JROTC was recognized by the Huffman ISD Board of Trustees.

The Feb. 25 Huffman ISD Board of Trustees meeting recognized student achievement, announced Texas Public Schools Week activities, and discussed STAAR Substitute Assessments.

Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau and board members presented recognition awards or certificates to the Huffman ISD Administration and trustees from the Harris County Department of Education, JROTC, Rodeo Art winners, reserve/grand champions of the Huffman Unified Livestock Show, and the Huffman Livestock Show grand champions and reserve champions.

“This is our favorite part of the monthly meeting. Congratulations to all of our students,” said Soileau.

Carol MacNeil, of Genesis Cabling and Lighting, once again, as in prior meetings, addressed the continued discussions surrounding construction and final payments for work done on Falcon Ridge Elementary School.

“As a resident of Huffman and businesswoman, I am deeply concerned about the continued lack of payment to all contractors and I hope there is well-rounded attendance at the coming school walk-through,” she said.

After hearing from her, the board considered and consented to previous agenda items such as the 2019-2020 school calendar, local policies and the Charter School Statement of Impact.

Reserve/grand champions of the Huffman Unified Livestock Show and Huffman Livestock Show show off their awards during the meeting. Photo by Beverly Reynolds

Dr. Joel Nolte presented the superintendent’s report for attendance and noted upcoming events to celebrate Texas Public School Week.

“As a district, we will proudly celebrate Texas Public School Week from March 4-8. We will host activities or open house events at each campus. For example, on March 5, Falcon Ridge Elementary and Huffman Elementary School will both have an open house from 5-7 p.m.,” he said.

He also addressed end-of-course exemptions for some students.

“The Texas Education Code allows students to use substitute assessments in place of a corresponding STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessment to meet the student’s assessment graduation requirements. Therefore, we are evaluating options that would have little budgetary impact. Based on our research, there are a number of students that may be exempt from EOC assessments,” Nolte said.

Tim Brittain, chief financial officer for Huffman ISD, continued the meeting with the monthly and year-to-date report of tax revenues and the monthly general fund report.

“In nearly every aspect of the yearly budget, we are right at 64 percent usage, with 58 percent of the year behind us. This means we are on target for the year-to-date, considering the fact that our expenses are typically front loaded at the beginning of the year,” he said.

The next regularly scheduled Huffman ISD Board of Trustees meeting is March 25 in the Huffman ISD Administration Building.

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