By Betsy Dolan
The first Hispanic member of the Rosenberg City Council, a judge, a civic leader in Richmond and Rosenberg and a scout in the War for Texas Independence will have new schools named after them in the Lamar Consolidated School District. The Lamar CISD Board of Trustees selected the names at their regular meeting on June 19. Voters approved funding for two elementary schools, a middle school, a junior high and a high school in the November, 2011 Bond Election.
Judge James “Jim” Adolphus Elementary is under construction in the Long Meadow Farms subdivision. Judge Adolphus served as a Missouri City Councilman, a Fort Bend Justice of the Peace and as a Fort Bend County Judge from 1998 to 2002. As a Missouri City Councilman, he was instrumental in forming the Fort Bend Economic DeveloPMent Council. Adolphus Elementary is scheduled to open for the 2013-2014 school year.
John Arredondo Elementary will be located near the Summer Lakes subdivision. Arrendondo served as the first Hispanic member of the Rosenberg City Council and the overpass on FM 723 that rises over the train tracks is also named in his honor. Arredondo owned several businesses in Rosenberg and helped get the Fort Bend Technical Center built in Richmond. Arredondo Elementary is scheduled to open for the 2014-2015 school year.
Fulshear is the site of Lamar CISD’s fifth secondary complex which will eventually include a high school, junior high and a middle school. Dean Leaman Junior High and Churchill Fulshear Jr. High School are projected to be open for the 2016-2017 school year.
Leaman was a civic leader in Richmond and Rosenberg and the owner of Allied Concrete. He served as president of the Rosenberg-Richmond Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in bringing Wharton County Junior College and the Texas State Technical Institute to the area. Churchill Fulshear Jr. was born in Tennessee but moved to Texas in 1824 and served as a scout in the War for Texas Independence. He operated a race track called Churchill Downs on the family plantation which was near the present day Fulshear.
Voters approved funding for a middle school adjacent to George Ranch High School and Reading Junior High. The sixth-grade-only school was named in honor of Polly Ryon and is under construction and will open for the 2013-2014 school year.