On May 20, the monthly board of trustees meeting for Huffman ISD recognized students and staff and addressed preliminary fifth- and eighth-grade STAAR results, the annual School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) report and more.

Prior to the call to order, Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau and fellow board members presented recognition awards or certificates to the valedictorian and salutatorian, Visual Arts Scholarship Event recipients, 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing National Award winners, Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge winners, School Health Advisory Council students, track and tennis state qualifiers, Academic All-State winners, Bass Club state qualifiers, Technology state winners and Huffman Hargrave High School UIL academic winners.

The regular meeting was called to order by Trustee Matt Dutton after all students were recognized for their outstanding achievements.

Consent was given for previous agenda items, such as the April 22 board workshop and meeting minutes, SHAC committee members, donations from the PTO for iPads and cases, and the Falconette Forever Booster Club.

Next, individual reports were presented to the board beginning with the superintendent’s report regarding district operations by Tim Brittain, CFO for Huffman ISD. He detailed maintenance services and plans, including completed projects such as debris cleanup after the recent storms and renovations on the Ben Bowen Early Childhood Center playground.

Brittain also gave attendees information about the summer project list for 2019 and the renewal of annual contracts. As a part of the report, he also discussed child nutrition, the district copier replacement lease due to expire in August, board training opportunities in June and October, and annual computer and iPad replacement.

Next, Brittain informed the board that, according to the Tax Collection Report for April 2019 at the month’s end, the district is right on track for debts, spending and expenditures.

Jim Dees reported on the committee members now a part of SHAC. Dees provided the names of the new members and the annual report.

“SHAC is a critical component of our district function, as it provides advisement and posting on student health, such as sex education and mental health,” he said.

Dr. Joel Nolte reported on the STAAR fifth- and eighth-grade preliminary results for reading and mathematics from this past spring. All results are measured based on the Student Success Initiative. As a district, both the fifth- and eighth-grade collective results for both subjects were slightly below or at the state average; therefore, remediation instruction was scheduled for applicable students. In several instances, retakes were scheduled and grade level placements were determined as needed. Brittain continued with the 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 80-89% usage with 83 percent of the year behind us. This means we are on target for the year-to-date,” said Brittain.

The next regularly scheduled Huffman ISD Board meeting is planned for June 24 in the Huffman ISD Administration Building.

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