TUBA CITY -- It's tough to leave a community that has shown so much support for educational work and that is exactly what brought Cleveland "Cleve" Holt, back to Tuba City after leaving in 1998.
Holt, is the new Director of the Tuba City Alternative School (TCAS) one of seven Tuba City District Schools which specializes in supporting, assisting and educating students who have had difficulties with either academics, health, attendance or social adjustments in a regular high school setting.
TCAS uses the NOVA Net system that is based out of the University of Illinois and works best because it complements the Native American cultural and social support that has been the trademark of the TC District TCAS program.
The TCAS program has made significant improvements in lowering drop-out rates and getting its students back on a consistent, successful educational track during its first four years of operation, according to statistics from the Arizona Department of Education.
Currently the TCAS is able to house and educate 50 students with its NOVA Net computer system in the new building which is situated at the north end of Main Street, next to the TC District bus yard and maintenance buildings.
Holt originally taught at Tuba City High School from 1979 to 1998, as well as coaching both wrestling and track and also held the post of Dean of Students. He returned last school year as a special education counselor for the TC District, but Dr. Hector Tahu-TC Superintendent asked him to consider the post of director for TCAS at the end of May.
Holt said he had some reservations at first, but only because he has a contracting business on the side building duplexes. Holt had managed to balance his private business with being Principal at Bagdad High School in Bagdad, Ariz. since 1994, so he wasn't sure if a 12-month contract would make sense for him.
But he accepted the position at TCAS-Tuba City and said he is now convinced that helping these students with special academic circumstances is just what he was meant to do, after this first two weeks of school.
Holt has some new and supportive ideas for his TCAS students which will include more physical and parent involvement activities, like bike-riding, family style cookouts and off-reservation field trips, besides the normal required computer time for the core academic subjects which is the focus of the TCAS program.
Holt was on hand on Parent Orientation night along with new TCAS Counselor, Bob Tsinnie and some of the other TCAS staff members to greet parents, answer questions and share some grilled hot dogs and watermelon.
For more information about the TC District TCAS, call Director Holt or Counselor Bob Tsinnie at 928-283-1049.
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)