The Humble ISD Board of Trustees was honored by students and staff from throughout the district as part of Texas’ annual School Board Recognition Month at the Jan. 15 monthly board meeting. This year it was about a lot more than just routine recognition. It was about celebrating the district’s board for being named the Outstanding School Board of the Year at the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. With more than 1,000 school boards in Texas, there was much to recognize. School District Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen summed it all up when she said, “School board members are volunteers. They donate hundreds of hours to attend meetings, consider issues, set policies and participate in student and community events. Tonight’s ‘Inspiring Moments’ video showcases the variety of experiences benefiting students under the leadership and support of our state award-winning school board.”

Recognition also came in the form of a proclamation issued on behalf of the citizens of Harris County from Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle’s Office. The proclamation recognized the board’s accomplishments and thanked them for their service to the community.

Fagen closed the district’s official recognitions by pointing out a myriad of posters, notes and pottery art pieces on the walls and on the board room platform – all created as tokens of thanks from the students.

“Thank you for being an outstanding school board that supports every teacher and our campuses in doing what is best for our students,” Fagen said.

The next item on the meeting agenda was a presentation by the Future Farmers of America (FFA) by presidents and representatives from all five district high school chapters. They described FFA and its role in the upcoming Humble Livestock Show and Auction Feb. 2-9. After describing its role and rapid growth in the district along with the animals they were raising to compete in the livestock show, the students honored board members with their own thanks and recognition. They also presented each board member with a free parking permit for use at the show.

Humble Education Foundation Board Chairperson India Loth addressed the board to report the foundation’s employee fundraising-campaign results for the last year.

“As we all know, Humble employees are the best of the best. I am excited to report that for the fifth year, Humble employees have pledged more than $300,000 to the foundation. Support at this level is a testament that the employees believe in what the foundation is doing and we appreciate that tremendously,” Roth said. She noted that a total of 3,209 employees made contributions. Board President Dr. Charles Cunningham and Colin Carney, the board’s liaison to the foundation, accepted a depiction of a check for $323,216, representing the total amount pledged during the year.

In other business, the board approved a waiver renewal from the Texas Education Agency made possible due to the flexibility provided by 75,600 minutes of operation and the repeal of the seven-hour school day requirements by Texas HB 2442. The agency offered a Staff Development Waiver in the 2018-2019 school year, which was submitted and approved for 2018-2019, but must be resubmitted for approval for 2019-2020. It provides for a maximum of 2,100 total waiver minutes to use for professional development.

The board also authorized the district administration to withdraw Humble ISD’s “428 Grant” application and substitute an application for a Capped Improvement Project Grant. This action was taken as part of the overall Hurricane Harvey Recovery effort. The district administration has determined that ongoing Kingwood High School mitigation-related issues with FEMA will be better handled in a more timely manner by changing from the “428 Grant” project to the Capped Improvement Project Grant.

School board meetings are normally held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Humble ISD Administration Building, 20200 Eastway Village Drive, and are open to the public. Agendas are posted on the district website: humbleisd.net.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.

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