Terry Vaughn (left), executive board chair for HAAM, Carole Brady, executive director of Family Promise of Lake Houston, and Dr. Roger Brown, assistant superintendent of support services for Humble ISD all attended the recent Atascocita BizCom. Photo by Tom Broad

Humble ISD will soon publish a document that assesses every facility -- already built or not yet built but needed.
“PBK Architects has viewed, studied and assessed every facility in our district,” Dr. Roger Brown announced at the Atascocita BizCom Nov. 3. “We already know what new facilities we’ll need. This report also will detail each current facility, prioritizing what that building needs immediately and in future years.”
The report will help the district outline future needs and will address schools that may be more economical to tear down and rebuild, Brown said.
“This is our planning document which will help us prepare for our next bond issue. We will be able to see very clearly our future needs,” he said.
Humble ISD currently numbers 41,000 students, is growing by a thousand students a year, and can expect 52,000 students by 2023, Brown estimated. 
“We are one of the 10 fastest-growing districts in Texas,” he said. 
Brown expects the document to be available at the first of the year and a bond election to be called as early as Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.
Two new schools, a 950-student elementary and a 1,050-student middle school, are currently being built in The Groves, a 993-acre wooded housing development just off Lake Houston Pkwy. between Atascocita and Summerwood.
Between the two schools, a unique sports complex will be created to serve the wishes of special needs children.
“Ten percent of children in Houston must cope with disabilities. That’s 5,000 children in the Humble school district,” said Mark Koenig, co-chair of the Sports for All Campaign and New Adaptive Sports Complex. 
When it is completed, the Lake Houston Community Adaptive Sports Complex will include two Miracle League baseball/multipurpose playing fields, a barrier-free playground and a covered pavilion, all built to meet the needs of special needs kids, Koenig said.
“This truly is a unique project – one we hope to model for the nation,” Koenig said. “Humble ISD is providing the land and $1.5 million and the community will raise an additional $3.3 million while the Lake Houston YMCA will operate it.”
“We already have had many community organizations join us. Now I want you to pledge to help make this happen,” Koenig told the Atascocita BizCom group. 
For more information about the Adaptive Sports Complex, visit www.ymcahouston.org/sports-for-all.
More Atascocita BizCom happenings:

 

 1·    Deerbrook Mall shoppers who are having difficulty driving in the area since stop signs were removed are encouraged to contact Humble City Manager Darrell Boeske. “The Mall is private property but the City is willing to talk with their management since we’ve had numerous reports about confusion,” Boeske said. 

 

 2·    There is a new crime in town called “jugging,” targeting banks and ATM customers, said Toby Hecker, Harris County Precinct 4 captain. “They watch business owners go to the bank. Follow them. Break into their car or, if that doesn’t work, rob them,” Hecker said. His recommendation:  Be aware. If there is a car idling nearby when walking into a bank, let the bank know. “If it doesn’t feel right, tell somebody,” Hecker said. Hecker also suggested that shoppers putting packages in their car should then move their car to the other side of the mall or store. “There’s less chance your car will be broken into by someone watching you,” he said.
 3·    There are many opportunities to do good this holiday season, said Terry Vaughn, Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) chair, and Carole Brady, Family Promise executive director. Volunteers can pack holiday baskets or help parents select toys in the HAAM Toy Store, for example. “I promise you,” Vaughn said, “helping others will warm your heart.” Contact your favorite charity to learn how you can help, they said.
The next Atascocita BizCom is March 3, 2017 at Atascocita High School. There is no charge but registration is required. To register for any of the BizComs -- Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita and Summer Creek – visit lakehouston.org.

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