Feb 232011

By Sam Conner —

The Winslow School District Governing Board heard an informative presentation on Winslow High School’s Career Technological Education (CTE) program Feb. 16. The program was presented by CTE Director Shelly Cunningham and four groups of students in different areas of the program. A video on the program followed the presentations by the students.

Cunningham noted that the school has 22 different career programs, but the ones presented at the board meeting were on sports medicine, agriculture, childhood development and finance. Also mentioned were programs on welding and industrial arts.

Superintendent Doug Watson, Assistant Superintendent Lance Heister and all of the board members praised the presentations as well done and informative.

The board held the second reading of policy changes involving the voluntary transfer of accrued sick leave program and adopted the changes. The changes were at the request of the staff. This was the only old business item.

Three volunteer coaches were approved by the board, including Shawn Smith for WHS baseball, Chip Cunningham for WHS softball and Steve Ortiz for WHS track. Three resignations or retirements were approved, including Josh Taylor as technology support assistant, effective Jan. 28; Jennifer Hernandez, special education classroom aide at Winslow Junior High School, effective Feb. 2; and Julie Thomas, freshman girls’ basketball coach, effective Feb. 7. The termination of a WHS special education classroom aide and part-time district bus driver was approved.

A donation of $79 to Washington Elementary School from Arizona Restaurant Systems Inc. for Sonic Night was approved.

Out of state travel was approved for one employee and seven students to travel to New Mexico April 12-15 for the Upward Bound college visit, and for two employees to travel to Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 24-26 for the Glazier Football Clinic. Both trips will be at no expense to the district.

A resolution was adopted forming the Little Colorado River Program as an approved Arizona Online Instruction provider for students both on and off the WHS campus. The program was approved by the Arizona Department of Education last year and has been successful, but the passage of a resolution to this effect was necessary.