-800-317-0787. By Betsy Dolan After a few stops and starts, construction is set to begin in July for a new animal shelter that will serve both Missouri City and Stafford. The 2,660 square foot, fully enclosed and climate controlled facility will cost almost $700,000 and will be located off of Scanlin Road in the Missouri City Hall Complex. The new shelter is one of the Capital JUST ANNOUNCED... CHANDLER PARSONS IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR! or call 832-392-0749 Improvement Projects approved June 18 as part of Missouri City's Fiscal Year 2013 budget. "The new shelter is being built to meet the growing intake population of dogs and cats for both Missouri City and Stafford," said Sharon Valiante, Assistant Director of Public Works for Missouri City. "We hope the new animal shelter will create an ANIMAL, continued on page 7 SUMMER CAMP Sugar Land, Imperial Park Rec. Center July 9-13, 2012 TICKET, continued on page 7 The Fort Bend Star will be closed next Wednesday, July 4, all deadlines are early Friday. 4th of July Celebration

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