TUBA CITY -- It's called the Superintendent's Award and goes to those who merit public distinction for providing exemplary service to the students and staff members of Tuba City District.
This highly coveted award, initiated by Dr. Hector Tahu and the Tuba City District Governing Board, came into being last year to showcase students and staff members for their outstanding service and commitment to higher education and character building.
Each award includes a special certificate and money to purchase publications, books within certain line items for individual departments from Title II A funds.
Sandra Roe, director of Special Education for Tuba City District, Michael Nelson, director of Technology, Roland Bennett, director of Federal Programs; and Adelbert I. Goldtooth, TCHS principal, each received this special award from Dr. Tahu, this past month for the following categories.
Roe, who is the newest director in the administration TC staff in charge of special education, is recognized for her work in coordination with TC High Principal Goldtooth for sustaining the needs of special education students. Roe has maintained excellent leadership discussions with Goldtooth for one particular special student that has now enabled him to come back to school with less physical stress full-time to Tuba City High School.
Principal Goldtooth, was recognized for outstanding leadership in dealing with special needs children. Goldtooth has demonstrated smart use of his school budget by focusing on the needs of all students regardless of any physical or health handicaps or regardless of their individual personal backgrounds. But he is noted for this award for his service to severely disabled students and finding ways to help them complete their high school education resulting in a fully recognized state diploma.
Nelson, Director of Technology for the entire District of Tuba City, which includes the two outlying schools of Gap Elementary, Tsinaabaas Habitiin and Dzil Libei Cameron Elementary School. Nelson is credited with initiating and maintaining one of the most complex and highly consistent technology systems for any school, both on or off-reservation that services more than 500 employees and almost 3,000 students.
Nelson started by monitoring the costs of AT &T phone usage for district business and began saving money by decommissioning many phone lines not currently in use. He further negotiated a deal with MCI, The Business Gold Plan for $.04 per minute 24/7 savings the TC District literally thousands of dollars in phone line expense.
Bennett, was recognized for continued support for federal funds to service Tuba City District. Bennett is credited along with former TC District Funds Developer, Dr. Tanya Gorman-Keith and TC Construction Manager Ron Begay for developing and securing funding for many programs including the most recent $6.5 million dollars for the TC High School 17-room class renovation and the new $4.5 million dollar cafeteria for the TC Junior High School.
Bennett was also credited with maintaining appropriate and timely compliance with these same federal agencies for continued funding.
Dr. Tahu thanked and heartily congratulated each of these administrators for their diligence, compassionate intelligence and perseverance in the name of quality education for all students regardless of race or religion or culture.
For more information about Tuba City District or its staff members, call Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.
(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)