By Linda Kor
The Winslow Unified School District Governing board voted unanimously Aug. 20 to negotiate and possibly accept a settlement offered by Field Turf USA, Inc.
The board had authorized the district’s attorneys to proceed with litigation involving Field Turf USA in 2012 after problems began to surface regarding the turf and the resolution offered by the company was not considered satisfactory under the warranted provided.
The district paid Field Turf $800,000 in 2008 to install a synthetic field turf, but in May 2012 the company sprayed sunscreen on the field to make it last longer. A month later, the turf began to turn brown and some of the material had begun to deteriorate. Field Turf was contacted about the problem, and a crew came and washed the field to remove the sunscreen. The results were not what district officials wanted and when no agreement could be reached, they moved forward with the litigation.
In another matter, Winslow High School Principal Chris Gilmore addressed the board with information that showed the school’s graduation rate has increased substantially.
“This is my seventh year as principal at Winslow High School and the graduation rate has risen from 71 percent in 2008 to 92 percent in 2014. The state average is 75 percent,” he noted, adding that the students from that class have left quite a legacy.
In other business, the board:
* Held the first reading of Arizona School Boards Association policy services advisories.
* Approved the hiring of Stacey Berg as a substitute teacher; Jordan Payne, emergency substitute; Harriet Cody, substitute bus driver; Anna DeWitt, WHS counseling office secretary; Jeremy Flores, assistant seventh grade football coach at Winslow Junior High School; Jason Hartnett, freshman football coach at WHS; Alexandra Salazar, high needs special education aide at WHS; and Juvy Beggs, part-time custodian.
* Approved the transfers of Andrew Gutierrez from bus driver and attendant to bus attendant and assistant mechanic; and Ernestine Mora from substitute bus driver to full-time bus driver.
* Approved the resignation of Mason Monroe, computer teacher at WJHS.
* Accepted donations of $544.50 to Bonnie Brennan School and $40 to WJHS from the Box Tops for Education program; $292.57 to Jefferson Elementary School from ASD.com for participation in SchoolStore.com; $55 to the WHS Lady Hoop Club from players’ parents; and a hand-carved wooden plaque for Washington Elementary School from David Kiselicka.
* Approved out-of-state travel for an employee to attend the National ACTE Conference scheduled Nov. 18-23 in Nashville, Tenn.
* Issued a declaration of curriculum alignment with the state academic standards.
* Authorized administrators and supervisors, who have had evaluation training, as designated evaluators.
* Selected Beth Carlson as a delegate for the Arizona School Boards Association Delegate Assembly scheduled Sept. 6 in Phoenix.