Recently appointed Humble ISD Board Trustee Brent Engelage was welcomed to his first meeting last Tuesday where an outdoor graduation, district updates, construction projects, demographics, condolences for the loss of former superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo, and the teacher-of-the-year program were all discussed.
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen discussed plans to host an outdoor ceremony for graduating students of the 2019-2020 school year. According to Fagen, the submitted plans have been endorsed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“We are going forward with our July graduation plans,” Fagen said. “We’re just excited that our students will be able to wear caps and gowns and have their names called. All other senior things are postponed, but not canceled.”
According to Fagen, the current rules mandate that attendance be limited to only 25% capacity of the outdoor stadium, but she is hopeful that the number could increase to 50% by July.
Two teachers were celebrated as the district’s 2020 teachers of the year.
Fagen explained, “Humble ISD teachers are the best in the profession. Each year, two are chosen to represent our district in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.”
The elementary teacher of the year is Darcy Petzold of Eagle Springs Elementary and Linsey Thrower of Humble Middle School was chosen as secondary teacher of the year.
Each board member expressed condolences for the family of Sconzo, who passed away April 21 after a battle with cancer. Sconzo served as Humble ISD superintendent from 2001 to 2016.
Said Fagen, “He was the heart of Humble ISD. Dr. Sconzo came in at exactly the right time when the community needed it most and created a bridge and brought forward a district that had a huge heart for kids first.”
Fagen said the district will continue forward with the traits and culture that Sconzo implemented.
The 2020-2021 school year is expected to begin Aug. 11, and Fagen is hopeful that things will be back to normal for that first day. Although most families will be excited to “get to experience all the things that we love,” Fagen explained that there has been some communication statewide about families that are not comfortable sending their children to campus due to compromised immunity of family members in the household.
“Preliminary conversations with the commissioner,” Fagen continued, “have gone in a way that lead us to believe that the Texas Education Agency will allow students to stay home and begin virtual learning in the fall and be funded students.”
Fagen said that there is a lot of preparation and planning going on behind the scenes, including being able to pivot to accommodate any future confirmed cases of the coronavirus, phasing in attendance and adjusted schedules. One thing that will not be adjusted as of now is the school calendar “which offers enough flexibility,” according to Fagen. More information and details for extracurricular activities and athletic programs will be sent out as it is developed.