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Special Houston School Board meeting - search for superintendent


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The search for an interim superintendent is in full force for the Houston School Board. On October 22, the school board held a special meeting to select candidates that would go forward in the interview process based on their applications and resumes.

The school board had six candidates that applied; however, one of the candidates did not have the proper licensure needed to fill the position. The rest of the candidates were well-qualified and many of the School Board members made mention of how they were pleased with the quality of the candidates.

In the meeting, candidate names were kept confidential and each candidate was referenced by alphabetic assignment.

Candidate “A” was well received by the majority of the School Board. The candidate had business experience, superintendent experience and had a strong track record in student achievement and scores.

Candidate “B” was a strong candidate. The candidate had 16 years of experience as a superintendent. The candidate also has a doctorate degree and has been a professor. The school board thought his experience and technical skills could be a great asset to Houston Schools.

Candidate “C” did not have the proper licensure needed in order to fill the role as superintendent.

Candidate “D” was favored by many of the school board members, although the candidate did not fill out the school’s online application. Candidate “D” also had superintendent experience.

Candidate “E” was also a strong candidate with experience and a doctorate degree. There was concern that the candidate was “over-qualified” and may see Houston Schools as a stepping stone versus a potential place to have a career. Some board members reminded the Board that they did only post for an interim and that they would be going through this whole process again soon.

Candidate “F” had a lot of good experience, but did not stand out to any of the school board members.

After discussion, the school board decided to offer candidates “A”, “B”, “E”, and “D” an interview. They will be conducting interviews on October 29 and 30 and will decide after the interviews if they will have a second round of interviews.

The school board contacted the candidates on October 23 to set up interview times. All of the candidates accepted the opportunity to interview, thereby releasing th .....
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Red Cross launches high school leadership program

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Education

ST. PAUL, Minn. — High school students across the country can help patients in need by donating blood and platelets, volunteering at blood drives and donation centers, and recruiting new donors with the American Red Cross. In turn, students can ea ..... 
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Mabel-Canton School Board’s Dave Swenson resigns

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on October 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. All members were present. The board accepted Dave Swenson’s resignation and thanked him for his 11 years of service as school board director. Swenson thanked the board for the ..... 
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Mabel-Canton School Board’s Dave Swenson resigns

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on October 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. All members were present. The board accepted Dave Swenson’s resignation and thanked him for his 11 years of service as school board director. Swenson thanked the board for the ..... 
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Lanesboro Elementary named Reward School

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Principal James Semmen informed the school board that Lanesboro Elementary was recently named one of the Minnesota Department of Education’s 2013 Reward Schools. He explained the Reward Schools include the top 50 percent of all schools, not school ..... 
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Houston School Board set to review candidate applications

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on October 15 in the Houston High School Library. At the meeting the board discussed the search for an interim superintendent to replaced Interim Superintendent Bartleson. The application deadline for the cand ..... 
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Semcac head start receives new state scholarship awards

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Semcac Head Start recently learned that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) approved its two applications for Early Learning Scholarships Pathway II. The Pathway II Scholarship allocations will support opening of a pre-school center in Owato ..... 
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Adult and youth poetry contests launch on November 1

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Education

SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) and your local library encourage you to submit your original unpublished poetry to be considered for publication a regional poetry anthology. Please send your poetry submissions between November 1, 2013 and ..... 
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MnDOT encourage schools, communities to participate in International Walk to School Day, Oct. 9

Tue, Oct 8th, 2013
Posted in All Education

ST. PAUL, Minn. — More than 55 schools statewide are participating in International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 9, to encourage students, parents, teachers, community members and organization to get out on sidewalks and trails. The event is ..... 
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