Excessive growth a concern for Humble ISD\r\nFrustrations about overcrowding mount as High School No. 6 bid is accepted\r\n\r\nThe Humble ISD Board of Trustees was met with frustration from all sides concerning issues brought about by the tremendous growth in the area- growth in the area at the regular board meeting on Feb. 13. \r\nThe growth has caused the board to re-examine the student population at Atascocita High School as well as construction plans for High School No. 6.\r\nOne resident called the overcrowding of Atascocita High School, "busting out the seams," and trustee Dave Martin asked whether or not there was the option to use funds from projects slated for 2009, namely renovations to Turner Stadium and an auditorium at Creekwood Middle School, to make additions to AHS and High School No. 6. \r\n"We already have permission to use that money but we weren't going to use it until 2009. So my theory is, what if we build a new 'house' onto Atascocita immediately and give them relief, build a new 'house' onto High School No. 6, thus increasing the capacity from 4,800 to 6,400 students?" he said. "I consider the overcrowding at Atascocita High School far more important." \r\nThe proposal would cost the district roughly $20 million and add the renovations for Turner Stadium and auditorium for Creekwood Middle School to Bond 2008. Trustees will discuss the subject in more detail during a board workshop scheduled for Feb. 27. \r\nThe board decided to accept the $63.2 million bid from Gilbane Building Co. for the construction of the new high school, but left the option to add two "houses" of 400 students each to Atascocita High School and High School No. 6 open for further discussion.\r\nDuring a special legislative session last spring, legislators voted to require Texas school districts to begin the school year no earlier than the fourth Monday in August, putting the start date for the 2007-2008 school year on Aug. 27, 10 days later than school began last year. \r\nThe new adopted calendar was the most popular of several drafts Humble ISD presented to the public. Thanksgiving break will have only three days instead of a week with spring break a week long and winter break two weeks. \r\n\r\nSchool Board adopts calendar, students to begin later next year\r\n\r\nIn other school business, trustees called for a May 12 board election in conjunction with the city of Humble. Position 4 held by Mike Sullivan and Position 5 held by Jim Eggers will be on the ballot. Both have plans to seek re-election. \r\n\r\n\r\n

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