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Humble ISD School Board Appoints New Trustee to Position 6
The Humble ISD Board of Trustees voted during the August 8, 2017 meeting to appoint Colin Carney to the Board.
Mr. Carney, a CPA, is an Asset & Wealth Management Tax Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has been with the company since 2006. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and Master of Taxation degrees from Baylor University in 2006. He is a member of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
His family includes wife Jennifer and daughter Addison, an Humble ISD elementary school student, and son Blake, who will be attending Humble ISD after completing preschool. Jennifer is a former Humble ISD teacher. The Carney family has resided in Humble ISD for the past 10 years. Mr. Carney has volunteered as a Junior Achievement instructor, YMCA T-Ball Coach, and Alliance youth soccer coach.
“I am committed to bringing energy and enthusiasm to the board, learning more about the issues impacting the current and future state of the district, and working collaboratively with my fellow board members to make the best decisions for current and future generations of Humble ISD stakeholders,” Mr. Carney said.
Mr. Carney takes over Position 6, which became open when Heath Rushing resigned because he moved out of the district to serve as CEO of Memorial Hermann Cypress and Memorial Hermann Katy hospitals.
“Mr. Rushing is a good man and was a huge asset to the board," Board President Angela Conrad said. "His energy and experience will be hard to replace, but Colin should be able to hit the ground running. His experience with business, finance and education will bring a valuable perspective to the group. He also brings an open mind and desire to learn. Those are attributes that will serve the community well."
The term for Position 6 continues through May 2019. Position 6 will be on the ballot in May 2019, when Humble ISD has a general election scheduled.
The Humble ISD School Board began a search for a new trustee in June. The opening attracted 14 residents who submitted applications to be considered for the appointment. “I think it speaks well of our community that we had 14 very qualified and engaged individuals who are willing to dedicate their time to serve on the board. It’s encouraging to know that Humble ISD has these leaders in our community who are looking out for the welfare of our students, teachers and community,” Conrad said.
Board members are volunteers who serve without pay. The Board meets the second Tuesday of every month for regular meetings. Additionally, Board members participate in special meetings, workshops, committees and school events. Board members spend hours reading reports to prepare for meetings, communicating with taxpayers, attending training, and representing Humble ISD. Governing the school district through policy making is the primary role of a School Board. Policies dictate the standards and philosophy by which schools are run and the criteria used to judge whether they are being run well. The Superintendent and staff are responsible for effective, efficient and accountable administration of the district.
When a vacancy occurs on a School Board, Texas law requires that districts fill the position within 180 days of the vacancy if more than a year remains on the term. The district under state law would have been permitted to hold a special election to fill the seat, rather than fill by appointment, but it costs about $50,000 to hold a special election. Since 1951, there have been 19 times when a vacancy on the Humble ISD School Board occurred before the term had expired. In no instance was a special election held. Fourteen times the position was filled by appointment, and five times the position remain unfilled until the regularly scheduled election. Position 6 was required to be filled due to there being more than a year remaining on the term.