After a two hour executive session for the annual evaluation of District Superintendent Dr. David R. Black and to "evaluate board procedures," The Winslow United School District Governing Board announced a major new focus. The long statement was presented for the board by member Joe Hancock and made as a motion.
First the board acknowledged that morale is low and said "our only choice is to make the school district a model school district." In order to do that "everyone, the school board, the teachers, the administrators, the caretakers of the facilities, the bus drivers, everyone is going to make a concerted effort if that's to happen," Hancock said. "And now is the time to do it."
The board will begin with themselves. They scheduled their first work session for Election Day at noon where they plan to begin addressing issues including discipline, educational standards and new educational practices. The board announced that they will evaluate program every two months for the next year. "We're not going to deal with generalities, we're going to deal with specifics. And I think we'll accomplish the goal," Hancock concluded.
Dr. Black's contract was extended another year, without any further comment.
During the Principal's Reports, Mr. Henling and Mr. Petranovich spoke in answer to an issue raised earlier during the call to the public. The week before a student in JV football had broken an ankle and the bus had only one coach aboard. A parent took the student to the Show Low clinic and notified Mr. Petranovich.
The board had previously ruled that buses were to have at least two coaches, and Petranovich had not known that this bus left without the required number. It was a series of mistakes that occurred when one assistant coach had a work conflict and could not go. Petranovich said that he was making sure that this would not happen again.
Henling pointed out that mistakes are inevitable since everyone is only human. He recited a list of happening at the high school the same day as the board meeting and said that these were all taken care of at the school level. They were not reported to Dr. Black. Henling pointed out that if the superintendent got reports of all these incidents, he would not have time to do the job he needed to do for the district.
Henling also pointed out that there are a lot of good things going on. Among them is the fact that the AIMS math scores have risen from a 1% average pass to a 14% passing level in only one year. This shows how the faculty and students are working to achieve.
The board received two important reports. The first was on the school tax credit and the board agreed to meet with an expert who would come up from Phoenix, probably in early Dec. In the second report Transportation Director Gary Muchmore reviewed the inservices recently and routinely held for bus drivers. They are held to high standards and constantly review procedures.
The board adjourned at 9:36 p.m.