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Houston Public Schools will house owl statues as part of SELCO Legacy Grant


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held an unusually brief meeting on April 15. The board had a limited agenda to accommodate the superintendent interview that was scheduled after the meeting.

At the meeting Interim Superintendent Rick presented information on the Carl D. Perkins Grant that was awarded to the school last year. The grant provides funds for approved Career and Technical Education programs. The school qualified again this year for $3,600 for the 2014-2015 school year. The grant will go to purchasing career books for juniors, career exploration activities, college tours, purchase site license for Minnesota Career Information System, Ramp Up Readiness program, and purchase two Chrome notebooks for the work experience class.

Also, at the meeting school board member Ron Evenson told the board about an opportunity the high school and elementary school have been offered to house two owl statutes that will be provided by the Legacy Grant given by SELCO. The grant is for six statues of a 3-foot tall owl perched on a 5-foot pedestal. The pieces will be an artistic interpretation of six owl species found in the Houston area and will be placed at various locations throughout the town. There is also a small owl statue that will be passed to different businesses in the town. The idea was well received by the school board. They will not make a final decision until the next school board meeting as to whether they will have a statue placed at both the high school and elementary school.

The school board also received a notice of retirement from Virginia Thilmany. Thilmany enjoyed serving as a teacher at Houston Public Schools for the past 39 years. In retirement she looks forward to traveling with her husband and spending more time with family, although she still has plans to substitute teach to stay connected with students. In the “Resolution on the Retirement of Virginia Thilmany” the Houston School Board wished to thank Thilmany for her 39 years of service and wish her the very best in her retirement.

The next school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

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