Houston Schools

Houston Schools will send students to West Plains for vocational training beginning next school year.

At last week’s monthly meeting, the board of education approved sending 5-20 students to the South Central Career Center. The institution provides training to 11 school districts in the fields of agriculture, automotive collision, automotive technology, carpentry, commercial and advertising art, culinary arts, drafting technology, family and consumer science, health sciences, practical nursing, surgical technology and welding.

The board approved the move with a 6-1 vote. Darren Ice dissented.

“It’s not a permanent decision. If we can come up with something better or local, obviously we’ll look into that,” said Dr. Allen Moss, superintendent. “This is an opportunity for students who are not getting this particular training.”

Moss said the district is working on a set of criteria –– such as attendance rate, credits and behavior –– to qualify students to attend. The cost is $1,770 per student.

Houston is the 12th district to join the SCCC. The institution already serves students from West Plains as well as Alton, Bakersfield, Dora, Koshkonong, Lutie, Mountain View-Birch Tree, Summersville, Thayer, Willow Springs and Winona.

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

•Approved employing Rodney Preheim (high school assistant football coach and middle school boys’ basketball coach), Ellen “Tori” McKee (high school ELA and middle school assistant volleyball coach), Vincent McKee (high school and middle school ISS, middle school assistant football coach and middle school assistant boys’ basketball coach), Mandy Adey (high school yearbook supervisor), Maggie Jadwin (high school student council co-sponsor), Traci Starnes (process coordinator, 504 coordinator, testing coordinator and paraprofessional evaluator) and Dave Rust (substitute bus driver).

•Accepted resignations from Jodie Forbes (elementary music), Ashli Todaro (special education) and Randi Wilson (envirothon sponsor) at the conclusion of the current school year. Forbes is retiring.

•Amended the leave policy for all staff to allow for paid leave days to take the place of sick and personal leave days.

•Removed the requirement of a ½ speech credit for graduation. Students who have already completed the course will receive the credit as an elective.

•Approved the use of credit and purchasing cards through Landmark Bank. The five cards will be distributed among the three buildings on campus, central office and Exceptional Child Cooperative.

•Received information from band director Michael Roy related to the group’s recent trip to New Orleans.

•Heard the Parents Teachers Organization completed emergency buckets for the elementary school and is holding a new membership meeting.

•Approved the purchase of a new bus for $88,790. Through a five-year financing agreement with L.J. Hart, the final cost will be $94,057.18.

•Received comments from parents and teachers related to the elementary handbook policy not allowing parents to attend field trips.

PDF: Minutes from Houston school board meeting

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