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Board bids farewell to Charles Cunningham
Humble ISD Trustee Charles Cunningham was honored at the Sept. 10 School Board Meeting for his years of service as a School Board member. Cunningham is leaving to serve on the Humble City Council.
The School Board presented Cunningham with a crystal bowl to commemorate his 12 years of service. All Board members expressed their appreciation for Cunningham’s leadership and guidance.
Mr. Charles Cunningham said, “Last week the Humble City Council appointed me to Position 2 on City Council. Position 2 came open due to the passing of Council Member Glenn Redmon, who will forever be remembered as a hero in this community for his support of youth and community, including the Humble ISD Livestock Show and Special Kids’ Day. Because I will be serving on City Council, tonight is my last School Board meeting. I will be resigning my position to give the City of Humble my full attention. I am honored, excited and humbled by having a new challenge,” Cunningham said.
Mr. Cunningham talked about managing fast growth, adding nine campuses and 12,000 students during the past 12 years. He mentioned keeping things as normal as possible for students following Hurricane Harvey. He talked awards and accolades, such as Humble ISD School Board being among the five Honor Boards in the state in 2010, Humble ISD being named the Best Large School District in Texas in 2015, and last year when the School Board won Outstanding School Board in the state.
“These awards are really about you, the community, because no one supports public Education more than the residents of the Lake Houston area,” Cunningham said. “I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be on this journey. I look forward to the continued partnership between Humble ISD, the City of Humble, and the entire Lake Houston community. We are Humble Proud.
Mr. Cunningham is a Key Accounts Consultant for CenterPoint Energy. He was elected by the Texas Association of School Boards to serve on the TASB Board of Directors and was a Director and the Past President of the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards (GCAASB). He received an honorary Doctorate of Arts in Christian Leadership in 2018 from Juliana King University. He is married to Stella Cunningham, a public school teacher. They are members of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Humble and have lived in Humble ISD for 23 years. He has served on the school board since 2007.
On the School Board, Mr. Cunningham served as President for the 2011-12 and the 2018-19 school years, Vice President for the 2011-12 and 2017-18 school years, Secretary for the 2010-11 school year, and Parliamentarian for the 2009-2010 and 2016-17 school years.
Mr. Cunningham has been chairman of the School Board’s Audit Committee and has also been a member of the Finance Committee and the Building and Planning Committee. He served as the Board's representative to the Humble ISD Education Foundation Board.