Houston Schools

The Houston school board voted to hire a construction manager for its $6 million bond project and made a few employment moves during last Thursday’s monthly meeting.

Board members unanimously voted to use the “Construction Manager at Risk” method instead of a general contractor to build a new gymnasium on campus. The move entails the hiring of a construction manager for early involvement of the design process and all details moving forward. Dr. Allen Moss, superintendent, said the position will be posted for two weeks and the position filled no later than the September board meeting.

The board accepted a resignation from Amber Clinton as assistant middle school softball coach and hired Jessica Brewton (paraprofessional), Amanda Riviello (ECSE supervisor) and Whitney Smith (early childhood behavior interventionist) for the 2019-20 school year. Riviello and Smith will be employed at the Exceptional Child Cooperative. All moves are pending background checks.

Also during the meeting, which was held two days later due to open houses at the district, school board members:

•Approved changes to the new boiler instillation to improve efficiency and longevity of system. Moss said piping is being finished to complete the project. A final check of the system will occur in a month.

•Recognized new staff members in the district. They led the board in the pledge of allegiance.

•Held hearings for the tax rate and early school start date prior to open session. The tax rate was set at 3.55 (2.75 operating and .80 levy for debt service). There were no questions or comments related to the start of the school year before Labor Day. Classes began that morning.

•Approved the professional development plan that will emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

•Accepted an occupational therapy bid from Advanced Care Physical Therapy to provide services for the district and Exceptional Child Cooperative during the 2019-20 school year.

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