At the April 22 Huffman ISD board meeting, several students were congratulated, the board heard public comments from contractors, and members discussed summer sports coaching, purchase of instruction materials, and more.

Prior to the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau and board members presented recognition awards or certificates to recipients of the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award of Excellence, the Academic All-State Athletes, shooting team, Hargrave High School (HHS) CX Debate Team State Qualifiers, FCCLA State Qualifiers, TAFE State Qualifiers, LifeSmart State Qualifiers, HHS Band and Choir Qualifiers, and Falconettes.

“This month we have recognized nearly 100 students, and we will do it again next month, too. Congratulations to all of our students,” said Soileau.

Public comments were heard from Dustin Hall, president and founder of Paradigm Construction, L.L.C., regarding elementary school construction. “Thank you for your attention and efforts in resolving the construction differences. I hope we can move forward with a holistic approach to the disagreements at hand,” he said.

Carol MacNeil of Genesis Cabling and Lighting added, “As a Huffman resident, I am particularly invested in finishing this project and bringing these issues to a close as quickly as possible. I ask that you pay the trades that you are happy with as we reflect on the project as a whole.”

Individual reports were presented to the board, beginning with the superintendent’s report for attendance by Dr. Joel Nolte. He noted a change in rules regarding coaches and athletes.

“Effective this year, the UIL has approved rule changes that will alter how our coaches can work with our student athletes in the summer months,” he said. “Coaches will be allowed to work more hours and conduct sport-specific training sessions with our students.”

Nolte also mentioned that there are several grades at Huffman Elementary School and Falcon Ridge Elementary School that are being monitored in terms of total class student numbers to see if staff additions are needed to handle the added capacity in terms of student-to-teacher ratio. The target student-to-teacher ratio is 22:1 per classroom.

Nolte displayed the seven pillars for Huffman ISD success for which the teachers and staff will be measured: student learning and progress; student readiness; engaged, well-rounded students; community engagement and partnerships; professional learning and quality staff; fiscal and operational systems; and safety and well-being.

Soileau said, “It is important to let you know about additional important projects around the district. Let me add that the Huffman Elementary School playground is progressing well. It is being constructed with monies from the bond as well as funds from a grant.”

Tim Brittain, chief financial officer for Huffman ISD, gave his monthly- and year-to-date report of tax revenues and the monthly general fund report. “In nearly every aspect of the yearly budget, we are right at 75-80% usage with 75% of the year behind us. This means we are on target for the year to date.”

The next regularly scheduled Huffman ISD Board of Trustees meeting is planned for May 20 in the Huffman ISD Administration Building.