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Houston School Board welcomes new interim superintendent


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Dr. Charles Rick has been selected as Houston’s interim superintendent replacing Eric Bartleson

The Houston School Board held a meeting on November 4 in the Houston High School Library. A highlight of the meeting was the school board welcoming Dr. Charles Rick as the new interim superintendent on behalf of Houston Schools. Dr. Rick signed his employee contract and was welcomed to take part in his first Houston School Board meeting. Dr. Rick’s contract officially started on November 5, 2013 and will conclude on June 30, 2014. He will be at the school four days a week.

At the meeting the school board also approved an amendment to the 125 Flexible Benefits Plan, which adopts the new state and federal tax laws under the new legal definition of marriage. According to the 125 Flexible Benefits Plan‘s Summary of Material Modifications, “August 1, 2013, Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage. This state ruling, in conjunction with the recent Federal rulings, means that same-sex married couples in Minnesota will be treated the same under state and federal tax laws.”

The school board celebrated getting an congratulatory letter from Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner. Part of the letter states, “I am writing to offer my personal congratulations for Houston Elementary School’s third designation as a Reward School. Across the state, only 20 schools have received a Reward designation three times. This is an incredible achievement, one that reflects the gains your school has made in proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction, and graduation rates consistently over three years. It is also a reflection of you and your staff’s tireless efforts to improve outcomes for students.”

The board also discussed a special joint school board meeting they had with Caledonia’s School Board. At the meeting the boards decided to look into uniting their schools for things such as online classes, sharing teachers, etc. There was specific talk about Caledonia sharing their Ag teacher with Houston. They also talked about Caledonia students filling some empty spots in a few online classes with Houston. Houston and Caledonia already combine a few sport activities such as soccer, wrestling, and gymnastics. Each board will write out their school’s needs and see if the other school might be able to help fill in the gaps.

The next School Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19 at the Houston High School Library at 5:30 p.m.

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