Superintendent and principal positions open at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School

POLACCA, Ariz. - The Hopi Jr./Sr. High School Governing Board recently voted to advertise the openings for superintendent and high school principal.

Albert Sinquah, who served as Hopi Junior High principal for several years, is serving as interim superintendent. The board approved his contract as junior high principal for next year.

Harvey Honyouti, who served as assistant high school principal for several years, is serving as interim junior high principal, but with Sinquah returning to that job the board approved Honyouti's contract for next year as assistant high school principal.

High School Principal Glenn Gilman informed the board that he will not be returning next school year.

Hopi Jr./Sr. High School Governing Board member Valerie Kooyaquaptewa invited Sinquah and Honyouti to apply for the superintendent's job.

In other school news, the board did not pass a proposal that would have cut eight support staff from 12 to 10 months. Board members Steve Bahnimptewa and Kooyaquaptewa voted for the measure. Board members Troy Lomavaya and Leon Poleheptewa voted against the measure and President Edgar Shupla abstained. Since the measure failed to get three votes, the eight support staff employees will remain 12-month workers.

The vote came after a lengthy discussion. Sinquah proposed the measure saying these employees have too much down time during the summer and that the school needs to save money since sequestration has cost the school significantly. Sinquah said the school is looking at extra costs next year because of the Common Core standards and having to replace computers.

"We do not want to fall short of funds for primary programs," he said.

Shupla asked how much money cutting back the eight support staff employees would save.

Sinquah said the main reason for the cutbacks was the lack of workload, rather than the savings.

Poleheptewa asked if the cutbacks would hurt services for the 700 students attending Hopi Jr./Sr. High School. Sinquah said if some employees needed to come in during the summer that this could be negotiated.

"We'll do what we need to do to accommodate student needs," Sinquah said.

Kooyaquaptewa said the registrar is needed at least 11 months out of the school year.

Two of the support staff employees considered for the 10-month decrease are the computer techs.

Cedric Dewavendewa, director of technology, said he needs both of the computer techs throughout the summer because all the computers need to be recalibrated.

"If we don't have them we won't be ready," he said.

Kooyaquaptewa said there have been problems throughout the year with computers.

Dewavendewa said the new infrastructure for computers will be in place sometime in July.

Sinquah said if the school doesn't deal with this issue now they will need to deal with it at some point.

Kooyaquaptewa said the budget restraints will cause the school to look at all positions and reorganizations to meet financial needs.

"We're all here for what's best for the students," she said.

Kooyaquaptewa made the motion to put seven of the eight support staff on 10-month contracts and the registrar on the 11-month contract.

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