Former Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo will be honored by having Quest Early College High School renamed to Dr. Guy M. Sconzo Early College High School.
In a unanimous decision, all seven board trustees voted to rename the campus that some feel the late Sconzo, who served as superintendent from 2001-2016, had the most impact on. Sconzo passed away in April of 2020 after battling cancer.
The “Team of Eight” as Sitton described, consisted of the seven current school board trustees and the current Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, whom replaced Sconzo in her position. One by one, each of them shared heartfelt, and sometimes teary-eyed, words of gratitude and honor in being involved in the deliberation and decision.
Fagen shared that taking over after Sconzo was an intimidating position because Sconzo had big shoes to fill. Although she could not vote, she expressed extreme support in favor of the decision.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to vote on this tonight,” said trustee Martina Lemond Dixon. “I’m happy to be a part of this moment.”
As trustee Nancy Morrison began to speak, she was choked with emotion. “I think it’s perfect,” she managed to get out, “It suits him.”
Trustee Keith Lapeze echoed Morrison and added, “Quest would not be here without [Dr. Sconzo], he single-handedly kept that school alive. I’m proud to be a part of this.”
In addition to praises for Sconzo, trustee Brent Engelage draw attention to the impact of Diane Sconzo, Dr. Sconzo’s wife, who was in attendance, calling her an “amazing woman.” Engalage also expressed that he was proud “to be one of the seven that get to raise our hands” and that this decision should be looked at as a community-wide decision because the entire community supported and was impacted by the life of Sconzo.
Trustee Lori Twomey said she tends to disfavor naming education buildings after people and prefers they be named based on location or other factors. But, because of the leadership and impact of Sconzo on the district, community, Quest Early College High School, and the perfect timing of the school getting their own campus, she had peace with the decision and her vote in favor of the name change.
“I’m very happy that we’re going to do this,” said trustee Robert Scarfo, “but I’m sad to do it.” Scarfo went on to explain that Sconzo lived with integrity and treated people with value. “I am honored and privileged to have called him a friend and I miss him dearly,” said Scarfo.
Quest Early High School is scheduled to get a new stand-alone campus for the first time in the school’s history. Humble ISD celebrated the new construction with a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 30, 2020
“Quest Early College High School, one of the highest performing early college high schools in the state, will finally have a campus to call its own,” Fagen said.
The new campus will expand Quest’s capacity from 400 to 600 students. It will incorporate a college atmosphere with collaborative, flexible and innovative spaces.
The campus will also include height-adjustable desks, movable seating that allows students a choice of work environment, and classrooms which consist of movable walls that allow combining rooms into larger collaborative spaces.
Renovations are expected to be completed in 2021 allowing students to attend the new facility for the 2021-2022 school year.
More information can be found on the Humble ISD website at humbleisd.net/Page/125640.