Nov 142012

By Sam Conner
Winslow Junior High School Principal Justin Hartman outlined the school’s activities for the district governing board Nov. 7. He discussed the school’s intervention, reteach and enrich programs, and its Learning Center. He told how students can be assigned or volunteer for the programs, and how they help them achieve success. He also spoke of Bulldog Mega Bucks, which students can earn in the enrichment program and spend in various ways, including a major purchase of being able to hit the principal or a teacher in the face with a pie.
Hartman also spoke proudly of having three WJHS students selected for the Arizona Indian Leadership Conference. The three are Faith Carr, Nicolette Barton and Taylor Brady.
He also said that the intervention program, while new, has been successful in reducing the retention rate by 80 per-cent.
The board approved the hiring of Hilda Price as a special education high needs aide at Jefferson School, Gilbert Thomas as a part-time substitute trip bus driver for the district and the winter coaches, who were on a list the board had been given previously. The transfer of Pearl Katoney from part-time district custodian to full-time district custodian was approved.
Tom and Sharon Greenwood were approved as volunteer Soccer Club sponsors at Winslow High School.
The resignation or retirement of Judith Wimberley as special education high needs aide at Jefferson School was approved.
The board approved out of state travel for the girls’ basketball team to Gallup, N.M., Dec. 6-8 for a tournament; the girls’ softball team to Bloomfield, N.M., March 14-16 for a tournament replacing the Las Vegas tournament; the speech team to Needles, Calif., March 15 and 16 for competition in Arizona, but with participants staying in hotels in California.
The board approved acceptance of $71 to Bonnie Brennan School, $48 to Jefferson School and $172 to Washing-ton School for Sonic Night; $1,505 to Washington School for its Walk-A-Thon from various sources; $40 to the Win-slow High School Track Club from Van and Joy Runyon in memory of Trenton Ervien; $100 to the Native American Parent Advisory Committee Senior Scholarship Fund from Allen Affeldt; and $100 for the Native American Day expenses from Shirley Light of State Farm Insurance.
A change of release days in March and April was approved at the request of teachers affected by the situation.
A change in a regulation was approved which eliminates spelling as a separately graded subject which will continue to be taught, but will be graded as part of the student’s English grade.
A number of Northern Arizona University nursing students were in attendance to meet a college class requirement to attend such a public meeting.
Superintendent Doug Watson said that Proposition 204, which would have made permanent the temporary one percent sales tax designed to benefit education, had been defeated. He warned that such could result in less funding and some as yet unforeseen problems.
The board held an executive session to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation. After the executive session, the board approved the evaluation.