At the May 11 board meeting, the Humble ISD Board of Trustees met to thank current members for service and congratulate newcomers. Board President Robert Sitton thanked exiting members Brent Engelage for his 10 years of service and Keith Lapeze for his 14.5 years of service to the district.

Sitton stated, “These two gentlemen have made a huge impact on our schools over the past decade and a half. We congratulate them for all their combined and individual contributions. They have researched issues, attended events, represented the school district, and been a voice for our children.”

Lapeze added, “From 2006 to date, my biggest contribution from the first time I took my oath of office was voting in Dr. Elizabeth Fagan as superintendent. I have enjoyed shaping the direction of our schools and the minds of our kids. Humble ISD is a great place that has always put learning at the forefront of every decision, and it shows in their prioritization. In fact, my son came home over this past school year talking non-stop about district teacher of the year, Dwight Smith. He is just one of the many shining examples that I have had the pleasure to represent and thank in my role on the board.”

Engelage took a moment in this, his last meeting in his position, to recognize new and incoming board members Chris Parker and Ken Kirchhofer. “I know that the two new faces to the board will continue the legacy in place. I would also like to say words of thankfulness to returning members Martina Dixon and Robert Sitton.”

New board members will take their oath of office at the June meeting.

Representatives from PBK gave a presentation on the Humble High School detention pond (affectionately known as ‘the mud pit’) and North Belt Elementary plans. The team showed visuals that illustrated a proposed design that includes a wet bottom pond with potential water fountains, lighting, a pedestrian path, garden area, sculptures and mascots representing each of the neighboring campuses. This area is deemed “Humble ISD Educational Complex.”

The second portion of the presentation centered around potential designs for North Belt Elementary school, including immersive learning stations, education pods, outdoor spaces, green spaces, plenty of kept trees and countless planned learning opportunities.

The district is currently looking into the funding mechanics for projects such as these and considering additional ways to educate students through the addition of these spaces, such as a proposed fish hatchery for the Ag department, and more.

In conclusion, Sitton and Fagan relayed how these additions and updates are exciting chances to educate our students in ways never seen here before. Fagan concluded, “In fact, these innovative possibilities not only inspire our kids, but also support the district mission.”

Humble ISD Mission: “Our purpose in partnership with families and community, is to develop each child intellectually, artistically, emotionally, physically, and socially so that all students are life-long learners, complex thinkers, responsible global citizens, and effective communicators.”

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