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CCISD Announces School Board Election

LEAGUE CITY — The Clear Creek Independent School District is holding a general election and special election May 12 to fill seats on the school board.

The District 1 and At-Large B positions are on this year’s general election ballot. The District 3 seat is on the special election ballot.

Terms are for three years ending in May 2010.

Clear Creek ISD Board President Robert Allan Davee represents District 1 Clear Creek ISD Board Secretary Joanna Baleson holds the At-Large B position and Clear Creek ISD Board Member Ken Baliker represents District 3.

The school board appointed Baliker in November to fill the position vacated by Glenn Freedman.

Applications and information packets are available at the CCISD Education Support Center 2425 E. Main St. in League City Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Applications for the general election may be submitted Monday through March 12 and applications for the special election may be submitted Monday through March 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maps of the Board of Trustees’ district boundaries are available online at www.CCISD.net in the school board section of the Web site. For additional information call Cindy Grisham or Pam Syers at 281-284-0181.

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Senate Leaders Propose Charter School Overhaul

State Sen. Kyle Janek at a news conference Tuesday with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Florence Shapiro announced plans for a reformation of Texas’ charter schools.

Senate Bill 4 authored by Shapiro and co-authored by Janek will give the state tools to shut down underperforming charter schools while rewarding those schools that are serving their students well.

”Charter schools are one of the best tools we have in the fight to give all Texas children the education they deserve” said Janek vice chair of the Senate Education Committee.

The bill called The Champion Charter School Act includes provisions that would:

Provide new facilities funding for public charter districts with exemplary and recognized ratings.

Create a Blue Ribbon Pilot Program allowing the highest-performing public charter districts to replicate.

Automatically revoke charters for two years of unacceptable academic or financial ratings.

Janek cited the success of The Kipp Academy and the Yes Academy in Houston as proof that charter schools can provide exemplary educations for their students.

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Coast Guard Seeks Applications For Advisory Committee

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for the HoustonGalveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee.

The deadline is March 1.

The committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters relating to the safe navigation of boats to and from the Ports of Galveston Houston and Texas City and throughout Galveston Bay.

The committee normally meets at least three times a year.

An application can be requested by mail at USCG Sector HoustonGalveston 9640 Clinton Dr. Houston TX 77029 through a faxed request to 713-671-5156 by calling 713-678-9001 or over the Internet at http:homeport.uscg.mil.

Look under Missions Ports and Waterways Safety Advisory Committees and HOGANSAC.

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Midseason Shots Personal Precautions Offer Fu Protection

Midway through the flu season Texas Department of State Health Services officials are reminding people that it is still important to take precautions against getting the viral illness.

”Getting a shot is the one best way to prevent flu which can cause serious sometimes deadly complications” said Dr. David Lakey commissioner of the department. ”The flu shot together with simple precautions such as washing your hands frequently covering your cough and sneeze and staying home when sick are good ways for people to protect themselves and their families from infection.”

Flu season typically runs October through March and vaccinations can be given at any time.

While the season in Texas has been relatively light so far the peak for flu illnesses in Texas is usually January and February but could run longer health officials said.

The flu shot takes about two weeks to become effective.

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