During his second campaign forum in the race for the Humble ISD school board, Geoffrey Geiger criticized current board members for their absence at the Jan. 31 rezoning meeting for students between Summer Creek High School and Humble High School during his opening remarks. “I find it undeniable that many parents throughout this district feel underrepresented and slighted at every turn. Constantly shifting students in one area of the district while ignoring other parts of the district further breeds mistrust of the board’s public accountability and this discriminatory perception many parents feel. I understand the district is growing heavily in one part while other parts of the geography have slowed, but shifting students in the short term in schools that are under capacity while not touching already over capacity schools, leads me to believe the district officials are out of touch,” Geiger said. Accordng to him, administrators and some board members explained that trustees are not invited nor encouraged to attend these types of community meetings, and public input is relayed to trustees later. During the rezoning meeting, one parent even demanded to know where any elected officials were. “I find that unacceptable. Board trustees are elected officials and should be present. Who runs the district, the administrators or the elected officials?" Geiger asked. “This is a fundamental problem we face in this local government as in any government: our representatives are inaccessible and absent when it counts ... This is the people’s district, these are the people’s schools and with me on board you will get the people’s seat.” During the public discussion portion, one resident asked what Geiger would recommend the correct approach be to the expected growing population challenge. “I think the best approach is to see what we can do to touch every school in some way so we can shift the population. I don’t know what the best [solution] is yet, but I do know that we need more study and more public input,” he responded. The discussion touched on several issues, including academic achievement, state testing and teacher authority and pay. Geiger's next forum is scheduled for April 20 at the Kingwood Branch Library. Photo: Humble ISD school board candidate for Position 1 criticized current board members, calling them inaccessible and out of touch at his recent open forum at Octavia Fields Library. Photo by Bruce Olson