The January meeting of the Humble Independent School District Board was punctuated with numerous presentations thanking and supporting the school board for its service. The Texas Association of School Boards has named January 2017 as School Board Recognition Month.
The Humble School Board members were thanked by several groups, including the Future Farmers of America clubs, district drill team members, Kingwood High School student officers, Commissioner Jack Cagle’s office, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
“The single most important component for the district is the quality of teachers and this is accomplished through the support of the school board,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said. “The trustees put in a lot of work and study, and their involvement is from the heart. I am very grateful to have our board. They make the right decisions and support our schools.”
North Belt Elementary was recognized for being named a 2017 Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). This designation means that North Belt Elementary is considered one of the most rapidly improving schools in the nation. In June 2017, the North Belt leadership team will lead a forum where they will share their innovative practices with more than 6,000 educators.
Each month, campuses and departments select an individual to be honored as a Super Staffer for outstanding work in advancing student achievement. A drawing is held and three honorees receive additional recognition, including a $200 gift card to Pappas Restaurants, thanks to award sponsor Gulf Coast Educators Credit Union.
Honored at the January board meeting were the following Super Staffers:
Kathy Jones, Fall Creek Elementary, Literacy Academic Lead Teacher. Those who nominated Jones said, “Kathy continuously finds new ways to support the learning of the teachers. Kathy's expert guidance leads to more rigorous, relevant and engaging lessons and increased teacher and student success.”
Carla Brookshire, Community Learning Center, Mosiac Teacher. Those who nominated Brookshire said, "Carla has gone above and beyond to help a student find a job after struggling to gain employment. She worked with the student on job skills and with the transition team to find a site that would work for the student.”
Traci Herrod, Transportation, Payroll Specialist. Those who nominated Herrod said, “Traci is our payroll specialist and a whole lot more. She has been with the district for 4.5 years and performed an amazing job.”
Humble ISD Education Foundation Board President Jen Sitton presented a $328,220 check payable to Humble ISD. These funds had been donated by 3,083 employees across the district. Grants will be made to support teachers and campus projects. Fagen thanked the employees who donated and said, “This shows that employees believe in their own school district. They give their own money to support the future of the school district.”
Vicky Woo, a parent representing the Eagle Springs Elementary School PTO, made a presentation to the board. She asked the school board to consider several factors before implementing the proposed elementary attendance zone changes that are under consideration. The board received her comments and promised to take them into account in their deliberations.
Mike Seale, assistant superintendent and chief financial officer, reported to the board on the recent redemption of $10 million in bonds that would have matured in 2027. The school district was able to use available funds to redeem these bonds. He estimated the district would save $1,775,000 in interest expense as a result of the early redemption.