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  1. It reminds me of "Dilemma of the Black Middle Class," an Op-Ed from Sheryl Cashin about one of the problems with many African-American wealthier areas: their schools aren't as good as comparable areas in white communities: - Her thesis is that an overall "external prejudice against black neighborhoods" means black middle and upper class neighborhoods are at a disadvantage, and on the school front one of the issues was that the schools serving black middle and upper class communities larger numbers of poor children (something that Lockhart has). The other aspects that such black neighborhoods often faced were higher crime rates and a lack of high-end retail. It would be great to see Lockhart Elementary become a neighborhood and/or magnet school on par with Roberts, River Oaks, Twain, Horn, etc. but it may be an uphill battle. I would also like to see the likes of Ruggles and Local Foods to set up shop near Riverside Terrace.
  2. And here is the attendance map: HS Zones.pdf As a result of the shuffling a sliver of area was rezoned from Klein Forest to Klein High. I wonder if their property values will go up?
  3. From my understanding Spring High School and the three middle schools in its territory are more highly ranked than the Westfield and DeKaney area schools. If so, then it looks like the 2021 plans are going to damage property values in Spring. Why doesn't Spring ISD just build HS#4 in Spring?
  4. And Jollibee. I had the pleasure of trying some when I was last in H-town.
  5. I wonder if there will be an impetus to improve Lockhart Elementary as Riverside Terrace gentrifies. is the attendance boundary. states that free and reduced lunch students make up 70% of the enrollment. Its academic performance seems to have declined dramatically from 2009 to 2016; its student body merged with that of Turner Elementary in 2011. I wonder where the wealthier black parents prefer to send their children.
  6. Remember too that bonds are issued by ISDs, which cross city and county boundaries. A small portion of west Houston is in Katy ISD but most of the city is not in Katy ISD. As Blue Dogs said, only Katy ISD voters may vote for this bond.
  7. Based on the article map, the residential tower will be zoned to Wilson Elementary (not River Oaks Elementary) - of course Lanier and Lamar would be the zoned middle and high schools.
  8. I wonder if this will impact Yates High School to the point where it has to consolidate. Maybe it can move to Austin High's campus but it can take the Yates name? Or would Austin just close and consolidate into Yates? Will Blackshear Elementary last or will it too have to merge with Lockhart? They had Douglass, Dunbar, Blackshear, and Carver. Carver went first, then Douglass (now a private school for the poor), and now Dodson...
  9. If they simply move BHS so it gets a taller (but not larger per se) property, maybe Bellaire city officials will be more amenable? The old school can be full of townhouses, the school itself would just occupy the big Chevron building and maybe have an additional gym on site, and the commercial uses can be built on the leftover land from the Chevron tract. That may make Bellaire happy unless they think they could grab another corporate client.
  10. It sounds like Bellaire wants to divide the property between some high density residential and some commercial. I haven't yet read the minutes of HISD meetings related to Bellaire HS, but I'm trying to think of some ways HISD could get around this: Ask for about half of the property (the half with the giant building), leaving the city to develop commercial next to BHS and multifamily on the site of the old BHS For the board members who are against the deal, see if there's a quid pro quo that they would like. Things get through that way in politics. Also see if there are some close-in-town properties HISD doesn't need anymore that it could sell. For example the old Dodson Elementary property, as Energy Institute is moving from there to Southmore. HSLJ is going up next to it but I don't think HISD has any future uses for Dodson.
  11. It would be cool if they could have a multipurpose building with a grocery store on the first floor and offices and/or staff residences on the others. I think having more multi-use buildings would make things more efficient.
  12. Bellaire's zone is a bit "deeper" than the Pershing and Condit zones, and there are some complexes zoned to Long Middle that are also zoned to Bellaire high. Having said that it does remind me of how odd Westside High's zone is a bit strange
  13. So as we know Chevron's vacating its Bellaire campus, which was its research lab. A few possibilities: * 1. New offices/businesses: Bellaire city officials may prefer this as they want the taxes. Could be new corporate offices, a mini-mall, etc? * 2. New houses: Like Southside Place did with the old Shell building they could replace 'em with townhouses - could help recoup some tax money * 3. New schools: HISD may be chomping at the bit to rebuild Bellaire High. All this land is now available. Hmmm.... HISD thought about it, but it would make the budget for rebuilding Bellaire higher. Since I'm not in the Houston area at the moment I don't know what the officials are thinking... P.S. HISD may be concerned about the high sticker price of the Chevron campus. While I believe they should NOT sell the former Gordon campus, as they should reopen that for West U Elementary relief, they should, if committed to the Chevron site, sell the former BHS campus... AND the old Dodson Elementary. HISD is smart in locating magnet schools in central Houston but I think they could make a killing selling the EaDo campus. That could help fund a new Bellaire High. Mike Lunceford said in October that he would no longer support that idea but maybe he could reconsider. HISD wouldn't have to tear down the old 10 story building: they could renovate it like what was done to North Atlanta High School.
  14. I bet they moved out there because it's close to BP's campus and the Energy Corridor. I would like to see a map of the Briish expats in Houston. I wonder if more private schools will sell their inner city plots and move out to the burbs.
  15. Good question! The school district agreement for Lake Shores was signed in 2011 and the NPR story was done in 2012. It's 2014 and AFAIK it's still going on. Also maybe we can check on the Maine school districts which do this.