The Houston board of education will seek bids for several items for the next school year.

Members of the Houston board of education set a graduation date Monday and discussed its calendar for the remaining of the school year after missing 10 days due to inclement weather.

The board set graduation for 4 p.m. May 21 at Tiger Stadium.

The last day of classes remains up in the air, said Dr. Dan Vandiver, superintendent.

Under a bill proposed in the Missouri House, school districts would not have to make up classes missed between Jan. 31 – Feb. 4, the time period in which Gov Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in the state due to bad weather. If it fails, the last day of school would be May 23.

The school board tabled the calendar issue.

In other matters, members:

-Heard from Jim Root, Houston parks and recreation director; and David Arthur, Houston Park Board, who thanked members for use of district facilities for city youth basketball programs. A $250 check for utility costs was presented.

-Will implement a policy in March for use of an automatic external defibrillator that has been provided to the district. It will be installed at Hiett Gymnasium.

-Heard from Drew Bennett, chancellor of Missouri State University-West Plains, who updated them on services available through the institution.



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