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BELLAIRE MEYERLAND WESTUNIVERSITY EDITION

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In response to shooting, HISD struggleswithway forward

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SOURCES: HISD, CENTER FOR HOMELAND DEFENSE AND SECURITYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 28 rearm-related discipline reports in HISD in 2018-19

BY MATT DULIN

installing metal detectors at some schools, but Houston ISD school board President Sue Deigaard said the item is almost certainly going to return for further consideration. “From what I heard, trustees want a comprehensive safety strat- egy for our kids that metal detec- tors may or may not be a part of,” Deigaard said. “It doesn’t nec- essarily just have to be equipment; there’s

incidents in January 2020

At Bellaire High School, a sense of normalcy has not returned in the weeks since senior Cesar Cortez was killed by an apparent acciden- tal shooting on campus Jan. 14. “Students are still wearing black ribbons. There are more adults and police ocers around, and hall sweeps are more frequent,” said Ioana Nechiti, a senior at the school. “There’s more vigilance.” School district trustees and o- cials have been grappling with how to respond. On Feb. 13, trustees voted down a measure that would have allowed the district to expedite

practices and pro- cedures to think about.”

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Houston ISD has stepped up security at Bellaire High School in the wake of an apparent accidental shooting. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Decidingpoints p i i i The new Bellaire City Council will decide on a slew of important issues later this year.

NewBellaire council dynamic taking shape

BY HUNTER MARROW

construction project, designed to improve streets, drainage and aesthetics, was requested by new Coun- cil Member Nathan Wesely and was piggybacked on a requested update for the project by fellow new Coun- cil Member Catherine Lewis. The week prior, the council chose to put on hold plans to embark on a three-year review of Bellaire’s Comprehensive Plan, the guiding document that serves as a policy guide for the council, city boards and commissions, and city sta, according to the city’s website. Wesely and Lewis were joined in their CONTINUED ON 23

In their rst month in oce, three newly elected Bellaire City Council members have made it known they will be asking more questions and riding against the status quo on some of the city’s biggest projects and processes. A 4-3 vote, for example, during a Bellaire City Council meeting on Jan. 27 put an end to a request to consider altering contracts, pursuing legal action and evaluating vendor performance for the ongoing Spruce and Fifth Street Reconstruction Project. The action item for the estimated $2.5 million

Budget: Revenue, expenditures, initiatives in each of the city’s operating funds, stang levels and employee compensation Capital Improvement Plan: A ve-year plan for major capital expenditures, including bond- funded projects Comprehensive Plan : A framework for guiding future development, redevelopment, and community enhancement over 20 years

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