The Humble ISD School Board was announced as the best school board in Texas at the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards and won a $25,000 award for the district. There are more than 1,000 school boards in Texas.
The school board was evaluated for leadership based upon academic and student progress within the district, identification of community needs and specific actions taken based on those needs, and new and creative methods for community engagement. A panel of judges visited Humble ISD in February and met with students, parents, teachers, principals, school board members and Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.
H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards held May 5
Serving on the Humble ISD School Board are President Angela Conrad, Vice-President Charles Cunningham, Secretary Nancy Morrison, Parliamentarian Robert Sitton, Keith Lapeze, Martina Dixon, and Colin Carney. School board members in Texas are elected and do not receive pay. They volunteer their time to serve their communities.
There were five school boards – Brazosport, Harlingen, Humble, Mansfield and Southwest – called to the stage as finalists at the statewide awards ceremony held on May 6 in Houston, where H-E-B revealed Humble ISD as the 2018 winner. During the evening, CEO Charles Butt and other H-E-B executives handed out a combined $430,000 in cash awards and grants to two principals, six teachers, one large district, one small district, an early childhood facility and one school board. H-E-B has awarded more than $9.5 million in cash and grants since the program’s inception in 2002. A major goal of the Excellence in Education Awards is to make a statement about the great things going on in Texas schools by spotlighting best practices and celebrating the work of Texas educators.
The school board is donating the $25,000 award to the Humble ISD Education Foundation to fund special projects and services at schools that serve students whose homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
“We know how important schools are to communities and healing,” Conrad said.
Fagen said the culture of a district starts at the top with the school board. “Humble ISD is a family,” she said. “Our school board supports every teacher and campus in doing what’s best for students. I would like to thank H-E-B for recognizing and celebrating excellent leadership.”
The Humble ISD School Board was a finalist for the award in 2015 and 2016. In the district category, Humble ISD won the best large district award in 2015.