By Sam Conner
Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) Principal Matt Weber reported on his district’s program to the Winslow School District Governing Board Dec. 5, as well as an agreement with Pima Joint Technical Education District (JTED) to prepare pre- and post-tests for NAVIT programs. He spoke of the program which provides additional funding to the school and which has paid $3,000 for Winslow to participate in the Pima JTED pro-gram. Winslow High School had 752 students in the NAVIT program last year and has received more than $5 million from the program since joining it in 2003.
The board approved a contract with Ameresco Southwest, Inc. for solar energy projects and authorized the superintendent to approve minor revisions as needed.
Superintendent Doug Watson said that a feasibility study showed a likely savings of over $600,000 in 20 years on the project, which will be at no expense to the district.
Washington School Principal John Summerville spoke and showed slides regarding the curriculum and accomplishments at the school. He spoke of the focus on the math program, which has been a huge success with more than one-third of the student body progressing at least one level.
Superintendent Watson said that the school had progressed at a level that would put it in the top 98 percent of schools in the state.
Summerville also spoke of the balanced literacy program the school is using to improve reading. Reading is an area that needs improvement as a change coming is that third grade students who are not proficient readers are not to be promoted.
Superintendent Watson heard the board sing “Happy Birthday” to him before he shared a number of reports. He suggested the possibility of a Jan. 3 board meeting in a planning session, and reported that the Snowflake basketball team had decorated Athletic Director Don Petranovich’s house and done some community service work while here for the Tate’s Shootout Tournament.
Assistant Superintendent Lance Heister reported on an article by someone from Minnesota who described good elementary education as one of the wisest possible investments.
During the call to the public, WHS Principal Chris Gilmore told of a video on bullying which the girls in the school had seen, and how afterward they had made pledges to avoid bullying or apologized to someone for bullying actions. He noted that approximately 150 students had apologized to someone for their actions.
Annie Watson, Sondra Dixson and Amy Arend were recognized and honored as employees of the months of October and November.
The board approved the hiring of Donna Watson as a part-time GEAR UP tutor at Winslow Junior High School, Melissa Gilbert as high needs special education classroom aide at Jefferson School, Eugene Henrie as part-time custo-dian, and Debbie Bremeer and Jeb Earl as substitute teachers for the district, Leif Seed as junior varsity boys’ basket-ball coach and Shawn Layden as freshman boys’ basketball coach at WHS.
Zack Young, Patrick Young, Brett Stewart and John Bollin were approved as volunteer wrestling coaches at WHS.
The resignation or retirement of Maria Bordner as certified nursing assistant at WJHS was approved effective Nov. 9.
The board approved acceptance of $2,599.50 to the Washington School Walk-A-Thon from citizens of Winslow, $1,000 from Tate’s Auto Center for sponsorship of the boys’ basketball tournament, and $64 to Jefferson School and $72 to Bonnie Brennan School from the Arizona Restaurant Systems, Inc. for Sonic Night.
The board approved Better Communications Co. as the sole provider for radio equipment.
The Arizona School Counselor Evaluation form was adopted by the board for evaluation of WHS counselors.
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By Sam Conner