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Lapeze honored for serving as Board member for 13 years
Humble ISD Trustee Keith Lapeze was honored at the April 9 School Board Meeting for his 13 years of service. Lapeze chose not to run for re-election in May. He has served the longest time on the current Board, followed by Board President Charles Cunningham who has served for 12 years.
The School Board presented Lapeze with a crystal bowl to commemorate his 13 years of service. All Board members expressed their appreciation for Lapeze's leadership and guidance.
Colin Carney said, “I’ve only known Keith for a short amount of time, but I have learned a ton during that time. He’s been through a lot, he’s made some tough decisions, along with his fellow Board members. I appreciate his leadership. Thank you for your service.”
Board Parliamentarian Martina Lemond-Dixon said, "It has been an honor and pleasure serving with you these past two years. Please know that I appreciate your leadership and guidance since I have been on the Board and what I will miss most about you is your frankness. We all need more of that.”
Board Vice President Nancy Morrison said, “Four years of learning so much about being a Board member. Keith Lapeze, I can’t thank you enough! Thirteen years is a long time to volunteer so many, many hours. I can’t thank you enough and I have learned so much.”
Angela Conrad said, “Thank you for your time and your dedication and your commitment to this district and making it a choice district in the state. You’ve made major contributions and given wise counsel. I think it's funny that not only did I learn a lot from you, I tried to pressure you to change things and evolve, but your biggest contribution to me was you pushed me to make decisions where I wanted to be comfortable but you pressured me to make the right decisions for our district."
Board Secretary Robert Sitton said, “I've loved this community all my life. You are one of the reasons I wanted to run for School Board, because I wanted to be a part of something special that you and Rep. Huberty and Dave Martin and Mr. Cunningham were doing. The ground work that you guys laid years ago made it easier for someone that loves this community to step into this role as a Trustee and mesh with like-minded people. We haven’t always agreed, but at the end of the day it's what is best for Humble ISD. That’s what you’ve taught me.”
Board President Charles Cunningham said, “Keith I’ve been with you 12 of your 13 years. To Chrissy and Luke, thank you for sharing him. Keith, thank you for making this Board second to none. I know that you are stepping off the Board but you are not stepping out of the community.”
Keith Lapeze said, "As long as I have been here--for the last 13 years--with all the different Board members, including the Board I’m sitting with here today, what we’ve done is put kids first.”
“We put kids first. At the end of the day, we (the School Board) put kids first,” Lapeze said. “We all want to do a good job, and that’s what I’ve done, because this is where my family lives, and this is where my son goes to school. This is where my friends’ children go to school. Every decision we’ve made was done from that perspective and that viewpoint."
"I would not be rolling off the Board if I thought I needed to stay on the Board. The district is in the best shape financially and administratively now than it’s been since I’ve been on the Board. I’m very proud about that. The future of this district, despite the Harvey impact, is extraordinarily bright. I’m very pleased about the condition it’s in right now."
"I was seriously considering not running four years ago, but then I was told by Dr. Sconzo that he was retiring. I stuck around so I could play a role in hiring his replacement. I did play a role in that, and we hired Dr. Fagen."
"I can tell you right now that of all the decisions I’ve made in the 13 years I’ve been on the Board, that’s the best decision I’ve made as a Board member. I’m glad we have her. I’m glad we’ll have her for a long time. Because she has young children in this district, she’ll be around a long time. I can’t wait to see the great things we, as a district, are going to accomplish in the future."