The Humble Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved hiring Elizabeth Fagen as Humble’s next superintendent.
The measure has sparked some controversy during the past few weeks, with protests and petitions from parents opposing her.
Fagen has 20 years of experience in education and will replace retiring Superintendent Guy Sconzo.
Fagen will have a base salary of $298,000 and is scheduled to start in her new position on July 5th.
Before her move to Humble, she led the Douglas County School District, a suburban district south of Denver, Colorado.
Humble board members declined to be interviewed after the vote.
Board president Robert Sitton said in a news release that their vision is to continue the culture of the district and added that they are excited about partnering with Fagen.
Kate Brown, who has three children attending Humble ISD schools, thinks one of Fagen’s biggest challenges will be restoring unity.
“My concerns are how she will bring the community back together. I feel like, when the announcement was made, there was a big divide between people who just automatically trust the board and people who had questions,” said Brown before the meeting where the board approved hiring Fagen.
Although the board has assured the community that Humble will not create a voucher system, one of the biggest concerns of some parents is that Fagen designed one when she worked in Colorado.
That voucher program, which allowed the use of taxpayer dollars to send students to private schools, was struck down by the Colorado Supreme Court as unconstitutional.
The Texas legislature could consider a school voucher program next year.
A so-called tax-credit proposal is a measure Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick supports.