By Naomi Hatch
Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Linda Morrow swore in the newest member of the Snowflake School District Governing Board, Carol Palmer, during the board’s Oct. 11 meeting.
Morrow also spoke during the call to the public Morrow, noting that she is a 1970 graduate of Snowflake Union High School graduate. She and her classmates turn 60 this year, so they are having a birthday party. She said this will be the first time dorm students are returning, recalling that the district office was the dorm when she was in high school.
“I am anxious to hear the stories,” said Superintendent Hollis Merrell, noting the alumni will be touring the building.
In other business, Dan LaGrange of Facilities Management reported on the roof hail damage from September 2011, explaining that the insurance company looked at the damage and work was slated to start Oct. 15 on the roof of Snowflake Intermediate School. They will also make repairs to the Snowflake High School cafeteria, athletic building and the new broadcasting building. The fourth and fifth grade classroom roofs at Snow-flake Intermediate will be repaired, and a re-coating will be applied on the roofs of the Snowflake Junior High School gym, the Taylor Elementary School multipurpose room and the bus barn. He said thermo plastic cover
Board Vice President Cory Johnson stated, “I have a concern of what we’re using the money for,” noting that the community is facing hard times and “we’re asking them to purchase candies.” He was referring to a fundraiser request from Taylor Intermediate School. He indicated that Hat Day, during which students pay to wear a hat, is OK, but was concerned about asking the community to buy candy.
“They use it as a leadership opportunity; what to do to put that money to good use,” Merrell said.
The governing board passed the request in a 4-1 vote, with Johnson opposing.
A request by Snowflake High School for approval of fundraisers was tabled at the request of Merrell, who said that he has requested clarification, noting the information submitted was not sufficient for board approval. Merrell noted that no fundraising projects were scheduled prior to the November board meeting.
The board unanimously approved the policy change recommended by the Arizona School Boards Association regarding drug and alcohol use by students. The word “distribution” was omitted from the policy, which Merrell pointed out also states that students cannot have marijuana on campus even if they have a medical mari-juana card.
The Arizona Department of Education requires all public schools to submit a declaration of curricular and instructional alignment annually. As required, the district prepared one that is aligned with the Arizona Academic Standards. The governing board unanimously approved the declaration.