The Huffman Independent School District hired a construction company to complete a new elementary school by July of the current school year. However, several months into the school year and there is a discrepancy in terms of the amount and quality work done compared to the pay of the contractors. Therefore, several representatives and contractors stood up to speak on behalf of their individual companies regarding a pending lawsuit against Huffman ISD.
Carol MacNeil stated, “I have been in Huffman for 30 years and I speak on behalf of Genesis. I want to share with this board another perspective. There were several contractors and sub-contractors that worked countless hours without pay. I am not sure if you were aware, but there were several weather factors and contractual agreements that were factored in as well.”
Several rounds of contractors, painters and project leaders also took the floor to share their stories in front of the school board and visiting parents, community members and media representatives. Several of the speakers included Kenny Danielson and Dustin Howell. Each presenter wanted to share their side of the story for the public to hear after several communications had been sent earlier this month from the district.
Following the statements, the meeting continued with awards. These distinguished awards included art recognition and sports. Sierra Johnson of Huffman Middle School 8th grade was recognized as the winner for artwork for the district Christmas card.
The remainder of the student awards were recognized by Athletic Director Mike McEachern. Cross Country recognitions were given to Nicholas Davault and Brynn Roper. Volleyball recognitions were given to Casey Warren and Desiree Cardenas. The final awards were presented for football to Matthew Tomjack, Caleb Tiffin and John Eccles.
Consent agenda items were approved, including the regular board meeting minutes and approval of new vendors.
Technology Director David Carpenter spoke on the progress of the district goals to provide safe facilities and enhanced technology to improve student performance. He also included final numbers of second cycle student attendance being at just over 95 percent.
Joel Nolte spoke regarding district operations. This report included maintenance projects currently in progress for HVAC, projects completed such as repairs of trees and leaks. Additional topics included custodial services, transportation services and child nutrition. “Year-to-date we have fed 50,000 more meals than we fed last year (not adjusted for Harvey),” Nolte said.
Chief Financial Officer Tim Brittain gave the tax report prepared by Charlene Piggot. A full report was included for all attendees. In summary, the total numbers and expenditures spent in every category was congruent with the fact that 42 percent of the total budget year is now complete.
“The Huffman Education Foundation proudly funded the fall 2018 teacher grants totaling $31,375.23. As you may know, teachers submitted their requests and the winners were chosen and teachers surprised by the Prize Patrol. These teachers work hard to provide the children with the best educational opportunities possible,” stated Brittain.
The board also approved the Huffman Education Foundation grant money, donations from the Band Boosters, donations from the Cheer Boosters and donations from the Falconette Forever Booster Club, purchase of buses and a maintenance truck and amendment of the District Innovation Plan.
The Dec.17 meeting was adjourned wishing all in attendance a happy holiday season.