Feb 222012

By Sam Conner —

Washington School Principal John Summerville gave a presentation on the curriculum at the school at the Feb. 15 meeting of the Winslow Unified School District Governing Board. He showed films of the students, teachers and staff, and spoke of the Arizona High Achievement for All (AHAA) program, which is the basis for many of the practices at the school. During the presentation he mentioned that a staff member had written a proposal that received a $1,000 grant from McDonald’s and a Walkathon program that receives much community support. Four students who walked 17 miles in the program were given bicycles for their efforts.

The board adopted a proposed change in the sick leave voluntary transfer policy.

The board approved the hiring of Terri Little as Winslow High School track coach, the transfer of bus driver Rudy Aragon from substitute to full-time and Quentin Hayes as volunteer softball coach.

Resignations or retirements were accepted for Donna Watson, family and consumer science (FACS) and science teacher at Winslow Junior High School, effective May 24; Nora Cody, part-time Navajo language teacher at WHS, effective May 24; and Marjorie Coolidge, reading aide at Jefferson School, effective Feb. 17.

The board approved the donation of $79 to Washington School and $160 to Jefferson School from Arizona Restaurant Systems, Inc. for Sonic Night, $5.99 to Jefferson School from Safeway eScript, $13.80 to Washington School from Safeway 10 Percent Back to Schools program, and $684.50 for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program at WHS from a group including Darrel’s Root Beer Stand, Sonic, Subway and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Out of state travel was approved for five district employees and two other adults to Acoma, N.M., for a Johnson-O’Malley regional meeting scheduled Feb. 27-March 1, and for four employees to Durango, Colo., for an education career fair scheduled April 8-10 at Fort Lewis College.

Superintendent Doug Watson said that there will be a summer program for at risk students who are scheduled to enter kindergarten. He also told the board of a March 9 program in Flagstaff on legal issues which they might wish to attend.