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Houston's robotics team is recipient of two awards


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Pictured are the members of the Houston Robotics Team and their coaches: Logan Larson (Caledonia), Noah Carlson, Lilli Carlson, Tiana Walker, Ben Beckman, Principal Todd Lundberg, Coach Randy Muller, Evan Heintz, Trenton Kubitz, and Coach James Larson. Photo Submitted.

At the April 1 Houston School Board meeting Principal Todd Lundberg was excited to announce the success the new Robotics team had at their most recent competition. The team made up of seven students competed at Mariucci Arena where they performed better than they could have ever expected in their first year of competition. They earned themselves two accolades. The first award was the “Gracious Professionalism” Award that is given to a rookie team by another high school. Lundberg’s alma mater, Pike High School, was actually the high school that gave Houston the award.

The second award received was the “Rookie All-Star” Award that qualified the team to go to the World Championship in St. Louis, Mo. In order to participate in the competition the team must raise $10,000 to pay for competition fees and travel expenses. The World Championship is fast approaching with competition dates running from Wednesday, April 23 until Saturday, April 26. Principal Lundberg said of the Robotics Club, “It is the single best program I’ve seen for kids in schools.”

At the meeting, Interim Superintendent Rick gave the board an update on the progress being made on the “World’s Best Workforce” initiative. The report from the District Advisory Committee is working on goals for the school and how to make them attainable as well as measurable. They are also working on getting more parental and community involvement in the discussion.

The board also approved a slightly revised FY2014 Adjusted Budget. There were three maintenance items added to the budget. The high school was in need of a new sewage pump, water heater and two door replacements. The items totaled $14,500, which will come out of the deferred maintenance fund balance. The board approved the revised budget.

There was also some discussion on the search for superintendent. A task force was formed to plan for the interview process and will be made up of Michaeleen Bonner and Mimi Carlson. One of the candidates, Dr. Laura VanDuyn, took her name out of the running for the superintendent position as she was offered a position at another school that she accepted. This narrows the candidates down to three.

The next Houston School Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in the Houston High School Library. The time of the meeting has been moved up in order to accommodate the superintendent candidate interviews that will be conducted after the regularly scheduled board meeting.

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