During an Oct. 28 pre-meeting, the Huffman ISD Board of Trustees heard that the district received an “A-Superior” rating under Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system.

“We are very pleased with Huffman ISD’s Schools FIRST rating, as it shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars,” said Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau.

The Schools FIRST accountability rating system assigns a rating to Texas school districts as either “A-Superior,” “B-Above Standard,” “C-Meets Standard,” or “F-Substandard Achievement.”

The regular portion of the meeting began promptly at 7 p.m. Soileau spoke about FEMA funds being requested to cover the cost of the buildings impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Although the money provided has fallen short, the district board members continue to find ways to return the district campuses to a pre-Harvey state.

Efforts are focused on the transportation building, since this currently sits in flood zoning and needs to be relocated to a new location. Some of the other buildings impacted by recent floodwaters include the middle school and agricultural building.

Dr. Joel Nolte reported on 2019-2020 attendance for the first cycle from Aug. 21-Sept. 27. “For the dates reported, our district is in good shape. There are no concerns,” said Nolte.

“Hats off to our principals for getting our kids to school,” added Soileau. “This is quite commendable and certainly an ongoing accomplishment.”

Nolte also reported that the week of the meeting was Red Ribbon Week across all campuses within the district.

“Be sure to follow school dress code,” added Nolte. “Just a friendly reminder; no school Friday, Nov. 1.”

Prior to adjournment, additional topics included class size notices to alert the district attendees and all board members of the number of classrooms exceeding the 22:1 ratio and the Microsoft licensing renewal.

The next regularly scheduled Huffman ISD Board of Trustees meeting is Nov. 25 at 6:45 p.m. in the Huffman Administration Building, 24302 FM 2100, Huffman.

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