Mar 152013

By Julie Wiessner
The Holbrook School District Governing Board met Tuesday evening at Indian Wells Elementary School to discuss the need for a new evaluation tool for all certified school administrators that would address statutory requirements.
According to statute, the State Board of Education requires districts and charter schools to use Student Academic Progress (SAP) administrators’ evaluations, with the SAP being between 33 and 50 percent of the total evaluation. Dr. Stronge’s Evaluation System, called the Leadership Effectiveness Performance Evaluation System (LEPES), was approved for use and will be used to assess 34 percent of the administrators’ evaluations.
In other action March 12, the board:
* Approved the 2014-15 school calendars for Park, Hulet and Indian Wells elementary schools, and Holbrook Junior High School.
* Approved continuing the agreement with Navajo County Special Services Consortium (NCSSC) for school year 2013-14, which the district uses to provide specialized services to meet students’ Individual Education Plans (IEP) when not available through district personnel, including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech services.
* Approved the opening of a line of credit with Wells Fargo in response to the possibility of delays in state aid payments called “rollovers” in which select state aid payments for fiscal year 2013 will be awarded out of the fiscal year 2014 budget. The action was taken in case the district needs to borrow funds for the remainder of this school year.
* Approved Erate vendors for the 2013-14 Federal Erate Grant, including GovNet for Internet service to the district, Verizon for cell phone services, Frontier Communication for bandwidth to IWES and district phone lines, Century Link for long distance service, and Logicalis for infrastructure, network and telephone maintenance.
* Approved the addition of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Information Technology Option C Software Development (“Robotics”) in lieu of Video Game Design for the 2013-14 school year. The class will enable Holbrook High School to address specific areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
* Accepted the Arizona Department of Education’s approval of the Year Two, Race To The Top Grant.
* Approved the hiring of Joleen Wilson as a member of the IWES kitchen staff.
* Approved the retirement of HJHS secretary Rosalie Harrelson.
* Approved the resignations of Melissa Teller as HJHS special needs aide; Patty Singer, IWES speech language pathology assistant; and Ryan Attakai, IWES custodian.
* Approved the hiring of Gail Veilleux and Olivia Gonzalez as substitute teachers.
* Approved the resignation of Kimberly Edwards as HHS assistant soccer coach.
* Approved extra duty for Ryan Attakai as IWES assistant softball coach; Hoby Wilhelm, IWES head softball coach; Adrian Tubbs, substitute bus driver; Paul Demuth, assistant softball coach; Tim Eddings, special education tutor and assistant soccer coach; Tammy Miles, special education tutor; Mark McKeller, HJHS head girls’ track coach; Greg Ethridge, HJHS assistant boys’ track coach; Brian McMahon, HJHS head boys’ track coach; and Melissa John, HJHS assistant girls’ track coach.
* Approved volunteers David Shumway, HHS Swing Thing chaperone/driver; and Mike Meeks, HHS and HJHS band trips.
* Approved donations for Smile Train in HJHS’s name totaling $1,200.
* Approved professional leave for Connie Gover to attend Who Moved Our Standards on March 1in Phoenix at an estimated cost of $99, plus use of a district vehicle; Cale Allen, Northern Arizona University (NAU) Leadership Conference, Feb. 22; Julie Fields, Spring Coordinator’s Meeting, March 1 in Phoenix, estimated cost of $266.55; Charles Haussman, Flagstaff, Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS), Feb. 27 in Flagstaff, estimated cost of $11, plus use of a district vehicle; Beth Baloo, Flagstaff, Arizona Public Service (APS) STEM School, May 3and 4 in Flagstaff, estimated cost of $120, plus use of a district vehicle; Beth Baloo, Gear UP, April 4 and 5 in Phoenix, estimated cost of $353; Charles Haussman, Dale Larsen, Jim Mendell and Adrian Tubbs, Association for Career Technical Education of Arizona, March 2 in Glendale, estimated cost of $1,220, plus use of a district vehicle; Robbie Koerperich and Brenda Mangum, University of Northern Colorado Teacher Job Fair, April 4 and 5 Greeley, Colo., estimated cost of $1,199.96, plus use of a district vehicle; Robbie Koerperich and Brenda Mangum, Michigan State University Teacher Job Fair, April 15 in Lansing, Mich., estimated cost of $1,806.36, plus use of a district vehicle; Jeri McKinnon and Charlie Haussman, NAU Recruiting Fair, March 7 in Flagstaff, estimated cost of $250, plus use of a district vehicle; and Ginny Novell, Northland Pioneer College Duel Enrollment, April 11 in Snowflake, estimated cost of use of a district vehicle.
* Approved expense and revolving fund vouchers totaling $622,409.89, and payroll and expense vouchers totaling $1,215,164.30.