Trinity ISD Trustees Regular Board Meeting

The Trinity ISD Board will have their regular meeting this afternoon at 5:30.

Board members will have a public hearing on Accreditation Status, followed by an open forum.

The Board will recognize the accomplishments of students and staff.

They will hear several reports:

-Principals’ reports

–A Special Education report from David Keithley

–A Maintenance report from Gill Campbell

–The Superintendent’s report.

Sheriff Woody Wallace will make a presentation on School Safety, including a discussion with the board.

Tonight’s “Action Agenda” includes consideration and possible approval of items related to Trinity ISD capital improvements, Texas Kids First Student Accident Insurance Plan, a policy update and an Interquest Detection Canines of Southeast Texas service agreement.

They will also meet in closed “Executive Session” to consider various employee issues, then meet back in “Open Session.”

Budget Bill Passed in House & Senate

In a vote that was implemented shortly after midnight, the Senate voted and approved a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill which prevents a government shutdown. This will keep the government funded through the end of September. The House version passed Thursday with a vote of 256-167. The Senate passed it 65-32. The bill increases military and domestic program spending and exceeds budget caps. It will add around $1 trillion dollars to our country’s national debt.

I-45 Lane Closures Begin Saturday

Beginning at 8 PM Saturday, March 24, 2018, and ending at 12 PM Sunday, March 25, 2018, the northbound lanes of IH-45  will be closed to traffic from Exit 102 at FM 1375 in New Waverly to the northbound Entrance Ramp at FM 1374. Vehicles traveling north on IH-45 in this area will be detoured onto the FM 1375/FM 1374/IH-45 Interchange ramps. All northbound IH-45 traffic must exit IH-45. IH-45 traffic may continue on the East Frontage Road to the IH-45 Entrance Ramp north of FM 1374.  Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this northbound IH-45 closure.

Beginning at 5 PM Saturday, March 24, 2018 the northbound I-45 traffic will be shifted from the existing northbound lanes into the newly constructed lanes in the median.

Annual Baseball Youth Clinic Sunday

Huntsville Memorial Hospital and Bearkat Athletics are partnering for the annual baseball youth clinic this Sunday, March 25th at 1 PM. Kids receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket, and all kids are free to participate in the youth clinic immediately following the game. For more information, visit GoBearkats.com.

City Council Waives Construction-Related Permit Fees For Boys & Girls Club

At this week’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, councilmembers considered authorizing the Interim City Manager and the City Attorney to draft and enter into an agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County to waive construction-related permit fees.

Mayor Brauninger asked for an update on the club’s construction. Spokesperson Bill Green addressed the council . . . .

Councilmembers voted to approve waiving construction-related permit fees.

City Receives “Clean Bill of Health”

The Huntsville City Council received the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) at their meeting this past Tuesday. The presentation was given by Chris Pruitt of Pattillo, Brown and Hill, a certified public accountant firm that has completed audits for the City for the last five years.  Pruitt informed the Council that his firm gave the City of Huntsville a “clean bill of health” for fiscal year 2016-17. A clean opinion means there are no material misstatements in the financial statements, and the firm did not find any internal control issues that the auditors needed to report.

Also included in the report was the City’s certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association in 2016 and is expected to be repeated in 2017


Huntsville ISD Trustees Meet

Huntsville ISD trustees will hold a regular board meeting this evening at six at the Hawkins Administration Building.

Faculty, staff and students will be recognized.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes approval of the 2018-19 District Performance Objectives, approval of a Child Nutrition Program meal price increase and approval of the 2018 Seamless Summer Option Program.

Trustees will consider Board approval of a Chromebook purchase.

Assistant Superintendent of General Administration, Kevin Stanford, will present an Active Shooter Action Plan.

Huntsville ISD Superintendent, Dr. Scott Sheppard, will present a “One Month Update.”

Two Citizens Honored By Huntsville City Council

Two Huntsville citizens were honored by City councilmembers this week at their regular session.

Mayor Andy Brauninger addressed the council and audience present about HPD officer John French . . . .



Named as “Citizen of the Year,” Cultural Services Coordinator for the City and Director of the Wynne Home, Linda Pease, was also honored . . . .