Jan 262011

By Sam Conner

The Winslow School District Governing Board accepted the resignation of Winslow High School football coach Gene “Rusty” Roberson last week.

A National Honor Society presentation was made to the board by the organization’s historian, Tanya King. She explained that the organization is open to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.7 or better who do at least 20 hours of community service in a year, among other requirements. She said that the society members had given more than 600 hours of community service in a year. The service includes a wide variety of activities including clean-ups, setting up for organizations, food drives, day care and blood drives.

The society’s sponsor, Kim Salazar, was present, as were some other members.

The superintendent and the board members all praised the presentation.

Besides Robertson’s, the board also accepted the resignations of district maintenance person Joseph Sedillo, effective Jan. 14; WHS special education teacher Perry Donatelli, effective immediately; and Winslow Junior High School English teacher Brianna Buckley, effective May 26, the same day as Robertson’s. Robertson also serves as the boys’ physical education teacher at WHS.

Other personnel decisions made Jan. 19 included the hiring of district part-time bus driver Samuel Wilson, district substitute teachers Christine Bratt and Jane Shannon, and WJHS S.A.F.E. room supervisor Stephanie Nelson. Transfers were approved for WJHS clerical aide Louanna Benslow and WHS boys’ P.E. teacher Craig Moody.

An item calling for approval of the travel of four staff members, one other adult and 32 students to Castiac, Calif., March 1-13 for the National Honor Society’s end of the year trip under old business was removed from the agenda by board action. The item had been tabled at the board’s last meeting.

The board approved the acceptance of donations to Washington Elementary School of $35.36 from TerraCycle Inc. for being designated as a non-recyclable waste collection beneficiary organization, and $199 from Box Tops for Education.

WJHS Principal Jim MacLean displayed a vest such as each teacher will have to give to their choice for “Student of the Week” each week. The student may wear the vest that week, and be excused early and go to the front of the line for chow. He said the vest is labeled “Chosen One,” and has the school mascot on it. He said that this will honor and draw attention to more deserving students than was the case before.

Finance Director Shirley Lomeli gave a report, which noted that the district is in line with its budget.

Superintendent Doug Watson said that the board was slated meet on Jan. 25 in Flagstaff for a training seminar. He also said that the district had seen its funds received shrink from more than $10 million in 2009 to $9.5 million in 2010 and to $8.5 million in 2011. Stimulus money, more local taxes and other funds have lessened the impact of that reduction of funds so far, but more reductions in funding are expected. He also reported that the committee to study implementing a 200-day school year will meet next week to begin its work.

Assistant Superintendent Lance Heister reported that demolition necessary because of recent water damage has been completed and construction was to start the next day and was expected to be completed in the following week.