At the Sept. 11 meeting, the Humble ISD Board of Trustees was updated about the first meeting of the district’s newly created Advocacy Committee. The committee was established by the board to develop positions and consensus regarding school district issues that require working together with local, state and federal elected officials and agencies.
The first meeting was Aug. 27. Trustee Robert Sitton attended and summarized the meeting to the other board members.
“It was a phenomenal meeting. The idea behind this first meeting was to talk about school safety and get all the stakeholders in the room and talk about how to collaborate with one another; how to handle first responders, those types of issues,” said Sitton.
Seventeen community members participated in the meeting. Sitton said the group represented a wide range of community interests and responsibilities. They included State Rep. Dan Huberty; Kingwood College President Dr. Katherine
Persson; Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe; a representative on behalf of Houston City Councilman Dave Martin; and representatives from the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office, the Houston Police Department, Kingwood Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce, and the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership. The first-priority issue is school district safety and security coordination within the community.
Humble ISD Police Chief Solomon Cook and Trustee Nancy Morrison are developing the issues and information that resulted from the meeting to be ready to review at the next meeting, Dec. 10. Sitton said that the committee hopes to complete a report of its findings and recommendations to the district and affected community agencies going forward.
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, who also attended the meeting, said, “We prepare for the worst and hope for the best. In the event of a significant situation, all of these jurisdictions will have to come together and work together on a minute’s notice. Chief Cook has committed the police to training together, drilling together and to do the various things to ensure all the basic functional components for safety are in place even when you have multiple jurisdictions.”
The district also honored its Secondary Education Teachers of the Year. Asst. Superintendent of Middle Schools Melissa Hayhurst recognized each middle school’s Teacher of the Year. Asst. Superintendent of High Schools Trey Kramer did the same for each high school’s Teacher of the Year. Fagen said elementary school Teachers of the Year will be honored at the October board meeting.
Middle School Teachers of the Year are: Michelle Kirkpatrick (Timberwood), Simon Perry (Ross Sterling), Daniel Green (Riverwood), Matthew Smithson (Kingwood), Joshua Grimes (Humble); Michael Block (Creekwood), Baely Leone (Atascocita), and Amber Wal (Woodcreek).
High School Teachers of the year are: Jeffrey Alexander (Quest Early College), Caryn Rasberry (Kingwood Park), Miguel Carlos (Kingwood), Katie Spence (Atascocita), David Watkins (Humble), Terri Hart (Summer Creek), Kevin Krueger (Community Learning Center), and Amy Walker (Career and Technical Education Center/CATE).