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Houston Superintendent Abraham appointed as MNVA Head of Schools


By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on August 19. At the meeting, the board set a date for the Truth in Taxation meeting, which will be on December 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Houston High School library.

The big discussion of the night was the topic of making Superintendent Abraham the MNVA Head of Schools. Board members Kelleher and Carlson took opposite sides in the discussion, Kelleher in favor and Carlson in opposition.

Superintendent Abraham gave board members the job description of the MNVA Head of Schools, highlighting the wide overlap that there is between the job and the position of the superintendent. The only addition to the already existing superintendent duties would be the involvement of the superintendent in K12 activities. Board member Krage was concerned that this would be a major change for the superintendent and was not sure it would be the best option. Board member Carlson felt strongly that the superintendent should not take on the the role of the Head of Schools, as it would be too much work for a new superintendent and perhaps be a conflict of interest at times between the school and MNVA.

Board member Kelleher on the other hand felt that it was in the best interest of the entire school to have one distinguished leader. Kelleher felt that if Superintendent Abraham delegated well, that the additional position would not be overwhelming. Board member Bonner added, “I find it rather refreshing that our superintendent is willing to step up and take responsibility for our whole organization.”

Bonner then called for a vote on the matter. After some additional discussion, the board voted in favor of making Superintendent Abraham the MNVA Head of Schools. Board members Carlson and Krage were the only ones to vote in the negative.

At the meeting Superintendent Abraham gave an update on the facilities repairs that are happening around the school. Some of the projects have been delayed, which makes board members nervous that they will not be completed in time for the first day of school. There was discussion on whether or not in the future they could have a financial penalty for those doing the projects if they are not completed on time. The board also approved the resurfacing of the southern section of the teardrop with blacktop at a cost of $13,753.

The school board made several other approvals, including the hiring of a half-time online teacher on special assignment, as well as a half-time on-site teacher on special assignment.The board also approved the Houston High School Staff Handbook, MNVA High School/ Middle School Handbook, MNVA Elementary Staff Handbook, MNVA Advisor’s Handbook, Houston Elementary Student Handbook, and the Houston Elementary Staff Handbook.

There was also a resolution made in relation to the election of four school board members. The following filled affidavits of candidacy for the 2014 election: Ronald Evenson, Joseph Krage, Tom Stilin, and Gary Wilson. The election will be held on November 4, 2014.

The next Houston School Board meeting will be held on September 2 at 6 p.m. in the Houston High School Library.

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