Houston Schools

Houston Schools has been approved for a grant to assist with purchasing a new boiler.

At last Thursday’s monthly meeting, school board members heard the district was approved for the Fuels for Schools Grant. The funding is worth up to $305,000.

Dr. Allen Moss, superintendent, said the current boiler was installed in 1984. The estimated cost of a new unit is $556,063 – leaving the district’s owing $251,063 after the grant.

The boiler services the high school, middle school and Hiett Gymnasium. The news was shared by Mike Morris of the Missouri Department of Conservation and Darci Malam of South Central Ozark Council of governments.

Also at the meeting, school board members:

•Approved Andrew White’s request for early graduation contingent on meeting all local and state requirements.

•Hired Elizabeth Overy in food service for the reminder of the current school year.

•Heard the Bright Futures kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Melba Theatre. Pastor Russ Stigall, a board member, passed out invitations and shared details.

•Approved declaring the home at 527 W. Chestnut St. as surplus property. It will be advertised for bids to be purchased and have the house removed.

•Recognized Carly Crawford as the high school student of the month as well as Tre Warner and Ashleigh McGuire as middle school student of the month nominees.

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