The Humble ISD board of trustees had a full agenda for their Aug. 8 board meeting.
Charles Ned from the department of Advanced Academics presented a banner to Humble ISD containing the names of 26 students who achieved the status of College Board National AP scholars. These students took eight or more AP exams measuring achievement in a college-level course, and scored at least a 4 on all exams. Additionally, more than 600 students received one of four AP scholar designations for high achievement on multiple exams. Humble ISD had nearly 3,000 students take AP exams, an increase of 12 percent over the previous academic year.
Summer has been a busy time for fundraising. Representative students from high school golf teams, along with Cathy Belknap, director of last spring’s Humble ISD Golf Classic, presented the district with a $50,000 check for the athletics department to use as funds for the golf teams. Several members of the Humble ISD Education Foundation presented the district with a check for $1.1 million, representing their fundraising efforts over the last year.
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen reported that all campuses met the TEA standard for school ratings. Earlier this year, the TEA published a new and controversial rating system that received significant pushback from schools around Texas, including Humble ISD. TEA has since revised the rating system based on state-wide feedback, and while Fagen said the system is not perfect, it is better than the previous version. Keith Lapeze announced that the annual superintendent performance review and contract re-approval are soon due and that their committee is working on those items.
As legislative chair, Nancy Morrison reminded everyone that the special session of the Texas Legislature will soon end, and urged community members to write to their state legislators to express opinions about items on the special session agenda as they pertain to education.
Groves Elementary is on schedule to open for classes later this month. The board said that the final inspection and punch lists are in the works. Deputy Superintendent Roger Brown presented a concept for updating the design of Elementary No. 29, the next new elementary school to be built. Brown showed concept drawings that would incorporate the latest safety designs as well as the latest layouts to foster the best educational uses of the spaces. Charles Cunningham asked whether the change to the design would delay the project, and Martina Dixon asked whether the change would increase the cost of the overall project. Brown said that he did not anticipate any cost or schedule impacts. Costs would remain in the $200-$210 price per square foot range for a total construction cost of approximately $23 million. The district has begun to look at attendance boundaries for Middle School No. 9; the district initially considered five plans and is leaning toward one particular plan to minimize student relocation and keep schools under capacity. The recommendation will be formalized and presented for action at the September board meeting. Details are on the Humble ISD website.
Despite several board members stating that a bond was not a “sure thing” in the week leading up to the May 6 election, plans for the bond started falling into place immediately after the election took place. It appears the district will call a bond, as they’ve formally begun calling for community members to serve on the bond committee. Signups are available on the Humble ISD web site, humbleisd.net.
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