Oct 052012

By Sam Conner
The Winslow Unified School District Governing Board met Sept. 19 in a brief regular meeting followed by a special meeting in executive session. The purpose of the executive session was to discuss the situation of the football field, and consider seeking legal advice and instructing the board’s attorneys on the issue.
In May, Field Turf, the company which installed the field, asked to spray sunscreen on the field to make it last longer. In June, the field appeared to be turning brown and Field Turf was contacted about the problem. The firm sent someone to take samples of the turf. Some of the brown went away after a period of fairly heavy rain. Field Turf had a crew come and wash the field to remove the sunscreen.
It was noted that the fibers on the field have deteriorated in some places.
According to Superintendent Doug Watson, Field Turf has offered to replace the yellow and white fabric from the field. This was the issue on which the board sought advice from the attorney.
Watson said that Winslow is not the only place experiencing this problem. Monument Valley and Sedona Red Rock high schools have had similar problems with their fields.
As old business the board approved a number of Arizona School Board Association advisories, including ones dealing with a number of issues. Watson explained the items, which were approved.
In other business, the board approved the hiring of Leah Nez as a special education high needs aide at Washington School, and Marianne Richardson as a part-time special education teacher at Bonnie Brennan School.
The transfer of Christine Smith from special education teacher at Bonnie Brennan School to substitute teacher was approved.
The resignations or retirements of custodian Grace Crank and substitute teacher Ruthann Hays were approved.
The board approved the donations of $4.35 to Winslow Junior High School from Safeway for the 10 percent back to school program and $91.79 to Winslow High School from the Target School Fundraising Program.
Out-of-state travel was approved for one employee to attend the Gear Up Conference scheduled Oct. 21-23; one employee to attend a technology conference scheduled Dec. 9-14 in Austin, Texas; and the addition of two non-employees to attend the Johnson-O’Malley National Conference scheduled Oct. 13-17 in Albuquerque, N.M.