School Board honors Angela Conrad for years of service

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Humble ISD Trustee Angela Conrad was honored at the April 14 School Board Meeting, held via Zoom meeting, for her seven years of service. Conrad resigned May 27 because she and her husband moved out of the area.

Following a long-held Board tradition, the School Board presented Conrad with a crystal bowl to commemorate her years of service. The bowl was delivered to Conrad at her new home on the day of the Board Meeting. All Board Members expressed their appreciation for Conrad’s leadership and guidance.

Board President Nancy Morrison said, “Angela Conrad and her family had the wonderful opportunity to move to their dream home. Due to this move, she is stepping down from her position as Humble ISD Trustee.”

Morrison went on to highlight Conrad’s years of service to Humble ISD. Conrad was elected in 2013 and reelected in 2017. She served on Board and Superintendent Evaluation, Audit, Finance, Advocacy and Building and Planning committees of the School Board. In 2016 Conrad achieved Master Trustee designation through the Leadership TASB program. She also represented Humble ISD as a member of the board of directors for Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards and also the Lone Star Investment Pool. Conrad will continue serving on the judging pool for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program.

“During her tenure on the School Board, Ms. Conrad shared that she is most proud of retiring a beloved superintendent, Dr. Guy Sconzo of 15 years, and the hiring of Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, a transformational leader who shares a compelling vision of how we can best prepare students for a different world, and who gives teachers and leaders permission to innovate and trust them to take small steps leading to big change,” Morrison said.

“In her most challenging year as Board President, she led the district through the recovery after Hurricane Harvey, the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting, the reappraisal of property tax values for 2017, a successful bond referendum and the Outstanding School Board of the Year award at the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards,” said Morrison.

Trustee Lori Twomey said, “As the newest Board member in this group, you did an excellent job of welcoming me on, of giving me advice, of being there for me, especially as I was transitioning on to the Board. I found your insight to be very valuable. You are a wonderful person to be around and you will be greatly missed on the Board. I am so happy you are able to make this move with your husband.”

Martina Lemond-Dixon said, “When I was elected, you were my Board President and I truly appreciated your leadership. But even before that, you and I met at the polls and became fast friends, and I will never forget that you are a wonderful, genuine person. I have enjoyed serving alongside you. I have learned a lot from you, just generally speaking, on how to carry myself as a Board member. I am truly going to miss your humor. I am sad about this, but I understand and I am so excited for you. Please know that I am going to miss you a lot, so keep in touch, please.”

Robert Scarfo said, “I think back to the time when Ms. Conrad came to me at Insperity to talk about her thoughts on this (running for School Board). We talked for quite a while and I though it was a great idea. She has done a great job. I thought Mr. Martin set the bar as far as a well-prepared, thought-provoking Trustee and somebody who got it done and had the tenacity to follow through. I have to say, she raised that bar. I will continue to be a co-worker, and that’s great, but I will truly miss her input on this Board.”

Keith Lapeze said, “I first met Angela when she was an employee of the district. She was up for a Magna Award, and she won that award. We did a presentation together, and she was very impressive. When she later got on the Board, she blew my socks off with how well she was prepared, and how intelligent she is. She has done a lot of great things behind the scenes for our district, and although people can’t see that, Angela has made a difference, and we are a better district for her service. As somebody who lives here and has a child in this district, Angela, thank you for what you’ve done and the legacy that you’ve set for this district.”

“Your presidency was one of the hardest in the history of this School Board, with everything that was going on, and you did a great job,” said Lapeze. “We got Board of The Year! We’re going to miss you.”

Robert Sitton said, “First of all, congratulations to you and Troy on your new home. You’ve heard me say many times if you call it home, leave it better than you found it. I can honestly say that you can lay down tonight and go to sleep knowing that you’ve left this community better than you found it. You’ve left this Board better than you found it. This is home, this is the community that has been so much to my family. That is why I ran for Board years ago, but you have taught me how to be a better Board member. Your knowledge, your study, the way you handle yourself, the way you represented this Board all around the state of Texas. The example you have given us, we can continue that legacy going forward in your honor.”

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Conrad responded by saying, “They say who you are is how you lead and I would like to thank each of you for letting me be me, and lead the way I need to, and not bend a certain way that you know people think you need to be, so I appreciate that. We’ve had conflict, we’ve had tough conversations, we’ve had emotional discussions, we’ve had everything together and I think we’re all better for it. So much has changed since I got on the Board. Just the fact that I’m not the only woman, for one thing, is so fantastic—I love that. We all have that shared purpose. It’s not about status or titles, it’s about recognizing potential in people and ideas and having the courage to develop that potential. Each of you has that shared purpose and I have every confidence that you will continue that. I would ask that you always choose courage over comfort as you continue to serve the community. Thank you for allowing me to serve.

Former Board member Brent Engelage was appointed to serve the remainder of Conrad’s term. Brent M. Engelage graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1983 and has practiced as a Physical Therapist in Texas since 1985.  He is an orthopedic Physical Therapist and manages an outpatient clinic in Conroe for Select Medical Corporation. 
Mr. Engelage was first elected on May 10, 2008, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2013. He served on the Board through May 6, 2017.