Lakeland Elementary School in Humble will have a new address, the City of Humble is expanding its improvement grants to homeowners and businesses, and Lake Houston’s state senator and state representative said Texas’ most recent legislative session accomplished something they called amazing.

Those were the headline topics at the Lake Houston Chamber’s October BizCom held Oct. 3 at Humble High School.

In 2021, Lakeland Elementary students will move to their new building on the east side of Turner Stadium, Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen revealed.

“You mostly hear me talking about building new campuses because of growth, but Lakeland is our oldest school and their new building will provide these students with the quality that the newer schools offer,” she said.

At its new site near Rustic Timbers, Lakeland will have a larger campus and better access and will include a performing arts center.

By 2022, Humble High will have a new library and media center, a cafeteria which will include a wall of windows, and a third gym.

The Lakeland and Humble improvements are a result of the $575 million bond referendum passed by Humble ISD voters in 2018. A complete list of projects and renderings of the improvements currently underway throughout the district are available at humbleisd.net/bond2018.

In other news, the City of Humble expects to spend at least $100,000 a year in grants to homeowners and businesses who complete improvements, says Mayor Merle Aaron.

“There’s a lot of interest in moving to Humble, especially the historic downtown area, because it doesn’t flood,” the mayor said. “We’re a small town of 15,000, but we’re growing because of the benefits we offer, especially to retirees.”

Aaron complimented the Lake Houston Chamber and its Economic Development Department for their work in identifying commercial businesses relocating to Humble so that the city, in the last year, has doubled its taxable commercial real estate.

Humble BizCom Chair Scott Brady (center) welcomed State Rep. Dan Huberty (left) and State Sen. Brandon Creighton to Humble High School to discuss flooding, school finance, property tax relief and more at the October Humble BizCom.

In legislative news, State Sen. Brandon Creighton focused on flooding while State Rep. Dan Huberty talked about other bills that passed the recently concluded session.

Creighton understands what a disaster can do to a home.

“I lost two homes in three years, one to flood and one to fire,” he said.

He described the $3.5 billion bill that was passed, which includes $600 million to help cities and counties meet the match required to receive federal funds.

“In spite of two 500-year floods that were just two years apart, the money is here and we’re moving quickly to get projects done,” he said. “Everything is in place. We have no major barriers. The dredging, the new gates on Lake Houston. Working with chamber leadership, we’re getting results.”

Huberty said his study committee spent a year studying school finance and presented a 450-page bill, HB 3, which outlines how Texans will pay for their children’s education.

“We’re spending $11.5 billion, the most any state has ever spent,” he said.

The bill passed, includes $4.5 billion to accelerate student achievement, up to $5 billion in property tax relief, and $2 billion to compensate teachers.

Huberty encouraged the BizCom audience to keep in touch with Harris County commissioners who plan to raise county taxes by 9%. He also said that the legislature invested $6.1 billion into TxDOT to create roads without tolls and set aside $210 million so that each retired teacher receives a $2,000 check.

Humble BizCom attendees were well fed thanks to the generosity of Steve Merritt, franchise owner of the Lake Houston Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Helping were the Lake Houston Chamber staff (from left) Katie Woodard, vice-president of membership; Carol Poston, communications director; and Damita Roberts, events coordinator. Photos by Tom Broad

Additional Humble BizCom highlights:

- Humble High School Principal Terri Osborne encouraged Lake Houston residents to follow Humble High’s progress on Twitter.

“Our football team is “5 and 0,” and our Junior ROTC students recently won a military skills competition in New Caney,” she said. “We’re focusing on the positive.”

- At Memorial Hermann Northeast, the new West Entrance off McKay Drive will include a new entrance, a new waiting area and renovated operating rooms, according to COO Noel Cardenas. Completion date is early November.

- A chapel specifically for the Cremation Garden is under construction at the Humble location of Rosewood Funeral Home, according to Jess Fields, Jr. The chapel will incorporate a 30-foot window overlooking the stunning Cremation Garden.

The next Humble BizCom is Jan. 9, 2020. Attendance is free. Boxed lunches will be served, but registration is required at lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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