David Carpenter, technology director for Huffman ISD, opened the September Huffman ISD board meeting with details on the district licensing agreement with Microsoft. “We are in our third year of a three-year agreement which saves the district money over buying perpetual copies of their software. In past years, this cost the district a total of $35,000. This time around, the total will come to $50,000 due to added and budgeted security measures.”

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Joel Nolte, reported on student enrollment numbers. “We continually monitor the enrollment numbers across all campuses. At the start of the school year, on Aug. 18, our school started out at a total enrollment at 3,378. We are holding tight now at 3,559, which is right where we left off at the end of last school year. The numbers we are seeing mirror the trends of past years.”

Nolte also spoke about assessing damage to district facilities during the February freeze.

“We have a boiler that was damaged in the freeze and we are looking into whether this device should be repaired or replaced. We have also assessed all schools and buildings, including the windows, piping, valves, chillers, and Sheetrock for cracks,” he said.

Another crucial topic for the well-being of the Huffman ISD students is internet access throughout the district. Carpenter quoted, “Approximately 3% of our total student population does not have internet access at home. Therefore, classroom instruction that includes homework becomes a challenge for these students. We currently have hotspot devices that allow access.”

“We are currently looking at the possibility of adding a cell tower that would increase the frequency and range needed to get over area trees. The funding for such an initiative could come from a future bond project,” said Carpenter.

District Business and Finance CFO, Tim Brittian, announced modifications to the employee handbook modeled after the TASB model and bids to finally demo the portable buildings.

“We have long awaited an answer from FEMA regarding the five portables and tractor shed damaged by Hurricane Harvey. This gives us the ability to move forward with removal.”

The next Huffman ISD meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25 in the district administration building.

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