Humble ISD taxpayers may not see many “shovels in the ground” right now as a result of 2018’s successful $575 million school bond election, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on.
“It takes time, frankly, to figure out what we need to do, how we’re going to do it and what our timeline should be,” Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said at Summer Creek BizCom Sept. 12 at Summer Creek High School.
Fagen first described how proud she was that the bond issue passed with 74% approval in 2018.
“This bond is making a huge difference in every corner of our district,” she said, then detailed what that difference is and will be.
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“Salaries take up 85% of our general fund,” Fagen said, “so the bond is allowing us to focus on updating our facilities. When the governor signed HB3 this year, thanks to the efforts of State Rep. Dan Huberty, the bond gave us the room to give our teachers a 7% raise, a $10 million increase.”
Fagen explained how demographers help the district determine where to build and what to build.
“Frankly, they’re pretty accurate,” she said. She also cited a recent report that demonstrated Humble ISD was the fifth fastest-growing Texas school district when looking at numbers of students between 2013 and 2018.
Two schools are currently in design, Elementary School 30 in Fall Creek, which will open in 2021, and Middle School 10 along Woodland Hills near Sunset Ridge, which will open in 2022. Lakewood Pines Elementary, funded by the successful 2008 bond, already is under construction in the Lakewood Pines subdivision on W. Lake Houston Parkway between Atascocita and Summerwood and will open in 2020.
Third gyms also are planned for Kingwood, Kingwood Park and Summer Creek high schools. Additional classrooms and a gym will be built at Atascocita High, and Humble High will be in line for a new library, cafeteria and an additional gym.
“I encourage you to follow our progress by going to our website and clicking on ‘Bond 2018: Keeping our Promise,’” said Fagen. “It lists the projects we’ve completed and the projects that are currently underway.”
The Humble ISD website is humbleisd.net.
Summer Creek Football Coach Kenny Harrison described three unique programs he introduced to inspire his team and to get more involvement from parents and families: Breakfast with Champions, Mamma Dog Day and Daddy Decal Day.
Every game day morning, the entire football family – varsity, junior varsity and freshmen – attend the Breakfast with Champions to hear a motivational speaker.
Harrison also introduced Mamma Dog Day, in which mothers of the team join their sons on the field, and Daddy Decal Day, during which dads help their sons put the decals on their football helmets.
“I grew up in a single-family home, so I know how important and influential parents can be and, frankly, I get emotional when I see moms on the field with their boys and dads helping their kids put on decals,” he said.
Summer Creek Principal Brent McDonald encouraged area businesses to partner with Summer Creek High School in promoting and supporting the school’s many athletic and extracurricular programs.
“By partnering with us, businesses could offer 10% of their proceeds for a night, for example, to go to one of our athletic programs or the band, choir, orchestra ... any number of school programs,” McDonald said. “This is a great way to help Summer Creek with its fundraising and introduce your business to our parents as well.”
He encouraged businesses to email him by going to the Summer Creek website, humbleisd.net/schs.
Also speaking at Summer Creek BizCom was Noel Cardenas of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, who revealed that next May will see the opening of two new catheterization labs plus equipment upgrades in all of the cath labs plus the renovation and upgrading of the hospital’s operating rooms and the renovation of the West Entrance off McKay Road.
Michelle Stoddard with the American Heart Association updated activities with the Greater Lake Houston Area Heart Walk which has a new location this year, Generation Park just off Beltway 8 at W. Lake Houston Parkway.
The Lake Houston Chamber now hosts BizComs at four locations: Summer Creek, Atascocita, Humble and alternating at Kingwood and Kingwood Park high schools. The next Summer Creek BizCom is Dec. 12 at Summer Creek High School. Those interested in attending must pre-register. Dates for all BizComs can be found on the Lake Houston Chamber web page, lakehouston.org.