Sugar Land - Missouri City Edition | September 2021

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News fromMissouri City, Sugar Land & Fort Bend ISD

Sugar Land City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at 2700 Town Center Blvd. N., Sugar Land. Meetings are livestreamed and in person. 281-275-2900. www.sugarlandtx.gov Missouri City City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. Meetings are livestreamed and in person. 281-403-8500. www.missouricitytx.gov Fort Bend County Commissioners Court will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at 401 Jackson St., Richmond. Meetings are livestreamed and in person. 281-342-3411. www.fortbendcountytx.gov MEETINGSWE COVER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS FORTBENDCOUNTY Commissioners in Fort Bend County approved spending $23 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to pay for 22 new roles during its Aug. 10 meeting. These are temporary positions that will receive one year of funding beginning Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30, 2022. The new positions span the county clerk’s oce, the information technology department, the sheri’s oce and the Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Department. MISSOURI CITY In a 5-1 vote, Missouri City City Council set a maximum tax rate of $0.578035 for scal year 2021-22 during its Aug. 16 meeting. This would be a $0.02 decrease from this year’s tax rate, representing a 3.34% reduction. The proposed budget totals $153.85 million of revenue and transfers in and $157.55 million of expenditures and transfers out. City Council plans on voting to approve the tax rate at their Sept. 20 meeting. SUGAR LAND City Council recognized former Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard for receiving a lifetime achievement award for local government management during its Aug. 3 meeting.

ChristieWhitbeck to become Fort Bend ISD’s next superintendent

“We had an exhaustive search,” FBISD trustee JimRice said. “Bryan [ISD] spoke very highly of her work ethic, her integrity and her ability to bring the community together. ... I know Dr. Whitbeck from her previous time here. I know she’s going to do an outstanding job for us. So welcome home.” Whitbeck served as deputy superintendent for FBISD for more than three years before taking a superintendent role at BISD in April 2017.

BY LAURA AEBI

Christie Whitbeck

FORT BEND ISD Christie Whitbeck, the superintendent of Bryan ISD, will be Fort Bend ISD’s next superintendent. FBISD’s board of trustees announcedWhitbeck as their lone superintendent nalist during a special-called meeting Aug. 26. While the district could not conrm an exact start date for Whitbeck, she expects to assume the role in October. FBISD’s former Superintendent Charles Dupre announced his planned resignation in November 2020. His last day with FBISD was June 10. Six trustees voted to approve Whitbeck as the nalist with trustee Denetta Williams abstaining.

Board President Dave Rosenthal cited comments from BISD calling Whitbeck an “ally” and a “promise-keeper.” “I am fully committed to a smooth transition, to working with the team, to working with the board to make everything as great as it can be in this very dicult time,” Whitbeck said. “Never in my career... has it been as challenging as it is right now.”

City Council positions, $85.85Mbond on ballot

Fort Bend ISD issues district-widemask mandate reversal

BY CLAIRE SHOOP

MISSOURI CITY In November, Missouri City residents will vote on two contested City Council races and three bond propositions. District A Council Member Cheryl Sterling is the only incumbent member not running for re-election. Reginald Pearson, Monica Riley and Bruce Zaborowski led for her seat. District B Council Member Jerey Boney drew one challenger in Everett Land, while Council Members Anthony Maroulis and Floyd Emery are running unopposed on the November ballot. Voters will also weigh in on three bond propositions with $51.6 million for street, bridge and sidewalk improvements; $11.2 million for public facilities; and $23 million for parks and recreation projects.

BY LAURA AEBI & CLAIRE SHOOP

development. District ocials said FBISD’s legal teamwill continue to monitor the status of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-38, which prohibits local governments frommandating masks. Trustees JimRice, Angie Hanan, Shirley Rose-Gilliam and Denetta Williams voted Aug. 23 in favor of requiring masks, while trustees Dave Rosenthal, Judy Dae and Kristen Davison Malone opposed the mask mandate. Maysum Syed, a senior at Travis High School, spoke before the board in favor of a mask mandate during the Aug. 23 meeting. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

FORT BEND ISD After new legal updates, Fort Bend ISD has reversed its mask mandate, ocials said on Aug. 28. FBISD’s board of trustees initially gave approval for Acting Superintendent Diana Sayavedra to issue a mask mandate for students, employees and visitors at FBISD campuses at an Aug. 23 meeting. The reversal comes after statewide temporary restraining orders against an executive order barring mask mandates were no longer in place and enforceable, district ocials said. FBISD said it removed the mandate to align with that legal

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SUGAR LAND  MISSOURI CITY EDITION • SEPTEMBER 2021

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