In a letter demonstrating the virtues of direct and forthright language, HISD has notified the owners of 8 homes on Glenloch St. in Glenbrook Valley that the new Lewis Elementary School will eat up their property:
This letter is to inform you that growth in Houston has created a serious shortage of permanent space within the Houston Independent School District (“HISD”). In a response to this need for space necessary to provide the best education for our children in your area, HISD will be replacing the Lewis Elementary School facility and it will be necessary to expand the existing school site.
The Superintendent of Schools has recommended, and the HISD Board of Education has designated, a tract of land for this expansion. This tract includes property you may own (see attached map).
The letter requests the homeowner’s cooperation in obtaining soil samples, surveys, and appraisals.
Members of our Real Estate staff will be contacting property owners on an individual basis as information needed for the acquisition of each parcel is being gathered. Offers for acquisition of each property will be subject to information furnished to HISD by the appraisers, surveyors and the
HISD plans to demolish Lewis Elementary and build a new school on the expanded site, combining the school with nearby Bellfort Academy. Complains our source:
Why they don’t expand Bellfort and demolish some of the blighted properties around it instead of displacing homeowners is beyond me.