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Despite stalled talks with Fort Bend County over how to navigate oversight of the reinternment of 95 sets of remains discovered at the James Reese Career and Technical Center construction site last year, Fort Bend ISD is moving ahead with Construction workers shovel dirt recently at Fort Bend a plan to give the “Sugar ISD's James Reese Career and Technical Center, where the remains of 95 African Americans were discovered last Land 95” a final resting place. year. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

“There have been multiple meetings in the last few weeks, and there is one this week,” FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre said. “We’re trying to negotiate with (the county) in good faith, and in a way that respects where we’ve been and where we’re going.” Meanwhile, the district is in the process of presenting a finalized contract to the board of trustees to move ahead

with a memorial service that would complete the reinternment of the “Sugar Land 95,” who are African Americans believed to have been part of Texas’ convict-leasing program that was in operation until 1911. Their remains were discovered last year, when FBISD began construction of its new career and technical building.

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Suspects could be connected to other incidents From Staff Reports

Police have arrested two men in connection with burglaries in the Sugar Land area last month, and authorities believe the suspects could be connected to similar incidents in Fort

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An instructor at Fort Bend ISD's Willowridge High School demonstrates how to implement data-driven instruction during a May 15 seminar. The district will be impacted by several lesgislative changes, which Superintendent Charles Dupre will discuss at an upcoming State of Schools address. (Photo from FBISD Facebook)

School leaders to discuss changes, challenges at annual address By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Robert Bostic and Charles Dupre oversee more than 80,000 students between them. The two area superintendents – Bostic for Stafford MSD and Dupre for Fort Bend ISD – are aware of the challenges facing public education in light of a growing county and student population. And they seek to improve the quality of their students’ lives and education. Bostic and Dupre will be part of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of Schools address Oct. 2 at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond, where they will discuss their shortand long-term goals as well as the challenges facing their districts. In FBISD, a nearly $1 billion bond and subsequent

projects involving technological upgrades and new construction are the impetus behind excitement for the district as it strives to accommodate a growing student population that is expected to reach nearly 86,000 by 2027. Dupre also will be discussing the impact of House Bill 3 – which requires school districts and open enrollment charter schools to increase salaries for certain staff – as well as other legislative actions from the recent session impacting public education in Fort Bend County. Stafford MSD’s optimism for the future centers in large part around an impending STEM school for grades 38, which it plans to open in time for the 2021-22 school year. Status quo won’t cut it Both districts are mirror images of Fort Bend Coun-

Stafford MSD students work in the computer lab. The district is in the midst of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) revolution in efforts to keep up with evolving trends in student preparation. (Photo from SMSD Facebook)

ty, constantly growing and evolving. To keep up with demand, both FBISD and SMSD have moved or are prepared to move forward with several new projects aimed at creating an environment more conducive to

serving its students. As part of a $992.6 million bond passed in 2018, FBISD dedicated $142.6 million to technological advancements, such as rolling out technology – laptops, tablets and other smart devices – in

every classroom in the district. Dupre said about half the district’s schools will have those implemented during

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Marlee’s Smile in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during September. Both ASCF and Marlee’s Smile were founded by Sienna residents. Missy Amschwand Bellinger co-founded ASCF in honor of her husband, Tom Amschwand, who died at age 30 from sarcoma. The nonprofit provides tangible sup-

port to families affected by cancer. Marlee’s Smile was the wish of 12-year-old Marlee Pack, who battled rhabdomyosarcoma for four years before succumbing to the cancer in February. During her fight, Pack organized efforts to give oncol-

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Sienna has launched the Go Gold Home Tour to highlight Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for two area charities. (Contributed photo)


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Houston Methodist Sugar Land surgeons perform Fort Bend first From Staff Reports

A cardiovascular surgeon and interventional cardiologist at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently completed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure in Fort Bend County. On Sept. 5, Dr. Marvin D. Atkins, Jr. and Dr. Michael H. Koo performed

the surgery on a 74-yearold patient suffering from aortic valve stenosis, a narrowing of the valve that obstructs blood flow. According to the hospital, the operation marked the first major achievement of the new Houston Methodist Valve Clinic at Sugar Land, which opened in April after a recent decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand it to

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Richmond man sentenced FBISD launches literacy initiative for aggravated assault From Staff Reports

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Fort Bend County man Derrick Damon Blakes was sentenced to five years in prison Aug. 23 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a September 2017 incident in Richmond, according to the district attorney’s office. Blakes was convicted in May and must serve at least half of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

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Sugar Land, Houston working together for mutual benefit It has been said that the federal government has all the money, states have all the power and cities have all the problems. This is somewhat along the lines of the chat between Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner last week. The two mayors met and were seated in front of an audience in two comfy, club chairs at a Sept. 3 event organized by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Relations Division in the conference center of the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel on City Walk. Mayors Turner and Zimmerman were candid about issues affecting the neighboring cities. Of concern to them is the bureaucratic process involved in getting things accomplished. That’s the federal level speak, and as for the state level, there seems to be clashing ground between cities in Texas and the state, more publicly apparent with respect to the overriding of a local regulation not that long ago. Point of reference – repealing of a Sugar Land

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ordinance on the use of mobile devices, preempted by the state legislature by a differing enacted law. Hurricane Harvey, said the mayors, brought people in the geographic region together, generous people from Fort Bend, Harris counties and beyond. It’s now been more than two years since Harvey dumped flooded the Houston area, and there are still people living in homes that need repair and reconstruction. Reimbursement money that is funneled to communities has taken a while, and that has left people complaining. It will be “another nine months before dollars are available for infrastructure,” Turner said. The process for the local resources needed is slow, they both agreed, as is the

case for streamlining the process itself for acquiring those resources. The fact these two neighboring cities have a history of working together, with both Turner and Zimmerman on the same side, is a good thing. They have done it with legislative issues impacting their respective cities. Typically, local governments compete with each other for dollars from the feds and the state for serving the needs of their residents. But when cities work together, like in this region, they can jointly reach their desired, mutually beneficial goals. The regional economy is important to both cities as noted by the mayors, with shared values on connectivity for mobility in an area expected to continue to experience growth. Providing city services is the natural result of annexation addressed by Zimmerman in relation to New Territory and Greatwood, the latter of which brought Sugar Land’s population to 117,869 in 2018. It is now estimated to be 118,118. The same level of services for city residents is needed to accomplish

an annexation process, Zimmerman said, like the provision of water. “The city is required to plan for future needs,” he said, and these needs are adjusted based on population projections. Houston will apparently be complementing Fort Bend County’s water needs as a result of building a reservoir, which Turner said he intends to accomplish during his tenure. “Essential to Fort Bend,” too, said Turner, who said water rights are needed to meet the overall needs of Houston and the region. Those needs translate into population growth, with Turner saying “close to 4 million more people will move here” between now and 2040. Highlights at the joint mayor event included state push-back on the proposed

Allens Creek water reservoir near the Brazos River and the Grand Parkway segment completions, the upcoming Houston Open in 2020 at Memorial Park involving renovation of the golf course to be one of the best public courses in the country, and one of Sugar Land’s signature parks, the Cullinan Park Conservancy at Oyster Creek, all undertakings impacting the two cities. Zimmerman said Cullinan Park, annexed by the city, is not only for Sugar Land residents but also for Houston. “Money was raised for improvements” by the private sector, he said, which is filling the gap for both cities. On the books of things to come is a two-lane HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane from Houston to Fort

Bend along with transportation work toward Missouri City, the West Belfort area, 90A and the metro service area. Benefits for Fort Bend are good for Houston and vice versa, Turner said. Sugar Land and Houston have apparently decided that working together is preferable to struggling with efforts to have projects come to fruition separately. “The region is strengthened by things Fort Bend has done,” Turner said. “Sugar Land is a strong hold and a strong part of the reason things are developing the way they are.” Zimmerman’s comment at the onset of the event said it so well. “We talk about what we agree on and work together to get it done,” he said.

Jacobson to hold town hall meeting From Staff Reports

Sugar Land City Council member Stewart Jacobson, who represents District 3, will host a town hall meeting for constituents from

6-8 p.m. Monday at the Clyde and Nancy Jacks Conference Center at 3232 Austin Pkwy. in Sugar Land. Presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a questionand-answer session will

follow. Planned topics of discussion include crime statistics, the upcoming Nov. 5 general obligation bond election and updates on area engineering projects.

Correction A column in last week’s edition incorrectly reported the date when the Sugar Land City Council will vote on a proposed property tax increase related to its operating budget, as well

as the rate of the proposed increase and the projected impact on this year’s tax bill. The vote is scheduled for Sept. 17, the proposed rate increase is 1.4 cents per $100 valuation and,

factoring in a 2 percent increase to the residential homestead exemption, tax bills would increase by about $24 for a home valued at $375,000. The Star regrets the errors.

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City’s rate for the 2019 fiscal year. There will be public meetings 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at 1522 Texas Pkwy., where residents can

voice feedback to the council. “The proposed rate will result in approximately $44,076,188 in tax revenue for the year. Of this amount, $29,783,986 will be allocated to revenue for the general fund, $3,843,696 will be transferred to tax increment reinvestment zone funds, and the remaining $10,448,506 will be allocated to the debt service fund,” City Manager Anthony Snipes said in a release from the city.

state legislature and U.S. Rep. Al Green to celebrate the passage of House Bill 4179, which amended a state statute to allow Fort Bend County to own and operate a cemetery. “There’s multiple pieces to this. Whether or not they take the cemetery, we still at least want to partner with them for the memorial park by giving them the land for all that they need,” Dupre said. “It’s my hope that we can all work together and they will take possession of the cemetery. A lot of people in our community – and at the Capitol – worked hard to make it possible for them to do that.” The county wants the reinternment process to have more oversight from the court system. George said the best way to honor the “Sugar Land 95” is to take the necessary time and precaution the legal system requires. “To do so properly, we

must seek the judiciary’s impartial and transparent opinion to guide our actions,” he said. “I have tremendous respect for our courts, and we must allow them to provide oversight during this process. There is no room for error when it comes to the right side of history.” Dupre said time is of the essence and that FBISD has no desire to take the issue back to court. So he said the district could seek a nonprofit partner to own, operate and maintain the cemetery. “We’ve dismissed the lawsuit, and we’re moving forward with reinterring the bodies. The remains have already been above ground too long – we need to get them back as soon as possible,” Dupre said. “… In the end, whatever we spend on a memorial service would be dollars well spent, because of the life and memories of these individuals we’re honoring.”

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Missouri City residents will have multiple chances to make their voices heard regarding the city’s proposed property tax rate. During a Sept. 3 meeting, Missouri City Council members unanimously approved a 2019 proposed tax rate of $0.63 per $100 valuation for the fiscal year 2020 budget year. The proposed tax rate is the same as Missouri

★ SUGAR LAND 95, FROM PAGE 1 The district’s proposal, which would be voted on during the Sept. 23 board meeting, outlines plans for an early November memorial service that would return the bodies to rest even if an agreement cannot be reached with Fort Bend County, according to Dupre. A state law passed this year gave the county the authority to own and operate a cemetery. FBISD said in July that it had reached an interlocal agreement with the county to transfer the land and would provide an additional 10 acres for a memorial park and pay the county $1 million to help cover costs associated with reinterring the remains. However, County Judge KP George said last month that an agreement had not been reached, because the district pulled out from its $1 million commitment and had not been negotiating in good faith. “The Sugar Land 95 toiled under unthinkable working conditions that cost them their lives, and it is imperative that what we do now is done correctly,” George said in a statement. Discussions between the county and FBISD have been ongoing throughout the summer and into the school year. During negotiations, Dupre said the county suggested reinterring the bodies – so that’s what the district is doing. “In the end, the question the county is going to need to ask and answer is whether they’re willing to accept the cemetery into their possession so that they can maintain it into perpetuity,” Dupre said. “That’s the heart of the issue.” Dupre said he is still hopeful a partnership can be struck between the school district and county, a concept that has had both community and legislative support. In June, school district leaders joined with elected officials from the county, the

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“This child showed great courage in coming forward and telling someone about the sexual abuse. It is because of this child that Calvin Alley will not be able to harm any other children.” Alley will be eligible for probation, according to the district attorney’s office. “Holding Alley accountable for his crimes would not have been possible without the courage of this child and the support her family provided her,” Rudoff said. “We are so proud of her and her family.”

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Sugar Land resident Calvin Ray Alley, 43, pled guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to consecutive 20-year prison terms Aug. 30, according to the Fort Bend County district attorney’s office. Prosecutors Melissa Muñoz and Jenna Rudoff said Alley engaged in sexual conduct with a 12-year-old female in Sugar Land in 2017. The child disclosed the sexual abuse to a rela-

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PUBLIC NOTICE OF TEST OF AUTOMATIC TABULATING EQUIPMENT AVISO PUBLICO DE PROBAR EL EQUIPO TABULAR AUTOMATICAMENTE Notice is hereby given that the automatic tabulating equipment that will be used in the General & Special Election to be held on November 5, 2019 and by local political subdivisions, for whom Fort Bend County is conducting elections, will be tested on September 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Fort Bend County Elections Department, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Texas. The purpose of the test is to ascertain that it will accurately count the votes cast for all offices and on all measures being tabulated on behalf of those jurisdictions Por lo presente se da aviso que el equipo para tabular automáticamente que se usará en la Elección General y Especial el 5 de Noviembre de 2019, y por subdivisiones políticos para quien el Condado de Fort Bend está llevando a cabo las elecciones, se probara el 18 de Septiembre del 2019 a las 9:00 a.m. en el Departamento de Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Texas. El propósito de la prueba es determinar que se con precisión los votos emitidos para todos los oficiales y sobre todas las medidas que se tabulan en nombre de las jurisdicciones. /s/ John Oldham Fort Bend County Elections Administrator Administrador de Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend

WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District No. 3 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at the offices of Sienna Plantation Residential Association, Inc., 9600 Scanlan Trace, Missouri City, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

D. Trull, B. Wolf, K. Bender, J. Browne, & M. Parsons

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None

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The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

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$346,549

$342,810

Tax on average residence homestead

$ 1,767.40

$1,748.33

General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions)

Annual decrease in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted

-$19.07

And percentage of decrease

-1.0790%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

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Last weekend was a fruitful one for Fort Bend County high schools, with eight of the 12 teams in the area scoring victories. Nearly half of Fort Bend ISD’s 11 squads remain undefeated heading into Week 3, while all but two have recorded at least one win. Clements got off the mat with a 49-0 victory over Spring Woods to square its record at 1-1, while Bush, Elkins, Kempner, Marshall and Travis improved to 2-0. Willowridge defeated Sterling 78-7 to even its record at 1-1, while Dulles and Ridge Point each lost to fall to 1-1. Stafford, Austin and Hightower, meanwhile, each dropped its second consecutive game to start the season. Several performances stood out that powered area teams – most notably from tailbacks Issiah Nixon (Elkins), Charles Alia (Kempner) and Pierre Djunga (Clements) along with receiver and Texas A&M commit Troy Omeire (Austin). Djunga’s exploits lead Rangers past Spring Woods Pierre Djunga had lofty expectations to live up to after a 2018 season that saw him rush for 769 yards and seven touch-

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7 Bush 19, Langham Creek 2 Sept. 6 Kempner 35, Alvin 0 Clements 49, Spring Woods 0 Marshall 19, Hightower 0 Elkins 42, Sterling 9 Port Lavaca Calhoun 63, Stafford 14

Austin quarterback Braeden Abboud, background, prepares to release a pass during the Bulldogs’ Sept. 7 game against Mayde Creek at Legacy Stadium in Katy. Austin fell 24-21 to the Rams. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann) Austin’s Avery Hughes (4), Jeremiah Sutton (59) and Nathan Casas combine to jar the ball loose from Mayde Creek’s Julius Loughridge during their Sept. 7 game at Legacy Stadium.

downs. He has followed that up with a strong start to 2019, including a 113-yard, three-touchdown performance last week against Spring Woods. After amassing seven touchdowns last season, the senior running back already has hit pay dirt five times in the Rangers’ first two games this year. “(Djunga) is just able to make a play sometimes out of nothing. Our offensive line had a great game creating the path for almost 300 total rushing yards,” Clements head coach Bobby Darnell said. “He continues to do anything we ask of him whether it is blocking, catching or running.”

Cougars, Alia thrash Alvin Senior fullback Charles Alia amassed 144 yards on just 14 carries for Kempner’s runheavy attack as the Cougars improved to 2-0 by stomping the Yellow Jackets 35-0. This was on the heels of Jaden Hannah’s 114-yard performance against Pasadena Memorial the previous week. Head coach Darrin Andrus said Alia’s physicality was key to the performance, along with strong offensive line play. “Charles has a lot of ability and did a really good job of hitting the holes hard and running through tacklers,” Andrus said.

Francisco Leonel TapiaMarrero and 36-year-old Andres Mauricio Vallecilla-Sinisterra were arrested Aug. 30 and charged with Burglary of a Habitation.Police also received Immigration

and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds on both suspects, meaning they could be deported. FBCSO said deputies responded to a burglary in progress shortly before 8 p.m. Aug. 30,

Nixon powers Knights to 2-0 start Nixon may already have his college choice in mind, but Elkins’ senior tailback has yet to show any complacency early. Nixon, a Texas State commit, has come out of the gate strong with back-to-back 100-yard efforts as the Knights have surged to a 2-0 start with victories over Brazoswood and Sterling. His latest exploits included a 177-yard performance with a touchdown against Sterling on just 11 touches. Omeire strong for Austin despite heartbreaking loss when they say the suspects broke into a store through a rear window in the 4100 block of Sandstone Bend Lane in Sugar Land. The suspects were arrested a short time later,

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Following a thrashing at the hands of Tompkins in Week 1, the Austin Bulldogs thought they might even their ledger against Mayde Creek this week before a last-minute field goal resulted in a 24-21 defeat Saturday night at Legacy Stadium in Katy Austin lost despite the best efforts of its star wide receiver. Omeire’s 44-yard scoring reception from sophomore quarterback Braeden Abboud pulled the Bulldogs and Rams even at 14-14 in the middle of the second quarter. It was part of a six-catch, 93-yard performance for Omeire, a senior and Texas A&M commit. Below is the scoreboard for games involving area teams and next week’s schedule for area schools.

“The offensive line did a really good job of knowing their assignments and staying on blocks, which allowed Charles to do some good things.”

11 Willowridge 78, Westbury 7 This Week’s Games Thursday Clements at Katy Paetow, 6 p.m. Elkins vs. Chavez, 7 p.m. Marshall at Milby, 7 p.m. Friday Austin at Seven Lakes, 7 p.m. Dulles at Hightower, 7 p.m. Kempner at Alief Hastings, 7 p.m. Ridge Point at Dekaney, 7 p.m. Travis vs. Spring, 7 p.m. Stafford vs. Bellville, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Bush vs. Alief Taylor, 6 p.m.

according to police. FBCSO said detectives believe the two suspects are involved in similar burglaries in Sienna Plantation and Riverstone dating back to mid-July.

“I feel confident these cases will be cleared by the pair’s arrest,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said in a statement. “This is great work by our patrol deputies and detectives.”

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Margarita & First Responder Monday: Discounted margaritas; free tickets for Military & First Responders with proper ID Silver Skeeters Tuesday: Free game ticket with purchase of Silver Skeeters Membership (55+) Dollar Dog / White Claw Wednesday: Dollar hot dogs; discounted White Claws Thirsty Thursday: $2 beer and sodas Fireworks Friday: Postgame fireworks shows Saturday Giveaway / Concert: Giveaways or a postgame concert Sunday Funday: Autographs, pregame catch on the field, postgame Kids Run the Bases (Dr. Larry Caldwell)

September Promotions 1 Sunday Funday 3 Silver Skeeters Tuesday (Advanced Hearing Center) 4 Dollar Dog Wednesday / White Claw Wednesday 5 Thirsty Thursday 17 Silver Skeeters Tuesday (Advanced Hearing Center) 18 Dollar Dog Wednesday / White Claw Wednesday 19 Bark in the Park 20 Fireworks 21 Faith & Family Night (Christ Church Sugar Land) 22 Fan Appreciation Day / Sunday Funday

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Just Ducky!

After beating York, Skeeters swept by Ducks By Joe Southern FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

The Sugar Land Skeeters battled back to within one game of the York Revolution in the second-half standings during their three-game series at Constellation Field last week, only to run into a buzz saw on the road over the weekend against the Long Island Ducks. The Ducks, who are 7848 overall this year, lead the Atlantic League in the second half at 35-21 and are riding a 10-game win streak. They swept Sugar Land (65-61 overall) in three games, sending the Skeeters on a four-game skid. That comes on the heels of a five-game win streak that saw the Skeeters take two of three from York, including a 12-inning marathon Wednesday night that lasted 4 hours, 38 minutes, making it the

★ GOLD, FROM PAGE 1 ogy patients Build-A-Bear stuffed animals to brighten their day. The charity continues to provide teddy bears to children with cancer and their siblings. During September, residents can pick up free Go Gold yard signs at any of 10 models in Sienna’s Heritage Park model home park or purchase yard signs for a minimum $10 donation. People can also nominate homes within Sienna to be “gold rushed” for a minimum $20 donation. Volunteers with ASCF will

for the walk-off win, including a grand slam. On a high note for the Skeeters, Denis Phipps has hit 21 home runs, which leads the team and is thirdmost in the Atlantic League this season. He is three shy of his personal record and just six dingers away from tying the Skeeters home run record of 27 set by Jeremy Barfield in 2016.

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Sugar Land's Wynton Bernard, left, beats a throw back to first base as York’s Telvin Nash makes the catch during the Skeeters' 10-8 loss to the Revolution on Sept. 5 at Constellation Field. (Photo by Joe Southern)

league’s longest game of the season. After Friday’s game was postponed, the Skeeters and Ducks played a doubleheader on Saturday. Sugar Land opened the first game with four runs in the first

inning, but the Ducks came back with six runs. In the second game, the Skeeters trailed 6-1going into the seventh inning of the shortened game, but a fourrun rally wasn’t enough to come back. On Sunday, the Skeeters held a 4-1 lead going into

place 15 yellow ribbons in the yard of the person nominated, who will then have the opportunity to suggest another Sienna yard to be decorated. “We want the neighborhood of Sienna to be an example to others as to what grassroots awareness efforts can achieve in terms of creating awareness for childhood cancer,” said 11-year Sienna resident Monica Agostinell, ASCF’s chief executive. As part of the campaign, Sienna will donate $25 for each selfie shot in a Heritage Park model home and posted with

hashtags #GoGold and #SiennaGivesBack to the community’s Facebook page this month. There will be a bonus $5 added for each person in the photo wearing a Go Gold T-shirt, available at siennatx.com. Sienna also donated $5,200 from its November Sip & Stroll event to the cause last year. For more information about the ASCF, visit cancerfamilies.org. To learn more about Marlee’s Smile, visit marleessmile.org. Details on Sienna’s Go Gold home tour can be found at siennatx.com/ gold.

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the ninth when the Ducks exploded with seven runs

Transactions The Skeeters placed pitcher Kevin Comer on the seven-day injured list. Upcoming The Skeeters are on the road playing the Somerset Patriots for three games and the New Britain Bees

for four. They return to Constellation Field on Sept. 17 for the final home stand of the regular season with three games against the Patriots and three with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The Skeeters host the first two games of the Freedom Division Championship Series on Sept. 24-25. Skeeter of the Week Rico Noel has only played in 47 games this season and racked up 45 stolen bases, second-most in the league. He leads the Skeeters in that category and is just 10 shy of the team record. The Skeeters lead the league in stolen bases with 188.

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WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

The Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on September 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm at 2331 South Main, Stafford, TX 77477. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2 – Defined Area No. 1 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on September 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm at 2331 South Main, Stafford, TX 77477. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the water district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. However, Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2 does not levy any maintenance and operation tax so its tax levy is not subject to rollback.

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the water district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. There were no residential homesteads on January 1, 2018 or January 1, 2019, therefore the tax that would have been imposed on residential homesteads is $0.00.


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★ LEARNING, FROM PAGE 1 Phase 1 this year, with the rest to follow. “That’s a huge gamechanger, because technology is a valuable tool,” he said. “It won’t replace the teachers, but our teachers are using it as a tool for more effective instruction.” More than $400 million from the 2018 bond was dedicated to ongoing and future construction projects aimed at improving facilities and mitigating overcrowding issues as FBISD continues to grow, according to Dupre. Meadows Elementary is in the process of being rebuilt, while the FBISD board has already approved schematic designs for a 12th high school and is set to vote on plans for Lakeview Elementary’s renovation and a new middle school in the coming weeks. “We’re in a season now

Stafford MSD students work on a science project. SMSD plans to open a STEM school in 2021-22. (Photo from SMSD Facebook)

where we’re tearing down and rebuilding some of our oldest schools while building new schools to address enrollment growth,” Dupre said. As soon as Bostic took over at Stafford MSD in 2014, he said he saw the potential for growth. “We had a vision of shaping this district for the future five years ago, and today, we are well on our way,” he said.

“I commend my staff for their dedication and enthusiasm toward making these projects a reality. They are truly the reason why we are on this successful path.” Every day, SMSD inches closer to the biggest part of that vision – a new, stateof-the art Stafford Middle School, a three-story building that will open in August 2020 as part of a $62 million bond referendum passed in 2017.

That will then pave the way for SMSD’s STEM Magnet, which will open in what will be a renovated area of the current middle school campus. Both the middle school and STEM school came out of successful passage of what Bostic said was the largest investment in K-12 public education in Stafford's history. “There is a great deal of excitement about the STEM Magnet -- both in Stafford and throughout the region as it will be the first STEM Magnet of its kind in Fort Bend County,” he said. “...STEM education represents the future.” Never satisfied The Texas Education Agency recently gave Stafford MSD a “B” in the annual state accountability ratings, thanks to the district’s test scores and college preparation marks. But Bostic said they won’t stop until they reach the top. “I am not satisfied with it,

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and from my conversations around the campuses, the staff isn't either,” Bostic said. “We have made very intentional moves, with complete emphasis (on earning an A rating).” Playing a vital role, Bostic said, are moves such as the hiring of Dawn Dubose as chief of schools and Kadir Almus as chief academic officer, as well as the tight-knit nature of its community. Dubose oversees all of the campuses, while Almus' team tracks data to ensure SMSD finds the right ways for students to improve academically. “Stafford MSD's greatest strengths are our employees. Other districts may be larger, but that does not mean they are better,” Bostic said. “We have a sense of community that is rare. It is a small-town feel and a private school setting in a public school system. … We are confident that these initiatives will result in future success.” Dupre had a similar tale,

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saying efforts the district’s “Profile of a Graduate” implemented in 2017, has played – and will continue to play – a major role in the district’s academic success. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, FBISD also joined more than 50 school districts in the state to build a better accountability framework called the Community Based Accountability System (CBAS). District staff meet regularly with leaders from other districts to identify and establish components of an accountability system that go beyond STAAR test scores to measure how districts prepare students for life after high school. CBAS, which was piloted at six campuses across FBISD last year, appears to have been part of the solution. Of the 63 FBISD schools in the Star’s circulation area, 51 received an A or B in this year’s TEA rankings, which included college and career preparedness grades for high schools. Several FBISD schools, such as Glover and Hunters Glen elementary schools (F to a C) and Marshall High School (D to a C), saw year-over-year improvement, while Lantern Lane Elementary went from an F in 2018 to a B this year. Dupre believes more improvement is on the way in 2019, thanks to efforts such as CBAS. “We’ve developed strong systems to support our students. We have clear direction and systems in place to achieve those outcomes, and our staff has done a remarkable job bringing that to life,” he said. “It’s my job to execute according to the board’s mission. We’ve got a tight team that is helping bring our mission and vision to life.”

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Here’s what seniors can expect at the Expo: • FREE Admission • FREE Breakfast and Lunch • Gifts and Prize Drawings • Educational information on healthcare, finances and legal concerns • A chance to meet and speak to experts offering free advice on issues important to you! • An opportunity to visit and fellowship with old friends and new!

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FORT BEND-HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING The Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators will have a meeting from 1Ð 3 p.m. in The Great Hall at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Rd. Come earlier to socialize. FBHRE is the local unit for the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). Program: “Emergency Preparedness,” Kathy Renfrow, FBC Office of Homeland Security. Project: Collect school supplies for first-year teachers to create goodie bags for distribution. All retired public school personnel are invited. For more information, call 281-499-5885.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 PREGNANCY RESOURCE MEDICAL CENTER Boots For Life Gala, Silent Auction Begins at 6 p.m. Dinner and Program at 7 p.m. Rosenberg Civic Center. To Register, go to https://www.prmcfortbend.org/events/ upcoming.

MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE In recognition of its grand reopening this summer, Fort Bend County Libraries' Missouri City Branch Library will host a grand opening from noon-4 p.m. at 1530 Texas Pkwy.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 CHRISTIAN WOMEN AGLOW Meeting at 10 a.m. at Christ Church, 3300 Austin Pkwy., Sugar Land. Speaker: Mary Scantlin on the gifts and baptism of the Holy Spirit. Coffee and cookies served. Women Aglow is an international Christian ministry. For information, call 713-854-9202.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT (PIGS TOURNAMENT) The Missouri City Police Officers Association has hosted our annual Golf Tournament (PIGS Tournament) for nearly 40 years. This year's tournament is scheduled for Sept. 20 at the Quail Valley Golf Club. Each year the money raised by this tournament is used to assist our members in need, scholarships for our members, their family and dependents, and the support of numerous nonprofit organizations that support the Missouri City and surrounding communities. If interested in participating in this year's tournament please visit https://www.facebook. com/missouricitypoa/ or http://golfquailvalley.com/.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 SUGAR LAND ROTARY CLUB 2019 FALL CLASSIC CASINO NIGHT Its only fundraiser supporting local charities, from 6:30Ð 11 p.m., at Safari Texas. Title Sponsor: Classic Chevrolet Ð Sugar Land. Happy hour, bid board, casino games, silent & live auctions, food, prizes. Tickets: Admission & Dinner - $100. Raffle - $100 for a chance to win a ‘96 Chevy Corvette convertible. For sponsorship opportunity, email susan@bailesbatescpas.com. More at rotaryfallclassic.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 MUSEUM BUS TRIP 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Come join our 50+ group as we tour four Museums of Houston Ð Bayou Bend Collections and Garden/Art Car Museum/Menil Collection/The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum The bus will leave from St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church, 4747 Sienna Pkwy, Missouri City, at 9 a.m. Cost: $34 includes bus transportation with gratuity/admission and guided

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 BARGAIN BOOK SALE Join the First Colony Friends of the Library from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for their bargain book sale at First Colony Library (2121 Austin Parkway). Paperbacks, hardbacks, DVDs, children’s and youth books, nonfiction at bargain prices. Donations of good condition books, CDs, & DVDs are accepted during the sale or any time the library is open. Income tax receipts are available. Proceeds from the sale benefit the library and its programs.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 SAFARI TEXAS Luncheon, fashion show and silent auction. Theme celebrating 100 years of women’s rights. Tickets at www. FBFNFoundation.org.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 4TH ANNUAL GOLF “FORE” AUTISM SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES ~ REGISTER YOUR TEAM NOW! @ Sweetwater Country Club. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available at www.hopeforthree. org/events. Hope For Three Autism Advocates Office 281245-0640.

ONGOING DVD-BASED ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS WITH NO HOMEWORK REQUIRED Are you interested in an adult Sunday School class that offers breathtaking videography of important Holy Land archeological sites combined with cultural scholar Ray Vander Laan’s explanation of the religious significance of those sites? First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Land offers an ongoing weekly class designed to help you understand and appreciate the Bible by giving you a better sense of the land and culture from which it sprang. The class will help you more fully appreciate Biblical times and places, so you could more fully respond to the power of the Word today. There is no cost. The class meets at 9:30 am every Sunday morning at First Presbyterian of Sugar Land (502 Eldridge Rd.). For more information call 281-240-3195.

EXCHANGE EXCHANGE, AmericaÕ s Service Club, always welcomes guests and is in search of new members! Various Fort Bend clubs exist and can accommodate early morning (7 a.m.), noon and evening meeting time desires. We are about 1) Doing Good in and for our community, 2) Having FUN!! 3) Making New Friends & 4) Developing Professional Relationships through our Programs of Service in Americanism, Youth, numerous Community Service Events and our National Project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. We are in “Unity for Service” as we work together to inspire our communities to be better places to live! For more info, contact Mike Reichek, Regional Vice President, 281-575-1145 or mike@reichekfinancial. com We would love to have you join us and see what we are all about!

SIENNA CRAFT/SEWING GROUP Sienna Craft/Sewing group. Meets every Tuesday from 10-noon at Sawmill Clubhouse in Sienna Plantation. We sew, crochet, knit, needlepoint, etc. contact Livia Erich at 281-543-3524 or liviaerich@yahoo.com for additional information.

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AHFC JUNIOR HURRICANES (JHSL) Registration For the FALL 2019 - Now Open - The Junior Hurricanes Soccer League (JHSL) is led by professional United States Soccer Federation (USSF) licensed staff and is designed for boys & girls who want to play and have fun in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment. The JHSL program is being offered at multiple locations and in conjunction with CFSA at the Schiel Road Complex.To learn more about each location and to register please visit www.albionhurricanes.org.

DAV CHAPTER 233 MONTHLY MEETING The second Tuesday of every month at the United Way fort Bend Center, 12300 Parc Crest Dr., Stafford, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 281-222-4888.

MISSOURI CITY AARP CHAPTER 3801 Meets the second Monday of every month at 11:30 a.m., at 2701 Cypress Point Dr., Missouri City Rec Center. Lunch, education, and entertainment. All seniors over 50 invited. For more information, call 713-859-5920 or 281-499-3345.

BECOME A FOSTER GRANDPARENT Volunteers are needed to be a role model, mentor and friend to children with exceptional needs in the community. Training, mileage reimbursement, tax-free monthly stipend if eligible. Call today to help change the world, one child at a time in Rosenberg. For more information, call 281-344-3515.

WHILE WE’RE WAITING SUPPORT GROUP For Bereaved Parents - grieving the loss of a child at any age. Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the First Colony Church of Christ, 2140 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-4132484.

BINGO AT THE VFW Help support our veterans! Play bingo at Post 3903 every Tuesday and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. 1903 First St, Rosenberg. All prizes paid in cash. Pull Tabs, $200 Bonanza, $300 Coverall, $750 Coverall, kitchen & bar service.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Caregivers of patients with AlzheimerÕ s disease or other related dementias are invited to attend the first Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson St. in Richmond, across from the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 713-314-1313 or 1-800-272-3900.

QUAIL VALLEY WINE SOCIETY Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month for education of wines, food pairings and fellowship at the Quail Valley City Centre, 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. For more information, call 281-437-6798 or jackipauley@comcast. net.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center has moved to 4411 Avenue N in Rosenberg across from Navarro Middle School. Volunteers are needed on a continual basis. For information on volunteering or supporting the PRMC in other ways, email info@prmcfortbend.org.

4-H, FOOD & NUTRITION Fort Bend 4-H is looking for input from the community on how it can better serve the public. To learn more about 4-H projects, join 4-H at 7 p.m. at the University Library (14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land), visit fortbend4h. eventbrite.com or call 281-342-3034.

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