After many weeks and months of consideration and communication, Humble ISD graduation is scheduled for next week at Turner Stadium.
During the regular July school board meeting, the ceremony was highlighted and details explained.
According to the district, a color-coded system is in place to assist with the flow and a positive experience for all graduates. Graduates should arrive one hour and 15 minutes prior, while family and guests can begin arriving one-hour prior. Family members and guest are required to have a parking pass for vehicles and all ages must have a color-coded ticket to enter.
As the meeting continued, discussion shifted gears from ending the current school year, to how the upcoming school year will begin considering the implications of the pandemic. During the public comments section, Steven Spencer inquired about the mask mandates and recommendations listed on the district’s website. Jennifer Carpenter, an Humble Middle School teacher, asked the board to advocate for distance learning, saying the method is “the safest” way to educate at the moment.
Atascocita High School teacher Catherine Soberon requested that the district give teachers the same choice as is given to parents of choosing in person or online instruction. Fifth grade teacher at Timber Elementary, Allyson Davis, mentioned communications with the board of trustees and the superintendent about her concerns surrounding COVID-19, saying she did not feel heard or listened to by the administration of the district.
Christina Young, the biology level team lead at Kingwood High School, had a chance to speak. She used her five minutes of commenting time to ask the board to consider ramifications and options for educators who become positive for coronavirus 2019, and how substitutes will be made available in the event that the substitute has to come in.
The other mention from Young was the opportunity for teachers to choose to be online instructors if vaccination and fear of contracting COVID-19 are concerns for their demographic. Davis said she has knowledge of some staff members who are “afraid to enter the building on Aug. 3.” For more information about how the district is addressing these issues and the plans going forward, see the article in today’s online edition.
Action item of endorsing a candidate for the TASB board of directors was opened and discussed. A TASB director represents his or her region on the TASB Board of Directors, guiding the organization to ensure that the association fulfills its mission to provide advocacy, leadership, and high-quality services to the members of TASB. Between July 3 and Aug. 31, 2020, the board may endorse candidates to the TASB board for the open positions in Region IV. Candidates who receive a majority of the endorsements in their region will be elected to the TASB board. Candidates who receive at least 25%, but not a majority, will be included on the official ballot at the TASB delegate assembly. Two candidates have approached the district seeking endorsement for Position 4B.
Darlene Breaux has served on the Alief ISD Board of Trustees since November 2017. Breaux is the director of research and evaluation for the Harris County Department of Education. She has also served as the director of special populations for HCDE. She has over 20 years of service in education as a teacher, reading specialist, campus principal, and district intervention coordinator. She is a 2017 Texas Education Policy Institute (TEPI) Fellow and a Cohort 2 Leadership ISD Fellow.
Page Rander was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy in September 2010. Rander has spent most of her 31-year professional career in public service. She has served as a TASB director and she is one of four statewide representatives to the TASB board of directors' legislative committee.
The Humble ISD board opted to not officially endorse either of the candidates because both are deemed to be quality candidates according to multiple trustees. Board member Martina Lemond Dixon will have the final voting decision of the district when votes are casts by the TASB board of directors.
During the meeting, the board approved all consent agenda items.