AN INITIATIVE BY DISTRICT 8 COUNCILMAN MANNY PELAEZ to create a Bond Oversight Commission met with City Council approval Nov. 2. In June, Pelaez issued a Council Consideration Request to establish a 15-member board to oversee the completion of San Antonio’s 2017 bond program. The panel’s mission is to ensure “efficiency, equity, timeliness and accountability.” The commission meets quarterly and will produce an annual report to the council.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORTHWEST SAN ANTONIO RECENTLY recognized West Avenue Elementary School students for perfect attendance. The civic and service club has launched a program called Change at the school emphasizing early development of leadership skills, including making it to class each day. Officials said 61 students were honored at a special assembly this fall.

ELEVEN STUDENTS FROM THE KIN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM at Nimitz Middle School took honors in The Patriot’s Pen youth essay writing contest, sponsored each year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. This year’s theme, “America’s Gift to My Generation,” resulted in 60 essays being submitted to VFW Post 8397, according to a school release. Nationwide, about 13,000 essays are turned in annually. “The essay written by Isabella Rodriguez was selected for the first-place award of $200 and the essay by Daniel Salas Sanchez was selected for the second-place award of $125,” according to a statement from Nimitz. “The first-place essay will be submitted to the next level VFW District competition.” Tashara Lloyd is the site director of the Nimitz Kids’ Involvement Network.

THE CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL PRECISION MARKSMANSHIP TEAM, part of the school’s Army JROTC, qualified to participate in the Army JROTC Service Championship, held Feb. 8-10 in Anniston, Alabama. According to a North East Independent School District web announcement, the team is led by Cadet Capt. Johnathon Aguinaga. Added NEISD, “The precision marksmanship team is the most highly skilled group of marksman in the program. Each of the four cadets on the Essex Rifles Precision Marksmanship Team have spent years in training and preparation for the national level competition. One of the newest members of the precision team, freshman Ann White, a junior Olympic hopeful … is the top marksman on the team.” Victorious unit teams and at-large individuals at the February trials will move on to the National JROTC Championship at the Gary Anderson Civilian Marksmanship Program Competition Center in Camp Perry, Ohio, March 22-24.

COUNCILMAN MANNY PELAEZ RECENTLY OPENED A NEW DISTRICT 8 FIELD OFFICE in the Igo Branch Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Parkway. He was elected to his first City Council term in June. Hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 210-207-0943.

SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS OPENED a long-awaited short-term parking garage. The new facility offers travelers closer and “more convenient” parking to both of the airport’s terminals, a spokeswoman said. There are also electric-car charging stations and a covered, lighted walkway from the garage to the terminals. The new garage also offers 15 minutes of free parking and two “Guaranteed Parking Program” options for regular airport customers.

CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ADAM VINESKI WAS SELECTED as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American for the auxiliary percussion and joined other elite band members for a halftime performance at the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The football game, hosted by American Family Insurance, was held Jan. 6 at the Alamodome. The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band annually recognizes the top 125 high school senior marching musicians and color guard members from across the country.

LORENA PEÑA IS THE NEW CHAIRWOMAN of the San Antonio Board of Realtors, the largest professional trade association in San Antonio, officials said. Her term began Jan. 1. She, other new board leaders and the executive committee were honored during an annual awards and installation brunch in December. Other officers include Marty Hutchison as chair-elect and Philip Becker as secretary/treasurer.

THE NORTHSIDE EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S PRIZE PATROL RECENTLY AWARDED nearly $80,000 to Northside Independent School District teachers and other staffers. Comprised of area community and business volunteers, the group surprised NISD faculty and other employees by distributing 125 resource grants, which will be used for various school-related purchases and activities.

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