Houston Schools

As he updated school board members on progress of construction and roof repairs at the district, Houston Superintendent Scott Dill said major steps are in the near future.

“We’re right at the cusp of making a big leap forward,” Dill told the board.

Dill said roof work has nearly concluded at the elementary school and began last Thursday at the middle school. The high school and vocational building are next in line.

Demolition on the library, maintenance shed and property on Mill Street are planned within the next week.

“Hopefully we’ll have a lot more to report next month as I anticipate we will have knocked down a couple buildings and will be getting ready to start construction on a couple more,” Dill said.

Also at last Tuesday’s board meeting, school board members:

–Decided not to renew a contract with Aventa K-12 learning, which provides online courses for students. Charlie Malam, the high school principal, will investigate opportunities through regional universities.

–Approved hiring Ken Cooperman as an assistant football coach for the 2014-’15 school year.

–Accepted the resignations of Evelyn Donaway (speech language pathologist), Sam Chilcutt (special education) and Crystal Bartels (speech implementer) effective the end of their current contracts. Also accepted the resignation of Julee Chipps as middle school volleyball coach effective immediately.

–Approved Stefanie Wildhaber, Vincent McCrosky and Kaitlyn Kell as substitute teachers for the remainder of the school year.

––Heard an update from Audrey Kell, director of curriculum and federal programs, related to the district’s curriculum program.

–Were updated on changes in the assessment program from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Roger Brallier, the assistant elementary principal, provided the report.

The next regular board meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Exceptional Child Cooperative.

PDF: School board minutes

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