Even though the school year is over for students, the work of the Huffman ISD Board of Trustees and district administrative staff never ends. At the June 21 board meeting, the trustees reviewed and approved the specific expenditures and programs needed to prepare for the coming year. The board also recognized the district’s All-State Golfers and History Day state qualifiers.

Golf Coach Joey Buchta presented two outstanding students with plaques of appreciation from the district for excelling in golf. The first student he called forward was Jaylee Thomas of the senior girls golf team.

“We are very proud of Jaylee for being named to the Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State team. Taking care of business in the classroom is the first step and we never once had to worry about Jaycee in that regard. We also appreciate her contributions to the Lady Falcons Golf Team. She spent three years on varsity and all three years advanced to the regional tournament. This season she placed sixth in the 23-4A District Tournament and 31st in the Region III-4A Tournament,” said Buchta.

Buchta then called forward Huffman Boys Golf State Qualifier, Austin Douglas.

“Austin competed in his third consecutive UIL-4A state golf tournament in May,” said Buchta. “He shot rounds of 77-78 at Horseshoe Bay that resulted in an eighth-place finish. This was also the second straight season that he placed third in the Region III-4A tournament. He currently ranks in the top 10 percent of his class academically and is a true example of what we want our students to be.”

Teacher Erika McDaniel presented plaques of recognition to the district’s four History Day state qualifiers. She explained that the National History Fair is a national competition that pushes students academically through the development of historical projects. Every year, thousands of students compete at local, regional and state levels with the hope of advancing to the national competition in June. This year was the first year Huffman has participated and the students did surprisingly well.

“We took several different teams to regionals, including two website entries, a documentary, three exhibits and one group performance. Our documentary placed fourth in the division and the students were awarded medals. Our performance group placed second and advanced to the state competition,” McDaniel said. The young ladies in the performance group are Cassidy Davis, Damaris Garza, Kaitlyn Raines and Brinn Roads.

In other business, the board concentrated on coming-year requirements. Most of the work and detail needed for formal approval or authorization had already been made available for review and adjustments in previous budget workshops and affected department units. As a result, a single vote on a consent agenda that included 18 requests for approvals containing 62 pages of detail was approved unanimously.

In addition, the board received a comprehensive update on the construction status of the new Falcon Ridge Elementary School and other bond construction projects from Tom Trial, the bond project administrator. Trial presented a thorough set of photographs taken of the new elementary school and other shops and facility construction as of June 21.

As he concluded his presentation he said, “All projects are under budget. The elementary school is a little behind schedule, but we feel very confident that the kids will be able to be in it for the school year. We are working very diligently to make sure there is adequate transition time.”

The board also approved a budget amendment for the 2016-17 fiscal year to reallocate funds between expenditure functions for audit purposes and to adjust debt service accounts for the 2018 bond sale; approved the 2018-2019 budget; approved $360,000 for the annual computer purchase presented in the previous month’s meeting; approved $27,000 for the purchase of replacement iPads; and approved renewal of the district’s property and casualty insurance at a total cost of $344,928 for the 2018/19 school year.

The next board meeting will be Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Huffman ISD Administration Building, 24302 FM 2100.


Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.

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