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Houston School Board looking at speech therapy service

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Education

By Angie Rodenburg

Houston Public Schools held a school board meeting on Tuesday, September 3. The board discussed changing their meetings from twice a month to once a month. Some school board members wanted to make sure they would have adequate time to research the different subjects that they are required to vote on. No decision was made at the meeting. Instead they will discuss and vote on the possible change this January.

The board also discussed a speech therapy service contract with Speech Partners, an online speech therapy company. The school has been unable to get a speech pathologist to fill Chalet Sperbeck’s position and the Board has decided to hire Speech Partners for the 2013/2014 school year. Speech Partners will bill the school only for the time used, at a rate of $78.00 per hour.

Superintendent Bartleson proposed to the board that his contract be revised by reducing his work days by one day per week. Bartleson feels that he needs to spend more time at home helping and caring for his wife, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The board was sympathetic to Bartleson’s situation but decided to table discussion and voting. They will vote on the subject at their next meeting, so they can further look into Bartleson’s contract and benefits. In the meantime, the board encouraged Bartleson to take the time that he needs to care for his wife, having full confidence that Bartleson will continue to accomplish his work.

The district is required to hold a truth in taxation meeting, which the school board has scheduled for December 3, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Houston High School Library. Those interested in sending comments or wishing to review a copy of the proposed budget/levy for 2014 are welcome to do so at the Houston Public School’s District Office.

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 17, 2013 at the Houston High School Library at 5:30 p.m.

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