Cleveland ISD board signs beam for Elementary 5, names principal

Cleveland ISD Board Secretary Christina Purkerson and Superintendent Chris Trotter sign their names to a beam that will be placed in the construction of Elementary No. 5, a campus in the Grand San Jacinto Subdivision south of Plum Grove.

It might not have an official name yet, but Cleveland ISD’s Elementary No. 5 now has a beam bearing the names of all the school board members and Superintendent Chris Trotter. On Monday night, during a meeting full of routine business, the board held a beam-signing event and named Claudia Thomas as the principal of the Elementary No. 5, which should be completed in June 2021.

Cleveland ISD’s board of trustees and Superintendent Chris Trotter stand behind a beam that will used for Elementary No. 5, a campus being constructed in the Grand San Jacinto Subdivision, one of the Colony Ridge communities south of Plum Grove. Pictured left to right are Trustee Marvin Searles, Trustee Amanda Brooks, Board Vice President Willie Carter, Board President Kelly Axton, Superintendent Trotter, Trustee Chris Wood, Board Secretary Christina Purkerson and Trustee Aaron Montesnieto.
Claudia Thomas (right) was named the new principal for Elementary No. 5 during Monday night’s Cleveland ISD board meeting. With Thomas is Superintendent Chris Trotter.

With Cleveland ISD’s attendance now pushing 9,000 students, the campus will help the district accommodate the growth coming from the Colony Ridge communities. Elementary No. 5 is being built on an 18.5-acre site that will have two elementary campuses and a middle school in the near future.

Superintendent Trotter told Bluebonnet News on Monday that he expects that Elementary No. 5 will be named by the board in January.

In other news from Monday night’s meeting, the Board recognized two staff members, Donhal Clark and Laderrington Baldwin. The two maintenance workers for Cleveland ISD recently rendered aid to a student after he suffered a head injury while playing football at Northside Elementary.

Donhal Clark and Laderrington Baldwin were recognized Monday night by the Cleveland ISD Board of Trustees, Northside Elementary Principal Pete Armstrong and Superintendent Chris Trotter for rendering aid to a student who was injured.

“Some fifth-grade boys were playing football. As boys often do, they were playing too physical. One boy was pushed out of bounds, hit the side of the building and cut his head open,” explained Northside Elementary Principal Pete Armstrong. “His teacher came running across the playground to provide aid. Two Cleveland ISD maintenance men happened to be making a delivery at our school. They saw the teacher rendering aid and ran to help her. One applied pressure to the wound while the other scooped the child up and took him inside to the school nurse.”

After receiving treatment with the school nurse, the child was transported to a local emergency room with Mr. Armstrong accompanying him. The child made a full recovery, Armstrong added.

“We thanked the two maintenance men last night at the school board meeting. Their job is to take care of our campus needs but they went above and beyond by helping to take care of our student. It just goes to show that Cleveland ISD employees really care about the kids,” said Armstrong.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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