Conroe, February 18 – Conroe Independent School District (CISD) Superintendent Curtis Null, whose base compensation is $330,000 per year, plus benefits, will speak to the Montgomery County Tea Party tonight, Monday, February 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at The Church @ 242, 9268 Highway 242. The billing for the program states, “Dr. Null will be presenting the facts regarding the 2019 Bond Referendum for CISD. Legally, Dr. Null can not advocate or engage in debate on the bond but he can give a presentation on what is included in the bond. Dr. Null will be accompanied by several school board members who will help with the questions.”
In actuality, Null will only present facts to support the bond, which he has openly advocated and for which the CISD advocates on its website. While it’s true that Null “legally…can not advocate…on the bond,” he has already done so aggressively by only presenting facts he believes support the bond while not presenting those facts against the bond.
Null had wanted only to answer questions, which audience members would write on cards and which pro-bond school board members would review before he answered them. Officials within the Montgomery County Tea Party have confirmed that they will continue their normal procedure of allowing audience members to ask question to Null from the floor.
The proposed bond package, which Conroe ISD and Null want voters to approve in an election on May 4, 2019, is $807 million and will almost double the district’s debt. The bond has numerous problems, which this newspaper has only slightly begun to publicize.
CISD appointed a so-called Facilities Planning Committee in order to approve a bond package. CISD carefully placed individuals on the Committee who would approve the spending items CISD wanted. The Committee, of which more than one-third of the members were CISD employees and included Null and his Deputy Superintendent, approved 94% of the administration’s spending requests.
Montgomery County Tea Party meetings are free and open to the public. Refreshments, which are usually quite good, are also available free-of-charge.
Null’s official CISD biography follows:
Dr. Null earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 1998. While there, he served as an athletic trainer for the Cougar football, volleyball, basketball and baseball teams. During this time, Dr. Null also spent a year working as an intern athletic trainer in the NFL with the then Houston Oilers. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he attended the University of Florida and earned a master’s degree in 2000 with an emphasis in Sports Medicine while working directly with the Florida Gator football team. Dr. Null also had the opportunity to serve as an instructor in the College of Health and Human Performance while at the University of Florida.
In 2000, Dr. Null began his career in Conroe ISD at The Woodlands High School where he served as a teacher and athletic trainer for three years. At this time, he continued his education at Sam Houston State University earning his principal certification. In 2003, Dr. Null was named assistant principal at Knox Junior High. He served in that capacity for one year before assuming the same position at Magnolia Junior High in Magnolia ISD for two years.
In June of 2006, Dr. Null returned to Conroe ISD when he was named principal of Peet Junior High. He was appointed interim principal at Conroe High in February of 2010 and was named principal in April of 2010. Dr. Null completed his superintendent certification at Sam Houston State University in 2010, and, in 2012, earned his doctorate degree in professional leadership from the University of Houston.
Dr. Null was named Conroe ISD Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education in December 2013. In January of 2016, he became the Deputy Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Null was invited to participate in the Texas Principals’ Visioning Institute in 2010 where he worked with 40 other principals from across the state to develop model practices for Texas schools. Dr. Null was named Humanitarian of the Year at Peet Junior High in 2007 and received the same honor at Conroe High in 2011.
Currently, Dr. Null serves on the Executive Board of Directors of The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce and is an Ex-Officio Director on the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, the Education for Tomorrow Alliance, the Conroe Economic Development Council, the Montgomery County Public Health District, and CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. Dr. Null is a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery County Class of 2015 and a member of the Conroe Noon Lions Club.
Dr. Null is married to Tanya, who teaches prekindergarten in CISD. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Conroe. Together they have two children, Travis, a 2018 Conroe ISD graduate, and Kailey, who attends school in Conroe ISD. The Null family is very proud that Sheldon ISD, located in Northeast Harris County, opened Michael R. Null Middle School, named in honor of Dr. Null’s father in 2009.