The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 54
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BRAZOSPORT AREA-WIDE SECTION PROGRESS '68 BRAZOSPORT FACTS ANNUAL PROGRESS AND MAIL-AWAY EDITION SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1968 School enrolfmenf reflects growth I'ATTKK.VS OK PHOGHKSS can 1»> se ll.i- Mi: llli;liwa> 28rt.llu:hw.i-. 332 Hit Construction oi. the pr",'i-i't ha* tiioiu'hi d •n in llils aerial vie* a! the siti- of • rctiam;i' at the hub uf Hra/.os|*rrt. ilhi-area an unpriTcndente ! amount of heavy equipment for a local highway job. Tall cranes. Mr drarlli""< «'"! a multitude of (rucks. Irurlors, ami other equipment have U-I.MI ronci-m rated at tin- InterM'clton fur several months. The wort, un the interchange N-i:an with the relocation of a portion nf a canal, then wldpnini.' of bridges on Highway 2H8. Hard to SIT .'r<>::. t!..- air is tl.i- hu.••• an..Mint of dm work which has lieen done- soutli of the actual ii.ti-r>i-i.!uin. v/ht-ii completed, tin- interchange will have grade separations to expedite the flow 'A traffic, expected to be a Noli e'-i'i'dally at ll-.e peak traffic times fur Dow Chemical Co. employees. The story of 20 years growth for the Brazosport Independent School District can be summed up In figures which represent over 300 percent increase In the number of places where classes are taught and over two and one- half times as many students to fill those places. BISD was created in 1944 and 2,G35 students were taught during that year in 100 rooms. During the 19GG-G7 school year that has Just past, 0.003 students were attending classes In 443 places, 50 ol which were wooden temporary buildings. This represents an increase ul 321 percent in the number ol places classes are taught ami an enrollment .increase of more than 278 per cent. During those 20 years the area has seen the addition ol a new high school, Brazosport Senior High, and the construction of five new elementary schools, Stephen K. Austin, A. I'. Beutel, Jane Long, T. W. Ogg, and O. M. Roberts. Existing facilities were also expanded, and all schools air conditioned. Growth in size is not the only thing shown by these numbers. Growth in curriculum and scope of study is. also reflected. In order to meet growing need, BISD has expanded and changed most of its courses of study. Elementary schools have seen the upgrading of kindergarten and first grade programs, the addition of new math, accelerated science and social studies programs as well as better methods of teaching through the use of such equipment as educational TV. At the secondary level, courses have expanded to meet the growth c,'. new knowledge and additions of special cur- riculums have proved necessary. Such programs as vocational education, foreign language studies, business education and classes for exceptional children have been added. During the first 10 years of its existence. BISD grew from 2,035 students to 3,885 and classrooms increased from 105 to 107. At the end of the 1951-52 school year the BISD had ready a new high school, Brazos- port Senior High. Between 1952-07 these additions were made to then existing facilities. Bra/-osport Senior High School received 18 permanent and temporary classrooms, two shops, a vocational agricultural building, student activity room, and girls gym. The cafeteria was expanded and a field house and physical . education dressing rooms were also completed. An auditorium was added in 19G3- 04 school year, and additional temporary classrooms. Thirty-one classrooms, a shop building, music building, field house, gymnasium, football field and library were added to Clute Junior High and Elementary School during the past 20 years. Freeport Junior High was expanded by seven classrooms, a cafetorlum. music building, field house and football field, and the shop and gyms were enlarged. Eighteen classrooms have been added to Lake Jackson Junior High-K le mcntary School as well as a oafetor- ium, band and choir building, field house, and expansion of the shop building was also completed. Also in Lake Jackson it was necessary to add 17 classrooms to Elisabet Ney Elementary School. O. A. Fleming Elementary School was expanded by 14 classrooms, acafetorium. and a library. Eight classrooms were added to Velasc.o Elementary. None of these additions include the present building program, which got underway in 1907 and will add 104 more places where classwork will be taught when completed in the tall of 10CO. This will make a total ol 043 permanent teaching stations for the district and an approximate enrollment of 11,000 is expected. AT HOSPITAL SITE Office building now completed 'Arti-Facts Museum growing assef fo area The By MAHGUKIUTK DAVIDSON Brarosport Mtisiunn ol Natural Science at 101 This ' Way. l.uku Jackson, Is happy to I-- included in this edition. Tim presence of tills history In tills edition Is further prool of recognition ol our stability as an asset to the community. Still an infant institution It is not yet (wo yoars since the six who continue today as trustees, serve on the Board ol Directors and as hard working stall: Bryan Cootie), Mildred Tale, Kayuiond V, alley, Hob and Prentls Host, and Kick Shaw, upt-ned the doors on tins first displays ol shells fossils, artltacts, and wlldlile. ( They had labored mightily (or nearly two years beiore th.it with din treat aid and Inspiration oi n, I. Hoyett. The Articles oi Incorioratlon aro signed by .Sidney whuek'.ss and John Dunn Jr. on June |!i, 1904. The charter was granted 10 days later. On May 2 of this year an o|>oii house program celebrated a unit nf successful O|x.-ration. The kejnote oi that lestival was the display ol the DeWltt shell and lossil collections which had been purchased from V,, C. IieV, lit as a gut tu the museum by James Nabors and ihe Nelson l.rlswold Foundation. I The donors were honored and t:iven l.ile Memberships and Mrs. Tale presented the most dramatic shells of the collection In a new room, Coonoy also made a special display of the DeWltl lossils. Since both Cooney and Mrs. Tale had already established very extensive', excellent displays ol their own collections, this gilt added enough to allow us to say with truth thai this new and somewhat crowded institution now can .show the best displays ot shells and tossils on the Gull Coast. Superior staff work I I have asked our various leaders lor statements concerning past successes ami luture plans. Bryan Cooiiey responded immediately that he leels the strength ol this museum lies in the people who work here, lie said that lie has worked with organ!stations all his life, but has never known any, where every member can be so-firmly relied on to do what he promises. He ieels that we need to add depth to our strength by adding one or two scientists, especially geologists and marine biologists. All who work here at present are amateur volunteers, inspired by enthusiasm for chosen areas ol the museum's ^ offerings or by an all-over enjoyment of this kind of community service. The board oi directors now includes Joe D'Amico, Doris Munson, Julia Simms, Jane Knodel, Jock and I, Lois Norwood, and Elbert Perryman. The idea ol servlf.u has been well implanted in each new member. Many other helpers are called upon, Mrs. Kichard (.Joyce) Kirk bas organized the Brai'.osport Shell Club. Mrs. David (Janey) McFerran assists in the leadership and maintains 9 salt water aquarium here in the museum. David Knodel has been lialplul in every way (how can we live without him now i that he leaves us to pursue his education at the University of Houston?) Su.nmer hostesses were Li/, lur.nas, Shirley Ar:nintor, Andrea Hausmaii and assistant hostesses Susan 1'rince and Mary Oury, Joanne Knodul aiv.i Mary Lynn Perry. All :n;uii- :e.ii that same pride aivd enthusiasm that radiates here. Mll.DHi.b TAT:., C< KAT<>11, 1'l.ANS 1 OK TIU. i IITIU.: "V, l.lle we .ire if.'ikl o! . ur past. '•', e at the iniiseu.;. constantly search !nr new ideas o! interest lo students and l.ob- b-.ists alike. . .Now that there is more leisure i> r all. the lowly hi.bl.) has emerteil as the major '.act- r in modern hvln,;. "The number o! hobbies is t'.reat and there is no limit to the imaiiinati n and ingenuity ol the people w ho develop then,. Die nature hoH'ies are increasing in popularity, uiir collections o! s|-eci:i.eiis kiivlk-s the art's ul curiosu:, in the potential h^bby 1st and oiler guides to Ins learning as well as to tli.it "I the scientist. "V>e .ire glad to be actively engaged in this creative enterprise, presenting a living center oi research and educa- tion. >.mr visitors may e>,me to see a particular exhibit or to A ..ndt-r through discovering lor themselves many treasures. These ->re ihe works ol nature presented by the works o; m.in, '•V.L- will always have a way to go, but with such leaders .is w, ; have in our community we cannot lail to continue to grow. 'A e will pass on as complete!) as possible the knowledge accumulated here," Pi; \,KAM CIS.MHV.AN JOCK DAVir.SON, SAYS: "Alter a successiul first season o! public meetings and wit. 1 ; the experience tamed therefrom, an even more active and diversiiied program throughout the 19uo-U9 season can be anticipateil. because oi t'.ie considerable wealth of talent in tl'.e community, must "i the lectures and discussions will be given by local sj'e.ikers. "They will cover such subjects as astron.-my, oceano- fira|.)i), archeology, trave-lo^ues. There will generally be slide .Continued on Page 6) The construction of a 13.000-square-foot Conirnunity Professional Building marked the latest forward step made by Community Hospital. The building, completed in July of 1908, cost a total of $350,000. The modern physicians' office building is located on property adjacent to the hospital and is designed to house 12 tenants. It ma:, be expanded to meet future requirements. The opening of the new four- story addition to Community Hospital in November, lOG'J. has enabled the hospital to keep pace with the growing needs of the community. During the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 19*17, the hospital provided 30,078 days of patient care to 5,677 patients who were admitted t" the hospital during the year. The average daily census of patients iu the hospital during this period was 82.4. During the calendar ;,ear 1908, through Aug. 10, the hospital has provided. 22,208tla;,s ol patient care to 3,877 patients. The average daily census of patients in the hospital in 1008 has risen to 90.0, which is an average in- crease of over 1'J per cent. Plans Jor the complete r«r;i<<- vation a:n: ir.o'lernizatioi. ui the older wings of the hospital, commonly referred to as Phase II ->f the hospital's construction program, were delayed, for lack of Federal Hill-Burton Funds, both in 1007 and in 190«. Local community support from leadln; employers intlu; area in 1907 provided funds which enabled the hospital to completely repaint the older wings of the hospital and to add some much needed X-iiay equipment. Completion of I'ha.->e II i.- still of prime iii.portanci- if the hospital is tu coi.tiiiuu to m&t't the ever ii:frej.sir;-; needs of the area. Tin- Iv^iM of Trustees >..{ the h'Knua! is currently working o:, ci t-la.- whicl. will enable the h</-,p!M'. to complete Phase II, insu-i: > as tuivls U-c'iiini a'.ail:'. 1 ./!-. Parkin'-, i.s and has i-t-eii a problem at the hospital. Ihe Board of Trustees of ti.,. hosimal has auiliori/r-l ti:.- development of a M a s t ,• r Parkin? Plan and will take action soon to alleviate tt;,- hospital's parkini; pml>l.-i;.-i. (Continued on Page 2) COM Ml'NITY HOSPITAL OF BH A/OSPOHT added to its com - plex of medical facilities during 190.1! with completion of the new Professional Buildir.g which is shown on the far right in this view from the air. The hospital itself is at left. Also accomplished during the past year lias been an extensive remodeling of the original building which is at far left. .'Hi--story hospital

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