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Marquez Selected as the Director of Safe & Secure Schools
Marquez has served as Houston ISD's safety and emergency management manager since December 2019. He led the creation of the Standard Operating Guidelines for the District-Wide Campus Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Councils and Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan, supported COVID-19 response, and updated the Hurricane Preparedness Plan.
Marquez served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Chief in the United States Marine Corps from 1998 to 2014. He was the Radiological Defense Chief for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency from 2011 until June of 2014, where he supported national level exercises and real-world events until his retirement. Following his military career, Marquez became an emergency planner for Luminant Power at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant until November of 2019. While living in Glen Rose, Texas, he served on the United Way Fund of Somervell County, Planning and Zoning Committee, and Economic Development Board serving as Chairman for two years. He was on the Glen Rose City Council for three years until his move to Pasadena, Texas.
Marquez received his bachelor's degree from the American Military University in Disaster and Emergency Management. He is working on his master's degree at the American Public University in Public Administration.
Robert has been married to his wife for 19 years. They share three children, two sons and a daughter.
"I am honored for the opportunity, and am looking forward to working with everyone. My goal is to support the district in taking giant steps to advance safe and secure environments for our students and staff."
Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
Goose Creek CISD Board members declare their support for the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge by signing a pledge, encouraging other members of the district to sign a pledge and leading by example to promote activities in their district. It’s Time Texas encourages a healthy lifestyle. Pictured are (from left)
Agustin Loredo, III; Tiffany Guy; Shae Cottar; Ben Pape, vice president; Jessica Woods, president; Dr. Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent; Howard Sampson, secretary and Richard Clem, assistant secretary. #CommunityChallenge
Goose Creek CISD board members, honored at a recent board meeting for School Board Recognition Month, are (front, from left) Agustin Loredo, III; Howard Sampson, secretary; Shae Cottar; Tiffany Guy; (back, from left) Ben Pape, vice president; Richard Clem, assistant secretary; Jessica Woods, president.
Goose Creek CISD Honors Board for School Board Recognition Month
By: Susan Passmore
Goose Creek CISD joins 1,024 school districts throughout Texas in celebrating January as School Board Recognition Month with the theme, “Navigating to Success.”
“Our school board members are volunteers who assume critical responsibilities and make difficult decisions for our district. Their goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” said Dr. Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way we can thank them for all they do, and they certainly deserve to be honored for their dedication.”
Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The Goose Creek CISD board is responsible for an annual budget of $243 million, nearly 24,000 students, more than 4,000 employees and 28 campuses. Under the board’s leadership and approval from the community for the 2019 Bond, a new junior school, an elementary school and a replacement school for San Jacinto Elementary are underway along with other bond projects. The district has recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Education Service Center, which houses the Special Education Department, instructional specialists, the Testing Department as well as an Employee Fitness Center and an Employee Wellness Clinic. Phase 3 of Stuart Career Tech High School is nearing completion, and Phase 4 has begun, The Global Business Academy at Goose Creek Memorial High School was recently recognized as a Model Academy by the National Career Academy Coalition, joining Ross S. Sterling’s Health Science Academy and Robert E. Lee High School’s STEM Academy in earning this status. Several academies throughout the district have been remodeled, and the Career Academy for Future Educators (CAFÉ) at Sterling is accepting applicants for the 2021-2022 school year. As part of a large energy saving project with ABM, new turf was installed on sports fields at the three high schools. The district is expanding its pre-kindergarten program and Dual Language Two-Way Program. In December 2020, Goose Creek CISD’s district theme, “Here, We Grow Giants,” was recognized as one of 12 exemplary programs in the state in Texas School Business magazine’s Bragging Rights publication.
The board was honored at a recent board meeting with opening ceremony performances by the Horace Mann Junior School choirs, appreciation banners from each campus displayed in the board room, a special dinner prepared by the dual credit culinary arts students at Stuart Career Tech High School and cookie bouquets created by Aramark. Many campuses placed messages thanking the board on their marquees, and a book was placed in each campus library in honor of the board. Mayor Brandon Capetillo presented a proclamation declaring January 2021 as Board Recognition Month.
Board members serving the district and the year they were first elected include Jessica Woods, president, 2015; Ben Pape, vice president, 2017; Howard Sampson, 2009; Richard Clem, assistant secretary, 2017; Shae Cottar, 2019; Tiffany Guy, 2019 and Agustin Loredo, III, 2006.
“It’s more important than ever before that communities stand up for public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment to tell our school board members thank you for caring about our children and for their dedication to the district as well as to our community. We can all show our support by letting them know that their service is recognized and truly appreciated,” said O’Brien.
Goose Creek CISD is in the process of rezoning attendance zones to accommodate for Green Junior School, which will open in the fall of 2021. Your feedback is very important to us as the school board considers which of the two rezoning options is better for our school district. You may provide feedback through the completion of an online survey. In addition, you may attend one of the public forums being provided next week in person. A brief rezoning presentation will be given at the public forum, followed by an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and provide feedback.
The first public forum will be held on Tuesday, January 12th, at the Highlands Junior School auditorium, 6:30-7:45 pm. The second public forum will be held on Thursday, January 14th, at Gentry Junior School auditorium, 6:30-7:45 pm.
You may review the two rezoning options on our website at www.gccisd.net.
If you prefer to fill out a paper survey, you may pick one up beginning January 5, 2021, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the front desk of the Goose Creek CISD Administration Building, 4544 I-10 East, Baytown, TX 77521. All surveys must be submitted electronically or turned in at the Administration Building by 4:30 p.m. January 15, 2021.
Ciudadanos de GCCISD,
Goose Creek CISD está en el proceso de rezonificar las zonas de asistencia para acomodar a la Escuela Secundaria Green, que abrirá en el otoño del 2021.
Sus comentarios son muy importantes para nosotros ya que la mesa directiva considera cuál de las dos opciones de rezonificación es la mejor para nuestro distrito. Puede proporcionar comentarios completando una encuesta en línea. Además, puede asistir en persona a uno de los foros públicos
que se ofrecerán la próxima semana. Habrá una breve presentación de rezonificación en el foro público, seguida de una oportunidad para que los ciudadanos hagan preguntas y den sus comentarios.
El primer foro público se llevará a cabo el martes 12 de enero en el auditorio de la Escuela Secundaria Highlands, de 6: 30-7: 45 pm. El segundo foro público se llevará a cabo el jueves 14 de enero
en el auditorio de la Escuela Secundaria Gentry, de 6: 30-7: 45 pm.
Puede revisar las dos opciones de rezonificación en nuestro sitio web en www.gccisd.net.
Si prefiere completar una encuesta en papel, puede recoger uno a partir del 5 de enero del 2021, de 8 a.m. a 4:30 pm. en la recepción del Edificio de Administración
de Goose Creek CISD, 4544 I-10 East, Baytown, TX 77521. Todas las encuestas deben enviarse electrónicamente o entregarse en el Edificio de Administración antes de las 4:30 p.m. del 15 de enero del 2021.
Review Zoning Options & Complete Survey
Dr. Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent, welcomes Stephen F. Austin Elementary students
back to school during their lunch period. Pictured are (from left) Ruben Pena, Roger Ramirez, Levi Eghbali and Brayelyn O’Dell.
Gentry Junior School sixth-grader Ashton Mexas (right) gets a fist bump from Dr. Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent, as he returns to school after the holiday.
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