Fort Bend ISD school remembers graduate who was killed on 9/11
Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land held a special ceremony on Friday to honor victims of the September 11 attacks, including one of their own. Naval Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Caballero was a 1998 graduate of the school. He was working at the Pentagon as an Electronics Technician at the time of the attacks.
3 years after discovery of Sugar Land 95, debate on how best to tell their story continues
SUGAR LAND, Texas – February marks three years since the first human remains were discovered at the construction site of a new Fort Bend Independent School District school. Over the course of several months, 95 unmarked graves were found and the people buried there would become known as the Sugar Land 95. The laws changed and now we’re able to maintain it.”AdOverall, Dupre praised the handling of the discovery. He said the district is erasing history by not using names of any of the men involved in establishing convict leasing in Sugar Land. ‘Nothing ... done in good faith’Three years later, some have said that the district is still ignoring the wishes of community stakeholders.
Construction worker dies after falling off roof of FBISD middle school
SUGAR LAND, Texas – A construction worker is dead after police said he fell off a roof while working at a middle school in the Fort Bend Independent School District. The incident happened around 4 a.m. Wednesday at the First Colony Middle School in Sugar Land, according to authorities. According to a statement sent out by the school, the worker was on the roof of the building when he fell approximately 30 feet and suffered severe injuries. Parents and other members of the First Colony Middle School community were notified of the incident, according to a district spokesperson. Emergency responders were called to First Colony Middle School just before 5 a.m. this morning to assist a construction worker who fell from the building, but sadly, the worker did not survive.
Fort Bend ISD calls this week’s guidance from TEA for 2020-2021 school year ‘disappointing'
As Fort Bend ISD continues to plan for the upcoming school year, the Texas Education Agency’s recent announcement has created concern for the district. “Today’s (Tuesday’s) announcement from the TEA is disappointing because the guidance, as written, does not provide local school districts with the flexibility to make decisions based on local data or community and staff values and expectations,” a spokesperson for Fort Bend ISD said. “Fort Bend ISD is considering many safeguards and precautions to mitigate the spread of illness within our schools,” Superintendent Charles Dupre said. “Our teachers and campus staff are at the heart of everything we do, and we will not ask them to bear the risk and weight of any re-opening plan,” Dupre said. Additionally, pre-registration will reveal the number of students desiring either face-to-face or virtual instruction and better allow the district to decide how classrooms will be used at each school.
Parents faced with tough decision of whether or not to send kids back to school in fall
HOUSTON – Parents are faced with big decisions in the next several weeks when it comes to whether or not to send their children back to school in the fall. There’s a clear divide in what parents think, with some advocating for school to resume as normal and others who say they won’t send their kids back. “I’ve got one kid in each elementary, middle school and high school,” said Almas Afazeal whose kids are part of the Fort Bend Independent School District. The Houston Independent School District is expected to release its plan for the 2020-21 school year in early July. Who’s going to clean the lunchroom in between lunches?
84-year-old gym in Missouri City gets long-awaited upgrade
"Our plans are to turn this building into a community center," said Ft. Bend County Commissioner Grady Prestage.Located at the corner of Louisiana and First streets, the gymnasium was built in 1935 as a part of Missouri City High School when Missouri City and Sugar Land still had their own school districts, he said. The two districts consolidated to create FBISD on April 18, 1959, and Missouri City High School became the new district's white secondary school, according to FBISD.Black high school students were brought back to the building from M.R. Wood School in Sugar Land with desegregation in 1965, according to the district. Missouri City High School became Missouri City Junior High School in 1975, but the gymnasium remained in use.FBISD opened the current Missouri City Middle School in August 2008, according to the district. A group of Missouri City High alumni formed to save the gymnasium from demolition.The building was boarded up in 2009.Officials hope to have the renovations completed and the new community center in use next year.abc13.com