Huffman school board approves $50,000 for tech ed; recognizes principals
- Written by Bruce Olson
Cutline: At the Oct. 28 Huffman ISD school board meeting, Board President Ray Burt (at left) presented Certificates of Recognition to district principals (from left) Jack Fillbrandt (Ben Bowen Early Childhood Center), Milissa Hutchinson (Copeland Elementary School), Amy Turner (Huffman Intermediate School), Chris Flowers (Huffman Middle School), Shirley Hitt (Hargrave High School) and Huffman ISD Superintendent Benny Soileau. Photo by Bruce Olson Prior to the business session of the Huffman Independent School District Board of Trustees Oct. 28 meeting, the board officially honored district principals with Certificates of Recognition followed by a reading of Gov. Rick Perry’s proclamation designating October as Principal’s Month in Texas. “We have a group of principals that I cannot say enough good things about. The trials and tribulations that they experience on a daily basis are beyond describing,” said Dr. Benny Soileau, superintendent of Huffman ISD. “They are here early. They stay late. They are here on the weekends. They lead on everything from our instructional decisions to just the standard duties that we do day-in and day-out. It’s amazing to me because the attitude they portray is that they are not above any task that needs to be done. They are willing to do anything to make their school a better place. I just want to say thank you for all the hard work you put forth and all the effort you make for our kids. Thank you.” Ray Burt, school board president, presented the certificates to the five Huffman principals, including Jack Fillbrandt, Ben Bowen Early Childhood Center; Melissa Hutchinson, Copeland Elementary School; Amy Turner, Huffman Intermediate School; Chris Flowers, Huffman Middle School; and Shirley Hitt, Hargrave High School. “You are representative of our leadership and you make us all look good. We appreciate your hard work,” he said before reading Perry’s proclamation. In addition to recognizing the principals, Soileau announced the week of Nov. 4-8 has been designated Maintenance Workers and Custodian Appreciation Week. He and Burt called the maintenance and custodial supervisors forward to receive certificates of recognition for each of their staff, to be presented at their staff meetings. Following the presentations, the Board approved up to $50,000 for adding 10 additional welding machines for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Welding Program. CTE Welding Instructor Jason Durant explained the additional welding machines would make possible the addition of an Advanced Welding Class. He noted that this would be a dual credit class where students will receive college credit hours. Huffman ISD’s Chief Financial Officer Tim Brittain explained that state funding will also be gained by the increased enrollment in the overall CTE program and that funding will be used to cover the additional cost.