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Student and School News: Sept. 26, 2012

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 11:12 am

Miller graduates from Tarleton State

Kristin Miller of Hutto graduated from Tarleton State University with a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the university’s Stephenville campus.

Commencement ceremonies were held Aug. 11, 2012, at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium.

Honor designations for undergraduate degrees are: Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors), Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) and Cum Laude (Honors).

Founded in 1899, Tarleton is one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in Texas. Just one hour from Fort Worth, Tarleton serves as the educational and cultural flagship of the Cross Timbers Region. It is located in Stephenville, which is included in Norman Crampton’s “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” published by Prentice Hall.

HISD Operations earns recognition


Hutto Independent School District was recently nominated as National Associate Member of the Year for the National Association of State Agencies for Surplus Property for their participation in the Federal Donation Program.

While Hutto ISD was not chosen for the top honor, the district was one of only four agencies in the nation chosen to compete for the award, the only ISD and the only Texas agency in the final nominees. The nomination shines light on the district’s involvement in a program that saves taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars each year.

“We were one of only three other nominees nationwide, and the only nominee from Texas. Being only one of four in the country up for this award means a great deal,” Hutto ISD Facilites Director Rainey Lann said. “It demonstrates our commitment to spending efficiently, but still providing equipment, supplies and resources for our district. Our relationship with the Texas SASP program has become a critical part of our operation.”

According to Rainey, in one case, the district saved more than $9,000 by purchasing a commercial shredder for just $900 through the Surplus Property program. The purchase allowed the district to cancel a $10,000 order for commercial shredding equipment.

“Without the surplus property program, there is no way our district would have been able to afford the equipment that we’ve come to depend on day in and day out,” Lann continued.

Hutto ISD serves 5,784 children in the greater Hutto area through seven campuses.

Located 25 miles northeast of Austin in east Williamson County, the district is one of the fastest growing in the state.

The district serves 75 square miles throughout the area. The Mission of the Board, administration, and staff of Hutto ISD is to inspire our students to be bold, innovative thinkers that are prepared for an unlimited future through strong academic programs and overall school activities that involve our parents, community and all members of the Hutto family. 

The goal of the 56 state agencies that make up the SASPs, in partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration, is to save taxpayer dollars. Saving taxpayer dollars by extending the useful life of federal excess/surplus personal property assets is “for the public good” and it serves the “welfare of the whole”.

In 2010, NASASP decided to honor an Associate Member each year as a way to demonstrate how important the Federal Donation Program is across the country.

Nominations are reviewed by NASASP’s Associate Membership Committee and they determine the winner.

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