Individuals who do not continue education past high school are finding it increasingly difficult to succeed in an ever-changing economy. According to the 2008 Business Roundtable report “Prospering Together,” 85% of all new jobs nationwide require some level of post secondary education. In addition, 80% of the fastest-growing occupations require higher-level preparation. Local residents who have not earned a degree are discovering that it is not only harder to find jobs, but to keep them as well. Pottsboro needs a strong education system to prepare today's students, the next generation of employees, for the challenges of college and future careers.
An Educated Workforce for Business Success
Education and Talent Initiatives at the Pottsboro Chamber support a strong education system in order to prepare today's students, the next generation of employees, for the challenges of college and future careers. Initiatives work to enhance capacity for K-12 education systems to graduate academically prepared students and to ensure a broad spectrum of students matriculate from high school to post-secondary or higher education institutions. Education and talent works to ensure effective training programs and senior talent attraction strategies exist to train or re-train residents for the continually evolving employment sectors of the North Texas region.
The Keep Pottsboro Beautiful (KPB) Commission was established by the Pottsboro City Council in March 2007 to improve the quality of life and the environment in and around Pottsboro.
The KPB consists of six members who are all volunteers living in Pottsboro or the surrounding area. Since being formed, The KPB has accomplished a number of beautification projects and has plans for many more.
Some of the completed projects include planting daffodil bulbs and trees at various locations around town; sponsoring a county wide Earth Day conference; assisted with the annual city wide cleanups; participates in the annual Texas Trash Off; picked up litter along the major transportation corridors, created
a Frontage Property Recognition Award Program, a Demolition Assistance Program and assisted in the City’s recycling program;
The KPB provided the new “Welcome to Pottsboro” sign on the new SH 289 with the help of Texoma Trees. KPB also installed a sprinkler system and landscaping to the new gazebo in Friendship Park which was donated by Landmark Bank. Due to the efforts of the KPB, the City of Pottsboro has a residential curb-side recycling program.
The KPB has been an Affiliate member of the Keep Texas Beautiful since 2008. Anyone interested in participating in any of the Keep Pottsboro Beautiful activity or joining KPB should contact Pottsboro City Hall for more information.
Grayson College: Higher Education at its Best
Access to higher education brings vitality to a community. Conveniently located in the hills of southwest Denison, Grayson College provides that vital link not only to citizens of Denison but to area residents as well. Established in 1965, GCC is the community’s college.
Central location and extension sites make it easy for high school graduates to complete an affordable education right here at home; for others, GC is a great beginning to an academic odyssey that leads to additional education at a transfer institution. The College also is an attractive option for adults who want to begin or continue a college-bound track and/or meet professional licensing requirements. Numerous continuing education courses have broad appeal for lifelong learners, children and adults.
Area students are recognizing the benefits of the local college. Enrollment has grown steadily over the last few years. People are looking for value closer to home, and GC offers that value at a fraction of the cost of four-year institutions.
GC’s greatest strengths are its small classes for personalized instruction, affordable tuition, caring professional instructors, and the convenience of day, evening or Internet classes. The College provides a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities for its students and the community. The Viking Baseball team has a successful history, adding a third National Championship title in Spring 2008 to its reign of glory. The Lady Viking softball team is building its own legacy by continually placing high in conference and regional competitions.
GC has just completed a major renovation and renewal plan for its facilities, which began in 2003 with its Administrative Services Center. The renewal and expansion project was the first major new construction on the campus in more than 30 years. Students praise the convenience of one-stop admissions, career planning, financial aid, housing and more.
Students also are excited about the new learning environment at GC. The classroom buildings on the Main Campus have been updated to include technology that enhances teaching and learning. The newly refurbished Cruce Stark Auditorium and classroom complex offers learning labs that rival universities. The renewed Sports and Recreation Center provides a convenient Fitness Center, and the College’s new Career and Technology Center offers a modern training facility for students in Cosmetology, Welding, Heating/AC and Auto Collision Repair. A new Culinary Arts Center includes a student-run restaurant that is getting rave reviews. All projects were completed within budget and are expected to serve area citizens for generations.
GC’s physical plant isn’t the only update that benefits students. Technology continues to expand as Internet courses, iPod casts and iClicker bring new technological options to students. Current students also enjoy such conveniences as online registration and access to their unofficial transcripts, class schedules, grade reports, financial aid status and much more.
Unique course and program offerings are among the College’s diverse curriculum. GC offers a highly respected nursing program (registered and vocational) as well as traditional one- and two-year degrees in general academic, business, science, education, vocational and other health-related fields. Students may select courses in more than 60 academic and technical programs. Viticulture and Enology (grape growing and wine making) attracts students from across the state and nation.
The Main Campus and West Extensions are located midway between Sherman and Denison on Highway 691, with an extension center in Van Alstyne. The comprehensive college offers a multitude of academic and vocational programs to more than 5,000 students annually. Grayson’s reputation is highly respected by surrounding universities and industries as an excellent source of quality graduates who bring specialized, skilled and much-needed talents to the workplace. The community college also has a dormitory, computer laboratories and modern health science labs.
The College’s South Campus in Van Alstyne is perfectly situated to better serve the growing population of the county’s southern rim. Opened in January 2004, this multi-purpose facility provides classroom space, science and computer laboratories, and an area that is versatile enough to accommodate community activities as well as college-sponsored events.
Also on GC’s Main Campus is the Center for Workplace Learning – a distinctive partnership between private industries, local economic development entities, the College and other educational institutions – works to provide customized training for employees of existing and new businesses. Plus, area residents are encouraged to utilize the free services of the Small Business Development Center, or rent college facilities for events of all sizes. The public also is invited to play the College’s 18-hole golf course, one of the only public courses in the area, adjacent to the North Texas Regional Airport.
For more information on the educational opportunities at Grayson College, call the college at 903-465-6030 or look for us at www.grayson.edu.
A wildlife and bird-lovers paradise awaits you at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge! With so much to do and explore, this is a must see for anyone visiting the Pottsboro area.
Birds top the wildlife attractions at the 11,320 acre Refuge with 339 species recorded since its establishment in 1946. Just 75 miles north of Dallas where the Red River etches the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas, migratory birds by the thousands take up winter quarters or refuel for long journeys elsewhere.
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and beautiful Painted Buntings hunt the summer skies for insects. Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, and Mallards call the Refuge home in every season. Spring brings tens of thousands of songbirds and shorebirds to Refuge forests and shorelines. Catch a glimpse of endangered least terns nesting on the Refuge during summer.
Although they take top billing for many people, birds are not the only attraction. Bottomland hardwoods along the creeks attract a variety of wildlife. Watch for white-tailed deer or raccoons with their young in the summer. Armadillos, turtles, and river otters are here, too! Listen for the howl of coyotes or call of the great-horned owl at dusk.
September 2011 brought the opening of a brand new Refuge Visitor Center. Exhibits showing off Refuge birds and wildlife, wetlands, wildflowers, and the Town of Hagerman await your curiosity. Did this area really used to be part of an inland sea? Sharks were here? And dinosaurs? Did Native American tribes use lands along the Red River for homes and survival? Find out answers to these questions and more at the new Center. Don’t forget to check out the “green tags” that show how the building was specifically designed to be “easy on the Earth” with an environmentally-friendly layout and new technology. Ask about upcoming Friends of Hagerman nature programs that are held monthly in the Visitor Center.
Ask for directions to any of the three Day Use Areas that offer picnic tables and restroom facilities. Like to fish? Bank fishing is offered year-round and boating is allowed March 15th - September 30th annually. Crappie, sand bass, striped bass and catfish are the most sought-after species. Opportunities for limited hunting are also available.
The Refuge is open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. There is no admission fee. The Visitor Center is open Monday- Friday 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.. On weekends, volunteers staff the Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and 1:00-5:00 pm on Sunday. The Center is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Situated on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma just southwest of Pottsboro, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is closer than you think. To reach the Refuge from Pottsboro, travel south on Highway 289 to Refuge Road, turn right (west), and go about four miles to the Refuge Visitor Center.
The Friends of Hagerman offer activities at the Refuge, including free nature programs on the Second Saturday of each month, year-round. Program information is available at the Visitor Center and at the Friends’ website, www.friendsofhagerman.com.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 550 such refuges throughout the United States managed by the Department of the Interior U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Refuge System is the only national system of lands dedicated to conserving our wildlife heritage for people today and for future generations
For more information about Hagerman National Wildlife, visit their website at http://southwest.fws.gov/refuges/texas/ hagerman/index/html
Look for wading birds, white-tailed deer, or bobcats along the four mile Wildlife Drive. Interpretive signs along the way will help you identify some of the wildlife you see. Hike on one of five hiking trails to explore Refuge forests, see what critters are feeding at backcountry ponds, or look for tracks of deer and river otter along beautiful Lake Texoma.
Both upland and wetland habitats at the Refuge are actively managed for wildlife. Farming at Hagerman provides 400 acres of wheat for wintering geese. Earthen dikes create shallow marshes for waterfowl and wading birds. These marshes are flooded each fall for ducks, then drained each spring to allow for growth of wild plants to serve as forage and breeding areas for insects and small fish. Native prairies are being restored to help protect the soil and provide food and cover for birds such as meadowlarks and dickcissels.
Fall brings cooler weather and with it comes thousands of Snow and Ross’ geese with young birds from the year at their side. Mid November through February is the best time to see geese at the Refuge. Shorebirds begin arriving in March as they head to breeding grounds farther north. April and October bring migrating American White Pelicans. Colorful songbirds such as the bright blue Indigo Bunting and red Summer Tanager build nests in Refuge trees in summer. Deer are more active in fall and spring and are often seen along creeks or in farm fields. More than 20 species of sparrows can be seen at various times of the year. Colorful wildflowers and prairie grasses provide seasonal food and shelter for wildlife.
One of the best ways to see wildlife at Hagerman Refuge is to take the Wildlife Drive. Using your vehicle as “camouflage” is the best way to view the most wildlife. But first, be sure to stop at the Visitor Center to pick up a map and other literature. Guides to common birds, wildlife, and flowers are available along with pamphlets on each of the hiking trails.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, Texas 75092-5817
Located on the Oklahoma and Texas border and nurtured by the Red and Washita Rivers, Lake Texoma is one of America's favorite lakes.
With over seven million visitors annually enjoying its recreational facilities it is ranked first among Corps of Engineers lake projects nationwide, with visitors spending over 90 million hours at the lake.
One reason for Lake Texoma’s popularity is its proximity to both Oklahoma City and Dallas. Visitors can get away from their hectic city lives and lose themselves in the tranquility of Lake Texoma. It is an easy drive of approximately 90 minutes from Dallas or two hours from Oklahoma City.
Lake Texoma, impounded by the Denison Dam, encompasses 89,000 surface acres of water with 580 miles of shorelines. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and private resorts have developed and operate many public parks as well as resorts and marinas providing everything from day-use camping activities to upscale lodging and marinas.
There’s something to appeal to everyone including boaters, both power and sail; water skiers and personal water craft enthusiasts; golfers from duffers to those more accomplished; campers seeking to enjoy an outing under the stars to those in state-of-the art rigs; even hunters who want to use their skills with a bow and arrow or with more sophisticated weaponry. Hikers and bird watchers also find Lake Texoma an exciting place to visit.
Lake Texoma is truly “A Lake for All Seasons”!
Check out www.laketexomaonline.com or call the Lake Texoma Association at 580-564-2334.
Dr. Kevin Matthews,
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PISD PHONE NUMBERS
Business Office...........(903) 771-2977
Elementary K-3...........(903) 771-2981
Intermediate 4-5..........(903) 771-2983
Middle School 6-8........(903) 771-2982
High School 9-12..........(903) 771-0085
Athletic Department....(903) 771-2975
Band Hall.....................(903) 771-2978
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The City of Pottsboro, Preston Peninsula, Locust and Mill Creek areas all form what is known as the Pottsboro Independent School District. Located entirely in Grayson County, PISD is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency and provides full instructional programs for children in grades Pre-K-12 and Head Start, and also provides for the individual student by offering special gifted/talented programs and special education.
The Pottsboro School District has been rated a Recognized District by the Texas Education (TEA). The TEA assigns each school district and each campus in Texas an annual accountability rating based on test scores, attendance rates, and drop-out rates. The district receives an annual Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Report, which reviews the district and campus progress in detail. This report is available for your review in the Central Office of the Pottsboro ISD and at each campus principal’s office.
Besides following state curriculum, PISD competes in University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions, with meets beginning in the 2nd grade. Students can participate in a wide variety of competitions from academic such as keyboarding or number sense to creative such as one-act play or band, to athletic, such as football, basketball or track. Pottsboro ISD is currently in District 6 2A for football and all other sports are District 11-2A. The High School has dual credit courses with Grayson County College through the Distance Learning Lab located at the High School. Also, available are AP courses and the Texas Scholar Program.
For further information about the Pottsboro Independent School District, contact the PISD Central Office at (903) 771-0083 or write: P.O. Box 555, Pottsboro, TX 75076
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
PISD is governed by 7 elected school board trustees. The board meets on a monthly basis in public session and under special session as needed. Currently the regular meeting of the PISD Board of Trustees is on the third Monday of each month, at 5:45 p.m. in the Board/Conference Room located on 105 Cardinal Lane, Pottsboro, TX.
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