The January Humble ISD School Board meeting recognized the board members as part of School Board Appreciation Month. Additional topics, such as local events, the current school calendar and whether the student cell phone policy should be revisited were also discussed.
An Inspiring Moments video was created in honor of all board members to thank them for the hundreds of hours spent in efforts to provide every child with a bright future. Student Josh Brown starred in the video and focused on innovation. Brown is a fifth grader from Park Lakes Elementary School.
“The board of trustees continues to provide a place for learning, discovery, collaboration and innovation. Together we have built houses for veterans through a partnership with Houston Sports Authority. Our district and students have taken part in several community service and philanthropic activities to aid people around the globe,” said Brown.
Members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) gave accolades to the board members by creating gift packets and recognizing each board member by name as volunteers for the community and surrounding areas.
Additionally, several students of Kingwood High School created caricature drawings and special artwork for every representative on the board.
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said, “There is a lot of hard work that goes into the various committees that truly benefits the district and all students. It is no wonder the district continues to grow by over 1,000 a year.”
As the board member committee minutes and updates were given, Board Member and Education Foundation Representative Robert Scarfo mentioned several up-and-coming student events. “The Rodeo will take place Feb. 7-8. Come out and show your support of our students, the animals and all festivities. The website address is humblerodeo.com,” he said. “Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors, including Robbins Auto Mall and Waste Management specifically, for contributing to this 73-year-old tradition in Humble.”
To round out the meeting, one of the hot topics discussed was the Humble ISD School Calendar. The current 2019-2020 school year was the first of its kind, with students given two additional weeks off due to the diligence of the calendar committee. All consent agenda items, with the exception of the school calendar, were approved in the first round of approvals.
Scarfo asked that the school calendar be a separate discussion and vote. “While obtaining 29% of the total possible vote in participation, perhaps we could look at ways to get more people to vote for the appropriate calendar option.
“We need to give more thought to how to engage more participation – maybe by offering a pizza party to the class with the highest participation rate, or a new car,” he said jokingly.
In response, Board member Lori Twomey paid several compliments to the calendar committee for offering such an interactive survey.
“I have received a lot of great feedback, both from those that completed the poll and from parents that have now experienced and love the new schedule. It is likely that as we adopt this new schedule in the long-term, there will be more and more options for care and activities during the off weeks,” she said.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the board opted to visit a possible all-district student cell phone policy. The next regularly scheduled meeting is slated for Feb. 11 in the Humble ISD Board room.