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Krin Abraham signs on as Houston superintendent


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on July 15. This meeting was the last for Interim Superintendent Rick as Krin Abraham has successfully completed her superintendent licensure and has accepted the Houston superintendent position. At the end of the meeting Abraham signed her contract that was approved earlier in the meeting.

At the meeting, Cody Mathers updated the board on the MNVA Audit that K12 conducted. Mathers said that everything went well. The auditors inquired about procedures and documentation. Houston MNVA was told to put in writing some of their policies. For instance, write a policy on what they do for homeless students and foreign language students.

Mathers also announced that he had been offered and accepted a promotion with K12 as K12’s Northern Region Operations Manager. The board congratulated Mathers on the promotion and wished him the best in his new position.

The board approved several items at the meeting including the Hiawatha Valley Education District Services Agreement FY15 and the purchase of a new water heater for the high school.

Krin Abraham presented a proposal to the board to lease 37 Apple computers to replace teachers’ old computers. The lease is for four years and when the four years are up, the school can purchase the computers for just $1. The total cost of the four-year lease would be $41,070 and would include AppleCare Protection Plan for the duration of the lease. While leasing the computers has a slightly higher price tag, it allows for the payments to be spread out. Also, the AppleCare Protection Plan would help to save on repair costs that would inevitably be incurred. After much discussion the board approved the computer lease agreement.

Principal Lundberg reviewed changes that had been made to the Houston High School handbook. One change was that all students of families who qualify for free and reduced lunches will now receive free lunches and breakfasts. Also, all kindergarten students will qualify for free breakfasts. Another change to the handbook opens up the eligibility of sophomores to do PSEO.The board approved the changes to the Houston High School handbook as well as changes made to the MNVA and Summit handbooks.

The meeting came to a close with the board thanking Dr. Rick for his service to Houston as the interim superintendent. Dr. Rick responded saying, “It’s been a pleasure to work with such great peopl .....
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SWCD offers $500 returning college student scholarship

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Are you a college student returning to school this fall? Could you use an additional $500 for college expenses? Are you pursuing a degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture or related field? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you s ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools face budget cuts

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on July 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. Principal Jeff Nolte was not present nor were board members Cristal Adkins, Jane Hall, or Troy Soiney. The minutes from the June 17, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools face budget cuts

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on July 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. Principal Jeff Nolte was not present nor were board members Cristal Adkins, Jane Hall, or Troy Soiney. The minutes from the June 17, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson schools receives books to promote early literacy

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Owatonna, Minn. - Rushford-Peterson Schools was one of 29 organizations to receive donated books through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) BookStart program, a partnership between SMIF and Capstone. This grant program, which awarde ..... 
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College News 7.14.14

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Dean’s/President’s List •Iowa State University: Gwendolyn Mae Petrillo of Fountain, Minn.; Casey John Ristau of Preston, Minn.; Lucas Allan Johnson of Whalan, Minn.; Kathleen E. Roberts of Wykoff, Minn.; •Drake University: Kyli Torkelso ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools School Board Election for Fall 2014

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The school board elections will take place with the fall general election to be held on Tuesday, November 4. There will be three openings on the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education and the terms will be for four years. Angela Colbenson, Daniel Muns ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools School Board Election for Fall 2014

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The school board elections will take place with the fall general election to be held on Tuesday, November 4. There will be three openings on the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education and the terms will be for four years. Angela Colbenson, Daniel Muns ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools School Board Election for Fall 2014

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

The school board elections will take place with the fall general election to be held on Tuesday, November 4. There will be three openings on the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education and the terms will be for four years. Angela Colbenson, Daniel Muns ..... 
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