Performance Pay scale topic of Tuba City School Board meeting

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - On Dec. 28 the Governing Board of Tuba City Unified School District met to discuss issues related to the school. The meeting started with a work session where Sgt. Timothy Shaner, marksmanship coach for the Tuba City High School ROTC, made a presentation to the board for the need of technologically advance equipment that can monitor a marksmen's breathing, aim, stance and other performance qualities of a shooter.

"Tuba City is known for their marksmanship qualities and are the team to beat," said Shaner. "When we went to the national championships, North Carolina cited Tuba City as the team to beat. We compete against schools across the nation."

Another item of discussion was the Classroom Site Fund Performance Pay Plan for 2011-2012. According to ARS 15.977, the state sets aside funds for the classroom as well as performance pay for the teachers themselves. Adelbert Goldtooth, principal at the high school, presented the plans for pay to the board. He said there were two plans that were in compliance with the requirements of the state to meet performance measures. There are 11 measures and teachers must meet a combination of measures such as the school making Average Yearly Progress or a majority of the students passing the AIMS tests. Other measures include curriculum alignment, professional development, and performance based on assessments and continuing activities such as serving on school or district committees, organizing and facilitating family activities, using outside resources and supervising events to promote culture, health or academic contests. One performance criteria is rating of the school by parents and students as well as dropout and attendance rates at the school.

Linda Honanie, board member, questioned whether teachers should be paid "across the board" or have to meet these criteria to get paid. "Performance pay hopefully will help to keep teachers at the school if they are doing well so they don't go to other schools that may not give a performance bonus," she said. The board eventually approved one of the plans presented to be used for the current school year.

During the regular meeting, Priscine Jones, business manager, took the opportunity to introduce the newly appointed members of the Johnson O'Malley Indian Education Committee that is established to help provide input from parents on the committee to improve the school and provide support for the teachers. Members are appointed by chapters and Moenkopi Village to represent their respective communities. Members include Christina Slender-Tuba City; Lavernda Whitehair-Tonalea; Kathleen Charley-Coalmine; and Tyler Tawahongva-Moenkopi/Hopi. Judy Begay, board president, expressed her support for the members and offered board support helping to achieve its goals.

"The IEC has been an important part of the school system," said Honanie, who thanked the members for taking the roles.

The IEC has made a quorum starting in November and has already helped teachers through donations from the Tuba City Trading Post to receive cultural enrichment material through the efforts of Christina Slender, president of the IEC.

"They will be reviewing bylaws for the committee and reviewing the Indian Policy and Procedures for the Impact Aid Program for the District," said Jones.

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