By Sam Conner–
Winslow businessman and owner and developer of La Posada Allen Affeldt addressed the Winslow School District Governing Board last Wednesday morning regarding the possibility of acquiring Old Main for use as an art complex.
He spoke on behalf of himself and Dee Rodriguez, who was also at the meeting. They asked that the non-profit group International Sonoran Desert Alliance be allowed to inspect the school and make a proposal. The group has renovated Curley School at Ajo, and turned it into an attractive and successful art complex.
The board agreed to arrange for representatives of the group to tour the facility and make a proposal.
In other business the board approved the hiring of Michelle Theide as first grade teacher at Jefferson School, Craig Moody as head track coach at Winslow High School, Jessica Fugatt as special education classroom aide at Washington School and Hana Cassady as district elementary arts teacher.
Kendal Ybarra was approved as a volunteer wrestling coach at Winslow Junior High School and Chip Cunningham was approved as a volunteer softball coach at WJHS.
Resignations or retirements were approved for Johana Lee as district elementary art teacher, Jennifer Nez as WHS Spanish teacher, Rena Searle as Bonnie Brennan kindergarten teacher and Patricia Gomez as Bonnie Brennan kindergarten aide.
Open enrollment limits were approved by the board, as were first readings of graduation requirement policies and policies on bullying, which will be adopted at the next meeting.
Much time was spent discussing the “Beyond Textbooks” program the district will use next year, which will have all teachers instructing on the same standards at the same time. It was noted that there is a website which teachers can use to help them stay on course with the program.
Another item which was lengthy and drew considerable conversation was Assistant Superintendent Lance Heister’s report on Indian education in the system. He noted during the report that all students who applied for the magnet school were accepted there. He also noted that math was a subject area that needs improvement for all students in the district.
A special session was held prior to the regular July 13 meeting to review the district’s proposed 2011-2012 budget. After the public hearing, the proposed $11,883,591 budget was adopted.