Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Sept. 18

School Board Announces NAVIT Polling Places For Nov. Election

WUSD Superientendant Dr. David Black (l) is joined by School Board President Dodi Montoya (2nd from right) and Assistant Superientendant Joe Bullmore in presenting long-time WUSD employee Betty Scott with a plaque commemorating her 18 years of service.

Polling places for the election on November 6, 2001 can be found in Birdsprings at the Little Singer School, in Dilkon at the Dilkon Chapter House, in Teesto at the Teesto Chapter House and in Winslow at the old gymnasium.

By joining NAVIT, WUSD will be able to provide students will additional vocational classes.

An increase in taxes by five cents per $100 of assessed value would result if the district joins the group.

The following Navajo County School districts are currently members of NAVIT: Blue Ridge USD #32, Heber USD #6, Show Low USD #10, and Snowflake USD #5.

The last day to register to vote in this election is October 8, 2001 by midnight.

The board accepted the resignation of Cruz Valdez, a part time bus driver and grounds keeper for the district.

They also approved the hiring of Christina Reyes, a half time library aide at Bonnie Brennan Elementary, Melvina Gene, a Johnson O Malley (JOM) aide at Bonnie Brennan, Emily Mike, a JOM aide at Washington Elementary, and Shirley Attaki, a JOM aide at Winslow Junior High.

JOM aides are curriculum aides that are there to assist Native American students who have trouble with speaking English. In the elementaries, the aides are positioned in the classrooms where they are needed. Junior high and high school students, however, go to special rooms where aides are waiting to assist them.

Phyllis A. Turner was hired as a receptionist and purchasing clerk for the district office as part of the recent reorganization of staff responsibilities. With the retirement of Betty Scott, who worked for WUSD for 18 years, the district saw on opportunity to rearrange responsibilities to prepare for the future.

Ann Rickstrew, business manager for the district, said that in the next few years more people would be retiring from the district and they wanted to be prepared for those vacancies. Cross training was also part of the reorganization and by teaching employees how to do co-workers’ jobs the district can be prepared as long term absences come up.

Turner was the only new appointee as the result of the reorganization, but several employees of the district were reassigned to new departments.

The board also accepted the termination of Terri Geiser, a bus driver for the district.

The board approved requests for out of state travel for five staff members to attend a basketball clinic in Palm Springs, California and five staff members plus four parents to attend a National Indian Education Conference in Billings, Montana.

The board also approved the 2001-2002 Revenue Budget and the tax rate set by the Navajo County Board of Supervisors. The new tax rate was set at 7.04 cents per $100, a decrease from last year’s 7.16 cents per $100.

During the board’s comment section of the meeting President Dodie Montoya congratulated the district on improving the appearance of the campuses and the new paint job the high school cafeteria received. “Our custodians are doing a great job,” she added.

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