On April 24, the Board of Trustees meeting for the Huffman Independent School District was called to order at 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room of the Huffman Administration Building. This meeting addressed student recognitions, the report on Summer Leadership Institute Findings and more.

Prior to the Call to Order, the Budget and Proposed Tax Rate for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year was discussed and several students were recognized for their academic or athletic achievements. Some of these awards included the Academic All-State – soccer, tennis and golf achievers, Golf State Qualifiers and Softball State Qualifiers and State Champions.

After all students were awarded with plaques or certificates and all photographs were taken by parents, the meeting was called to order.

The meeting discussions commenced with the invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and the Consent Agenda.

Next, each team or office gave their reports, beginning with the Superintendent. Dr. Joel Nolte spoke on the handling of fund balance, the district’s “clean” annual audit report and bond refunding.

In addition to these reports by Nolte, he proclaimed that the district received the Financial Transparency Star from the Texas Comptroller for posting financial information on the district website and for going above and beyond to keep the public informed.

Nolte also spoke about the 6th Cycle District Attendance Report. The district as a whole is at 95.08 % of attendance for 4/22-5/31/2019 for a total of 27 instructional school days. During the 2nd semester, ranging from 1/7-5/31/2019, the district held a 97.82 attendance percentage. Finally, it was reported that the district held on at 95.31 for the 2018-2019 school year.

The next item of agenda included the operations report. Several of the completed projects included hiring 2 custodians, preparation of the JROTC obstacle course for the annual meet, monitoring of Project Graduation, recognizing Juanita Murrell as Employee of the Month for May and purchasing all parts and supplies for summer maintenance on district vehicles.

The Tax Office reported the Monthly and Year-to-Date Report of Tax Revenues. Tim Brittain gave the Monthly General Fund Report stating that 97% of the budget has been expended with 92% of the year completed. While over-expended, the numbers are expected to be within normal range soon.

Next, Lewis Wilks spoke on the bond refunding initiative and asked the board to consider that refunded bonds  be used to reduce the district’s Debt Service Fund requirements for future years.

Several business and discussion items were brought to the board for unanimous approval, such as the 2019-2020 Budget, Demographic Study, Replacement iPad Purchases, Property Casualty Insurance renewal and reporting on the District Copier Contract by David Carpenter. These items were initially approved by Secretary, Charles Bardwell and seconded by Assistant Secretary, Ray Burt.

The public meeting closed and adjourned with the next meeting to be held July 22. For information about these meetings or to read past meeting minutes, visit huffmanisd.net/ or tinyurl.com/yx9xsdw7huffmanisd.net/ or tinyurl.com/yx9xsdw7.  

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