When the voters approved $575 million in capital improvement bond money May 5, they approved an encompassing set of projects that will update the district’s existing facilities and prepare for anticipated substantial growth in the future.
Any initiative that involves over half a billion taxpayer dollars is complicated. At the March 19 Humble ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Nolan Correa, the district’s associate superintendent of operational support, provided an explanatory video presentation.
After nearly a year of intense planning, many of the bond projects are well underway. Two are completed and those not yet physically started will be by the end of the year; all to be completed by the end of 2022.
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen introduced Correa and said, “We want to make sure everyone knows which bond projects are underway and what stage they are in. The work you have to do on the front end of the major projects is all really behind the scenes and so I feel like people are coming and looking around and saying: ‘OK, where is this stuff, where are the bulldozers?’ So we wanted to provide a high-level overview of the projects that are actually underway and what stage they are in and when we expect them to be complete.”
Correa gave a 25-minute presentation that addressed every project, including two projects already completed. One – district-wide security enhancements – includes secured visitors’ entries, increased security cameras, alarm system updates, and new security updates which Correa explained are not being made public for security reasons.
The second completed project is the field turf installation that included new athletic field turf at all of the high schools. Correa said the district saved $500,000 by including the whole project into the schedule to re-turf the Kingwood High School field that had to be replaced as soon as possible following the Hurricane Harvey flooding.
Correa itemized the remaining projects, noting that all have been or will be started in terms of construction this year to be completed within the following years. They include:
New support buildings on recently acquired land just north of Kingwood, including a north agriculture barn to replace the flooded facility and a second transportation center.
Elementary school projects that include elementary school multipurpose rooms, a rebuild of Lakeland Elementary School and a new school, Elementary School No. 30.
Middle school projects that include the rebuilding of Kingwood Middle School; a new school, Middle School No. 10; and new wood gym floors throughout the district.
High school projects include new Atascocita High School classroom additions and a gym, a new Humble High School cafeteria and gym, and a third gym at Summer Creek, Kingwood and Kingwood Park high schools.
Correa explained that where schools are being rebuilt or classrooms added, they will to continue to operate during the construction in such a way that they will not have to relocate students to another campus.
“That will result in taking more time to get them done,” Correa said.
Correa explained that of the construction timelines he outlined, some began in 2018 and the rest will be undertaken from this year through completion.
District Communications Director Jamie Mount said the district is now maintaining a web page dedicated to keeping the public updated about the status of the projects in progress – humbleisd.net/bond2018.
In addition to the bond presentation, 16 students ranging from second-graders to seniors were honored as top awardees of The 2019 Humble ISD Rodeo Art Show. The district’s website – humbleisd.net – highlights each winner’s name, grade, school, artwork title and the award won.
School board meetings are normally held at 7 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at the Humble ISD Administration Building, 20200 Eastway Village Drive, and are open to the public.