New HP Mayor Not Focused on Making History

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Margo Goodwin is ready to tackle challenges with research and listening. (Photo: Konrad Kaltenbach)

Electing a woman as mayor is not all that unusual in 2018 America, but mayoral portraits on the back wall of the Town Council Chambers serve as a reminder that doing so is a first in Highland Park.

Just don’t expect new Mayor Margo Goodwin to get all excited about making such history.


Stanzel Wins Title at All-Star Games

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E.C. Stanzel, front row left, represented Highland Park in the TAVC All-Star Games over the weekend.

Highland Park’s E.C. Stanzel was among 48 seniors from throughout Texas who competed in the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches 5A/6A All-Star Games on Saturday in Pearland.

Stanzel was on the South team, which defeated two other all-star squads to win the championship in the four-team tournament.

She was dressed in the same jersey that she wore when the Lady Scots won at a tournament in Pearland in 2015. Stanzel will play in college for UT-Dallas next season.


Clements Foundation gives $10 million to Highland Park Education Foundation

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The historic fund will support HPISD teachers and honor the legacy of Governor Bill Clements.

The Highland Park Education Foundation (HPEF) announced Tuesday afternoon that it has received an unprecedented $10 million gift from Clements Foundation to establish the William P. Clements, Jr. Fund designated to meet the needs of teachers in the Highland Park Independent School District. The gift is the largest in the history of the Education Foundation and the district.


HPISD, Town Leaders Discuss Revised Design for Bradfield Elementary School

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This drawing by Stantec architect Jonathan Aldis incorporates some of the changes, which emerged from a peer review of the Bradfield Elementary School design.

A proposed redesign for Bradfield Elementary School, developed during a peer review process with a classical architect from Houston, would cost an additional $754,000 to build, according to Highland Park ISD. That's $354,000 more than district leaders are willing to spend.

Instead, the district will seek approval for design changes costing $399,000 more. The plan keeps a much-discussed colonnade in front of the entry courtyard and forgoes changes to a tower, but modifies window designs throughout the school and incorporates quatrefoils and more brick into the design.


HPISD Officials Answer Questions Regarding Enrollment Policy Change

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Highland Park ISD is discussing opening enrollment to allow children of faculty to attend its schools.
The board has been researching and discussing the idea since January, and if approved, the policy would slowly phase in.

The draft policy would allow non-resident, full-time professional contracted employees – including teachers, librarians, counselors, and professional staff – to apply for their child to transfer into HPISD schools.
The board heard a presentation on May 15 regarding the enrollment idea and will vote on the policy on June 12.

Below are some questions surrounding the policy as officials begin the initial planning process.


Crime Report May 14 – 20

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: POPPING TAGS

One shopper must have been browsing with champagne taste on a soda pop budget just before noon May 18 at Scout & Mollys at Snider Plaza. According to a police report, the shopper tried on several clothing items in the dressing room, paid for three, and then left the location – taking with them $560-worth of unpaid for merchandise.


Series of Water Main Breaks Damage Snider Plaza Businesses

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Three water main breaks early Tuesday morning in University Park have resulted in the temporary closure of Milton Avenue east of Hursey Street and travel south of the fountain in Snider Plaza, said Steve Mace, the city's director of communications and marketing.

A fourth break in the 3400 block of Milton Avenue occurred Tuesday afternoon as crews were beginning to lay asphalt, Mace said. The cracks, he said, are due to aging infrastructure and expansion and contraction of soil near the water mains.