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.

BOERNE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BROKE GROUND DEC. 5 on Voss Middle School. The campus is slated to open fall 2019 and is being built at Texas 46 East and FM 3351. It honors Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, killed May 3, 2014, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft he piloted. Voss was part of the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron during Operation Enduring Freedom. He graduated from Boerne High School in 2004 and joined the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2008, earning the rank of second lieutenant with a degree in aeronautical engineering. Promoted to captain May 28, 2012, he was named aircraft commander March 14, 2013.

THE MOTORIZED GOLF-CART ORDINANCE IN FAIR OAKS RANCH went into effect Jan. 1. Residents’ carts must pass an inspection and receive a permit sticker. Inspections, by appointment only, are conducted by the Police Department. Call 210-698-0990 for scheduling.

THE LEON SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA WAS NAMED one of five national PTA Schools of Excellence for 2017-19. The parent-teacher association was recognized for achievements in building a strong family-school partnership.

BOERNE-CHAMPION BOYS BASKETBALL COACH STAN LEECH won his 800th career game with a 62-47 triumph Dec. 8 against Wimberley in the Canyon Lake tournament. Helming the Chargers since the school opened in 2008, Leech has amassed more than 31 seasons in the district overall.

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.

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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