Apr 272011

By Sam Conner —

The Winslow School District Governing Board met April 20 and approved the formation of a magnet school for grades three through six which will use both online and traditional methods. There will be some administrative reassignments related to the magnet school and probably some teacher reassignments as well.

The board also approved the issuance of administrative contracts, and the reassignment of administrative personnel regarding the formation of the magnet school.

In other action, the board:

* Approved the hiring of Cairsten Beanland and Meg Hughart as counselors at Winslow High School, and the transfer of Richard Stock as math teacher at WHS and Briana Conatser as English teacher at WHS.

* Accepted the resignations or retirements of WHS English teachers Bryn Neenos and Jason Neenos, and bus driver Ethel Passmore, all effective May 26, and WHS golf coach Ted Pate effective at the end of the season.

* Approved the loan of a kiln vent hood to the Madonna House. The item is at the Old Main Building and is not in use, making it available for loan.

* Approved health, vision and dental plans, as well as short-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment insurance plans.

Superintendent Doug Watson indicated that the increases were slight and said that employees would be offered an option to purchase more short-term disability coverage and life insurance.

* Approved the description of a new position of Safe and Supportive Schools facilitator. The position was made possible by a grant received by WHS.

* Approved a new math program at WHS called Summer Math Bridge Program.

Principal Chris Gilmore explained that the program will help prepare students for school year math classes and give them credits that could be vital to meet new graduation standards calling for four years of high school mathematics.

* Approved a new fee of $25 per semester for band and orchestra students who use school instruments. The fee would not apply to students who supply their own instruments or rent them from a private source.

* Elected Dodie Montoya to represent the board at the Arizona School Boards Association Delegate Assembly scheduled on June 25 in Scottsdale. Marian Scheid was elected as alternate delegate.

* Was informed by Watson of forms from the Arizona Athletic Association (AIA) concerning athletes suffering concussions. He noted that a concussion is a brain injury, and that the forms contain instructions for athletes, parents, coaches and others involved in sports where such injuries might occur.

Watson also informed the board about textbooks on display for the criminal justice classes.

He also told the board that it would have dating abuse curriculum information at its next board meeting, and would be expected to make a decision regarding that issue at its second meeting in May.

Scheid was the first board member to complement the Magnet School Committee on its work, but those comments were soon echoed by other members.