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Housing starts lead construction boom in LM - The Galveston County Daily News : La Marque

August 29, 2014

Housing starts lead construction boom in LM

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  • MissionaryMan posted at 5:59 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    MissionaryMan Posts: 1690

    I've had lot's of people calling and asking me who is up for re-election on the school board this year so there's obviously a lot of talk starting around town about trying to get some parents to run for the school board?

    This year Nakisha Paul and Annie Burton are up for re-election and Terry Pettijohn will have to run and win in order to maintain his seat.

    Now is the perfect opportunity for LMISD parents and taxpayers to make desperate changes to the school board in hopes of getting qualified people on the board who can help save LMISD and the city of LM as a whole before it's too late.

    If LMISD voters are content with the possibility of losing our school district forever due to it's current poor district representation than they will continue supporting these individuals who have proven time and time again to only be on the board in order to fulfill their own personal agendas despite the damage that they have already caused to not only our students, school district, educators but our community as a whole.

    It's time everyone finally stand up and fight for a renewed sense of direction and purpose for our children's future by electing ALL new board members!

    As they say, if you keep doing what you've always been doing then you'll keep gettting what you've always been getting.

    Spread the word and show your support by voting to change the status quo. Our children and the city of LM are counting on you! [thumbup]

     
  • MissionaryMan posted at 3:38 pm on Tue, Feb 25, 2014.

    MissionaryMan Posts: 1690

    Mr. JBG, I can agree with 96% of your post, however even with Mrs. Watkins at the helm right now things aren't looking any brighter for LMISD I can assure you and everyone else.

    Everyone will soon see what I'm talking about. The school board members can lie to some people some of the time, but they can't lie to everyone all of the time and be believable for very long....

     
  • Jbgood posted at 11:13 am on Tue, Feb 25, 2014.

    Jbgood Posts: 1929

    I personally think it is up to the voters of a particular municipality or an organization to make changes in the duly elected officials of the organization they were elected to,...especially if no laws governing their conduct is brought forth facilitating the removal of the elected official(s) by legal means .
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    I also think it is up to the voters or constituents to "bitch" or complain if they think things are not going as outlined, or if elected officials are not performing up to snuff. This seems reasonable to me, before we start pushing elected officials into head-on confrontations with "other" elected officials. Those who are running LMISD do not work for those elected officials running the City Of LM. They work for the people who elected them to their positions, their constituents. Therefore WE ARE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING OR NOT DOING! I don't need an amen on this, ...because I know I am right.
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    I do recognized that everybody is entitled to their opinion,...and that is why I'm voicing mine. I think if given the time,support, and cooperation, Ms. Watkins will get the job done at LMISD, although I understand not everyone will agree with my assessments concerning this. However, that is still my hope, and is still what I pray for. Lastly, the TEA is right to hold off any kind of severe disciplinary action or any take over of LMISD, at least until they see what will be the outcome of the job Ms. Watkins will do here.

     
  • Robert Buckner posted at 9:23 am on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    Robert Buckner Posts: 678

    I recall past years if the race was uncontested then the election would be cancelled. Why bother? If the TEA is that unresponsive then maybe it should be abolished. Folks that don't do their jobs should be fired.

     
  • MissionaryMan posted at 8:59 am on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    MissionaryMan Posts: 1690

    Robert, I think a letter to Education Commissioner Michael Williams from Mayor Hocking might garner his attention for about the time it takes for him to read the letter, however I have found TEA does what it wants when it wants.

    I can assure you that I've had the conversation many times with the folks over at TEA regarding the destruction that the current school districts leadership is causing our city and it always comes down to us having to change the school board members by getting out and voting in order to change the course of the school district.

    The only two seats up for re-election on LM city council this year are Mr. Osteen and Mr. Brown and neither of them do I think have done anything that would warrant wanting to replace them? The mayor's seat isn't up until 2015.

    It would be great to see the city save about $15,000 in expenses if we could avoid having to have an election, but that's my opinion.

     
  • Robert Buckner posted at 6:05 am on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    Robert Buckner Posts: 678

    I believe some well placed phone calls or letters to education officials in Austin from LM city officials regarding this ISD may prompt some action from state officials regarding the condition of LMISD. Currently Austin relies on whatever LMISD tells them. I still feel the article is a free shot at re-election bids.

     
  • Jbgood posted at 6:13 pm on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    Jbgood Posts: 1929

    People seem to have a disposition or inclination to rain criticism on LaMarque, well that's quite alright if it is deserved, but as we have seen in recent months around this county, ......."POBODY IS NERFECT" as Mr. George Crater would say.
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    I've thrown a few rocks myself on this forum concerning other topics and in other situations, but I have always thrown praises too, when they were deserved. In this case, it must be recognized as Mr. Manuel so eloquently stated, that ......LaMarque's new management/ leadership team, lead by Bobby and City Council have performed one HELL OF A JOB in returning LaMarque to a measure of stability and prosperity!
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    Status like that does not occur all by itself,..and for anyone to think it does is just dwelling in naivete. Key elements in the transformation of the city were, getting the right people in the right places from top to bottom,..and phasing out those who had trouble going along or "riding" with the common vision handed down to them.
    ( Business Management 101 ) That happened in LaMarque, but not by itself. It took LEADERSHIP!!!!!!!
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    So then I must say that I have every confidence in Ms. Terri Watkins over at LMISD.
    I remained convinced with what I have heard from those in the know around this county, from Galveston to Texas City, that Ms. Watkins has what it takes to transform and transmogrify LMISD into a learning environment conducive to what the taxpayers here are hoping and praying for.
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    Time will tell,...I said the same thing in a positive manner when Bobby threw his name in the hat for Mayor here some years ago. JBG as well as many others in this city,...applaud and congratulate the leadership of LaMarque for what they have accomplished here, and let me not forget those citizens who saw over the trees into the forest some years ago, when this city was in shambles and turmoil,...and took positive steps to ignite a spark, starting a fire, which ultimately lead to a remarkable turnaround for the City Of LaMarque!
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    God bless LaMarque, LMISD, and the whole County Of Galveston! Blessings upon you all!!!

     
  • Lyra Mitchell posted at 2:59 pm on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    Lyra Mitchell Posts: 45

    You got that backwards. The real mystery is why you continue to put forth false ideas. Most charter schools are the same or worse...not better. I posted a NEAP report in a previous post that backed up what I say.

     
  • IHOG posted at 10:42 am on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    SCOTUS said any education funded by public money is public education.

    It is a mistery how the ISD system has survived so long.
    Don't taxpayers or voters of today ever research where their taxes are going or if they are being used in the best way possible?
    There are some ISD schools as good as charter schools but most are not as good.
    Almost without exception ISD schools are not as good as private schools.
    Why do ISD Schools get twice the funding of charter schools and private schools get nothing?
    If we want our taxes to pay for the maximum education we must convert to universal choice. Let the taxes go with the student to any school they want.
    Some ISD schools could survive by firing 2/3 of their employees and adopting Private school curiculum and teaching methods. Charter schools should do OK because most are nearly as good as private schools and can easily convert to private schools..
    The number of students won't change and as many or more teachers will be needed to teach them.

     
  • IHOG posted at 10:08 am on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    Good schools attract residents. Dickinson, Hitchcock and Santa Fe ISD's are gaining residents around the margins of LM ISD.
    How many are former LM residents moving to better school districts? Their children already moved to better schools.

     
  • MissionaryMan posted at 9:16 am on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    MissionaryMan Posts: 1690

    Robert, the subdivisions being developed belong to Hitchcock and Santa Fe school districts.

    It's too bad that we don't have the vision, experience nor qualifications sitting on our school board like we do currently over at city hall, otherwise we would see the same success in the school district as we're seeing with the city.

    To ask the city to try and help the school district would be like trying to mix water and oil. It's been tried before and unfortunately some current members on the school board basically told the city to mind their own business.

    We have a great group of council members leading city hall, unfortunately we can't say that for LMISD. Until we start replacing these current school board members, LMISD will never thrive despite the growth we're seeing in LM.

    If we want a better school district, we all have to do our part by voting to elect new school board members or else we'll keep getting what we've been getting.

     
  • Robert Buckner posted at 6:38 am on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    Robert Buckner Posts: 678

    And how many are in the LMISD area? How many in Hitchcock ISD? I hardly think a shopping mall really attracts potential homeowners all that much. Is this really just a selling point for a re-election campaign in the City of LM? How about some of that political influence directed toward the ailing school district? I'm aware that City Hall doesn't have direct control over LMISD but there may be something they could do to help.

     
  • TJ Aulds posted at 6:34 am on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    TJ Aulds Posts: 61 Staff

    Actually CenterPointe the earlier story focused on "old" La Marque meaning the existing home stock and not new construction and noted that it was different from the areas that are developing in the areas that are not in central LA Marque.

     
  • Cpointe_Mod posted at 6:29 am on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    Cpointe_Mod Posts: 173

    The Sunday January 12 headline story began with, "Home values in La Marque are below the county average and they haven’t increased at the same pace as the countywide average during the last decade, according to data from the county’s Central Appraisal District." It also showcased a home that wouldn't sell. So this piece represents an interesting and unexplained juxtaposition of ideas.