– Decision to be made in September on Middle School 9 –
For several months, community members and school district representatives have discussed various attendance zone plans for Middle School No. 9 set to open in The Groves in August 2018.
Humble ISD’s assistant superintendent for support services, Dr. Roger Brown, presented the findings and six different attendance zone options during the Humble ISD July 11 monthly meeting. There won’t be action on any one of the attendance zone proposals until the September monthly meeting.
“Why are we talking about another middle school? We continue to experience growth on the south end of the district with approximately 50 new subdivisions being built along West Lake Houston Parkway,” Brown said. “We want to accommodate our students as they move into our district. This committee we put together consists of community members who have served on past committees regarding attendance zones and those directly affected by the attendance zones for Middle School 9.”
The committee examined data such as the actual and projected enrollment of the district and campuses and the long-term impact of attendance zone changes. The committee was also challenged to keep several guiding principles in mind, such as the prevention and elimination of overcrowding, allowing future growth, keeping the distances traveled by students within and between the neighborhoods as short as possible, allowing campuses to house students safely, provide adequate services to all students, and comply with state and federal regulations.
“If you look at the enrollment at Timberwood Middle and Woodcreek Middle, we have a lot of students at both,” Brown said. “One thing we want to keep in mind, though, is that we will open a new middle school in the future near Woodcreek Middle that will provide relief for that school, so we may not want to move students from that area to the new middle school then have to move them again when we open Middle School 10 in the future.”
They held a series of public meetings with parents where district representatives could discuss the different options and receive feedback. They also accepted feedback regarding the attendance zone option via the district website, where 423 people participated, 905 thoughts were contributed, and 96 of the participants were parents.
According to the data, Proposals 1, 2 and 3 were the most liked. One of the largest conversations was about the need to keep Eagle Springs Elementary School students to feed into the same middle school and a second discussion was about what more can be done regarding the number of students attending Woodcreek Middle School.
In Proposal 1, the projected enrollment at Timberwood Middle School would be 950, Woodcreek Middle with 1,474, and Middle School No. 9 with 968 in 2018. In Proposal 2, Timberwood Middle School would be 995, Woodcreek Middle with 1,474, and Middle School No. 9 with 923 in 2018. In Proposal 3, Timberwood Middle School would be 950, Woodcreek Middle with 1,401, and Middle School No. 9 with 1,041 in 2018.
Each of the first three proposals out of the six were the most popular because they provided some relief to Woodcreek Middle School and north and south of Will Clayton Parkway provided a clear dividing line.
“There are no plans to change any of the high school attendance ones at this moment,” Brown said.
Board members also read through information regarding the dress code for students. Board member Charles Cunningham pulled the agenda item to discuss a few of the new additions and information. The changes to the dress code were made by the district decision making committee, where two-thirds of the committee responded.
High school boys will now be allowed to wear earrings and to have facial hair. Hair must be neat, clean and well groomed. Hair style/color must not create disruptions or distraction. Extreme hairstyles, which include hair that is dyed an unnatural color (green, orange, etc.), will not be permitted. Also, facial hair, while allowed, must be neatly groomed and a natural color. Other dress code items brought up were that makeup is not permitted at the elementary school level, tattoos must be covered, students may wear earrings, and no other piercings are allowed. Exceptions to the Humble ISD dress code due to medical reasons must be approved by the grade level principal. The high school principals were in agreement for the changes to the piercings and facial hair policies. The Discipline Management Plan, Student Code of Conduct for 2017-2018, and Student/Parent Handbook for the 2017-18 school year were approved by three of the board members – Martina Dixon, Angela Conrad and Nancy Morrison, and not approved by Cunningham.
Additionally, the Humble Noon Lions Club was honored during the meeting for their contributions to Humble ISD students during the 2016-2017 school year, totaling $16,432 and providing 150 eyeglasses to students.
The application process for the open board seat was also announced and the applications have been uploaded onto the website for anyone interested in becoming an Humble ISD board member. They are accepting applications at the Humble ISD Administration building until Monday, July 30. Current Humble ISD board members intend to review the applications and make a decision at the August board meeting.
For more information or to download the application, visit tx01001414.schoolwires.net/site/default.aspx?PageID=93396.
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