Board to fill vacancy
By Elsa Maxey
For reasons related to his health that he did not disclose, Babb told The “Star” that he had written the resignation letter a while back. “My doctor had advised me months ago that I quit one of my jobs, one being the volunteer job or the paying job to reduce stress,” he said. The resignation letter was furnished to the board and school superintendent Dr. Tim Jenny last week.
“I served just under half of my three -year term,” he said and expressed his appreciation for the supportive feedback he received from so many. Board members also expressed their appreciation at the meeting. Trustee Jim Rice, who made the motion to accept Babb’s resignation, said it was “reluctantly” accepted. District resident Jenny Bailey, who spoke at the board meeting, said Babb earned the community’s respect by sticking to his principles and not letting them down. “You got us involved Jim, and now we’re going to stay involved,” she said.
School board president Susan Hohnbaum said the school board, which opted not to hold an election due to cost, will submit nominations and vote on Babb’s replacement at the next board meeting. Babb’s replacement will serve until May 2012, at which time the office will be filled by an election for the remaining year of the term of office.
Babb said, “it takes a minimum of a year to really learn the job and all the legal restrictions and guidelines within which we have to function and make decisions.”
Babb was elected to the FBISD board in 2010. He is a 20 plus year veteran of the Houston Police Department and a former U.S. Marine. With a reputation as a humanitarian backed by service awards for community service from the Houston police chief, Babb said he intends to stay involved in school district matters. He said he will be focusing more on his health and family. He and his wife, Elaine, have three daughters attending FBISD schools.