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Krin Abraham signs on as Houston superintendent

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Krin Abraham signing her superintendent contract. Photo by Angie Rodenburg

The Houston School Board held a meeting on July 15. This meeting was the last for Interim Superintendent Rick as Krin Abraham has successfully completed her superintendent licensure and has accepted the Houston superintendent position. At the end of the meeting Abraham signed her contract that was approved earlier in the meeting.

At the meeting, Cody Mathers updated the board on the MNVA Audit that K12 conducted. Mathers said that everything went well. The auditors inquired about procedures and documentation. Houston MNVA was told to put in writing some of their policies. For instance, write a policy on what they do for homeless students and foreign language students.

Mathers also announced that he had been offered and accepted a promotion with K12 as K12’s Northern Region Operations Manager. The board congratulated Mathers on the promotion and wished him the best in his new position.

The board approved several items at the meeting including the Hiawatha Valley Education District Services Agreement FY15 and the purchase of a new water heater for the high school.

Krin Abraham presented a proposal to the board to lease 37 Apple computers to replace teachers’ old computers. The lease is for four years and when the four years are up, the school can purchase the computers for just $1. The total cost of the four-year lease would be $41,070 and would include AppleCare Protection Plan for the duration of the lease. While leasing the computers has a slightly higher price tag, it allows for the payments to be spread out. Also, the AppleCare Protection Plan would help to save on repair costs that would inevitably be incurred. After much discussion the board approved the computer lease agreement.

Principal Lundberg reviewed changes that had been made to the Houston High School handbook. One change was that all students of families who qualify for free and reduced lunches will now receive free lunches and breakfasts. Also, all kindergarten students will qualify for free breakfasts. Another change to the handbook opens up the eligibility of sophomores to do PSEO.The board approved the changes to the Houston High School handbook as well as changes made to the MNVA and Summit handbooks.

The meeting came to a close with the board thanking Dr. Rick for his service to Houston as the interim superintendent. Dr. Rick responded saying, “It’s been a pleasure to work with such great people. I have learned a lot.”

The next school board meeting is scheduled for August 5 at 6 p.m. in the Houston High School Library.

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