May 222013

By Julie Wiessner
During a public hearing prior to their regular May 15 board meeting, members of the Winslow School District Governing Board reviewed the final version of the 2012-13 expenditure budget.
District Business Manager Shirley Lomeli explained that the maintenance and operations funds were increased by $18,195, and unrestricted capital funds by $76,325. However, the soft capital fund was reduced by $1,715.
As there was no public comment, the revised changes were later accepted and approved during the board’s regular session.
Certified employees of the Month, including Mickey Adams, March; Kathleen Sutphen, April; and Kim Gonzales, May.
Honored as Classified Employees of the Month were Preston “Bo” McCormick, April; and Lance Lee, May.
In other action May 15, the board:
* Approved policy changes for professional staff and support staff fringe benefits, and the retire-return to work program to change from the minimum standard for participation in the district health insurance program from a 32-hour workweek to a 30-hour workweek.
* Approved hiring Anne Henderson as a sixth grade teacher at Bonnie Brennan Elementary School and Mandi Kaufman as an English teacher at Winslow High School.
* Approved transferring Rob Curtis from special education teacher to high needs special education teacher at WHS; Leah Nez from special education classroom aide to fourth grade teacher at Washington Elementary School; Leslie Powers from kindergarten teacher to fourth grade teacher at Washington; Kathy Schlesinger from high needs special education aide to special education classroom aide at Jefferson Elementary School; Leah Wischmann from special education classroom aide at Bonnie Brennan to high needs special education aide at Jefferson; and Shawn Layden from Safe and Supportive Schools facilitator at WHS to student advisor at Winslow Junior High School.
* Accepted the resignation or retirement of four employees, all effective May 30, including Tyler McConnell, special education teacher at WHS; Jolyn Nebeker, district-wide bus driver; Allen Leonard, industrial arts teacher at WJHS; and Kristie Trotter, art teacher at WJHS.
* Approved the acceptance of donations totaling $547, including an iPad and gift card valued at $500 from the Winslow Rotary Club for use by high needs students at WHS, and $47 from Arizona Restaurant Systems Inc. for Sonic Night to Jefferson School.
* Approved the employee code of conduct.
According to Superintendent Doug Watson, “There was no policy change or addition regarding employees. We are simply writing a code of conduct to help employees understand expectations of them in a single concise document as opposed to trying to look up all the various policies we have.”
* Heard the first reading on the possible adoption of a new textbook, Policing Today, published by Prentice Hall, for the criminal justice class at WHS.