The school board established a committee for the purpose of selecting a name for ES 53, opening January 2023 in the Riverstone community and for selecting a name for HS 12, opening in Fall of 2022 in the Hightower and Ridge Point communities.
The FBISD community was invited to submit names via electronic submission from February 25, 2021 through March 10, 2021.
Nominations were to include a brief summary of biographical or historical data outlining justification for the candidate’s consideration. The committee met on March 25 and processed over 300 recommendations.
Dr. Joe Rodriguez, Chief of Schools, served as the Chair and Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Brett Lemley, co-facilitated for the selection committee. Trustee Dave Rosenthal served as the Board of Trustees representative. The remainder of the committee consisted of parents, teachers, students, and community representatives.
Committee members reviewed all nominations based on criteria outlined in Policy.
The following guidelines governed the discussion and ultimate selection:
1. The namesake should have made a significant contribution to society.
2. The namesake should lend prestige and status to an institution of learning.
3. The namesake has attained prominence locally or nationally in fields of education, science, art, statesmanship, political science, military achievement, or a Texas historical achievement.
After careful review, discussion, and nominal group process, the following namesakes were recommended for approval:
Sonal S. Bhuchar Elementary School and Almeta Crawford High School. In making the recommendation, the school district provided the following biography.
“Sonal Bhuchar is best described as a trailblazer for Fort Bend County and a leader in the field of education. After her long association with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, Sonal was elected to the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees for six years and served as the Board President for two years. She was a selfless volunteer and public servant who was always looking out for our students. Sonal was appointed to the One Star National Service Commission Board by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015.
“She served in many leadership roles, and up until her passing, was actively involved as a Board Member with the Child Advocates of Fort Bend and Parks, Art, Recreation, Culture, and Streetscapes (PARCS).
“She was a Board Member for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend, ACCESS Health, Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation, Sugar Land Heritage, the Indo-American Charity Foundation, and the Texas Medical Association Alliance, to name a few.
“During her tenure with the District, she spearheaded many efforts including chairing the WATCH program (a healthy lifestyle education program for elementary school kids), developing the concept for the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Annual Intern-ational Festival to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the District, Student Leadership Program, Legi-slative Advocacy Program, and countless scholarship opportunities for students.
“Sonal Bhuchar was a physical therapist by profession and had her own practice. Her practice allowed her to serve many families and to ensure the best care was provided to all those that entered her building. Tonight, we honor Sonal S. Bhuchar.”
“Mrs. Almeta Crawford is a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a legendary educator in Fort Bend ISD. Mrs. Crawford was a dedicated educator for 49 years and served at Dulles HS more than 30 years.
“She was a servant leader who remained purposefully in the classroom, dedicated to providing our learners the best education possible. Most importantly, she was a lifelong learner who challenged herself and students to think critically and grow into effective communicators.
“She was a mentor and inspired many students to become educators, many which returned to Fort Bend ISD. She taught many to be advocates for literacy and the overall wellness of our students.
“In addition, Mrs. Crawford spent her career sharing best practices with her colleagues while supporting anyone in need. Her influence on our District is far-reaching.
“Mrs. Almeta Crawford retired a few years ago after her long and illustrious career.
“During her time at Dulles High School, she was named Teacher of the Year and brought learning to life for her English students for generations. She was a Diamond-Level Abydos Literacy Learning Trainer and a well-known, well-respected, and a well-honored teacher among Texas educators.
“She lived and breathed educating young students often claiming they were what kept her young.”