2 options weighed in decision to send Kingwood HS students to Summer Creek

KINGWOOD, Texas (KTRK) -- Humble ISD had two main objectives when it learned Kingwood High School had sustained significant damage from Hurricane Harvey-keep KHS students together and in Kingwood, Assistant Superintendent Trey Kraemer said during a special board meeting Sept. 5.

After ruling out several options to keep KHS students in Kingwood, the district announced it would move the displaced students to Summer Creek High School Sept. 4.

When the school opens for classes Monday, SCHS will meet for classes from 7-11:19 a.m., while KHS will meet from 12:11 to 4:30 p.m. The approved plan eliminates homeroom and makes lunch an optional period from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The decision, which was unanimously approved at the Sept. 5 board meeting, kept KHS students together but caused ire among SCHS parents who felt less classroom instruction time could be damaging to the students.

"This was the best of only bad options," Kraemer said.

In addition to reducing instruction time, SCHS parents said the plan would be a logistical nightmare for parents with children at multiple schools and will cause a daily traffic jam at the intersection of West Lake Houston Parkway and Beltway 8, where SCHS is located.

"The current plan places the entire burden of Harvey on Kingwood High School students and Summer Creek High School students," SCHS parent Paul Lesser said.

The district took note of several options before deciding to send KHS's students to SCHS, Kraemer said.

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