Cy-Fair ISD board selects name for Middle School No. 19, renames Windfern School of Choice

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Cy-Fair ISD’s board of trustees unanimously voted to rename both Middle School No. 19 and Windfern School of Choice at the Aug. 12 meeting.

Middle School No. 19, now named Harold R. Rowe Middle School, is slated to open in August 2020 off FM 529 and Westgreen Road next to Cypress Park High School.

Rowe served the district’s technology services department from 1991-2013, introducing programs such as the one-to-one laptop initiative for high school juniors, a school bus routing system and the virtual volunteer network. During his career with CFISD, he also oversaw $165 million in technology bond projects and a network upgrade and wireless overlay for all campuses.

“All of you know accomplishments are done by teams,” Rowe said at Monday night’s meeting. “And so throughout my career in the district, I‘ve been fortunate to have been part of many excellent teams who have really done the work that this honor represents.”

After relocating from 12630 Windfern Road, Houston, to the former Matzke Elementary School campus at 13102 Jones Road, Houston, Windfern School of Choice will be renamed The Leonard Brautigam Center. Renovations are underway to accommodate classes starting later this month.

Brautigam came to CFISD as a Cy-Fair High School teacher in 1970 and remained in the district until his 2007 retirement. During his career, he served 12 years as principal and for several years as the assistant superintendent for student services—a position in which he oversaw graduations, athletics, student discipline and security.

Having seen the district grow from 7,000 students at eight campuses to 117,000 students, Brautigam said Monday night he was honored to be the namesake for this campus.

“It’s such a tremendous honor to have a school named after you,” he said. “There’s I don’t think any higher reward for an educator than that.”

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Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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