By Julie Wiessner
The Holbrook Unified School District Governing Board sought public comments Tuesday evening concerning the maintenance and operations override voters approved on Nov. 5.
As there were no comments from the public, Dr. Robbie Koerperich, superintendent of the district, outlined how the money from the override benefits students.
The money is used in various ways by the district. It keeps things running the way they are now. Without it, several services would be in jeopardy.
Koerperich explained, “This helps keep class sizes small, competitive salaries to retain highly qualified teachers and other individuals, pays for extracurricular activities, keeps music and physical education, pays support staff and pays for advanced classes.
“It actually works out to 42 cents per hour per student from the override, which helps us maintain a high quality of education we have achieved thus far and will continue to work at achieving,” concluded Koerperich.
In other action Dec. 10, the board:
* Held the final reading and approved five policy changes recommended by the Arizona School Boards Association regarding board member conflict of interest, evaluation of superintendent, bidding/purchasing procedures, drug and alcohol use by students, and administering medicines to students.
* Approved a revision to the annual financial report.
* Approved continuing the Beyond Textbooks intergovernmental agreement.
This is a supplemental service to align the kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum to the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards designed by the Vail Unified School District.
* Approved the First Book National Book Bank Grant awarded to Park Elementary School. A total of 624 books of high interest will cost 45 cents per book for shipping, which will be paid through Title I funds.
* Approved Chantelle Taylor as a student teacher at Hulet Elementary School for the fall semester 2014.
Taylor is a Northern Arizona University student who is majoring in elementary education.
* At the recommendation of Indian Wells Elementary School Principal Dr. Jeri McKinnon, approved a teaching contract for Adicia Paschal to fill the open fifth grade teaching position at IWES, effective for the second semester and contingent upon full certification of Paschal by the State of Arizona.
* Approved the hiring of support staff Claude Bakurza as Holbrook High School assistant girls’ basketball coach; Don Tyler, HHS assistant boys’ basketball coach; Spencer Radzanowski, substitute school secretary; Katherine Lindquist, Holbrook Junior High School high needs/special needs aide; Daniel Hutchens, HJHS Athletic Interscholastic Association volleyball official; Valerie Plower, special education bus monitor; and Gerrianne Bielefeldt, substitute cafeteria worker.
* Approved the support staff resignations of Brianna Nez, IWES bus monitor; and Robert Kirkaldie, HHS/Phenix School special needs aide.
* Approved hiring Patty Tubbs as substitute teacher.
* Approved the resignation of Dave Wright as HHS head soccer coach.
* Approved extra-duty assignments for Delmar Johnson as HHS assistant boys’ basketball coach; Cindy Percy, HHS special education Intervention Assistance Team; Eldon Ferguson, Hulet School Tech Cadre; Debbie Koerperich and DeDe Fejes, Park School Title II mentors; Luis Alvarez and Marlena Day, IWES Title II mentors; and Tanya Phaturos, Amber Dennis, Brian McMahon, Keith Wheeler and Tim Newton-Pender, HJHS Title II mentors.
Faith Caffey, HHS Title II mentor; Ann Gardner, district Title II mentor; Doug Radzanowski, HJHS tutor; Randy Hensley and Greg Perkins, wellness coordinators; Faith Caffey, Cheryl Carlson, Dale Larsen, Jim Mendell and Jeff Strong, HHS dual enrollment advisors; Gishe Arviso, HJHS assistant boys’ basketball coach; Cary Simpson, HJHS head boys’ basketball coach; Keith Wheeler, HJHS assistant girls’ basketball coach; and Chris Obren, HJHS head girls’ basketball coach.
* Approved volunteer Gregory Caffey as an HHS field trip assistant.
* Approved a Donors Choose donation of a Makerbot 3 dimensional desktop printer valued at $2,228 to Beth Baloo’s HJHS science classroom; and a $134.61 donation from the Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching gift program by Victoria Montoya-Philpott.
* Approved professional leave for Donna Campbell, Cheryl Carlson and Gretchen Madison to attend Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training scheduled Dec. 9 and 10 in Casa Grande at an estimated cost of $889.32, plus use of a district vehicle; Donna Campbell and Cindy Percy, Resource Mapping workshop, Nov. 15 in Phoenix at an estimated cost of $76, plus use of a district vehicle; Robbie Koerperich, Arizona State University Dissertation Review, Nov. 15 in Tempe at an estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; and Robbie Koerperich, Arizona School Administration Budget Workshop, Nov. 19 in Phoenix at an estimated cost of $184, plus use of a district vehicle.
Stephanie Peters, Fuel Up to Play 60, Nov. 19 in Peoria at an estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; Mike McClellan and Eldon Ferguson, High Performing Schools Luncheon, Dec. 6 in Phoenix at an estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; Robbie Koerperich and Stephanie Peters, Fuel Up to Play 60 Arizona Cardinals Game, Dec. 8 in Glendale at an estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; Sally O’Dell, Johnson O’Malley Reimbursement Claims, Dec. 11 in Winslow at an estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; and Tim Newton-Pender, School Master training, Feb. 20 and 21 in Phoenix at an estimated cost of $785.66, plus use of a district vehicle.
* Approved expense and revolving fund vouchers in the amount of $667,888.65.
* Approved payroll and expense vouchers in the amount of $1,856,633.94.
* Approved fundraisers for the HHS Movin’ Clinic and Band, and for the HJHS student council.
By Julie Wiessner