On Aug. 28, the Huffman ISD Board met to discuss custodial rate of pay, approval of multiple full-time staff members for Huffman Elementary School, and acceptance of long-term contracted electricity rates.

Board President Matt Dutton requested approval from the board to increase the pay rate of the custodial staff by $1 per hour.

“The staff is hard-working and diligent, not to mention that this will keep the district rates competitive as well,” he said. The board took a unanimous vote and approved the motion to increase compensation to these well-deserved staff members after questions and answers by Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau.

Members of the board concluded that there is an immediate need to decrease the student-teacher ratio by adding to the staff counts. This will require hiring several new full-time staff members within the district as quickly as possible.

Dr. Joel Nolte added, “Student enrollment is high; it continues to have rapid growth and we need adjustments to be made to better accommodate our students. We have a direct responsibility to fill positions for three new full-time elementary school teachers at Huffman Elementary School as well as one para-professional for the 2019-2020 school year.”

Huffman ISD makes it a priority to consistently serve all students in the best way possible, he said. This means making changes on a regular basis by moving staff around and adding teachers for the best fit where applicable. The impact to the budget for the current additions will be approximately $150,000.

Dutton discussed the advantages of entering into a long-term, contracted electricity rate of four cents per kilowatt hour or below. “Rates at this level are only available to financial, governmental or educational institutions,” he said.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Huffman Board of Trustees will be held Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Huffman Administration Building at 24302 FM 2100. For questions, call 281-324-1871.

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