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Houston students get to look forward to trip abroad

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Education

At the Houston School Board meeting held on March 18, the board gave several approvals for various school needs. These included the approval of the 2014-2015 Houston High School Course/Curriculum, further training for the school board members, and a bus purchase.

After research, quotes, and test drives the Transportation and Grounds Supervisor, Randy Muller, recommended the purchase of a new 71-passenger Blue Bird school bus. Interim Superintendent Rick supported the recommendation. The school board approved the purchase at a price of $89,946.71.The bus will be delivered from North Central Bus & Equipment after July 1, 2014, making the bus purchase under fiscal year 2015.

Justin Treptow and Cody Mathers gave an update for the Minnesota Virtual Academy. Treptow said that they are currently working on set up for MCA testing, which is scheduled to begin on April 9. They have also been able to fix the MNVA issues that surfaced in February and have had no further problems, with Mathers saying “It has been stable ever since.” Treptow also told the board that enrollment is now open for the 2014-2015 school year. The Houston MNVA team is also working on a plan to improve the low MNVA High School graduation rates.

MNVA English teacher Nick Truxal and Counselor Tina Darling had made a proposal to take students on a trip abroad in 2015 at the March 4 meeting. The trip was granted approval by the school board at the March 18 meeting. The trip will include visiting Germany, France, and the Alps. The trip is available, not only to MNVA students, but to all Houston High School students.

Gwen Rostad presented the FY14 Adjusted Budget to the entire school board. Rostad previously presented the budget to the finance committee earlier in the month. The total revenue equaled $22,251,591. Total expenditures equaled $22,077,915. The adjusted budget was approved by the board. The board also approved the motion to hire the auditing firm Larson Allen. It was a close vote with Board members Bonner, Carlson, Kelleher voting no; however, majority ruled.

The next Houston School Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1 at the Houston High School Library at 6 p.m.

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