By Julie Wiessner
The transfer of Troy McReynolds from district data specialist to principal at Bonnie Brennan Elementary School, effective immediately, was approved Nov. 20 by the Winslow Unified School District Governing Board.
With the resignation of Peggy Elrod last month, district officials knew just who to ask to fill the position; it was not the first time McReynolds was in a position of authority at Bonnie Brennan.
McReynolds has been in the field of education for 24 years, with 22 years of that time in various positions within the Winslow district. He first taught third graders for two years in Camp Verde before moving with his wife, Kim (O’Haco) McReynolds, to her hometown of Winslow.
He began at the district in a third grade teaching position at Jefferson Elementary School in 1992. In 1994, he was offered a job at Winslow Junior High School as an eighth grade government and English teacher.
“I love sports and coaching and was able to coach the four seasons of sports at WJHS of football, wrestling, basketball and track,” McReynolds noted.
After four years in that position, he was asked to become the assistant principle at WJHS. Two years later, he became the principal at Jefferson Elementary School and stayed in that position from 2001 to 2012.
He was next asked to hold a split position of district data coach and principal of the kindergarteners at Bonnie Brennan, remaining there for only one year.
Last school year he was asked to be the full-time data coach and was busy with that position for one year when Superintendent Doug Watson asked if he would return to Bonnie Brennan as principal.
McReynolds said, “Being the data coach was a good position, because all instruction has now become data driven. However, I am glad to be back around the students, because helping them achieve is what education is all about.”
In other action, the board:
* Heard a presentation by Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) Superintendent Matt Weber.
* Approved the hiring of Renee Hardy, Raynette Montoya and Scott Peters as district-wide emergency substitute teachers; and Chea Cavin, special education high needs aide, Washington Elementary School.
* Approved the transfer of Jodie Garner from academic coach to data coach for the district.
* Approved the resignation of Carla Beeson, payroll specialist, effective Feb. 28, 2014.
* Approved several donations, including $2,578.75 to Washington Elementary School from the community for its walk-a-thon; $200 to the Winslow High School “S” Club from the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA); $200 to the WHS Choir from ASBA; $200 to WHS First Priority Club from Church of God Faith Temple; $542.50 from Greer’s Mortuary to WHS for the purchase of a new Bulldog mascot costume; $84.41 to WHS from the Target “Take Charge of Education” program; $50 to the WHS Criminal Justice Club from the Winslow Police Department; $100 to the Native American Parent Advisory Committee Senior Scholarship fund from Shirley Light; and $20 to the Native American Parent Advisory Committee Senior Scholarship Fund from Tammy Kretsedemas.
* Approved a change in the Retire-Return to Work Plan to provide for the district to pay out unused leave at separation for year one Educational Specialties Incorporated employees.
* Approved the revised budget No. 1 for the current fiscal year.
* Approved the annual Indian Policies and Procedures.
* Authorized Richard L. Heister to sign the annual 2015 Impact Aid Grant application.
* Held the first reading of four policy updates recommended by the ASBA, including those on board member conflict of interest, evaluation of the superintendent, bidding/purchasing procedures, and drug and alcohol use by students.
* Approved a change of dates for the January 2014 board meetings as the first one falls on New Year’s Day. That meeting will be held on Jan. 8 and the second meeting on Jan. 15.
* Approved expense vouchers in the amount of $626,840.59.
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By Julie Wiessner