DALLAS — The trustees of the Humble Independent School District decided to put a bond referendum of $244.9 million on the May ballot, although the rapidly growing suburban Houston district may need twice that amount to keep pace with annual enrollment gains of nearly 2,000 students.

“While virtually every part of the country has experienced a slowdown in the housing market, it’s all relative,” superintendent Guy Sconzo said. “We, too, have seen a drop in new-home construction, but that means we had 1,800 new students this year, as opposed to 2,200 last year. So again it’s all relative.”

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