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Humble ISD School Board among five in Texas to be honored as an Outstanding School Board
Humble ISD’s Board of Trustees has been named an Outstanding School Board in the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Only five school boards in Texas have been chosen for this distinction. There are more than 1,000 school boards in the state.
Humble ISD School Board members are President Robert Sitton, Vice President Keith Lapeze, Secretary Angela Conrad, Parliamentarian Heath Rushing, and members Charles Cunningham, Brent M. Engelage, and Nancy Morrison.
The Outstanding School Board designation recognizes school boards that have demonstrated real leadership based on three criteria: academic and student progress within the district; identification of community needs and specific actions taken based on those needs; and new and creative methods for community engagement.
The honor includes a $5,000 grant to Humble ISD. The grant will be used to help fund Camp G.I.V.E., a new summer day camp for Humble ISD high school students interested in philanthropy, community involvement and leadership. The innovative camp prepares students to become service-learning leaders, equipping them to lead at least one independent service project at their school. Service learning provides students with real-world applications of their academic knowledge and skills.
The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program also includes a visit to Humble ISD by a panel of judges, comprised of former superintendents, school board members and educational experts, on Feb. 22. On May 13, Humble ISD school board members will be honored at an awards ceremony in San Antonio. At that time, judges may present to one or more of the school boards additional grants totaling up to $25,000 and a special judge’s award.
This is the second consecutive year that the Humble ISD School Board has been recognized for Outstanding School Board in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. In the district category of the awards program, Humble ISD won the best large district award in 2015.
“Our Board is the outstanding School Board in the state of Texas,” Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo said. “Their involvement, support and focus on providing what's best for all students is unparalleled in my experience. They consistently demonstrate what great school district governance needs to be!
Other school boards chosen for recognition are from Allen ISD, Alamo Heights ISD, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, and Somerset ISD.
H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices. H-E-B honors large and small districts, early childhood education facilities, public school boards, principals and teachers