By Sam Conner
Winslow School Superintendent Doug Watson provided the district governing board last week with information from the state legislature, and advised board members of the danger of losing funds from impact aid if Congress fails to reach a budget compromise and automatic cuts are imposed.
Watson also presented Employee of the Month awards to Eddie Joe Gonzales and Danny Tafoya.
As old business, the board approved a number of policy changes recommended by the Arizona School Boards As-sociation, including ones dealing with credit cards, bidding and purchasing, general personnel policies, military and legal leave, staff assignments and transfers, and staff duties and responsibilities. A policy dealing with the teaching of religion was rejected, and a reference to it was deleted from the policy on staff duties and responsibilities. A policy on family life was tabled.
In other business Sept. 5, the board approved the hiring of Pearl Cisneros and Kelci White as special ed high needs aides at Winslow Junior High School; Jeb Earl and Jim Keller, substitute teachers; Tim Gallien, maintenance worker; Pearl Katoney, part-time custodian; Lance Lee, grounds worker; and Victoria Perez and Katherine Taylor, substitute and trip drivers for the district.
Four employees who are part-time classroom aides at Jefferson School will have their work week increased by seven hours as reading aides, but will still be considered part-time employees. They are Janice Arnold, Laura Carrell, Molly Jackson and Kenya Summerville.
Transfers were approved for Frances McCormick from part-time to full-time special ed bus aide, and for Jaime Montoya, from part-time to full-time bus driver for the district.
Antoinette Pogue was approved as a volunteer volleyball coach at Winslow High School.
The retirement or resignation of Melissa Cavasos as special education high needs aide at WJHS was approved.
The board approved donations of $110 to Washington School for Sonic Night, $12.95 to Washington School from Safeway for the 10 percent back to school program and $3.63 to Bonnie Brennan School from Safeway for the eScript program.
Out of state travel was approved for three employees to travel to the Johnson-O’Malley National Conference, scheduled Oct. 13-17 in Albuquerque, N.M.; and for two employees to travel to the National Indian Educators Confer-ence, scheduled Oct. 17-21 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The board approved the sale of five laths to Joseph City schools as surplus property, as well as scheduling a sale of excess surplus equipment in September.
The high school textbook Glencoe Physical Science was approved for use.
Principal Peggy Elrod gave a report on the curriculum and achievement at Bonnie Brennan School. Former principal Troy McReynolds is now the district data coach.
The board held an executive session before the regular meeting.
By Sam Conner