Sep 192012

By Naomi Hatch
Effective Jan. 13, 2013, Carol Palmer and Shea Flake begin four-year terms on the Snowflake School District Governing Board, said Superintendent Hollis Merrell advised the board Sept. 13. They were the only two who filed as candidates for three seats on the board, so the election was cancelled by the Navajo County Board of Supervisors, and Palmer and Flake were appointed to the board.
There is still one vacant seat that Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Linda Morrow will post. During the October governing board meeting, the board members will decide whom they want Morrow to interview.
Snowflake High School Principal Larry Titus was asked to report on the Friday schedule.
Titus said there are 63 students in the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) math class, 46 in the writing class and 26 in the reading class. He noted that the algebra class has 67 students, divided between those that need help and those who just want to come.
Of the students who have failed tests and are asked to come back on Friday for a study session, approximately 50 percent are passing after the Friday class.
“The first week two didn’t come and since then, everybody asked to show up has,” said Titus.
He said he felt there was good attendance in classes and gave numbers of students attending one or more Fri-day classes as follows: 287 on Aug. 10; 283 on Aug. 17; 286 on Aug. 24; 286 on Aug. 31; 222 on Sept. 7; and on Sept. 13, there were 464 kids planning to attend. “It’s being well attended and well used,” said Titus.
In response to a question posed by Board President Ashley Davis, Titus responded, “Teachers say it’s a lot of work, but that’s what we’re here for,” noting that two teachers have said it’s been the best year ever and they have been teaching for quite a while.
Cindy Peterson of the Special Education Department was asked how it affects her students. “They like it,” she said, noting legally they can’t require students with an individual education plan (IEP) to attend unless they didn’t pass the AIMS test, but 99.9 percent have not passed. “It’s been a tremendous help for them.”