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Civil Servant of the Week: FBISD’s Heather Disney


By Michael Sudhalter Sugar Land resident Heather Disney wanted to make her childrens’ school, Cornerstone Elementary, a safer place, so she became a school crossing guard at the Fort Bend ISD campus. “My kids were almost hit in a crosswalk a couple of years ago,” Disney said. “This is the only way I was […]

Parents show up en masse to share feeder pattern input


By Michael Sudhalter Feeder pattern adjustments have been the hottest topic in Fort Bend ISD, so it’s no surprise that approximately 1,500 parents showed up to a Feeder Pattern Community Dialogue meeting on Monday night at Austin High. “We have to recognize that this is challenging for the district,” Beth Martinez, FBISD’s Executive Director […]

Commentary: Thankful for a friend’s health

Michael Sudhalter

I didn’t get a chance to see my college friend, who lives 1,500 miles away, this Thanksgiving, but his health and well-being were on mind when I considered the things that I am thankful for. My friend wishes to remain anonymous, so for the purposes of this article, we’ll refer to him as “Evan.” We […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Brittany Rychlik


By Michael Sudhalter Sugar Land Deputy Court Administrator Brittany Rychlik was surprised to learn that she earned the Texas Court Clerks Association Distinguished Services Award from the Texas Court Clerks Association (TCCA) last month. “I don’t tend to be in the limelight much,” Rychlik said. “I was very honored to be recognized by others. […]

COMMENTARY: Feeders should only be part of the discussion

Michael Sudhalter

This week will be an opportunity to enjoy family, food and perhaps start on that holiday shopping list. Hopefully, everyone can log off “FBISD Concerns” long enough to enjoy some delicious turkey, mashed potatoes and football. But before you can finish those leftovers, the important conversations regarding Fort Bend ISD feeder patterns and boundaries will […]

A new HCC campus could spark Texas Parkway re-development


By Michael Sudhalter Valore Lott has worked for a real estate company on Texas Parkway for 31 years, and she’s seen its boom and subsequent decline. Like many Missouri City residents, she’s optimistic about the future of the area with the possibility of Houston Community College re-locating its Sienna Plantation campus to a 45-acre […]

Holiday Shopping Trends for 2014


By Karen Daniels For The Star There are several strategies available to local families shopping the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday. Consumer Reports says that 53 percent of Americans don’t plan to shop on Friday and only 7 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day. The main reason? The Internet does not […]

New ownership has big plans for Skeeters


By Michael Sudhalter Bob and Marcie Zlotnik have begun sole ownership of the Sugar Land Skeeters with the enthusiasm of rookies on the first day of Spring Training and the experience of many years in entrepreneurship and business. “We have a huge to-do-list,” Bob said. The Houston couple had owned a third of the […]

Civil Servant of the Week: EMT Paramedic Becky Schuett

EMT Paramedic Becky Schuett

By Karen Daniels For The Star After 23 years of dedicated service, Becky Hays Schuett will retire at the end of the month as a volunteer firefighter where she is a first responder to 911 calls in both Harris and Fort Bend Counties. “I’m going to miss it, but I’m leaving it in very good […]

COMMENTARY: Academies are here to stay, but compromise is necessary

The parents and students showed up at the Fort Bend Annex early and brought signs urging Fort Bend ISD to keep the Academy Programs last Thursday. Others wore T-Shirts with a message requesting the district refrain from leaving high-achieving students behind. Opponents may ask them to look at the big picture, but when it comes […]

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