If we build it will they come?.....My report last week about FBISDs proposed science and technology center elicited some interest from readers who reminded me that it was still in the proposal stage and shouldn’t be a
factor in the upcoming school board election. Also, I visited with Sugar Land Councilman Michael Schiff who is also on the exploratory committee. Schiff pointed out that if after a few years there was no appreciable increase in science and technology interest, FBISD would still have a
building. With the continued growth in the district, a new building was always needed. I thought that was a good point.
One reader encouraged the district to look at what HISD does. “ HISD uses the Houston Natural Science Museum as its “technology center.” They have paid half the salary of a full-time teacher who works at the museum and who then puts on presentations for the school field
trips as they come through the museum. This seems like a very good way to utilize existing resources without paying a lot of money.”
The reader also suggests that since Fort Bend will soon have its own museum annex here, the district should consider coordinating with people whose job it is to put on science based education and making it fun enough that people want to go to it.
The reader also suggests that thought be given to U of H Sugar Land and the two community colleges who have campuses in the district. A science education program could be tied in so high school students could get college credit for the work they do.
These are two very good ideas and shows the community is open to getting involved in the program.
Head of the exploratory committee Dave Wallace went into a little more detail with me about getting private funding for the idea. Wallace says institutions like the Smithsonian and others have grants available for just such endeavors. He mentioned that Texas Instruments,
right in our own backyard, and other technology firms, provide some funding for a science and technology center in the Dallas school system.
If the center can be built with no tax money, and Wallace is sure it can, what can it hurt? FBISD would be foolish to look a gift horse such as this in the mouth.
So I think we should hold off making a decision about the value of such an endeavor until all the fact are in. To do otherwise would indicate that we are simply bound up with saying “No” at every chance.
Also from the mailbag.....Another reader wrote that the sale of land for low income housing is only part of the story. She points out that some of the land is rented to a woman running a horse stable. She says, “This stable is situated where teens and their families can
board a horse, ride or learn the value of taking care of an animals. I think it is a shame these places are going to be a thing of the past so other big business can make money.”
The writer said the landowner said he wasn’t going to sell right away and the stable owner signed a new lease. However, she has lost a lot of customers who are scared they need to move their animals now.
The writer said, “This is a wonderful oasis in the middle of urban life.”
Birthdays....I mentioned last week that I was 1000 years old. Lila Smith, whom I have known for many years, emailed me that she had known me since I was 700 years old. I think Lila is saying that she’s old too!
Like Bette Davis said, “Growing old is not for sissies!”
My son and daughter-in-law who own “Focus” magazine are starting a new quarterly magazine geared toward women. It’s called “Focus on Women.” For its premier edition, I’m writing a story about a number of Fort Bend women who are still working past retirement age.
I have been interviewing them this week and I am amazed at their energy. Mind you, most of these women are older than I am, and I am not at all sure how much longer I can keep this up. But they are still going strong!
However, I don’t know why I am so surprised since about half the Star staff is composed of women well past retirement, including myself, receptionist Millie, news editor Jean, reporter Barbara, and ad sales Ann. (My story is about all the other women past retirement, not
us.) We may be about a quart low on estrogen but we have plenty of experience to make up for it. And every week, we get it done and have been for 30 years!
We’re not sissies!
B.K. Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.