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New Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard presented two administrative recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration during their regular monthly meeting on February 15. The Board approved both recommendations to hire by unanimous vote. Mr. Marcus D. Forney was approved as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Mr. Joshua D. Campbell as the new principal for Mance Park Middle School.
Mr. Forney currently serves as Executive Director for Campus Administrative Support for Katy ISD. He will be joining Huntsville ISD in March with over two decades of instructional, administrative and leadership experience in urban and suburban settings.
Mr. Campbell was hired to be the new principal for Mance Park Middle School. With 17 total years in education, Campbell currently serves as the Director for Student Services for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD where one of his responsibilities is training campus administrators in effective discipline management.
The Huntsville Police Department reports that with recent growing crime trends HPD is taking strategic steps to help lower crime rates. They will have hopefully the first of many Neighborhood Watch meetings that they will have for community members so they are aware of what’s going on around them. They will also be covering what programs and services are provided by the Police Department, as well as safety tips for citizens. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Huntsville Police Department.
Rotarians have a special fundraising event ahead called “Winequest,” an elegant evening of wines from all over the world and food from local restaurants with music and live and silent auctions. It’s all to raise funds for getting the EarlyAct FirstKnight program in Huntsville schools. “Winequest” will be on Friday, February 23rd at Magnolia Lake on Highway 30 from 7 to 10 PM. Tickets are $55 per ticket or two for $100. You can contact any Rotary Club member.
Rotarian Karen Hewitt fills us in on the EarlyAct FirstKnight program . . . .
A knight from the program will be speaking at the dinner event.
At last night’s Huntsville ISD Board meeting, new superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard stepped over the alligators in the moat around him and put a positive spin to the work needed ahead at Huntsville ISD . . . .
Dr. Sheppard comes to Huntsville ISD from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston where he was assistant superintendent for secondary school administration for the last six years.
Walker County Master Gardeners Edible Yard Symposium is getting underway today.
Registration check-in is today beginning at 9 am at the AgriLife Extension Demonstration Gardens, 102 Tam Road, Huntsville.
If attending on Saturday, registration check-in will begin at 8:00 am at 455 State Highway 75 North, Huntsville, the Texas Veterans Complex.
We talked with Walker County Master Gardener spokesperson Rhonda Hanks . . . .
If you are a fan of eating breakfast for dinner, make plans to attend the Huntsville Kiwanis Club’s annual Pancake Supper at the Huntsville Public Library this afternoon. Admission is $5 per person (cash only) for all-you-can-eat hot and fresh pancakes, sausages, milk, coffee, and orange juice.
Assistant City Librarian Anne Sparks said this fundraising event is an important way to benefit literacy locally.
Ms. Sparks said, “Each fall, we host third graders at the library.” She said, “The students are treated to special activities followed by the opportunity to choose a free book to keep for themselves.”
Tickets are available in advance or at the door tonight. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Bryan Matthys at 936-650-7311. This year’s Supper will be at the Huntsville Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight.
Thursday, President Trump addressed reporters in the White House in reaction to the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida Wednesday . . . .
In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Wednesday a known suspect assaulted a victim in the 2800 block of Old Houston Road. In the 1500 block of Pine Street, Vernon Turner was arrested for injury to the elderly and interfering with an emergency call.
On Wednesday’s night shift, a known person assaulted a victim in the 500 block of FM 2821 East. In a domestic call on Gospel Hill Road, Shaniqua Reece was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in family violence.
The Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team received the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area award for Outstanding Marijuana Investigative Effort due to a yearlong investigation the task force has been working. Members of the Task Force attended the National Awards on February 8th in Washington D.C.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Houston agents and Task Force Officers assigned to the enforcement team, a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative led by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and comprised of multiple state, local, and federal agencies, conducted an investigation into a drug trafficking organization.
Walker County Sheriff Clint McCrae along with a local undercover narcotics investigator and Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson and Lt. Tim Cannon of the Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Task Force accepted the award.