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RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF EDINBURG CISD
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Commissioners' Court approved a resolution honoring Edinburg CISD and two ECISD principals for achievements in HEB's 212 Excellence in Education Awards. Edinburg North High School Principal Ramiro Guerra was selected among 4,000 nominations as the statewide recipient of the Secondary School Principal Award, winning him a $10,000 cash award and a $25,000 grant for his school. Edinburg CISD was named a finalist for the Large District category, and Freddy Gonzalez Elementary Principal Arnoldo Benavides was named a Regional Finalist for the Border Region Elementary School Principal Category. School Board President Carmen Gonzalez, Superintendent Dr. Rene Gutierrez, Assistant Superintendents Maria Luisa Guerra and Rebecca Morrison, Area Directors Hector Gonzalez and Dominga Vela, as well as the families of Guerra and Benavides, represented ECISD on this recognition; Linda Tovar, Public Affairs Manager for HEB was also in attendance to express HEB's support of education and to congratulate the winner and finalists. Commissioners' Court expressed their congratulations to the principals and the school district, acknowledging their achievements and continued demonstration of excellence in education. Created in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment. Through this program, H-E-B seeks to pay tribute to those educators who go the extra mile each and every day to serve their students and their communities and who inspire others to do the same. For more information on the awards, visit http://www.heb.com/sectionpage/about-us/community/excellence-in-education/26501118 [http://www.heb.com/sectionpage/about-us/community/excellence-in-education/26501118] .
2010 CENSUS UPDATE
Commissioners' Court received a presentation regarding the information on the 2010 Census. Rolando Rios, attorney for the County's Census Project, discussed the innovative methodology the County is using to submit information to the Census via the Count Question Resolution (CQR) program. The County is using GIS technology to determine an estimated rooftop count of homes in Census blocks and comparing the estimates against the Census counts. To date, the County has submitted data for approximately 30 Census blocks and is awaiting the Census Bureau's response. Rios commented to the members of the Court that it is important that the public and community understand the leadership that the County is demonstrating in moving this project forward. Rios estimates that the County can lose millions in federal funding as a result of the undercount. Through this project, the County is sending a strong message to the Census Bureau, especially for the upcoming 2020 Census, that the undercount cannot continue.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF CAMERON COUNTY RMA'S SOUTH PADRE ISLAND 2ND ACCESS PROJECT
Commissioners' Court was visited by Cameron County Precinct 3 Commissioner David A. Garza, who was requesting Court approval of a resolution in support of the Cameron County RMA project that would provide for a second causeway to South Padre Island, joining the mainland and the island at the northern end and alleviating much of the heavy congestion that is currently experienced along the Queen Isabella Causeway. Mario Jorge, TxDOT Pharr District Engineer, was also in attendance to describe the project. The presenters discussed a Public Hearing regarding the project and a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) which details the environmental impact of the proposed project. Commissioners' Court approved the resolution of support, which bears no fiscal impact on the County. For more information on the project, visit http://www.cameroncountyrma.org/SPI2ndAccess/index.asp?p=home [http://www.cameroncountyrma.org/SPI2ndAccess/index.asp?p=home] .
Other notable business included:
Jim Darling, co-chair of the Drainage Advisory Committee, gave a presentation to the Drainage District #1 Board of Directors (members of Commissioners' Court) on the recommendations by the Committee to move forward with plans for implementing prioritized Drainage projects in the County.
Commissioners’ Court is streamed live online when Court is in session (9:30 am on Tuesdays) at the ECN-12 live stream website at http://www.cityofedinburg.com/ecnlivestreaming.php [http://www.cityofedinburg.com/ecnlivestreaming.php] . In case you missed it, you can watch the broadcast of Commissioners’ Court meetings on Tuesday night at 10:30 pm on KMBH-TV. To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at www.co.hidalgo.tx.us [http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/admin/www.co.hidalgo.tx.us] .
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