The Humble ISD Board meeting July 10 began with a video highlighting a training program called “The Power of Possibilities.” It was designed and developed to inspire teachers to imagine new and exciting ways to engage students in exploring, creating and learning. When she introduced the video, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen noted that more than 7,000 teachers and district staff had just gone through the training earlier this summer.

“It makes me laugh because a lot of people come up to me and say,’ Oh you don’t work in the summer, right?’” Fagen paused and then said, “It’s a little known fact that in the summer, in education we do a lot of work. We do all of our prep for the next year, our budgeting, our hiring, our construction; all of the things you don’t want to do when the students are in the buildings or you can’t do.”

Fagen pointed out that besides all the training, the district has hired more than 400 people, is building buildings, and is doing all kinds of rehabilitation and repair work. Everyone in every department is very busy.

“I just want to thank you all for the work everyone is doing,” Fagen said.

Related to all the summer work, the board members unanimously approved a consent agenda that was jam packed with authorizations and approvals needed for moving forward with the district’s business. It included: authorizations of goods, professional services and construction services exceeding $50,000 in the aggregate or $25,000 individually; authorization of tax refunds; approvals of budget transfers and amendments, including one-time increases and adjustments to capital projects; approval of the superintendent contract for the coming year; approval of the district’s 2018-19 Student Code of Conduct; approval of a memorandum of understanding regarding the Harris County Juvenile Alternative Education Program; approval of the Summer Creek High School bell schedule for 2018-19; and two additional votes were taken to endorse candidates for two open director positions on the Texas Association Board of Directors. They are: Georgan Reitmeier for Position 4A. Reitmeier has served as a member of Klein ISD Board of Trustees and has served Region IV as president of the Gulf Coast Association of School Boards; and Steven Dennis for Position 4C. Dennis has served as a member of the Channelview ISD Board of Trustees for 23 years. He too has served Region IV as a president of the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards and assists with the legislative agenda for Region IV.

School board meetings are normally held at 7 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at the Humble ISD Administration Building, 20200 Eastway Village Dr., and are open to the public. Agendas are posted on the district website, humbleisd.net.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.