HOUSTON, TX — New Houston Independent School District Superintendent Millard House II stopped by in the school garden at Sugar Grove Academy Middle School as a part of his Sugar Grove’s summer school visit. During the visit, he toured the building and held a press conference, summarizing his goals for Houston Independent School District (HISD).
House stated, “My mission as your superintendent is to maintain and grow a rigorous teaching and learning environment that provides every student with a sense of belonging while students grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially.”
There are many classes that are taking place during summer school at Sugar Grove, with nearly 300 students enrolled in 2021. Plenty of students are joining summer classes to help reduce some of the learning losses incurred during the pandemic.
Because of those gaps, House outlined three goals he wants to immediately address with HISD, which are to re-engage all students in the public education experience, to ensure safe and orderly school openings, and to develop and deliver a bold strategic plan that cements the path of innovation and excellence.
According to him, a return to fully in-person instruction this coming school year is the first step to attain that goal. House mentioned the CDC studies that showed schools are safe and have not been connected with substantial community spread. He also cited COVID-19 case numbers across district campuses which have dropped 90 percent since the beginning of 2021.
“My own children were virtual learners and will be HISD students this school year. Their safety and your children’s safety are my top priority. As vaccinations continue to increase throughout Harris County and the country, we are confident that a full return to in-person learning in the coming school year will be completely safe for students and teachers,” said Superintendent House.
House plans to convene community forums over the next few months where he will meet with parents, guardians, stakeholders, and include those who have not always had a seat at the table.
In accordance with House's plans, those forums are all a part of making HISD a more equitable, transparent district, with voices from around the community involved in decision-making.
“Only through listening to you and following up with actions that address your needs and shared aspirations will we achieve substantial, transformative change in our communities,” explained House. He also added, “I am confident the HISD community will come together to make this district equitable, inclusive, and truly one educational institution for all.”
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