The Houston school board was updated on new construction on campus, including updated artist renderings, at last week’s monthly meeting.

Stephen Telscher and John McNabb, of Sapp Design Associates Architects P.C. in Springfield, shared updates related to the bond issue passed in April 2013. A drawing of construction connecting the current high school and middle school was presented as well as interior changes made after speaking to teachers in the district.

Superintendent Scott Dill told the board roof work also related to the bond issue continues at the elementary school. He said he would place advertisements for demolition projects on the district, including the former middle and high school library, custodial offices and a house at 709 Mill Street. They will be reviewed at the next board meeting.

The meeting was held at the superintendent’s office due to broken pipes from the most recent snowstorm that caused damage at the Exceptional Child Cooperative.

Also at the board meeting, members:

-Agreed to sign a letter of intent –– upon review by the district’s legal counsel –– with Missouri Sun Solar. The group, represented at the meeting by Caleb Arthur, will conduct a feasibility study looking at the potential of solar energy at the district. The study is free and does not obligate the district financially.

Board member Jo Holland was the lone ‘no’ vote.

-Were provided information from Dill regarding the purchase of the house at 709 Mill Street. The cost was $35,000.

-Approved a three-year lease agreement with the Houston Development Company for the office space utilized by the Exceptional Child Cooperative.

-Heard the district is still gathering information from a group seeking to place a memorial for longtime HHS football supporter Mark Forbes at the Big Red Building.

-Were led in the Pledge of Allegiance by HHS students Devin Coulter and Maya Brown. Coulter, a senior, was recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point with the boys’ basketball team. Brown was honored for finishing second in the VFW/American Legion regional oratory contest and receiving $29,000 in scholarship money from Lindenwood University.

The next regular board meeting is 6 p.m. Feb 11 at the Exceptional Child Cooperative.

PDF: January school board minutes

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