Humble City Manager Darrell Boeske panned a bill now before Texas legislators while Humble High School Principal Donna Ullrich praised the work of her students, and Aldine ISD Representative Patrick Mouton pledged to residents that new school construction will be above flood elevation.
The wide-ranging discussion took place during the Lake Houston Chamber’s Humble BizCom May 11.
“It’s a bogus bill, smoke and mirrors,” Boeske said of Senate Bill 2, which would require cities planning a tax increase to take it to voters first.
In a presentation that was short and to the point, Boeske said SB2 is extremely detrimental, especially to small cities.
“It’s not tax reform,” he said. “We provide fantastic services and I don’t think any resident would doubt the ability of our first responders, for example.” Boeske encouraged attendees to contact their legislators. “It’s not a good thing,” he said.
Humble Principal Donna Ullrich, on the other hand, bragged on her students.
“We want to honor the Humble High history and bring back the school’s unique culture,” Ullrich said, “that’s why Humble revived the homecoming parade through downtown Humble this [school] year. And we’ll have the parade again this fall.”
The school will graduate 380 students this year, Ullrich said, increasing the number of total students attending by 200 this year and expecting an increase of at least 150 next year.
“We’re establishing a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy at Humble next year,” Ullrich said. “It’ll be a school within our school, grounded on problem-based learning; mostly freshmen and a few sophomores will graduate with a high school degree and at least 42 college hours.”
Ullrich singled out Humble’s baseball team which made the playoffs, and the soccer team which achieved its first-ever playoff berth.
Finally, Aldine ISD’s Patrick Mouton assured BizCom participants that the new middle school being built on Townsen Boulevard just north of the Wal-Mart in Humble will not create additional flooding or add to traffic congestion.
“The school is being built above flood plain elevation and we’re working with the developer north of us to improve the sanitary and sewer system,” Mouton said. “Turning lanes also are being included in the Townsen Boulevard improvements.”
Townsen will be expanded to a total of four lanes and Boeske assured attendees that the Townsen improvements will be completed in time for the school’s opening in Fall 2018.
The middle school, which is within Humble’s city limits, will be located on a 50-acre campus and will include a gym, a practice gym, science labs, three art studios and a teaching theater, as well as a four-lane track and baseball and practice fields.
BizCom usually is held at Humble High but, for the first time in its eight-year existence, the City of Humble hosted the three-times-a-year meeting at the recently renovated Bender Performing Arts Center just north of downtown Humble.
Jennifer Wooden, who manages both the Performing Arts Center and the Humble Civic Center for the city, detailed many upcoming events.
“We’re planning a ‘Summertime Jam’ in July; the Axion Quartet Sept. 19; an open house in October to introduce the center to our Humble ISD schools; ‘Shrek the Musical’ at the end of October and first of November; and, in December, the Houston Choral Showcase,” Wooden said. “We want to make this a place to hang out.”
To see the list of events at the beautifully renovated former Bender High School, Wooden encourages residents to check the center’s website at humblepac.com.
Next Humble BizCom is Oct. 5, 11 a.m., at Humble High School. Attendance is free but you must register at lakehouston.org.
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