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Houston School Board plans search for superintendent


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Education

By Angie Rodenburg

Houston Public Schools held a school board meeting on Tuesday, August 20. The board is busy gearing up for the start of a new school year, with the first day of school being September 3.

A highlight from the meeting included a presentation given by Cody Mathers, Houston’s Operations Manager for K12. K12 is the company that supplies Houston’s online school curriculum. Mathers brought the school board through what an online student receives when they start the program, as well as demonstration of the updated features of the computers. This presentation gave the school board a real look into what the online students experience in the K12 program.

Another highlight included discussion on the upcoming search for a new superintendent. The school board plans to start the process of creating a superintendent profile as early as September. The board intends to gather opinions from teachers and the community to develop the superintendent profile to ensure that the superintendent they choose fits their expectations. They must also make big decisions on whether the position will be full-time, part-time, or combined with another role. A lot of work is ahead of the school board in the search for a new superintendent; which is why Interim Superintendent Eric Bartleson recommended that the board start the process early in the school year. The board hopes to start candidate screening and interviews in January 2014, with the new superintendent start date being July 1, 2014.

The board also passed the Board Resolution Adoption Plan for the 125 Flexible Benefits Plan and the Section 125 Plan Amendment. The Board Resolution Adoption Plan for the 125 Flexible Benefits Plan states, “The Houston ISD #294 Board hereby adopts the Salary Reduction Plan with Educators Benefit Consultants, and component benefit plans and policies described, effective September 1, 2013.”

The Section 125 Plan Amendment states, “Employees who purchase individual insurance for themselves or family members through a public Exchange beginning October 1, 2013, cannot use pre-tax dollars to pay the premium for those plans nor be reimbursed tax-free from the 125 Plan.”

The school board held a closed meeting after the evening’s meeting to discuss negotiation strategy. The next school board meeting will be held on September 3, 2013 at the Houston High School library at 5:30 p.m.

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