A controversial agenda item was pulled from the Humble ISD school board's Dec. 13 agenda.
The item had to do with re-zoning students from Atascocita Springs and Eagle Springs elementary schools to an unnamed campus in a new subdivision, The Groves, off West Lake Houston Parkway. The board made no official statement explaining the reasoning behind its decision to pull the item.
One concerned district parent, Scott Hutchins, spoke to the board in public comment addressing a possible oversight in the district's proposed re-zoning initiative.
He raised the fact that neighboring Lakeshore Elementary, which is already operating past capacity, would not recieve any alleviation from the proposed re-zoning lines.
"What I would like to see is some relief to Lakeshore," said Hutchins. "I find it a little frustrating."
Currently, Lakeshore has the second largest elementary school student population of 1,009, trailing only to Atascocita Springs, which has 1,091. Eagle Springs Elementary has 825 students, while the district has an overall average enrollment of 666 students at elementary schools. Furthermore, the nine elementary schools in Kingwood average 583 students per school, while schools south of the San Jacinto River averages 750 students.
Hutchins pointed out the large swath of area east of West Lake Houston Parkway zoned to Lakeshore.
"Every house that gets built on West Lake Houston Parkway goes to Lakeshore, it doesn't go to Eagle Springs, it doesn't go to Atascocita Springs," said Hutchins.
"And I'm looking at some of this data, next year Lakeshore will have 1,200 students, but it only holds 950."
Humble ISD board president Keith Lapeze said that because the item was pulled from the agenda that the issue could not be discussed at the meeting.
"I think we can read in to the fact that the reason it was pulled is because some of those concerns are being considered," said Lapeze.
Also at the meeting, 9-year board member Brent Engelage announced he would not seek re-election in 2017 while athletic director Krista Malstrom also announced she would be retiring next year.
The next school board meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 20200 Eastway Village in Humble.