In its regular meeting August 16, the Winslow school district's Governing Board received a request from Jim MacLean, principal at Winslow Junior High School, to postpone any decision about a closed campus for the half-hour lunch break to allow for additional study. MacLean proposed that the issue be taken up again in the spring for the 2001-2002 school year and the three members of the board who were present approved the proposal unanimously.
In the absence of Board President Terry DuBoise and clerk Roger Graybeal, Acting President Dodie Montoya and members Royce Greer and Joe Hancock constituted a quorum for business.
Sue Hancock presented School Superintendent Dr. David Black with a packet on "Character Education," which she had read about in other communities and researched on the Internet. It can be provided by teachers or community volunteers and takes about an hour and a half each week. There are national and state websites and many communities have found it a valuable addition to the curriculum. Board member Royce Greer commented that he had been looking into this and found it valuable.
Sister Michael Wilson informed the board that Title IX funds have been affirmed for this year. She said she is looking forward to a grand opening of the remodeled office later in the fall.
Assistant Superintendent Joe Bullmore presented the list of employee changes. John Henling, principal at Winslow High School, said that he hoped he had worked out a "win-win" situation for the high school math teaching staff. One teacher had asked to resign and her request had been denied at the last board meeting. Henling said that he had asked the recently retired Jim Henling to come back for 60 days and act as instructor/ mentor for Judd Steiner who is finishing his certification requirements. "Jim as a master teacher," Henling said, "and can work as a mentor to all the new math teachers." Steiner could be hired as a long-term substitute while he finished taking classes for his certificate. The board approved the new hires, but continued to support its vote denying the previous teacher the right to resign.
Mr. Bullmore presented a list of new teachers and substitutes for the upcoming school year. The new staff members are pictured on page three with some biographical information prepared by Mrs. Betty Scott of the superintendent's office. The substitute list includes: Mrs. Pat Bailon, Mrs. Terri Bumgarner, Mrs. Irene Candelaria, Mrs. Karen Clay, Mr. Ken Clay, Mrs. Cynthia Garner, Mr. Ed Greenwood, Mrs. Donna Gulher, Mrs. Diane Hancock, Mrs. Phyllis Jensen, Mrs. Janice Miller, Mrs. Larita Nelson, Mr. Charles Rawson, Mrs. Bernadette Rindahl, Mr. Judd Steiner, Mrs. Sally Royal, Mrs. Anne Schmidt
Mrs. Glenna Penrod of the Winslow Alliance presented the school district with a check for $1000 for accelerated readers for the third grade. The Alliance president said that if there is anything else the Alliance can do for the schools, to please let them know. Dr. Black thanked the Alliance and it was noted that the accelerated reading programs in the elementary schools and the upper grades are making a difference for children's reading ability and test scores.
The board approved the extra-curricular activities schedule and tabled the approval of insurance for district employees until the meeting of Sept. 6. The district is still negotiating with an insurance company.
District counseling will be provided by Arizona Psychology Services of Flagstaff. They have been serving the Winslow district for the last five years and their contract was renewed.
The Leadership Team reported on their work on district goals for this school year. Dr. Black said that their had been both victories and blocks with the goals for last year. John Henling told the board that last year had been a year full of challenges, but with a list of successes.
First, Henling said, the goal was to raise student achievement and expectations. Teachers were given in-service training in technology. The first cycle of SIMS testing closed and they found that increased information and raised student expectations made a difference.
Paul Landis, principal at Bonnie Brennan, presented the next section. He said that staff pay raises and the reinstatement of an assistant superintendent could be counted as victories for this last year. In the curriculum area there was the acquisition of a phonetics programs and reading specialists are now at all three elementary schools. The accelerated reading program is a success, the district now has a technology coordinator in Ken Conatser who has been very helpful and the state has funded the addition of 133 computers for Winslow schools along with teacher training for the software. Landis emphasized that the teamwork in hiring the new administrators and the refining of interview technique were important parts of the year. The team is recommending including staff in future interview processes.
Landis said that the staff for see Schools, page 10 continued from page 1 grounds and maintenance was streamlined. There are now emergency response plans posted in all the rooms. "We will err on the side of safety," Black said.
WJHS Assistant Principal Troy McReynolds, Washington Principal Sarah Smithson and Winslow High School Assistant Principal Doug Watson presented the board with the Leadership Team Goals set during the retreat for 2000-2001.
Activities Coordinator Don Petranovich presented the new Parent/ Student Activities Handbook. Petranovich said that students would now be expected to sign a duplicate copy of the rules governing student behavior during activities. Petranovich's office will keep a copy and the student will keep a copy. All students will sign for each different activity.
There are also new policies for the buses. This is being discussed with coaches and drivers. Board members expressed concern that some busses might still not have more than one coach riding the bus. This would mean that if the coach sat up front for reasons of driver safety on the road, then the rest of the bus would be unchaperoned. The Activities Director was asked to find a solution to this problem. One board member volunteered to ride the buses if necessary.
During the Board's comment period Mrs. Montoya thanked the WEA for their luncheon honoring the new teachers. She said that WEA is very helpful to teacher and they should consider being members.
Mr. Greer and Mr. Hancock both commented favorably on the idea of character education. Greer also said that it is hard to believe that summer has passed so quickly and school is ready to start.
In the superintendent's comments Dr. Black emphasized that among the new teachers for Winslow were 10 graduates of Winslow High. "Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog," Black said.
NOTE: Leadership Team goals for 2000-2001 will be the subject of a future article.