The Huffman ISD Board is known to recognize achievement and tenure amongst both students and staff members. The Nov. 12 meeting was no different as the board recognized Maintenance Workers and Custodian Appreciation Week by honoring Doug Wade, maintenance supervisor, and David Hensarling, custodial supervisor.
Dr. Benny Soileau, superintendent, acknowledged the cross country state qualifiers, who received plaques.
Soileau said that the goal of the district is to support and encourage student, parent and community involvement, and asked that students continue to be asked to take part in activities such as Red Ribbon Week, Art Club, band, Book Club. Debate Club, robotics and more.
At the same time, parents are encouraged to assist with club and organization activities and volunteer time with the PTO. Throughout the year, all students in every club are asked to get to know and support people off-campus within the community. For example, Huffman Middle School service projects include the Christmas Angel Tree, Hurricane Harvey Relief, food drives and Pennies for Patients.
“It is always great when students give back and positively get to know our local community members,” said Soileau.
Dr. Joel Nolte, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, asked the board to amend the District of Innovation Plan. There were two requests brought for consideration to the members and attendees pertaining to the start of school date and requirements for special education teachers.
“We ask for an amendment to give flexibility to begin instructional school days prior to the fourth Monday in August. This would provide options to schedule around holidays and be more strategic with our professional development days during the school year,” stated Nolte. “Additionally, we would like to amend our previously approved plan by changing the requirements needed for newly hired special education teachers into the district. That is, currently all special education teachers are required to not only be special-education certified, but also to be certified in each of the subject areas for the grade levels for which they are taught. This limits our ability to both keep up with certifications and find the number of fully qualified teachers. Therefore, I move that we remove the requirement for grade level certifications, but keep the requirement that all must be special-education certified.”
At the end of the meeting, Chief Financial Officer Tim Brittain discussed the need for the district to purchase additional school buses to continue replacing the current fleet. “We received a grant for Hurricane Harvey assistance and we have one remaining bus to purchase,” said Brittain. “Our students also have a need for calculators to upgrade our inventory of graphing calculators at both the middle school and high school. The total cost comes in at just below $32,000 and will be funded from our Instructional Materials Allotment. These machines will aid in several areas of instruction, including the ACT and SAT.”
For additional details regarding Huffman ISD, refer to the website at huffmanisd.net.