Summer Creek BizCom speakers cover wide range of topics

Summer Creek High School (SCHS) Principal Nolan Correa declared his school’s rating doesn’t reflect the school’s status while Humble ISD’s Jerri Monbaron urged support for a program that assists school children who haven’t or can’t pay for their lunch and Kimber Molke with Memorial Hermann described a free 24-hour health line staffed by nurses for Lake Houston residents who don’t feel well and don’t know what to do.

Shanna Lopez of Waste Management shared recycling tips while Ian Adler (left) of McCord Development unveiled plans for cool apartments that will be built inside Generation Park, and Josh Urban with Memorial Hermann shared impressive quality data for the system’s Northeast campus. It all took place at the June Summer Creek BizCom. Photo by Tom Broad

These were three of the many topics covered June 8 at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Summer Creek BizCom held at SCHS.

“I want to address the D- rating we recently received. That’s not who we are,” Correa said reassuringly. “The rating is based on test scores that are now two years old and, I assure you, our students and our staff are working hard.”

SCHS, currently a 6A school, may drop to a 5A, Correa said, because of a change in district lines. Summer Creek lost 150 students last year and another 150 this year, and there is only one middle school “feeder” right now.

“That may not be all bad,” Correa confessed. “We were one of the smallest 6A schools. Now we’d be one of the biggest 5A schools.”

Monbaron described “Angel Lunch” as helping Humble ISD students who receive an “alternate” lunch when they don’t have enough money or owe money to their lunch account.

“Others know when the student can’t pay because it’s a different meal from what other students receive,” said Monbaron, director of community development for Humble ISD.

“If this occurs three days in a row, the family is contacted. We explain how to enroll in our free and reduced lunch program,” Monbaron said.

She encouraged donations to Angel Lunch, established by the Humble ISD Foundation to pay for lunches that student families can’t afford.

“People are surprised that, based on their income, 37 percent of our students qualify for reduced meals,” Monbaron said.

Molke explained the advantages of calling Memorial Hermann’s Nurse Health Line, a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week call line staffed by Memorial Hermann nurses.

“If you’re not feeling well, you don’t know what to do, our nurses can help decide where and when you should go for treatment,” Molke said.

A recent study revealed 72 percent of callers would have gone to an ER, Molke said. The study discovered 97 percent of the callers followed the advice, 97 percent rated the advice excellent and 99 percent said they’d use the Nurse Health Line again.

“The top three reasons we were called,” Molke revealed, “were because of chest pain, abdominal pain and vaginal symptoms.”

The health line is free and includes bilingual staff and interpreters at 713-338-7979.

Ian Adler couldn’t yet identify a tenant who is about to take the lease on a 143,000-square foot building in Generation Park’s Business Park, but the director of marketing for McCord Development could talk about another office building in the Redemption Square section of Generation Park that will be ready for tenants in July. Besides parking, the building will be four floors with restaurants and retail on the first floor.

“This will be the nicest restaurant space in Houston,” Adler said.

Across the street, an urban-type apartment building is taking shape with tenant parking in the middle and retail and restaurants on the street-level floor.

“We’ll accept leases beginning next summer and open by November 2018,” Adler said.

Shanna Lopez made recycling a little easier for BizCom attendees.

“We get confused about what should be recycled,” the public sector-solutions manager for Waste Management said, “because the ‘recycle world’ is changing. We only recycle half of what we could, so Waste Management is trying to help you recycle.”

Lopez had four suggestions: Recycle bottles, cans and paper. Keep food and liquids out of the recycle bin. Take plastic bags back to the grocery store. Never put them in the recycle bin. Make the promise – commit to recycle.

“Recycling works. The aluminum can you recycle today will be back on the grocery shelf in 60 days,” she said.

Next Summer Creek BizCom is September 14, 11 a.m., at SCHS. For information about Summer Creek, Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble BizComs, call the Lake Houston Area Chamber at 281-446-2128 or visit lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.