Archive for April 9th, 2010

At last night’s HISD School Board Meeting, trustees fired a school principal and several employees for cheating, stealing, and nepotism – allegedly.   The results of an investigation might be turned over to the Harris County DA.

The Chron’s columnist today has a piece on the investigation and a call HISD School Superintendent Terry Grier received from Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee on the matter.  Rep. Jackson Lee wanted the superintendent to halt the investigation.  Rep. Jackson Lee also told the superintendent that she wanted to help him pick some of the folks that were overseeing certain schools – yikes!  Check out the column.

Also check out today’s Chron article on last night’s decision.  The principal had been demoted back in 2005 for issues related to cheating, but political pressure on the school board got her reinstated by one vote.  I’m guessing that the evidence was too overwhelming this time around because only one school board member voted against the dismissal.

Let’s see now.  The superintendent has been in office around seven months and with his school board’s backing he’s reorganized the administration.  He’s fired some folks despite the protestations of a few like Rep. Jackson Lee.  He’s put in some accountability measures.  He’s told the teacher recruiters to be more aggressive and go nationwide.  He’s reviewing the alternative schools program.  He’s made some serious budget and personnel cuts. 

So far the only serious opposition he’s encountered has been the Houston Federation of Teachers.  Nobody else in town seems to have a problem with what is going on at HISD.  If they do have a problem, they haven’t gone public.

Sooner or later the superintendent will step on the wrong toes and the-you-know-what will hit the fan, but for now, Commentary thinks he’s doing OK.  Stay tuned!

Today marks 45 years since we took the field as ‘Stros in the Dome against the Yankees on April 9, 1965.  Who won that inaugural game?

Check out the following by Brian McTaggart / MLB.com

“Nearly 16 months after Major League Baseball, the city of Houston and the Astros announced plans to build the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy, the project is set for its grand opening Saturday.  The ribbon-cutting will take place at 11 a.m. CT at Sylvester Turner Park on Houston’s north side, with local politicians, Major League Baseball officials and players and staff from the Astros on hand to assist with the opening of the facility, which is the second of its kind.”

“The Academy will have a show field; permanent seating for 500 fans, with space for an additional 1,800 fans; dugouts and lights; one auxiliary field; two Little League/softball fields; and 1,500 square feet of office space and other facilities.”

"’It’s truly been a team effort thus far, and the Houston Astros and the Astros In Action Foundation look forward to making a significant impact through the Urban Youth Academy programs and activities for many years to come,’ said Marian Harper, Astros vice president for foundation development. ‘Year-round baseball and softball instruction, youth teams and leagues and educational programs will be offered at the Academy, which will provide a great place for our children to learn about all opportunities available to them on the field and in the front office.’"

State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Astros owner Drayton McLane and president of business operations Pam Gardner, Mayor Annise Parker, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and MLB’s president and chief operating officer Bob Dupuy, executive vice president of baseball operations Jimmie Lee Solomon, Astros manager Brad Mills, and third-base coach Dave Clark will be on hand, along with former Houston players Jimmy Wynn, Larrry Dierker and Enos Cabell and current Astros outfielder Michael Bourn. Astros president of baseball operations Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade will also attend.

"’Most of the work is done and we’re ready to roll,’ Gardner said. ‘It’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re ready for it.’"

“The Astros and Major League Baseball teamed to donate $600,000 to the project, a number matched by former Mayor Bill White and the city of Houston. The Astros and MLB also agreed to assume the costs and run the facility for the next 10 years.”

Meanwhile, Tiger never ceases to amaze. 

The ‘Stros won 2-1 of course as we went on to have a 65-97 year and 2,151,470 went to watch the team play in  the Dome that year.

The Phillies are in for three this weekend and tomorrow’s game will be played in 1965 uniforms – cool!


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