There have recently been numerous articles published in The Baytown Sun about the increasingly divisive tone of meetings conducted by the Community Committee for Facility Names. This is a group of dedicated volunteers who have spent months debating whether or not the name of Lee High School and other district facilities should be renamed in the interest of cultural sensitivity. I was once a bilingual, gifted-and-talented teacher for GCCISD, and later served as a departmental director for Liberty ISD, overseeing all technology and networking operations. My children are both top high school students in Baytown, and after having personally served on several Goose Creek committees over the years, I salute the members of the naming committee for their willingness to participate in this thankless task, with an eye on community inclusion and improvement.
It is unfortunate that this committee’s hard work and dedication have been marred by certain procedural improprieties, such as questionable transparency during early meetings, and the incomprehensible appointment of a school board member’s wife to the committee. However, what is far more troubling to me is the fact that this committee should have ever been necessary at all.