By Naomi Hatch
Snowflake Unified School District Governing Board Vice President John Stewart was elected as the 2014 president of the board last week. Carole Owens was elected to serve as vice president.
The board also held considerable discussion on the district’s marquees.
Fourteen years ago the board partnered with Pepsi and Cellular One to install marquees at the Snowflake-Taylor Police Station and across the street from the Taylor Post Office. The life of a marquee was estimated to be 10 years.
The Snowflake marquee is not working, so Neil Bietz, territory manager for Watchfire, was invited to make a presentation on new marquees.
He noted that a lower pixilated marquee would cost approximately $13,000 and the top of the line would cost approximately $50,000. They would be color and would go through fiber optic cables, making them much more efficient and easier to program.
Coke has expressed an interest in partnering with the school district. It was also noted that the towns of Taylor and Snowflake are currently paying the electric bills. If it became necessary, there is a possibility of taking down the two marquees and putting one at Snowflake Junior High School.
This item was on the agenda under reports, so no decision was made.
In other action Dec. 17, the board:
* Approved with a minor correction the 2015-16 school year calendar. The number of school days total 180.
There was discussion of starting school Aug. 5 and ending the school year on May 20, which is early, but those changes were not made.
* Toured the new school bus that had just been delivered.
* Approved allowing tax credit donations for character education at Taylor Elementary School.
Parents of TES students have expressed an interest in donating funds for character education, but the school had only one account set up for tax credit donations, and that was for field trips.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Vail School District for Beyond Textbooks.
* Approved policy changes 493-496, which were recommended by the Arizona School Boards Association and relate to recent legislation.
* Entered executive session to discuss the superintendent evaluation.
No comments were made on the evaluation when the board returned to regular session.
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By Naomi Hatch