Jul 182012

By Sam Conner
The Winslow Unified School District Governing Board adopted an $11,768,929 expenditure budget for the 2012-13 school year last week following a public hearing.
Christine Sapio of the First Lego League gave a report on activities in which students at Bonnie Brennan Magnet School were involved. She is a physics teacher at Coconino High School in Flagstaff.
She brought two robots built by students and film of their activities to help with the excellent presentation. She said the CHS team, the Coconuts, has had considerable success, including winning the Chairman’s Award in 2011. Eight Coconuts who have graduated have received $2 million in scholarship offers.
The program started in Winslow last year at the Bonnie Brennan Magnet School and will continue. It is seen as a varsity sport for the mind, and has many benefits for the students, the communities, and the teachers and volunteers who work with them. Sponsors also benefit greatly, and many see the program as a way to recruit well educated and talented new employees. W.L. Gore is a sponsor and source of many volunteers for the Flagstaff program.
Winslow High School Principal Chris Gilmore announced that the school has been awarded a $5,000 Laura Bush Foundation Award for the library. WHS was one of four Arizona schools to secure the award and the only high school to do so.
The second reading of a board policy change regarding graduation requirements which are no longer applicable was heard and adopted.
A representative of North Country Health Care gave a presentation on school based health care. The corporation is applying for a $500,000 grand to be used to renovate space to use in the high school and junior high schools in Winslow and Holbrook. No action was taken, but the board is expected to consider action at its next meeting.
Cora Cunningham and Christie Corum were recognized as Employees of the Month of June.
The board approved the hiring of Richard Bush as a math teacher and Missy Stacey as assistant cross country coach at WHS; Brandon Guzman, social studies teacher at Winslow Junior High School; Laura Pontel, district elementary art teacher; Kyle Decker, part-time bus driver; and Nora Cody and Cecelia Estudillo, substitute teachers.
Transfers were approved for Jane Bosley, Melissa Cavassos and Kanya Summerville from one position to another.
The board approved out of state travel for one employee to attend the national GEAR-UP conference scheduled July 22-26 in Washington, D.C. A description of the ninth grade physical science course was approved, as was an intergovernmental agreement with the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) for the coming school year.
The board members expressed their pleasure at the presentation on the First Lego League and the promise the pro-gram has.