Jul 192013

By Julie Wiessner
The Winslow Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously Monday to adopt an $11.8 million budget.
During the public hearing held prior to the budget’s passage, no questions from the public were presented.
The board denied a request to resign submitted by Shannon Etson, special education teacher at Winslow High School. Superintendent Doug Watson noted that the request was denied, “because it came after June 30. The board will reconsider the resignation if a highly qualified replacement teacher is found.”
The board recognized kindergarten teacher Heidi Boyter and custodial and warehouse supervisor Toni Montano as the June Employees of the Month.
Boyter was honored for her passion and caring for the children, and for her hard work in making Kindercamp a success this summer. Also noted was the difference the program makes for students when they begin regular kindergarten in the fall.
Montano was honored for her years of service in the supervisor positions. She makes sure that all facilities are cleaned and ready for the start of school, coordinates custodial vacation time around district needs and fills in where needed. As warehouse supervisor she accepts all deliveries and makes sure they make their way to the classrooms for use at the beginning of school.
In other action July 15, the board:
* Approved hiring Samantha Cox as a part-time classroom aide at Jefferson Elementary School; Spud Guy, substitute bus driver; Carolyn Krueger, music teacher for all three elementary schools; Drew Luzier, social studies teacher, Winslow Junior High School; Michael Martin, fifth grade teacher, Washington Elementary School; and Loren Begay, Debbie Bremser, Leilani Cochran, Cecilia Estudillo, Anthony Hill, Lois Jaime, Jim Keller, Marianne Richardson, Dorothy Simousek, Sarah Smithson, Janice Stewart, and Susan St. Germaine, substitute teachers.
* Approved the resignation of Jocabeth Messer, special education teacher at Washington School.
* Approved the 2013-14 early release calendars.
* Approved the transfer of some early childhood equipment from WHS to Whiteriver High School.
* Approved the adoption of the textbook for the criminal justice program WHS, Policing Today.
* Approved expense and payroll vouchers totaling $145,441.09.