By Linda Kor
The Winslow School District Governing Board met Aug. 7 to review methods for improved academics for the coming school year.
Winslow Junior High School Principal Darlene McCauley informed the board that there would be greater fidelity in implementing Galileo assessments and the Beyond Textbooks curriculum this year. She explained that teachers would have to review students’ achievement data and use that data to plan and drive further instruction for the students.
McCauley identified the teaching of daily math skills, intersession assistance for students and after school study hall as areas that will help the children attending the junior high to be successful. She has also scheduled morning and afternoon meetings with groups of parents to talk about educational issues and solutions for the school.
Winslow High School Principal Chris Gilmore reported on the successes of the school in 2013 and the goals for the next year. He told about increases in reading and math percent passing on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test in all grades, as well as the problem with the state not counting students who achieved a passing score on the American College Testing (ACT) test as part of the passing score on the AIMS test.
Gilmore shared plans for the high school to improve even more in AIMS this year with the introduction of the academic coaches and moving to a higher level of fidelity in implementing Beyond Textbooks and Galileo testing.
Superintendent Doug Watson shared the district and school report cards, and how things have changed over the past three years. WHS was a C school for the past three years, and has shown growth in math and reading scores over that time. Writing scores have fluctuated and science scores have generally failed to improve. WJHS fell to a D school this year due to decreases in percent passing the AIMS math and reading tests, as well as lower growth scores. For the second year in a row, all three elementary schools were solid B schools, with Jefferson Elementary School falling just short of becoming an A school. Watson reported that the district itself received a B.
In other business, the board:
* Held the first reading of proposed policy changes regarding professional/support staff personal, non-emergency and religious leave, which will restrict the use of non-emergency leave until after the first week of school is completed.
* Approved expense and revolving fund vouchers totaling $1,303,709.
* Awarded a $66,804 contract to Sherice Watkins for speech and language therapy services, including mileage.
* Approved the addition of Peer Tutoring and Snap Shot as elective courses at WHS.
Snap Shot gives the students a nine-week introduction to the following Career Technical Education courses: Law/Public Safety, Sports Medicine, Graphic Design and Digital Video/Info Technology.
Peer Tutoring will be an elective credit for juniors and seniors to serve their school and help underclassmen in English or math.
* Approved the donation of 10 thin clients (computer hardware) the district no longer uses to the Winslow Police Department.
* Authorized the cancelation of the Sept. 4 board meeting due to conflicts with the Arizona School Boards Association Law Conference, as well as the Oct. 16 board meeting as it conflicts with the ASBA Navajo County meeting, which will be hosted by the Winslow district. The Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 meetings will still be held.
* Approved President Roberta Hadnot as the delegate for the ASBA Delegate Assembly scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Scottsdale and Beth Carlson as the district’s alternate delegate.
* Approved the sale of surplus goods such as tables, computers, sewing machines and light fixtures. Items will be on display Sept. 2-14 in the technology building and in the area below the board room.
* Approved Scientific Learning as a sole source provider for the Fast Forward and Reading Assistance programs to be used at the elementary schools.
* Approved the district’s 301 plan for 2013-14. The greatest change for this coming year will be that teachers may earn $1,500 by completing the plan items as opposed to $1,000 last year. The increase is due to increased sales tax revenue in the state.
* Approved the hiring of Larry Baldwin as a math teacher at WJHS; Celina Beaudette, fourth grade teacher, and Lisa Soehner, third grade teacher, both at Bonnie Brennan Elementary School; Scotti Betoney, part-time classroom aide at Jefferson Elementary School; Michael Harpst and Shayna Richards, math teachers, Vincent Hood, science teacher, Mary Patton, special education teacher, Marianne Richardson, special education teacher, and Ronald Silverman, science/social studies teacher, all WHS; Kristal Kinlicheenie, special education classroom aide, Rosanne Lammey, kindergarten teacher, Therese Mead, high needs special education aide, and Kathy Williams, sixth grade teacher, all at Washington School; and Penny West as district-wide substitute teacher.
* Approved the rehiring of Denise Durnez, special education classroom aide at WHS; and Jocabeth Messer, high needs special education teacher at Washington School.
* Approved the transfer of Norm Arnold from math to science teacher and Laurel Palmer from special education to math teacher at WHS; Yolanda Reyes from classroom aide at Bonnie Brennan School to classroom aide at Jefferson School; and Marci Porturica from special education classroom aide to special education high needs aide at Washington School.
* Approved Sarah Smithson as a volunteer speech/debate team head coach and Marianne Richardson as a volunteer speech/debate team assistant coach at WHS.
* Approved the resignations of Mickie Baca, science teacher at WHS; Shannon Etson special education teacher at WHS; Rex Hummel, district bus driver; Sainte Lucke, fourth grade teacher at Bonnie Brennan School; and Kenya Summerville, part-time classroom aide at Jefferson School.
* Approved the termination of Jillian Stotts, parent liaison at Bonnie Brennan School.
* Approved extra duty for football, including BJ Little as head coach, Scott Larsen, assistant varsity coach, Ricky Greer, junior varsity coach, and Jason Hartnett, volunteer coach; cross country, Terri Little, head varsity coach, and Miriam Stacey, assistant coach; volleyball, Nathan Brady, head coach; and support forces/cheerleaders, Tamie Ramsey, head coach, and Nicole Buonviri, assistant coach.
* Approved stipends for extra duty work at WHS for Nicole Buonviri, student council; Kim Salazar, honor society; Anne Henderson, drama; Tyler Allen, band; Candace Hartman, vocal; Liz McLaws, Pursuing Victory with Honor; and Tyler Allen, orchestra.
By Linda Kor