By Linda Kor
During the November meeting of the Holbrook Unified School District Governing board, Superintendent Dr. Robbie Koerperich presented information on the overall health of students enrolled in the district as part of the Healthy Holbrook endeavor underway throughout the district.
The information he provided shows that 41 percent of the kindergartners and second graders are overweight, with little more than half of that group listed as obese. Of the district’s fourth graders, 46 percent are overweight, with little more than half that group considered obese. The seventh graders’ statistics show that 57 percent of the students are overweight, with 37 percent of those students considered obese. The district nurses track these groups as benchmarks for development stages.
In the district, 492 of the approximately 2,100 students are listed as having medical needs, including asthma, severe allergy, Attention Deficit Disorder and seizures. At each school those numbers represent between 22 and 30 percent of the student body.
In a later discussion with Koerperich, he explained the reason for tracking the health issues and how the district is helping to address the problem.
“The concern we have is that an unhealthy body has an impact on how students are able to learn. It’s something that can affect them throughout their life if it’s not addressed at a young age,” he stated.
The district has implemented several programs to encourage exercise and proper eating habits, including Fuel Up To Play 60 and Brain Gym. The schools are also introducing healthier options to sugary snacks, and different fruits and vegetables at the younger grades.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, several factors contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle, including sugary drinks, lack of exercise, limited access to healthy and affordable foods, and television and media.
Koerperich acknowledges that matters such as these can be sensitive ones for students and families.
“We want to provide opportunities for students without applying any pressure. We don’t want them to go in the opposite direction and have issues with an unhealthy loss of weight,” he said.
In other business Nov. 11, the board:
* Approved a change to the policy to include both Holbrook Junior High School and Holbrook High School as campuses that can utilize vending machines to sell “smart snacks” under the state nutritional guidelines.
* Authorized HJHS to receive a $10,000 grant offered by Northern Arizona University’s Gear Up program that will allow HJHS to focus on developing math Flexbooks that align to ACT prep, as well as remedial Flexbooks to help students be ready for algebra coursework by eighth grade.
* Authorized HJHS to receive a grant through Science Foundation Arizona that will allow the school to increase the use of iPads by purchasing iPads for each science classroom.
* Approved the Gifted Education Scope and Sequence as a requirement of the Title I review cycle.
* Approved the hiring of
Bradley Matteson for a
Computer Specialist II position at a pay rate of $22.09 per hour.
* Approved the resignation of Greg Ethridge, HJHS Social Studies teacher, effective Dec. 1.
* Approved the terms and conditions of the building renewal grant that will be used to initiate a design study for the replacement of 10 swamp cooler/heaters at Hulet Elementary School.
* Approved the support staff hiring of Rosa Alley for the Park Elementary School computer lab; Christian Pate, transportation student worker; Tristen Apodaca, maintenance student worker; Jessica Lano and Jolene Wilson, Indian Wells Elementary School satellite cafeteria workers; Kemron White, cafeteria student worker; Linda Crumrine and Bill Jeffers, HJHS sports officials; Marcellino Montoya, HHS night custodian; Udell Yazzie, assistant boys’ basketball coach; Artie Yazzie, assistant girls’ basketball coach; and Randy Hensley, Hulet School library/aide return to work at 15 hours a week.
* Approved the certified staff hiring of Sabrina Alvarez, staff wellness director.
* Approved the resignations of Sonni Maestas, satellite cafeteria worker; Erin Yellowhair, HJHS special needs assistant; Kirby Spencer, substitute custodian; and John Bokker, HHS head football coach.
* Approved the retirement of Randy Hensley, Hulet School library/aide.
* Approved extra duty for Jacob Boyle, Professional Development Days; Kyle Gardner, HJHS musical and sports official; Keith Wheeler, HJHS athletic director; Carey Kester, Karalyn Reidhead and Stephanie Bridegam, special education file reviews; Taylor Lee, HJHS Student Council advisor, game help, Project Skilz mentor, and Title I and III tutor; Beth Plumb, HJHS Student Council advisor; Adrian Tubbs, substitute bus driver; and LouAnn McLaws, HJHS sports official and HHS Wrestlerette sponsor.
Also, Julie Fields, HJHS sports official; Virginia White, HJHS game help, and Title I and III tutor; Tim Gurczynski, HJHS game help, Project Skilz mentor, and Title I and III tutor; John McDaniel, Jennifer Fish, Aaron Garisto, Tanya Phaturos and Del Novell, HJHS game help; Caleb Moorhead, HJHS head wrestling coach; Aaron Garisto, HJHS assistant wrestling coach; Brenda Mangum, Teri Tafoya, Peggy Redmon, Dale Larson, Deb Koerperich, John McDaniel, Joy Burroughs, Janna Matheny, Joyce Miles and Keith Wheeler, HJHS Project Skilz mentors; Aaron Allooh, HJHS Project Skilz mentor and Title I tutor; Estefana Chavez, HJHS Title I and III tutor; Cary Simpson, HJHS head boys’ basketball coach; and Gishie Arviso, HJHS assistant boys’ basketball coach.
* Approved Elisa Alejandro as a volunteer for the HHS Green Club.
* Approved a donation of $100 from North Country HealthCare to HHS Spiritline for breast cancer awareness T-shirts.
* Approved professional leave for Julie Fields to attend Mega Conference scheduled Nov. 18-20 in Tucson at an estimated cost of $1,053.50; Teri White, Career Tech meeting, Oct. 14 in Snowflake at an estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; Daniel Orton, Arizona Health and Physical Education, Oct. 17 in Phoenix; and Robbie Koerperich, Arizona School Administrators Superintendents’ Conference, Oct. 27 and 28 in Prescott at an estimated cost of $516, plus use of a district vehicle.
Also, Robbie Koerperich, Stephanie Peters and Dan Orton, Empower Schools, Oct. 30 in Prescott at the estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; Robbie Koerperich, Navapache Superintendents meeting, Oct. 23 in Kayenta at the estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; Charles Haussman, Blue Ridge, Arizona Department of Education Workforce Employability Skills and Civic Engagement, Oct. 23 at Blue Ridge at the estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; and Marlena Day and Cheri Grau, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 101, Nov. 14 in Phoenix at an estimated cost of $408, plus use of a district vehicle.
Also, Melody Myers and Dawna Charley, Teaching Strategies Gold, Nov. 20 and 21 in Mesa at an estimated cost of $1,024, plus use of a district vehicle;
Virginia Pond, Arizona Orff Workshop, Nov. 1 in Tempe at an estimated cost of $69, plus use of a district vehicle; Jeff Meeks, Jeri McKinnon, Luis Alvarez, Cheri Grau and Stephanie Bridegam, Data Accountability Reading Training Nov. 6 and 7 in Lake Havasu City at an estimated cost of $643.52, plus use of a district vehicle; and Charlie Haussman, Arizona Department of Education Career and Technical Education Administrators meeting in Prescott Nov. 5 at an estimated cost $204, plus use of a district vehicle.
Also, Jacob Boyle and Alfred Clark, Payment Request To Abandoned Mine Lands in Window Rock Nov. 6 at the estimated cost of use of a district vehicle; Virginia Pond and Stephanie Peters, Brain Gym Nov. 7 and 8 in Show Low at an estimated cost of $442, plus use of a district vehicle; Keith Wheeler, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Content Coaching in Tempe Nov. 12 at an estimated cost of $158; Estefana Chavez, Institute for Education Development Dec. 17 in Mesa at an estimated cost of $385, plus use of a district vehicle; Jeff Meeks, Individual Education Plan PRO Workgroup Dec. 5 in Phoenix at an estimated cost of $157, plus use of a district vehicle.
* Approved expense and revolving fund vouchers totaling $846,135.29, and payroll and expense vouchers totaling $1,945,688.02.
* Approved fundraisers for HHS Spiritline on Nov. 8, showcase cheerleading performance with estimated earnings of $600; HHS Marching Band, Nov. 1, marching band festival for bands across Arizona with estimated earnings of $400; HHS Student Council, Jan. 10 Travis Yazzie Scholarship/Mr. Roadrunner Community Bonco with estimated earnings of $1,000; HHS Student Council, Nov. 22, Travis Yazzie Scholarship/Mr. Roadrunner Glow Run with estimated earnings of $1,000 to $2,000; HHS girls’ basketball, Nov. 11-28, selling pre-packaged caramel corn with estimated earnings of $3,000; HHS football, Nov. 3-Dec. 3, selling Holbrook football sweatshirts with estimated earnings of $80; and HHS Class of 2015, Dec. 10, dodgeball tournament with estimated earnings of $470.