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Dr. Kirk Lewis CTHS Hosts Dedication Ceremony

Dr. Kirk Lewis CTHS Hosts Dedication Ceremony
Posted on 05/29/2015
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Approximately 400 guests consisting of Board of Trustees, district administration, school staff, building planners, community partners, parents, students and Kirk Lewis’ family and friends gathered to celebrate the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School and its namesake Wednesday evening.

“Thank you for your continued leadership, support and encouragement as we honor you and your family this evening,” Steven Fleming, the school’s principal said addressing the crowd. “Thank you for showing us the love and genuine concern for every single student across our school district and every single staff member who is part of the Pasadena ISD family. We are honored to serve in a building that carries your name.”

Humbled by the honor, Lewis said, “I greatly appreciate that the Board invested in this campus, the community supported it in the 2011 bond and that you get to see what we have created for our students to use on a daily basis.”

An integral part of district leadership since 1986, Lewis has seen the district grow and change in terms of population and educational goals. He has led multiple building projects and initiated numerous successful academic initiatives. Since Lewis took the reigns as superintendent in 2006, the academic achievement and graduation rates of Pasadena students have both increased. Furthermore, the district anticipated challenges of a new state assessment and made instructional changes that resulted in STAAR student achievement equal-to or exceeding state and regional outcomes. To date, he has led seven bond elections enabling the district to build new facilities and replacement campuses, refurbish the district’s athletic stadium, and add an athletic complex and an aquatics facility.

A staunch supporter of Career and Technical Education, Lewis was named the 2015 Champion of Career and Technical Education for the Gulf Coast Career and Technical Administrators of Texas. In 2011 he recommended a 1:1 Technology Initiative to provide a flexible 24/7 learning environment to students through the provision of personal tablets for use at school and home.

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School board president Mariselle Quijano expressed sentiments and shared details about the building project. “Dr. Lewis, it is an honor for the board to showcase this beautiful building -- not just the architecture but all the wonderful work that is being done here,” she said.

“Our vision for Pasadena ISD is to continue moving forward into the future that holds unlimited possibilities for all of our students,” she continued. “This campus is just one more gateway to unlimited opportunities for the students in our culturally diverse community.”

The school, located off Genoa Red Bluff and East Sam Houston Parkway South, opened its doors to students in August 2014 under the direction of Principal Steven Fleming. The high school serves 1,250 students from all five high schools across the district. Opening the campus has eased crowding in the district’s high schools. It has also increased the capability of the district to meet critical economic needs of the community by providing students the opportunity to pursue vocational pathways with core curriculum and to graduate from high school prepared for college as well as immediate employment. 

President of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Cristina Womack expressed gratitude for the business impact of the new campus.

“Our mission is to promote economic development and community growth to ensure the prosperity of Pasadena’s businesses and citizens and this high school is a direct reflection of that,” Womack said.

Fleming concluded the evening by dedicating the building to future generations of students and the community who would reap the benefits of an education gained through the unique partnership that has created the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School.

“We are blessed to live in a school district where the visions and dreams of caring and dedicated educators, school board members, architects, contractors, community leaders, business and industry partners, parents, students post-secondary educational partners and our community all come together to become the reality that you see this evening,”  Fleming concluded.

After the formal ceremony, guests toured the facility escorted by student ambassadors and enjoyed refreshments prepared by the culinary students of the campus.
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