Aug 242011

By Sam Conner–

The Winslow Unified School District Governing Board held the second reading and approved all but one of the policy changes recommended by the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) Aug. 17. Two items had minor changes to meet local situations. The one policy not approved had two parts and was on parental involvement in education. It entails some major changes and that item was tabled until the Sept. 7 meeting of the governing board.

The board approved the hiring of some 22 persons, most as substitute teachers. Those included Leilani Cochran, Ginger Fischer, Ruthann Hays, Lola Jaime, Jennifer Nez, Tessa O’Haco, Denise Parsons, Ann Pearsall, Ashley Scott, Dorothy Simousek, Janice Stewart, Susan St. Germaine and Karen Clay. Diane Hancock, Sheri James, Bernadette Rindahl and Sandy Light were hired as emergency substitute teachers.

Aza Thompson was hired as a Winslow High School science teacher and Carol Hixson as a Washington School special education teacher. Cassandra Schumacher was hired as the Honor Society sponsor at Winslow Junior High School.

Jennifer Romero was approved as a volunteer WJHS Student Council assistant sponsor. James Keller was approved as a volunteer to assist in the WHS science department. Larissa Bratt Richards was approved as a volunteer WHS cross country coach.

The board approved the donation of 14 filing cabinets valued at $150 each, or a total value of $2,100, from Quick Cash of 1519 North Park Drive in Winslow, and $1,575.55 to Jefferson School from Box Tops for Education.

Beyond Textbooks was approved as the sole source provider for curriculum maps, online tools and resources, and training.

A change in the early release times for the elementary and junior high schools on Jan. 25, 2012, was approved for Beyond Textbooks training. Some adjustment of release time was necessary to provide adequate time for the training.

The board also approved a change in the early release date for WJHS from Sept. 30 to Sept. 16 to make it the same day as the Homecoming football game. The date of the game was changed since the original early release date was set.

A change was approved regarding community use of school facilities. Groups using the facilities, especially athletic fields and equipment, must have policies and procedures that follow the district’s regarding preventing and treating concussions.

The board also approved a memorandum of agreement with the Navajo County Superintendent of Schools which will make the district responsible for transportation of students in the unorganized territory. County Superintendent Linda Morrow had requested the action as the county had only four school busses, all used to transport students to Winslow. The district will purchase all four busses for a total of $39,500 and take over responsibility for transporting students. Assistant Superintendent Lance Heister said after the meeting that this was a good happening for the district in more ways than one.

Superintendent Doug Watson said that he was very pleased with the opening of school. All board members and principals who spoke at the end of the meeting agreed, and complimented the staff for working well as a team.