Family members, friends and colleagues gathered on Thursday, Oct. 4 to honor Board President Steve Mead at a dedication ceremony at Steve Mead Middle School.
Mr. Mead had the school named after him last fall by his fellow Board members.
Mr. Mead, a graduate of Aldine High School, has served on the Board of Trustees since he was elected to the Position 5 seat in May 2004. He has held all four Board offices and has chaired numerous committees. He currently serves as Board President.
Mr. Mead, who moved to Aldine when he was 4 years old, said he was humbled to have a school named after him and was thankful to his fellow board members for bestowing the honor upon him.
“I am so humbled to have this beautiful school named after me,” he said. “I have to be honest with you, it has not fully hit me yet. I want to thank my fellow Board members for this tremendous honor.”
Mr. Mead has worked and lived in the Aldine community for more than 50 years. He is the owner of Component Sales and Services, a geotechnical lab equipment company that is located in Aldine. He has been active in a number of civic organizations, serving on the boards of Aldine YOUTH, the Aldine Noon Optimist Club, the Aldine Scholarship Foundation and the Aldine Improvement District, where he was one of the first members having been appointed by former State Representative Kevin Bailey. He also served as the president of the MacArthur Dance Team and Booster Club, was an original member of the North Houston Chamber of Commerce, served as president of the Aldine Fire Department and has served as a Sunday school teacher and chairman of the finance committee at his church, First Baptist Church of North Houston.
“The Aldine community has been very good to me and that is why I believe it has been imperative for me to give back to the community,” Mr. Mead said.
During his address, Mr. Mead introduced members of his family. He and his wife Jill have three daughters, Kathy, Donna and April; all of who attended Aldine ISD schools and graduated from MacArthur High School.
He also introduced members of his church, his Aldine family and individually acknowledged his fellow Board members and Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney.
“I would like to personally introduce my team of eight, my second family, all of whom I deeply respect,” Mr. Mead said.
He closed his remarks by sharing his thoughts on what Aldine ISD means to him.
“I want all of you to know that we have a great school district, a great superintendent, wonderful teachers and staff and committed administrators,” Mr. Mead said. “All of them have the desire to the challenges to make our children the best they can be and they are committed to continue to produce the nation’s best. To do all of this, we need the involvement and support from our parents and all of our stakeholders. In closing, I have and always will be All In for Aldine!”
Following Mr. Mead’s remarks, Dr. Goffney spoke on behalf of the Board and school district.
“Before I speak about Mr. Mead, I first want to thank his wife Jill. Jill, thank you so much for letting us steal your husband. Without your service we know that Mr. Mead would not be able to accomplish all that he has done. So we thank you.”
Dr. Goffney then turned her remarks to Mr. Mead.
“It is truly an honor to be here at the dedication ceremony for Mr. Mead,” Dr. Goffney said. “After my first experience with Mr. Mead, I realized he was a truly passionate man in serving God and his community. It is a pleasure working with him on a daily basis and I look forward to a long working relationship.”
Abel Garza, assistant superintendent of community and governmental relations, delivered the welcome and introduced the Board, the executive leadership team and former Board members A.W. Jones, Rick Ogden, Marine Jones and Cathy Griggs, wife of former Board member Merlin Griggs.
The Mead Middle School LOTC presented the colors and Mead student Bryan Garcia led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and fellow student Madison Eaton led the audience in reciting the Pledge to the Texas Flag. Michael Westbury of First Baptist Church North Houston delivered the invocation, which was followed by a video about Mr. Mead produced by Alyssa Duty, the district’s videographer. The Mead Middle School Choir, under the direction of Amy Cullen, performed a song, which was followed by the acceptance of the school by a number of individuals.
Board Vice President Paul Shanklin accepted the school on behalf of the Board of Trustees, while Mead Principal Jessica Scott accepted the school on behalf of the administrative staff. Mead teacher Patrick Campbell accepted the school on behalf of the teaching staff, student Lorena Sanchez accepted the school on behalf of the student body and Mead parent Mirella Macias accepted the school on behalf of the community.
Prior to Mr. Mead’s remarks, a number of elected officials and their representatives presented Mr. Mead with proclamations and other gifts.
U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee presented Mr. Mead with a Congressional proclamation, State Rep. Armando Walle presented him with a proclamation on behalf of the Texas House of Representatives, John Garcia, representing U.S. Congressman Gene Green presented Mr. Mead with a United States flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol and Dr. Rico Matthews, representing Houston City Council member Jarvis Johnson, presented Mr. Mead with a proclamation.
Prior to the dedication ceremony, a reception was held in the school’s foyer. The Mead Middle School Band, under the direction of Matthew Adamson, performed during the reception.
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