Central Fort Bend Chamber 2016 State of the Schools Address

with LCISD, Needville ISD and FBISD Presented By Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union

central_fort_bend_chamberSuperintendents for Lamar CISD, Fort Bend ISD and Needville ISD gave glowing reviews of each district at the 2016 State of the Schools Luncheon. The event was held Friday, April 29, 2016 at Safari Texas Ranch and was presented by Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union.

Fort Bend ISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck began her overview with leadership programs instituted into the schools, explaining how it creates an environment to grow students. She also highlighted the growth in the district as FBISD will soon have 50 elementary schools. The Board of Trustees approved the architect for the new CTE building, and the push to drive all classrooms to better technology is in full swing. “We are focused on growth, change and leadership. We just had over 2,500 students gather, committed to their college, trade school or the military. We want to give all students multiple options so when it is their decision day, they’re ready,” says Dr. Whitbeck.

Needville ISD touted a nearly 5% growth rate and Superintendent Curtis Rhodes explained there is room for even more within the district’s 200 square miles. “The little Needville is slowly becoming larger, but we want to hold onto who we are for as long as possible,” says Rhodes. He says the district has drawn boundaries for a second elementary school and continues to add programs to accommodate students. He emphasized the district still prides itself in knowing each student and their families. He believes this is a big reason the dropout rate is less than 1%. “We want to prepare kids for their future, not our past,” says Rhodes.

Lamar CISD is second in the state for projected growth among large districts. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle says Lamar schools are adding approximately 1,000 students each year and the district is projected to educate more than 45,000 students by 2025. Fulshear High School and Leaman Junior High will open in the fall, and the district is planning three new elementary schools in the near future. As the population increases in Fort Bend County, so does the demand for an educated workforce, something Dr. Randle says the district can accommodate with hundreds of certification programs. “Our kids have the opportunity to walk out of school with a certification and literally go to work straight out of high school in an industry,” says Dr. Randle.

The 2016 State of the Schools event was Underwritten by: Fort Bend ISD, Johnson Development Corp., Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, MD Anderson Regional Care Center – Sugar Land, OakBend Medical Center, Perdue,Brandon,Fielder,Collins & Mott, L.L.P., Rogers, Morris & Grover and the University of Houston – Sugar Land and Wharton County Junior College. Corporate Supporters were: Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land, Comcast Business, DBR, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Lamar CISD, Needville ISD, Representative John Zerwas, M.D., House District 28, Safari Texas Ranch, Si Environmental, LLC, Terracon Consultants, Inc., Thompson & Horton, LLP and Vanir | Rice & Gardner, A Joint Venture.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 105 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.