2019-2020 GCCISD News Events
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Green Junior School
05/21/2020

Shoveling dirt at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for Edward Franklin “E.F” Green Junior School at 5737 Wallisville Road are (from left) Dr. Anthony Price, deputy superintendent; Richard Clem, board member; J. Warren Singleton, Baytown historian; Dr. Randal O’Brien, superintendent; Howard Sampson, board assistant secretary; Agustin Loredo III, board president; Dr. Lynda Villanueva, Lee College president; Brandon Capetillo, mayor and Rev. Sherman Gray III.

 

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Shoveling dirt at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for Edward Franklin “E.F” Green Junior School at 5737 Wallisville Road are (from left) Dr. Anthony Price, deputy superintendent; Richard Clem, board member; J. Warren Singleton, Baytown historian; Dr. Randal O’Brien, superintendent; Howard Sampson, board assistant secretary; Agustin Loredo III, board president; Dr. Lynda Villanueva, Lee College president; Brandon Capetillo, mayor and Rev. Sherman Gray III.

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Green Junior School

 

By: Susan Passmore

 

In a small ceremony, Goose Creek CISD recently broke ground for Edward Franklin “E.F.” Green Junior School at 5737 E. Wallisville Road in Baytown. The school is scheduled to open fall 2021.

 

Dr. Randal O’Brien, GCCISD superintendent, welcomed guests and recognized Agustin Loredo III, president of the board of trustees; Howard Sampson, assistant secretary; Richard Clem, board member; Brandon Capetillo, mayor of Baytown; Dr. Lynda Villanueva, president of Lee College; Dr. Anthony Price, deputy superintendent; Chet Theiss, Citizens Bond Oversite Committee chair; Pfluger Architects; Pogue Construction; Brenda Garcia and members of the GCCISD Facilities Planning and Construction Department and Clem Medina with Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam project management team.

 

O’Brien thanked the Goose Creek CISD board of trustees for approving the $335 million bond proposal to present to voters as well as community members who voted for the 2019 Bond, making the new school possible. Green Junior School will help alleviate overcrowding in the junior schools.

 

Reverend Sherman Gray III gave the invocation, followed by Loredo, who led the Pledge of Allegiance and spoke about the influence educators have on children, thanking J. Warren Singleton and others who supported naming the school for E. F. Green. Green was the first African American educator to become a district-level administrator. Former principal at Carver High School, he served as deputy superintendent for curriculum and guidance, retiring after 48 years in education.

 

“I think it’s very important that we name schools after people that made an influence – that children are able to see directly in front of them and know that there are people that that man had an impact on that are still with them that can carry on that legacy,” Loredo said.

 

Singleton, who led the nomination efforts for naming the school Edward Franklin “E.F.” Green Junior School, expressed his appreciation to Dr. O’Brien; Noemi Garcia, board secretary, the board of trustees and Goose Creek CISD.

 

“The unanimous 7-0 vote that this board of trustees delivered Monday night, May 4, speaks highly for the type of board members that we currently have in place at this time, and we are so proud that they were willing to support an individual such as Mr. Green, who did so much for Baytown and the school district,” Singleton said.