Hopi Jr/Sr High School Board welcomes three members<br>

In other school board action, the board voted unanimously to have school on the three cultural Fridays in February. Hopi Jr/Sr High School is traditionally closed on these days, but three days are needed to make up for days that were lost due to bomb threats.

Photo by Stan Bindell

Wallace Youvella Sr., re-elected to Hopi Jr/Sr High School Board, takes his oath of office.

Youvella said this was the best option that the school board had at this time.

In another issue, Superintendent Paul Reynolds informed the school board that Hopi Jr/Sr High School will receive funding from the state so students could be tutored with the goal of assuring that they pass the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano recently approved $10 million statewide to be used for tutoring students who have not yet passed the AIMS test.

The board also discussed the need for upgrading facilities. Youvella noted that Ganado, Chinle and Window Rock have obtained state of the art facilities.

“Even Jeddito has nice facilities,” he said. “Why would we deny that to our students?”

The Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board has been pushing for a new gym and a new junior high school for many years without success.

Anita Bahnimptewa said the school needs to further pursue the need for a new building so the junior high and high school could be split. She said this will mean lobbying the Hopi Tribe and officials in Washington D.C.

Superintendent Reynolds said Hopi Chairman Wayne Taylor Jr. needs to be involved in this process so the school can gain political access to the necessary officials.

(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)

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