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Pasadena ISD still ‘STRONG’ a year after Harvey

Pasadena ISD still ‘STRONG’ a year after Harvey
Posted on 08/20/2018
As teachers across Pasadena ISD welcomed back students, dressed in their finest first-day-of-school outfits, it’s understandable how the events that kicked off the 2017-18 school year are but a fading memory for many.

by Dwight Henson
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As teachers across Pasadena ISD welcomed back students, dressed in their finest first-day-of-school outfits, it’s understandable how the events that kicked off the 2017-18 school year are but a fading memory for many.

Yet the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey saw a community band together, strengthen ties and fortify PISD’s commitment to continue providing exemplary learning environments, even against the adverse force of Mother Nature.

Support from across the country poured into the district, totaling over $1.1 million, in addition to donated materials and supplies.

In November, the continued strength of the community was evident as the district passed a bond at 78 percent and a tax ratification election (TRE) at 67 percent.

Students showed strength in continuing to achieve at a high rate, with a district graduation rate of 90 percent, awarded scholarships totaling over $36 million, and more than 7,000 Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered.

PISD remains strong, having renovated and repaired Thompson Intermediate, Freeman Elementary, Williams Elementary, Frazier Elementary and Veterans Memorial Stadium after each suffered severe damage from the hurricane. The district also rebuilt Mae Smythe Elementary, expanded Pomeroy Elementary, and started their first full year with the newly built Dobie9 freshmen campus.

“The challenges of last year have helped shape who we are this year,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell. “As a result, we emerge stronger than we were, with an unwavering determination to continue to provide students with the best educational experience possible.”

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Thompson musicians are back in their renovated orchestra hall a year after Hurricane Harvey destroyed it.
Thompson musicians are back in their renovated orchestra hall a year after Hurricane Harvey destroyed it. Photograph by Jade Wise