Photo 1: Huffman’s cross country runners were honored for their exceptional performance this season, setting personal and school records.
Photo 2 New and re-elected Huffman ISD board members, from left, Jerry Jones, Becky Streetman and Ray Burt were sworn in at the Nov. 17 board meeting.
At the start of its meeting Nov. 17, the Huffman Independent School District Board of Trustees honored Hargrave High School’s cross country state qualifiers for their outstanding performance at the Texas UIL State Championship in Round Rock and the Region 3 Championship in Atascocita.
Those honored were Lady Falcon team members Michelle Donohue, Hannah Johnson, Kaytlyn Kuta, Caitlyn Linthicum, Aliece Milton, Jessica Reese and Mya Van Meter; and boys team members Jesus Castro, Donald Kelly and Trent Shropshire.
Coach Gerardo Moreno pointed out the cross country teams ran exceptional races at the Region 3 Championships. The Lady Falcons team tied Fairfield for first place, but tie-breaker rules awarded Fairfield the championship. Kuta, a freshman, paced the ladies with a 12:15 time for the 2-mile course, which is a new personal best. Freshman Van Meter and juniors Reese and Donohue also ran their best times of the season.
Three Falcon boys also ran great races. Shropshire led the team to a seventh-place finish in a field of 22 teams. Moreno concluded the presentation with a challenge.
“The goal for next year is to be at the podium at the state meet,” he said.
The formal board meeting began with the swearing in of newly elected board member Jerry Jones and re-elected board members Becky Streetman and Ray Burt.
Chief Financial Officer Tim Brittain presented a recommendation to approve $364,199 for the acquisition and installation of a new HVAC software control system at the middle and intermediate schools. He explained that, as part of the recent Ben Bowen Early Childhood renovation, the HVAC systems at Ben Bowen were updated with a new control system and the long-term plan is to expand that system with compatible software to the other facilities as they wear out or require renovation. The new systems, once installed, are more efficient, resulting in energy savings and are much less labor intensive in terms of having to reset each control in every building every time adjustments must be made, often on a daily basis. Brittain explained that Unify Energy Solutions was the firm that successfully developed and installed the system at Ben Bowen and had a competitive project proposal. He recommended that Unify Solutions be selected and, because of the size of the project, Huckabee Architects be contracted to supervise the project as they had at Ben Bowen.
After a number of technical and financial questions were answered by Brittain and Superintendent Benny Soileau, board member Charles Bardwell made a motion to approve the project. It passed unanimously.
The next Board of Trustees Meeting will be Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 24302 FM 2100.