By Julie Wiessner
Officials of the Holbrook Unified School District are continuing their efforts to ensure the safety of stu-dents while they are in their care.
Superintendent Dr. Robbie Koerperich advised the governing board Tuesday evening of staff efforts in this are.
“Park and Hulet Schools have recently had a doorbell installed for better security. Visitors must ring a bell to obtain entrance into the school. The bell acquires the attention of office personnel, who determine if the visitor should be allowed in or not,” said Koerperich.
“Our concern is how to secure the students, yet keep the school accessible for parents with as minimal adjustment as possible. The doorbell for the two schools is a great start,” the superintendent continued.
“There is also required participation for students, faculty and staff in each of our safety drills. This in-cludes monthly fire drills, lockdowns, hit-the-deck, and shelter-in-place drills,” said Koerperich. “In each school safety committee meeting is discussed staging plans for emergency situations for both onsite and off-site staging, what if situations, and to go over a list of what to do and where to release kids.
“The district has a flow chart in place of what to do for each level of concern, and each school has a stag-ing chart in place so each person at that school knows what to do. These are emergency plans and procedures that are already in place.
“We have discussed with public safety officials what to do when there is an active shooter on a school campus, and have also completed a walk-through and walk-around each of the school sites with Police Chief Mark Jackson,” said Koerperich, who also noted that evaluating what was discussed with the chief in order to incorporate his input is another step in making the schools more secure.
During the call to the public, Bennett Chatter expressed his concern about security for Indian Wells Ele-mentary School, and encouraged the school board and all responsible for such action to consider a new school safety plan for that location.
Koerperich said there will continue to be changes to the schools’ safety plans, because the state is working on safety policy now.
The board approved the emergency plan as is from last year.
In other action Feb. 12, the board:
* Approved a district calendar change for a day off from April 22 to May 10 for all in-town schools and to May 13 for IWES due to a conflict with Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) testing week.
* Approved district calendar changes for the 2013-14 school year, moving the district professional devel-opment day to Aug. 30 to coincide with county professional development day, moving parent/teacher confer-ences to Oct. 10, moving fall break to Oct. 14-18 and moving a snow day from Feb. 18 to Feb.14.
* Approved the Holbrook High School Swing Thing’s use of four Suburbans and insurance coverage to travel to Disneyland in Los Angeles, Calif., during spring break, March 25-29. The group qualified to per-form there and will fund the cost of the trip.
* Approved Northland Pioneer College courses for credit toward graduation at HHS. Students must have an agreement with HHS in order for NPC classes to count. A three-credit NPC class equates to a half-credit of the 22 credits needed for graduation.
* Approved the same usage fees and usage policy schedule in the yearly review of community use of school facilities.
* Approved the same emergency or EBC policy for the district as last year’s as part of the yearly review.
* Approved the annual review of retirement policies. This includes the district’s return to work program and the administrative procedure for post retirement employment option (PREO) that deal with early retire-ment benefits for certified and support staff members.
* Approved the retirement of Garry McDowell, effective Feb. 14, and his return to work as the district’s business manager through Educational Services Incorporated, effective Feb. 15.
* Approved the Navajo Preschool, Title I Math Supplemental, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) programs already approved through the Arizona Department of Education.
* Approved out of state travel for Special Education Director Connie Gover to attend the 68th annual Na-tional Association for Supervision Curriculum Development Conference scheduled March 15-18 in Chicago, Ill. Conference fees, airfare, meals and other expenses will be paid through the Northern Arizona University Native American Principal Intern Program. Gover also requested two days of professional leave to attend this conference.
* Approved a Safe and Supportive Schools Grant assistant for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year and for the 2013-14 school year. The assistant will help Safe Schools facilitator Donna Campbell fulfill cleri-cal and informational responsibilities, freeing her to perform more counseling duties and to better assist at-risk students.
* Approved placing the Safe and Supportive Grant assistant position at Grade 3 on the support staff hourly pay rate placement schedule.
* Approved support staff hiring of Zane Morris as a bus driver; Annie Bahe, bus driver; Patricia Moore, Hulet daycare substitute; Scott Baker, Holbrook Junior High School game official; Erick Yellowhair, IWES special needs aide; Claude Bakurza, HHS head softball coach; Scott Baker, HHS assistant baseball coach; Alex Baker, HHS assistant baseball coach; Kendall Bakurza, HHS assistant baseball coach; Brandon O’Dell, HHS track assistant; and Maxine Tsosie, IWES cafeteria.
* Approved support staff resignations of Marcellino Montoya as substitute custodian; Louise Taylor, sub-stitute bus driver; and Garry McDowell, business manager.
* Approved the certified employment hiring of Yvonne Allan, Leida Hatch and Ted Pate as substitute teachers.
* Approved the resignation of Cary Simpson as the HHS head girls soccer coach.
* Approved the retirement of John Wehrman as an HHS math teacher.
* Approved extra duty for Brady Pond as HHS game help; Dee Dunaway, Park mentor; Deb Koerperich, Park mentor; Lance Phaturos, HHS professional development presenter; Charles Haussman, HHS profes-sional development presenter; Debbie Font, HJHS tutoring; Will Voelkerding, HJHS tutoring and mentor; Tim Gurcyzski, HJHS tutoring and mentor; Beth Plumb, HJHS tutoring; Ryan Rivera, HJHS tutoring and mentor; LouAnn McLaws, HJHS tutoring; Joy Burroughs, HJHS tutoring; Brian McMahon, HJHS tutoring; Virginia White, HJHS tutoring; and Doug Radzanowski, HJHS tutoring, mentor and HHS game help.
Cathy Luke, HJHS tutoring; Greg Ethridge, HJHS mentor; John McDaniel, HJHS mentor; Kathi Bloomfield, HJHS mentor; Luis Alvarez, IWES mentor; Sandy Carlisle, Hulet mentor; Marlena Day, IWES mentor; Ann Gardner, District Year 3 mentor; Faith Caffey, HHS mentor; Delmar Johnson, HHS assistant softball coach; Don Tyler, HHS assistant softball coach; Lelia Demuth, HHS track assistant; Dave Wright, HHS track assistant; Jody Good, HHS head track coach; and Ginny Novell, HHS website facilitator.
* Approved volunteers Kymberly Hull as an accompanist; Jose Lerma, HHS spirit line; Sandra Oberriter, HHS spirit line; and Jennifer Edwards, chaperone.
* Approved gifts and donations to the Autism Speaks Foundation silent auction from Connie Gover, a dream catcher and earrings; Nichole Lozano, bows, bracelets, and necklace with bracelet; Tate’s Auto Center, four oil changes; Navajo County Fair Board, a family fair pass; El Rancho, a $25 gift certificate; Esmeralda Aguilera and Lucia Garcia, two eyebrow waxes; Veronica Morales, a $30 gift certificate; Hensley’s Mini Mart, a $20 gift certificate; Redgie Justman, a $20 shellac gel polish; Teri Tafoya, a scarf and a family movie night basket; and Leo Maestas, earrings.
* Approved a $300 donation to Hulet School from Chalcedony Lodge No. 6, F&AM.
* Approved professional leave for: Charles Haussman to attend a Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) directors meeting held Jan. 9 in Taylor at a cost of the use of a district vehicle; Daniel Orton and Jody Good, Coordinated School Health Conference held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Tucson, $608 plus use of a district vehicle; Brady Pond and Alex Baker, Arizona Baseball Coaches Clinic held Jan. 18 and 19 in Phoenix, $282.49 plus use of a district vehicle; and Cindy Percy, Mental Health First Aid held Jan. 19 and 26 in Phoenix, use of a district vehicle.
Stacy Nowell, Austism Spectrum Disorders Level II held Feb. 7 in Phoenix, $179 plus a district vehicle; Garry McDowell, Arizona Association of School Business Officials Vendor/Buyer/Compliance Conference held on Jan. 29 and 30 in Mesa, $562 plus use of a district vehicle; Sarah Meeks and Kyle Gardner, Arizona Music Educators Association Conference held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Mesa, $772 plus use of a district vehicle; and Erin Cuniffe, The Most Powerful Solution to Eliminating Disruptive Behavior in Phoenix on Feb. 22, $252 plus use of a district vehicle.
Karalyn Reidhead, Amanda Remos, Jennifer Ceccarelli, Jujlia Fairbanks and Melody Myers, Early Child-hood Autism Project held Jan. 23-25 in Phoenix, $2,500 plus use of a district vehicle; Del Novell, golf coaches meeting held Jan. 24 in Prescott, use of a district vehicle; Cary Simpson, Avoiding Pre-Determination Trap of SPED held Jan. 25 in Phoenix, $170 plus use of a district vehicle; and Connie Gover, Karalyn Reidhead, Carey Kester, Stephanie Bridegam and Karen Estridge, Assistive Technology Training on Feb. 13 and 14 in Phoenix, $1,281.72 plus a district vehicle.
Donna Campbell, Lance Phaturos, Dan Nielson, Paul Demuth, Cindy Percy, Cheryl Carlson, JoAnn DeWitt, Dan Mitchell and Justin Madden, Safe and Supportive Schools Training on March 6 in Flagstaff, use of district vehicles; Cindy Percy, Counselor Luncheon held Feb. 8 in Tempe, use of a district vehicle; Robbie Koerperich, Arizona Section 504 Conference on Feb. 21 in Flagstaff, $195 plus use of a school vehicle; and Charles Haussman, Prescott, NAVIT/Arizona Department of Education Career and Technical Education local directors meeting held Feb. 6 in Prescott, $309 plus use of a district vehicle.
Garry McDowell, Trust Risk held Feb. 6 and 7 in Glendale, $190 plus use of a district vehicle; Charles Haussman, NAVIT local directors meeting held Feb. 6 and 7 in Prescott, $312.75 plus use of a district vehi-cle; Jeri McKinnon and Connie McPherson, Hiring the Best held Feb. 12 in Gilbert, $724 plus use of a district vehicle; Charles Haussman, Dale Larson, Adrian Tubbs and Jim Mendell, Safety Training for the Class-room held Feb. 9 in Peoria, $696 plus use of a district vehicle; Sunny Obren, Certification for New Meal Pat-tern on Feb. 22 in Tucson, $235.83 plus use of a district vehicle; and Ann Gardner, New Emergency Response Plan Guidance on Feb. 28 in Flagstaff, $11 and use of a district vehicle.
* Approved expense and revolving fund vouchers totaling $556,298.50, and payroll and expense vouchers totaling $1,124,621.51.
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By Julie Wiessner