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  • PEARLAND FRIENDSWOODEDITION VOLUME 3, ISSUE 10 | SEPT. 18-OCT. 18, 2017

    8 TO-DO LISTUpcoming events, things to know

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    Local schools compete to retain teachers, offer higher salariesBY HALEY MORRISON

    As school districts around the Greater Houston area are growing, competition for recruiting highly qualified teachers has stiffened.

    Districts, such as Alvin, Friend-swood and Pearland ISDs, have all been affected by increased teacher turnover, according to retention data from the Texas Education Agency, and have dug deep to raise teacher salaries in an effort to stifle poaching.

    FISDs teacher turnover rate

    increased by 2 percentage points between the 2014-15 school and 2015-16 school years, according to the latest TEA data. Meanwhile, AISDs teacher turnover rate fell by almost 2.5 percentage points over the same time period. PISD has maintained roughly the same rate between 2013 and 2016.

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    TEACHER SALARIESTEACHER SALARIES2 17$

    Alvin ISD$ 5 3, 2 0 0$ 5 3, 0 0 0 Pearland ISD

    Friendswood ISD$ 5 2 , 75 0 SOURCES: ALVIN ISD, FRIENDSWOOD ISD, AND PEARLAND ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

    Pearland, Friendswood invest millions in infrastructure repairs after historic floodingHurricane Harvey rains destruction on HoustonBY NORA OLABI

    After Hurricane Harvey dropped up to 50 inches of rain along the Gulf Coast, communities are left pick-ing up the pieces.

    Harvey broke the rain-fall record of 48 inches for a tropical system in the

    continental U.S. at two locations in the Houston metro area, including at Marys Creek and Wind-ing Road in Friendswood where 50.04 inches fell Aug. 25-29, according to the Harris County Flood Con-trol District.

    This disaster has touched everyone in some way; thousands have been affected, Friendswood Mayor Kevin Holland said.

    The average annual rain-fall for the Greater Houston area is 49.8 inches, accord-ing to the National

    Weather Service.Pearland also experi-

    enced up to 30 to 40 inches of rain over the same four-day period, according to officials.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to every

    Homes near Knapp Road in Pearland were inundated when water rose over the banks of nearby Clear Creek.

    Here are the salaries for teachers with no experience for the 2017-18 year.

    HELPING AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY

    EDITORS NOTE For more information about recovery, see Page 20.

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    Nora Olabi EDITORnolabi@communityimpact.com

    As a native Houstonian, I must admit my relationship with Texas is bittersweet. Our summers are miserably hot and humid. Our roaches are bigger than some small dogs, and mosquitoes are the bane of my existence. The silver lining, how-ever, is Texans have a great sense of pride, love for their neighbors and an enduring spirit that can weather any storm.

    Our top story this month hones in on the affects of Hurricane Harvey in Pearland and Friendswood. While the extent of the damage is still being assessed, we know this for certain: The road to recovery will be long. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected by the

    storm. Make sure you read through our list of resources and recovery tips (Page 20).

    I am so proud of our community, from first responders and city staff to residents and business owners. We put together a noncomprehensive list of businesses who chipped in to help those in need (Page 7).

    Of course, September is our annual K-12 public education guide. In this issue, we highlight the challenges each of our local school districts face as they try to retain teachers in a competitive market. We also compiled the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readinessalso known as STAARscores and accountability ratings in the 2016-17 school year for each campus.

    My heart goes out to you. As a native Houstonian, I know firsthand the power of unity. No one can recover on their own; we need the help of neighbors.

    Presumably by this point, you have gone through demolition, made calls to your insurance companies and scheduled an adjuster to look at the damage.

    Now, your home is ready to be remade. Make sure you get the right contractor for home renovations, not a fly-by-night operation. Flip to Page 20 for pro-fessional tips from the Texas Association of Builders.

    Both Friendswood and Pearland have waived fees for home renovations that typically require a permit. Contractors should be registered with the city.

    Have time to help your neighbor? Friendswood residents can dial the citys disaster assistance call center at 281-888-0131 for local opportunities. Pearland residents can reach the Pearland Recovery Assistance Team online at www.prat-one.org.

    Want to donate? School districts and nonprofits, such as Friendswood Rotary, Pearland Neighborhood Center and United Way, are funding recovery efforts.

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