|Students explain Roscoe's programs to Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams and State Senator Charles Perry.|
State Senator Charles Perry, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, and education advisors from the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s offices were in town on Friday to learn first-hand about Roscoe’s Collegiate and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs.
“There are a lot of great things happening in education across the state, and the nationally recognized program here in Roscoe is providing a significant benchmark about how we can keep kids excited and engaged in STEM,” said Education Commissioner Williams, according to Saturday’s Abilene Reporter-News article on the visit.
Williams also said that Roscoe’s STEM Academy and Collegiate programs will be used to serve as a pilot program for rural schools across the state.
Both Williams and Senator Perry were impressed with the number of Roscoe students who graduated with Associate’s Degrees from Western Texas College in Snyder in their senior years at Roscoe Collegiate High School. That number has steadily grown from one student in 2011 to 19 of 21 students, over 90%, in last year’s graduating class. This year’s graduating class will report similar numbers.
Superintendent Kim Alexander expressed pride in the program, the teachers, students, school board, and administration. The Reporter-News article quoted him as saying, “This kind of support from Austin lets us know we are doing the right things out here. We continue to learn as we go, and I’m very proud of the organization for the successes we have had thus far.”
POLICE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY
|Roscoe's new Police Station on 104 Cypress Street.|
Everyone is invited, so please come by and see your new Police Station.
CITY COUNCIL RECEIVES UPDATES, SETS CITY ELECTION DATE FOR MAY 9
|City Manager Cody Thompson updates Council on recent activities.|
City Manager Cody Thompson reported that laying of the underground electrical lines on Young Farm Estates will be completed by February 27 and that street work will begin on March 1 and should be finished by the end of March with sale of lots beginning shortly thereafter. Deed restrictions will be filed in March and will be reviewed for approval by the City Council at the March meeting.
Young Farm Estates owner Carl Childers will also open bidding soon for renovation of the old octagonal cotton house across from the Lumberyard.
Kade Johnson Construction has purchased two acres next to the Nemir property along the new road on the north side across from the Randall Smith property. It will be used for a new office, a warehouse, and a manufacturing building.
The City will install a new fence at the City Park next to the City Swimming Pool and should be finished by the end of the month.
The City B Board approved a plan to hold Roscoe Super Sunday on March 29. Roscoe retailers will be open from noon to 6pm, and the Roscoe Express will shuttle guests from business to business, including a new retail outlet, Vicki’s Antiques, just north of Vicki’s Gifts on 3rd and Main Streets. At the Lumberyard, live music will begin at 3pm with the Jamie Richards band, followed by the Playboys Special Edition, and then the headline band Merle Haggard and the Strangers. Live music will continue until 10pm. The Council also approved blocking off the downtown streets during the event. For more information, call City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871. For tickets to the live music contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.
The new Water Treatment Plant, which has been out of operation recently due to manufacturer problems and damage caused by last month’s ice storm, will resume normal operation of reverse-osmosis water within the next two or three weeks. Once it operates successfully for 45 days, the City can then formally accept its daily operation.
Work on renovation of the Fire Department is progressing as planned, and clearing of broken limbs and other debris is also underway and nearing completion.
Highland student Emrick Wilson will landscape the area behind City Hall to fulfill requirements toward attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. The City will pay for the materials.
Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the January police report to the Council. It appears in a separate article in this posting.
The Council then set May 9 as the official date for this year’s City Election. Early voting will be from April 27 through Tuesday, May 5, with Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 5, as the days in which voting is possible from 7am to 7pm. The office of Mayor as well as two City Council seats are scheduled for election or re-election. Qualified citizens desiring to run for one of these offices should apply at City Hall by February 27. The City Secretary’s office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
The Council then heard a proposal by Municipal Services Manager Robert Searle of Republic Services of Abilene to open bidding for waste disposal services in the City of Roscoe. Searle gave a brief talk on his company and what it can offer. The current contract is held by Knox Waste Services of Tye. It will expire in June. After some discussion, the Council voted to table a decision until next month’s meeting.
With the end of RCHS basketball season, the City Council will resume holding its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month. It will meet next on Tuesday, March 10.
The Plowgirls played their last game of the season last Tuesday evening and lost to Hamlin 47-33. Here is the scoring by quarters, followed by individual Plowgirl scoring:
Hamlin 47 – Plowgirls 33
Hamlin 10 23 32 47
Plowgirls 11 25 30 33
Plowgirl scoring: Olivia Saddler 17, Alyssa Chavez 6, Mia Herrera 3, Magali Casas 3, Mireya Sanchez 2, Bergan Trevino 2.
PLOWBOYS LOSE LAST THREE, BASKETBALL SEASON OVER
Hamlin 38 – Plowboys 36
Hamlin 10 16 22 38
Plowboys 7 20 25 36
Plowboy scoring: Javier Leanos 15, Kevin Lavalais 7, Luis Villa 6, Isaiah Gonzales 2, Vincent Pantoja 2, Cutter Davila 2, Rafael Aguayo 1.
Haskell 44 – Plowboys 32
Haskell 11 25 38 44
Plowboys 8 17 24 32
Plowboy scoring: Villa 9, Leanos 8, Lavalais 7, Aguayo 6, Davila 2.
Stamford 54 – Roscoe 36
Stamford 20 28 43 54
Plowboys 4 16 22 36
Plowboy scoring: Aguayo 10, Leanos 9, Lavalais 5, Davila 3, Gonzales 1.
WEATHER REPORT: MILD AND DRY
Today should be nicer, though, with a high approaching 70° this afternoon. Thursday and Friday will be similar or slightly warmer with highs in the low to mid-seventies and lows of around fifty. Saturday will be a bit cooler with a high of 64° and on Saturday night a cold front will bring a 20% chance of precipitation. Sunday’s high should be only in the mid-forties with a low Monday morning in the upper twenties.
In its most recent issue, Scientific American magazine is reporting that several recent scientific studies all conclude that in the second half of this century the Southwest and Great Plains will experience the worst extended drought since 1200, one lasting from 20 to 30 years.
As you’ll recall, that ancient drought, which began about 1130, was the one that wiped out the Anasazi civilization, including the people who lived in cliff dwellings in Arizona and Mesa Verde, Colorado, and in large settlements like the one at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.
Such a drought, if it does occur, will pretty much be the death knell for west Texas towns like Roscoe, which depend on water for their farming and ranching. Of course, I won’t be around by then, but the prospect of Big Country communities going the way of the Anasazi is not a particularly cheerful one. Let’s hope that prediction is wrong!