Governing Board approves Nov. bond election plan

y Brooke Hodges

Winslow Mail

With only days before school once again is in session, the Winslow Governing Board set out a few plans for the upcoming year.

The board began the meeting by hearing a presentation on the possibility of holding a bond election in November 2002. The board first addressed this topic last May.

Mark Reader, of Stone and Youngberg out of Phoenix, presented the board with informational packets based on a $4 million bond.

The packet showed taxes on a $50,000 home would go up $48.50 per year.

The bond is being proposed to build new business and science wings along with the new school that is to begin construction in the near future. The district is worried of increased security concerns if the campus remains split, as planned.

The bond would also pay for enhancements at the new library and auditorium in the new building. It would also add a cafeteria at the new site.

It is estimated these additions would cost up to $3.8 million.

Reader explained the district could sell as much of the $4 million bond, the maximum amount, as is needed. The board passed a resolution stating a bond election would be brought to the voters for their consideration during the Navajo County General election, scheduled for November 5.

The board also heard a presentation by new Winslow High School Principal Doug Watson regarding the school improvement plan he hopes to start this school year.

Watson spoke about the need to improve students’ scores on the AIMS test each year. He informed the board that by 2006 the AIMS test must be passed in order to graduate.

Watson talked of aligning curriculum to address the subjects of math, reading and writing. He also spoke about using technology more, motivating students and involving parents in their child’s education.

Watson added teachers were dedicated to using more active learning techniques, such as discussions, in the classroom, as well as reality-based teaching.

He said the high school could accomplish these goals by setting a calendar to address each subject on the state tests for a certain amount of time, a newsletter for parents that would be mailed home with report cards, and using NOVA-NET, an internet-based curriculum that provides challenging alternative subjects not taught at the high school.

“I believe our improvement plan is very sound,” Watson concluded.

The board approved the plan and now the high school will work to accomplish the goals they have set for themselves.

The board welcomed the new Food Service Director Pam Potter to the district. She moved to Winslow from Chandler to take over the school’s cafeteria. She told the board she wanted to make the cafeteria a safe haven for the students.

Potter arrived in Winslow the Friday the school was converting the new gymnasium into a fire shelter to house refugees from the Show Low area. She spent her first few days helping to feed those people who were staying in Winslow.

The board approved the hiring of Megan Zickerman, business teacher at the high school, Marissa Sedillo, substitute for the district, Doug McGlothlin, English teacher at the high school, Maria Salazar, bus driver for the district, Lillian Scala, special education teacher at the high school, and Shelly Cunningham, half-time business teacher at the high school for the new school year.

The board approved the resignations of Whitney Gilmore, counselor for the district, Melvina Gene, JOM aide for Bonnie Brennan, Minnie Jackson, bus driver for the district, Mary Ward, special education aide for Bonnie Brennan, Janet Pugh, library media technician at Washington Elementary, Gina Baker, half-time library aide at Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Steve Arthur, special education aide at the high school, and Jack Lee, custodian at Bonnie Brennan.

The board also approved acquiring the services of

• Dale Patton, Attorney at Law, for administration representation.

• Robert M. Jarrett, attorney with Udall and Shumway, for representation and consultation for the board in the next year.

• Dean Picket, Howard Brown and A.J. Rogers, attorneys with Mangum, Wall, Stoops, for special education legal issues.

• Casey’s Color Center for district-wide purchases.

• H&H Auto, for maintenance and transportation purchases

• Winslow Wal-Mart for district-wide purchases.

• First American Sports for all athletic supplies, equipment and uniforms.

• Arizona Psychology Services out of Flagstaff for the “Abstinence Only” after-school program.

Roger Graybeal, president of the board, welcomed everyone to the new school year and welcomed all the new teachers to Winslow. Superintendent Dr. David Black closed the meeting by echoing Graybeal’s welcomes.

The next meeting of the governing board is set for Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Governing Board room, second floor of the library building.

Governing Board members for the 2002-2003 school year are Graybeal, president, Joe Hancock, vice-president, Royce Greer, clerk, Terry DuBois, member, and Dodie Montoya, member.

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