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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
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Houston School Board seeks director of curriculum and instruction


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on August 5. This was the first school board meeting with Krin Abraham as acting superintendent. At the meeting, Superintendent Abraham was pleased to report that the teacher computer systems update will actually cost less than initially thought. The school was able to get a lower interest rate for the computer lease, which will add up to a savings of $400 per year. Board member Carlson asked what was going to be done with the old computers, to which Abraham reported that the old 2G computers will be recycled as they have no resale value and are outdated. The old 4G computers that are still functional, however, will be used by support staff such as the paraprofessionals and food service.

One topic of much debate in the evening concerned making Superintendent Abraham the MNVA Head of Schools for Houston. Superintendent Abraham was in favor of being made the MNVA Head of Schools, citing that there is a lot of overlap of duties of the superintendent and the HOS. Board member Carlson was strongly against the superintendent taking on the HOS role. Carlson prefered to have the roles being separate so that the superintendent could be focused on representing the district rather than K12. Board member Stilin voiced his concern saying, “It might be too much for a new superintendent.” Some of the HOS duties include working with the budget, finance, and making final decisions about staffing. The board decided that they needed more time to weigh the options and asked Abraham to provide a job description, cost, and possible scenarios for the board to consider before making a final decision.

Later in the meeting Superintendent Abraham asked the board to consider hiring a replacement Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Abraham did not feel she could do the work of a superintendent and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The job would be 20 hours per week and could potentially be filled by a current teacher. As superintendent, Abraham cannot technically be the Q-Comp coordinator--a part of the director’s job description. The board will make their final decision on the matter at the next school board meeting.

The next school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. at the Houston High School Library.

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