Humble ISD covered a lot of ground at the regular school board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, and discussed district finances, honoring the legacy of Dr. Guy Sconzo, North Belt Elementary getting a new building, and much more.
One of the highlights of the meeting was the discussion regarding naming a district facility in honor of former Superintendent Sconzo in recognition of his years of service to Humble ISD and to Texas public education.
Described as “larger than life,” Sconzo’s legacy will live on through naming a facility within the district after him. Although all trustees and Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen agreed that honoring Sconzo is “a no brainer,” they did not yet agree on which building would best be appropriate for such an honor.
Some of the options mentioned were the renaming of Quest High School, Ross Sterling Middle School, and the administration building. Also mentioned was naming Middle School No. 10 after Sconzo. All trustees stated that choosing the right building required more thought because the legacy of Sconzo is such a high bar. The conversation was placed on the December agenda to be discussed further.
The meeting was heavy on finances as their yearly audit and single audits were reviewed and explained. Lupe Garcia, engagement partner with Whitley Penn who conducted the third-party audit, presented the findings of the audit to the school board and community. According to Garcia, the audits “took several months” and planning began in the spring of 2020.
After combing through documents and data from multiple departments and working closely with Humble ISD Chief Financial Officer Mike Seale and his team, Garcia said he was happy to report that the district received a clean audit which had zero modification recommendations.
Based on the findings of the audit, Humble ISD received two awards for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019: ASBO’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting and GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. These certificates of achievement are national awards and are the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Copies of these certificates are found on pages xii and xiii of the 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
The district has received the ASBO award for 34 consecutive years (1986-2019) and the GFOA award for 34 years (1985-1995; 1997-2019).
During the consent agenda, the trustees approved two contractors for projects under Bond 2018. Holt Construction was chosen as the contractor for the multipurpose rooms-group one with a not-to-exceed construction budget amount of $17,462,350. Rogers O’Brien Construction was chosen as the contractor for the Kingwood and Kingwood Park High Schools’ third gym and CTE addition project with a not-to-exceed construction budget amount of $17,225,836.
In addition to selecting general contractors, the district announced and trustees approved adding the North Belt Elementary rebuild to the list of projects funded by Bond 2018. Humble ISD has realized fiscal savings in the amount of $35 million initiated at this time, and these fund savings are the result of decisions made to bid projects strategically to capitalize on a favorable bid market and encouraging increased competition among construction vendors for Humble ISD work.
The North Belt Elementary rebuild was not originally one of the major 2018 bond projects; however, due to the $35 million savings and $4 million from fund balance, it is possible to begin the rebuild process now. The estimated cost for the North Belt Elementary rebuild is $38 million. The district is currently interviewing architects for the new rebuild.