On Feb. 15, the Humble ISD board of trustees met to discuss the specifics of the proposed bond initiatives to be brought before voters in May and to recognize several outstanding teachers and staff members for their continued service to the district.
The meeting was opened with a live concert by the Woodcreek Middle School Viola da Gamba orchestral group. The group performed three selections, including “Allegro” by Vivaldi, as a part of the Inspiring Moments segment of the meeting.
Dustin Winson, assistant director of fine arts, introduced this well-recognized group. “This group of fine musicians was recognized last week in San Antonio. This is a distinguished honor for a group of students — many of which have been playing for about a year and play additional instruments as well,” he said.
Pedro Funes-Whittington, the assistant orchestra director at Woodcreek Middle School added, “The viol or viola da gamba is a unique instrument in that it is bowed, fretted and strung. The unique sounds of this instrument were first heard in Spain in the 15th century and were most popular at the time of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It is often a six-stringed instrument to which we have three varieties here tonight.”
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen continued with the accolades across the district by stating, “In past meetings, we brought you a mariachi band, the Mosaic program and more. There are several very exciting things happening around Humble ISD. This is yet another example of our students doing great things throughout the state of Texas.”
Fagen further illustrated the excellence of Humble ISD with, “Additionally, in January, Humble ISD was recognized on stage in Austin at the statewide Texas Association of School Administrators conference. Humble was one of only two districts in Texas to receive a major award celebrating innovation titled The Outstanding Professional Learning Award.”
Lisa Ham, executive director for Learning Forward Texas, added, “Humble ISD is an exemplary district that focuses on innovation, new ideas, new types of training, offering students a voice. This has never been more prevalent than the present. Congratulations to all staff members, teachers, parents and students.”
Director of Community Development Jerri Monbaron kept the positive momentum by awarding several awards to the super staffers at several grade levels, including the support staff. “As you can tell, we have the best and brightest staffers here in our district — something to truly be proud of year-over-year.”
Prior to overviewing the bond propositions, the board members issued the individual board reports and congratulated all the volunteers for their countless hours of work at the Humble Rodeo and all events. Trustee Robert Sitton proudly proclaimed, “The cook-off, rodeo, auction, carnival and more would not have been a resounding success without our volunteers. The auction raised over $350K to our kids.”
To round out the meeting, the 2022 bond proposal was laid out in detail prior to going to vote in May 2022. The projects are organized and planned to span seven years at approximately $125M per year. Proposition A is set at $730M and Proposition B is set for $45M for a total of $775M. The proposed projects would be set into motion without the need for a tax increase. Humble stands proud when compared to neighboring districts in terms of the school tax rate.
Some of the proposed projects include the Mosaic building, playground equipment for remaining schools, ROTC-level equipment at the high school level, Humble High School multi-phased renovations, replacement of several campuses, improved lighting for mental health, turf for fields and more.
The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the board is set for March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Humble ISD Administration building.