On Aug. 3, the Huffman ISD Board of Trustees met remotely to let the superintendent enter into an inter-local agreement with Region 4 regarding student remote learning devices and changed dates for early voting and the school board election.

This quick meeting was called due to the time-sensitive nature of both topics. The district had already seen a need to purchase several hotspots, iPads and synchronous/asynchronous software programs to allow students at every grade level to become educated remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, the district has a need to be reimbursed for these necessary and important expenses.

Huffman ISD Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau noted, “We knew we had to make some quick decisions regarding our students over the recent months and weeks. Our board and several staff members have worked very hard to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to learn, regardless of whether they are on one of our campuses, learning from home, or at another remote location.”

Soileau added, “As you know, with the following school year, we expect changes and updates to come from our local government and the education association, but rest assured, the teachers have already been preparing for this through their lesson planning and the time put into learning the new software platforms.”

The next item of business included approval of the changed dates for early voting in the 2020-2021 election of Positions 4, 5, 6 and 7. This decision added more days to the early voting period for the November election.

At the end of the meeting, all board members gave approval to ratify staff resignations from the previous school year to date and announced several new staffers to be added on a probationary period. The new staff members include individuals in various positions, including teachers for the 2020-2021 school year.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for Aug. 24. All attendees are encouraged to check the district website at huffmanisd.net ahead of time for details.

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