By Sam Conner –
Winslow High School Assistant Principal Sal Hernandez advised the school board last week that the school had received an Arizona Continual Accreditation Award for its 95 years of continual accreditation. It was later noted that WHS is one of only five Arizona schools certified that long, with the others being located in Tucson, Prescott, Bisbee and Globe.
The board approved the hiring of 37 employees, including many substitute teachers or WHS coaches.
District substitutes hired were Leilani Cochran, Sue Currier, Allyson Fraser, Ruthann Hays, Anthony Hill, Lois Jaime, Marianne Richardson, Dorothy Simousek, Sarah Smithson, Janice Steward and Susan St. Germaine.
Leland Billie and Debra Smith were hired as reading teachers, and Whitney Gilmore as Gear Up Coordinator at Winslow Junior High School. Candace Hartman and Tyler Allen were approved for extra duty stipends for the WJHS vocal and band teacher positions.
WHS football coaches hired were B.J. Little as head varsity coach, Craig Moody and Scott Larsen as varsity assistants, Ricky Greer and Brandon Guzman as junior varsity coaches, Shawn Layden and Quentin Hayes as freshman coaches, and Devon Sawyer, Jeff Hancock and Mark Smith as volunteer coaches.
Julie Thomas was hired as the head volleyball coach, with Aza Thompson as junior varsity coach and Allen Leonard as freshman coach.
Tammy Ramsey was hired as the support forces head coach, with Cathleen Walton as assistant coach and Darcey McKee as a volunteer.
Sarah Smithson was named as the speech and drama head coach and Marianne Richardson as the assistant coach. Both are volunteers.
Transfers were approved for Quentin Begody from high needs special education classroom aide to special education classroom aide at the WJHS, and for Sandy Light from special education classroom aide to high needs special education classroom aide, also at WJHS.
Ozzie Shirley was approved as a volunteer boys’ basketball coach at WHS.
Resignations were accepted from Lucas Tom as WHS junior varsity volleyball coach, and Annie Watson as WHS cross country coach.
The board approved acceptance of a donation of $71 to Jefferson School from Arizona Restaurant Systems, Inc. for Sonic Night.
The first reading was held of a policy change on graduation requirements to remove information that is no longer applicable.
The board suspended a policy in order to hold the first and final reading and adoption of a policy regarding the use of technology resources in instruction. The change needed to be approved before July 1 to be eligible for federal funding, which necessitated the change of policy.
The board approved early release calendars for WHS and the elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year. It was stated that the WJHS release days will be announced later.
An intergovernmental agreement was approved between the district and the Navajo County Community College District for dual enrollment.
The board approved the request of Dr. Michael E. Gerner of Flagstaff to provide psychological services for the district in the next school year.
The board approved a performance pay proposal.
The board was told that there is one textbook up for adoption, a physical science text proposed for use at WHS.
Arizona School Boards Association proposed legislative action agenda items were discussed and the board voted to recommend the association’s recommendations.
Board President Beth Carlson will attend the ASBA assembly on June 30.
Superintendent Doug Watson remarked about several issues coming soon, including a statement that an action of the legislature would cause taxes on rental property and second homes to go up considerably. He said it was another way the legislature causes local governments to raise taxes so it does not have to do so.
He said that although some funding has been restored for education, the funds available are well below what was available in 2008. He also said that there will be an effort to extend the one percent state sales tax by initiative.
Watson also spoke of a proposal from North Country Health Care to provide general health care with parental consent in the schools, mostly for students without general health care available.