Progress Of Union Between NAVIT And WHS Heard By Board
The Winslow Unified Governing Board was briefed on the actions taken to incorporate the new NAVIT classes into WHS’s curriculum at their meeting Wednesday, February 20.
Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology, which was adopted by Winslow voters in January, will bring several Career and Technology classes to Winslow.
Dr. David Black began the presentations with a program explaining the requirements for graduation from Winslow High School. WHS currently requires 22 credits to graduate.
Dr. Black also talked about the AIMS test and AIMS-ED. AIMS-ED is a program that offers an AIMS-like test so that students can receive credit for passing the AIMS test after three failed attempts.
He explained by 2006, all 10th graders are required to pass the AIMS test in three attempts. If this does not happen, he said that the state could come in and take over the management of Winslow High School.
Joe Bullmore, Assistant Superintendent, spoke about the possibility of a State Legislature bill affecting the funding of programs such as the recently adopted NAVIT. “The budget is getting tight and the legislature is looking at ways to cut it,” he said.
He also explained that the 11th and 12th graders enrolled in WHS’s Career and Technology classes determine how much the school receives in funding from the state.
Next to take the floor was Sue Crumrine, who has taken the task of heading up the new Career and Technology classes at WHS. She explained the process a student wishing to get certified in a Career and Technology class offered would have to go through.
The track begins at the junior high level where four classes are offered. The students then take a Career and Technology class as a freshman and work their way to certification.
Crumrine also explained that the students must pass required courses, such as math and English, in order to graduate and receive their Career and Technology certificates. If a student does not pass a required course, they are required to use one of their electives to retake that class, therefore cutting down the number of technology classes they can take.
She also advised the school board that teachers who teach the highest levels of the Career and Technology courses are all on their way to becoming “junior college certified.”
This means that students who complete courses taught by these teachers will receive credits at Northland Pioneer College.
WHS Principal John Henling and WHS Counselor Janet Fish addressed the board about scheduling the classes with the additional NAVIT courses for the next year.
Henling reported that the schedule for the upcoming 2002-2003 school year is nearing completion and very much resemble WHS’s current six-period day. He asked the board to approve this schedule for next year, but to keep the possibility of restructuring the 2003-2004 schedule open.
The board agreed to keeping the current six-period schedule for the 2002-2003 school year and advised Henling to continue to work at the 2003-2004 schedule. Board member Dodie Montoya suggested a needs assessment be done by the high school to gather student and parent opinion about a future schedule change.
The board also approved the employment of Elizabeth Campbell as a part-time bus driver for the district.
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