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PRESENTATION BY PSJA ISD
PSJA ISD Board Members, Superintendent Daniel King and Commissioners' Court Members
Commissioners' Court heard a presentation by Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Daniel King regarding PSJA's successful dropout prevention and college preparation efforts. Recently recognized on a national scope by PBS' NewsHour television show, PSJA ISD is emerging as a model for dropout recovery and college and career success. Dr. King explained PSJA's model, College3 (pronounced "College Cubed"), which is an innovative method employed by the district that incorporates early college philosophy for all students, including dropouts. Accompanying Dr. King were PSJA ISD Board Members, including President Ben Garza, Jr., Vice President Humberto "Bobby" Rodriguez, and members Ramona Barron, Pete Garcia and Gilbert Herrera. Court members congratulated Dr. King and the PSJA ISD on their accomplishments and for championing education among the youth of the Pharr, San Juan and Alamo area.
AUGUST IS NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS MONTH
Representatives from Texas Organ Sharing Alliance and Commissioners' Court Members
Commissioners' Court approved a proclamation declaring the month of August 2012 as National Minority Donor Awareness Month. Jaime Longoria, employee with the County Judge's Office, introduced the proclamation, emphasizing on the importance of organ donation and the need to bring awareness to and promote the gift of life. Longoria speaks from experience; his young son was both a recipient and became a donor when he lost his life. Representatives from the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance were in attendance, and also spoke of their personal experience. Sylvia Espinoza lost her son Jeremy in a car accident several years ago and had shared his desire to be a donor with his parents only weeks before his fatal accident; Isabel Garza became the recipient of Jeremy's left kidney, and reported that she is living a healthy and active life thanks to Jeremy. Court members unanimously approved the proclamation, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation among minorities, including Hispanics.
ACCEPTANCE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY & CONSERVATION STRATEGY
Commissioners' Court approved the County's first Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy, as presented by the consultants engaged in spearheading the initiative. Funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Energy under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program as part of the American Recovery Act, the County engaged the consultants to develop a five-year conservation strategy that included recommendations to help the County reduce energy consumption. The strategy, which was developed over the last year with the assistance and guidance of a countywide Sustainability Committee, included an analysis of energy use in 17 County facilities, recommendations to implement energy reduction measures to curtail energy use and reduce consumption, as well methods to finance or fund the proposed projects. In the presentation, the consultants claimed that if the 5-year strategy were implemented now, the County would reduce their annual energy expenditures by approximately 35%, and save an estimated $1.3 million in energy-related consumption, demand and costs. With the acceptance and approval of the strategy, the Sustainability Committee is now armed with a roadmap to begin implementing some of the recommended energy reduction measures throughout the County, thereby reducing energy consumption and use and setting a standard of energy efficiency for years to come.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION APPOINTMENT
Commissioners' Court approved the appointment of Mickie Rabinovich of McAllen to the Hidalgo County Civil Service Commission. Rabinovich was appointed by Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios.
COURT APPROVES 2013 TRANSPORTATION FEES
Pursuant to Sections 502.401, 502.402 and 502.403 of the Texas Transportation Code, Commissioners' Court approved the Imposition of Optional Fees for Calendar Year 2013, opting to retain the same fees as 2012. The fees total $20, of which $10 is allocated to the County and $10 to the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority, and are imposed on motor vehicle registration fees as per the statute.
The next meeting of Commissioners' Court is scheduled for Tuesday, 8/7/2012.
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