On March 25, The Huffman ISD board recognized outstanding students at their monthly meeting. They also heard a presentation by teachers that recently returned from the Ron Clark Academy.

Students who recently participated in UIL events were recognized.

After all the students were awarded certificates and photographs were taken by parents, the meeting was called to order.

Carol MacNeil of Genesis Cabling and Lighting once again came to the front of the room to express concern on behalf of the contractors that have worked on the elementary school build.

“I am so happy that on April 3, there will be a walk-through of the school facility. There is a lot of unneeded money being spent in the community on this pending litigation. It is time that the contractors get paid for the work that has been completed on the school. Each company stands by their work,” said MacNeil.

The school board, as always, listens to concerns from all attendees and citizens regarding local and school issues without the ability to comment, especially when a legal process is in progress.

As a part of the report by Dr. Joel Nolte, several representative teachers gave a presentation illustrating the excitement and gratitude they had in being able to attend the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta March 1. One of the teachers did an interpretive dance as a means of capturing students’ attention and enabling them to remember math calculations. Another teacher stood on top of a chair and spoke about the level of enthusiasm at the conference. Several teachers discussed ways they learned to keep kids involved and strategies to be employed at the various grade levels within the district.

“This was certainly money well spent on gaining ways to inspire our children,” said Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau.

Tim Brittain, the district’s chief financial officer, reported that 67% of the school year is completed to date and that all areas of revenue and expenditures are within range, between 63% and 72%.

“The Ag Department needs a new truck for program usage. The current truck is a 2007 F-250 Super Duty Ford sporting 173,000-plus miles. This truck is not safe for long distances but could be used for intra-campus driving,” reported Brittain, who also stated that he would be returning to the board next month with a recommendation.

The board approved the monthly food service fund report, attendance at the Lifesmarts National Contest in Orlando, and a new electricity contract.

The April meeting will be held at the Huffman ISD Administration building at 6:45 p.m. April 22.

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