January is School Board Appreciation Month and it is celebrated across the state of Texas. As a result, all board members, regardless of tenure, were presented with gifts from senior FFA members, Humble ATPE members and more.
Several elementary campus students even created colorful hot air balloon artwork which adorned the board stand. Even the Inspiring Moments video by Public Communications featured special messages from students and entire classes.
Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, Humble ISD superintendent, remarked, “We certainly appreciate the hard work and dedication of each of our members. Each one of them works hundreds of sometimes thankless hours as a volunteer to make a difference in our students.”
“The Humble ISD school board is comprised of normal people that when they come together, they work as a team. They give personal sacrifice to work with politicians, attend meetings, and make informed decisions for complex issues,” added State Vice President of Region 4 Humble Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), Stacey Ward.
Members of the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) continued the celebration and positive remarks by thanking all trustees for their service, followed by a presentation to the board which included a listing of successful projects completed as part of past bond projects districtwide as well as showcasing proposed projects that could be tackled and completed with future bond dollars.
The CBAC was formed in the latter part of 2021 and included parents of then-currently enrolled Humble ISD students and other district persons, such as residents, property taxpayers, staff members and even students. The committee had an orientation session, followed up by six additional sessions between September and December.
These committee members continue to advise the Humble ISD administration and school board on the funding of facility updates, new campus designs and locations, technology advancements and other renovations. These modifications support positive school experiences, now and for generations to come.
Several of the projects in the presentation included elements of safety, such as alarm systems, HVAC updates, stadium turf additions, Wi-Fi access improvements and overall connectivity and firewall changes.
Some campuses are proposed to receive a face-lift via renovation, while it is suggested that other campuses be rebuilt due to age.
Dr. Roger Brown, deputy superintendent of Humble ISD added, “As promised to voters, the resulting tax rate from the 2008 and 2018 bond has not exceeded 35 cents for debt service. If approved, the new bond would not come with a tax rate increase. This is a big deal.”
For a copy of the presentation brought before the board, refer to humbleisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/10548/CBAC_BoardPresentation_2022Jan11.pdf. To read more about the CBAC, find out about Bond 2018, review the facilities assessment, view photos, or become informed about the orientation and follow-up sessions, see humbleisd.net/Page/99204.