Posted on Wednesday, 03 December 2014
The Alvin Independent School District named Dr. James “Buck” Gilcrease as the district’s new superintendent during a special meeting Nov. 24.
Dr. Gilcrease, the former Region 12 Superintendent of the Year, was the sole finalist after an exhaustive statewide search.
“The Alvin ISD search attracted a considerable amount of talented individuals from across the state and we are confident that Gilcrease holds the qualities and experiences that will continue the district’s history of success,” said Cheryl Harris, Alvin ISD board president.
Gilcrease has served as the superintendent of schools in two districts, Haskell Consolidated Independent School District, and, most recently, Hillsboro Independent School District. Under his leadership, the respective districts achieved improvements in academic and state ratings, numerous fiscal accolades, the expansion of instructional programs and quality facilities. In Hillsboro ISD, Gilcrease approached district improvement as a collaborative effort that required open dialogue between school leaders, parents and community members. By fostering partnerships with key stakeholders, the district developed belief statements that guided district decisions and operations.
Prior to serving as superintendent, Gilcrease was a principal at multiple high schools, as well as an associate and assistant principal, teacher and coach. Gilcrease holds a doctorate of education from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a master’s in education from Tarleton State, as well as a bachelor of arts from the University of North Texas.
The Alvin ISD recently posted a Q&A with Gilcrease on its website. See how he expects to meet the needs of the district’s 20,885 students, what motivated him to become an educator and more here.
Posted on Wednesday, 06 August 2014
Builders in Sedona Lakes are asking home buyers to figuratively “step aboard” their models for a pirate’s booty of fun and treasure 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.
Event-goers at Treasure Fest can register to win tickets to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier as well as enjoy entertainers, refreshments and family activities staged at six model homes:
- Lunch by James Coney Island, Coventry Homes, 3931 Desert Rose Court;
- Balloon artist and choice of candy and toy treasures, Highland Homes, 3919 Rock Rose Court;
- Strolling entertainment, including a pirate on stilts, Emerald Homes, 3903 Indigo Court;
- Face painting and pirate stories, Trendmaker Homes, 3927 Desert Rose Court; and
- Gourmet popcorn bar and soft drinks, J. Patrick Homes, 3906 Indigo Court and 3915 Rock Rose Court.
View our model home map for locations of these model homes.
Sedona Lakes is a 535-acre development in Manvel along County Road 101 near Highway 288. Builders offer an array of homes priced from the $280,000s to the $600,000s and have a number of inventory homes under construction. Residents enjoy community lakes, a resort-style pool, an outdoor pavilion with fireplace, playgrounds and walking trails. Visit our amenities page for details.
Posted on Wednesday, 02 July 2014
The local night skies will be alive with color Friday evening as the Houston area celebrates the Fourth of July.
Those wanting to be near the booming action can attend the annual Independence Day festivities at the Pearland High School football stadium, 3775 South Main. Hosted by the city of Pearland, the free event starts at 6 p.m. and includes a VFW military salute and other entertainment. Live music begins at 7 p.m., with the 20-minute fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Stadium and field seating will be available.
Those wanting to venture into Houston have several choices near downtown. The Houston Symphony will perform its Star-Spangled Salute at 8:30 p.m. at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The symphony will play patriotic classics and will be joined on stage by Jonathan Beedle and A.J. Swearingen, who will perform the music of Simon & Garfunkel. Leading into the fireworks will be Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons. Open seating will be available on the hill and free tickets available, while they last, for the covered seating area. Tickets may be picked up at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Limit is four tickets per person.
Southwest Airlines is sponsoring Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s official Fourth of July event, Freedom over Texas, 4-10 p.m. at Eleanor Tinsley Park, 500 Allen Parkway. Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for Sugarland, will headline the live entertainment. Also planned are vintage aircraft flyovers, a kids’ zone, children’s entertainment, the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash and more. The evening culminates with a fireworks display over the downtown skyline. Tickets are $8 prior to the event and $10 on Friday. Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/july4/index.html to purchase tickets or for more details.