Lake Highlands April 2016 : Page 50

Lakewood Office Space Executive style suites available now $525 -$725 per month Secure, covered parking  8th floor panoramic views over Lakewood and Downtown Includes use of kitchen for details call or email rwamre@advocatemag.com NEWS & NOTES PEOPLE Michael O’Hern , retired choir director at Lake Highlands High School, suffered a heart attack last month and subse-quently passed away. Many of his former students and colleagues shared their sympathies and memories on Facebook. Ross McClendon wrote, “No other educa-tor had more impact on my life than Michael O’Hern.” 214.560.4212 You can be here 6301 Gaston Ave. / Dallas, TX 75214 Holt Mitchell — youngest-ever neighbor-hood association president? Maybe. One day he was walking home from Liberty Junior High, where he attended school, when a car pulled up beside him and the passenger pointed a gun at his head. The perpetrators were just trying to scare him, he says, but that moment, along with other incidents over the next few years, motivated him to join the Whispering Hills Neighborhood Associa-tion when he was just 17 years old. After joining the board and becoming vice president at 19, he took over when the president fell ill. Now, at 21, he serves as the HOA’s vice president. He studies finance at SMU and lives with his moth-er, Rebecca Mitchell , a former teacher at Lake Highlands High School. February MLS home sale statistics*, plus annual totals REAL ESTATE REPORT ar e a h om e v a l ues AREA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 AVG SOLD FEB ‘16 3 1 0 2 5 3 12 0 3 1 2 3 5 2 9 3.40 SOLD FEB ‘15 6 1 1 2 3 2 4 0 7 2 2 1 7 4 5 3.13 Year-To-Date Sales ‘16 7 2 0 5 7 4 16 0 10 3 2 3 6 6 15 5.73 Year-To-Date Sales ‘15 12 3 3 7 10 3 8 1 11 3 2 1 8 6 8 5.73 Avg Days on Market YTD 31 72 0 9 39 18 41 0 57 55 49 187 44 40 28 44.67 Walnut W e st Fork J ac kson Branch Avg. Sales Price YTD ‘16 $198,005.00 $365,575.00 $0 $236,200.00 $255,571.00 $364,575.00 $445,438.00 $0 $366,330.00 $322,167.00 $428,250.00 $451,667.00 $446,833.00 $369,833.00 $312,002.00 $304,163.07 Avg. Sales Price YTD ‘15 $242,780.00 $435,000.00 $272,133.00 $294,143.00 $210,738.00 $392,667.00 $389,813.00 $530,000.00 $293,540.00 $455,000.00 $423,000.00 $719,000.00 $420,600.00 $312,233.00 $257,375.00 $376,534.80 EDUCATION To address Richardson ISD’s overcrowding issues, the district recently announced the formation of the Lake Highlands Reflector Committee . According to the an-nouncement, the committee was created “for parents, staff members, community members and students to research, discuss and recommend options to Sponsor ed by: Forest 4 635 35 -L LBJ 2 6 Royal y 3 7 Skillman Ski an the RISD Board of Trustees for accom-5 9 Plano Rd Ferndale 75 -Central Expressway 1 Greenville ille eh Whitehurst modating current and projected future enrollment growth in the Lake Highlands area.” The group, led by RISD deputy superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone, will Jupiter Park *Statistics are com piled by Ebby Halliday Realtors, and are de rived from Dallas Mul ti ple List ing Service (MLS). Numbers are believed to be re li able, but are not guar an teed. The Ad vo cate and Ebby Halliday Realtors are not re spon si ble for the ac cu ra cy of the in for ma tion. 12 13 Audelia ir Fair Oaks Abrams CJ PRINCE 972-978-8986 CJPRINCE@EBBY.COM Church 8 10 11 14 15 Walnut Hill W make formal recommendations to the district’s board of trustees by April 18. No r t hwest H w y 50 lakehighlands.advocatemag.com APRIL 2016

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Michael O’Hern, retired choir director at Lake Highlands High School, suffered a heart attack last month and subsequently passed away. Many of his former students and colleagues shared their sympathies and memories on Facebook. Ross McClendon wrote, “No other educator had more impact on my life than Michael O’Hern.”

Holt Mitchell — youngest-ever neighborhood association president? Maybe. One day he was walking home from Liberty Junior High, where he attended school, when a car pulled up beside him and the passenger pointed a gun at his head. The perpetrators were just trying to scare him, he says, but that moment, along with other incidents over the next few years, motivated him to join the Whispering Hills Neighborhood Association when he was just 17 years old. After joining the board and becoming vice president at 19, he took over when the president fell ill. Now, at 21, he serves as the HOA’s vice president. He studies finance at SMU and lives with his mother, Rebecca Mitchell, a former teacher at Lake Highlands High School.

EDUCATION

To address Richardson ISD’s overcrowding issues, the district recently announced the formation of the Lake Highlands Reflector Committee. According to the announcement, the committee was created “for parents, staff members, community members and students to research, discuss and recommend options to the RISD Board of Trustees for accommodating current and projected future enrollment growth in the Lake Highlands area.” The group, led by RISD deputy superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone, will make formal recommendations to the district’s board of trustees by April 18.

Jessie Cramer, a teacher at Forest Meadow Junior High, received the Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teaching Award from Texas Instruments. The accolade came with $10,000. Half of that will go directly to Cramer while the other half may be used for STEM-related professional development or instructional technology at Forest Meadow.

Bob Dubey will retire at the end of this school year, after 39 years as teacher, coach and athletic director in the Richardson ISD. “I’m actually going to stick around through next December,” Dubey says. “I’m going to follow through with the bond program – we’ve got four turf fields that we hope will be going in and we have some major scoreboard problems that need upgrades. We have several baseball and softball fields that need upgrades, and so I’ll be very busy between now and December. I’ll hold over so the new AD can transition without having to deal with these things.” Top applicants for the open position will undergo scrutiny by reflector groups and hiring committees.

The NFL’s Antonio Smith, K104 Radio’s Cat Daddy, the actor who plays Flash Gordon, Sam Jones and many other well-known entertainers will read to elementary school children as part of the Reading With The Pros Literacy Tour, put on by Lake Highlands native Wade Smith, a retired professional football player, and his locally rooted foundation. The program “promotes and supports childhood literacy and education through in-person celebrity book readings and classroom visits,” according to Smith. On April 22, Wade and company will visit three Richardson ISD schools — Audelia Creek Elementary, Thurgood Marshall and Wallace Elementary — where they will read aloud to students in grades K-2. For the older students, Smith and his guests will lead an interactive discussion forum that will focus on literacy and education.

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