Lamar CISD officials have announced the names for new schools being built in the district, several of which will serve students in the Katy and Fulshear areas.
The school names were announced during the school board’s June meeting.
Voters approved funding for two elementary schools, a middle school, a junior high and a high school in the November, 2011 Bond Election.
Judge James “Jim” Adolphus Elementary is under construction in the Long Meadow Farms.
Adolphus served as a Missouri City councilman, a Fort Bend County justice of the peace and as Fort Bend County Judge from 1998 to 2002.
For 17 years, Adolphus was deputy chief of the Mercy Corps, a free rescue, ambulance and first-aid service, staffed by volunteers. As a Missouri City councilman, he was instrumental in forming the Fort Bend Economic Development Council.
Adolphus Elementary is scheduled to open for the 2013-2014 school year.
Lamar CISD’s fifth secondary complex will be built in the Fulshear area and will eventually include a high school, junior high and middle school. Leaman Junior High and Fulshear High School are projected to be open for the 2016-2017 school year.
Dean Leaman Junior High School is named for a civic leader in Richmond and Rosenberg and the owner of Allied Concrete.
Leaman served as president of the Rosenberg-Richmond Chamber of Commerce, was a founding member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, served as president of the National Lumber Dealers Association and served on the boards of Polly Ryon/Oak Bend Hospital and the George Foundation.
He also worked tirelessly in bringing Wharton County Junior College and the Texas State Technical Institute to the area.
Churchill Fulshear Jr. High School will also be located near the city that is his families’ namesake. Born in Tennessee, Fulshear moved to Texas with his family in 1824. He served as a scout in the War for Texas Independence.
He operated a race track called Churchill Downs on the family plantation, which was near the present day Fulshear.
John Arredondo Elementary will be located near the Summer Lakes subdivision. Arredondo served as the first Hispanic member of the Rosenberg City Council and the overpass on FM 723 that rises over the train tracks is named in his honor. He was instrumental in getting the overpass built.
Arredondo owned several businesses in Rosenberg and helped get the Fort Bend Technical Center built in Richmond.
Arredondo Elementary is scheduled to be open for the 2014-2015 school year.
Voters also approved funding for a middle school adjacent to George Ranch High School and Reading Junior High. It was named in honor of Polly Ryon at the same time as the high school and the junior high.