By Nina Crowder
Recognition and acknowledgements were given to nine Superior students who this summer attended the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Conference in Nashville, Tenn. All nine students that went to the conference received medals. Aliya Perez and Korteney Urquijo received gold medals; Nicole Godinez and Alyssa Barragan received silver medals; Lindsay Duarte and Hunter Flanagan received silver medals; Ashley Barrearas, Christopher Villaverde and Amber Hernandez received gold medals. The Superior School Board congratulated all nine students, noting that the hard work they do is sincerely appreciated.
In other news the Superior School Board approved the consent agenda items with no changes or additions.
The request for early graduation for student Jilissa Guerra per policy IKFA was approved by the board.
The board addressed JICK, Student Violence/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying. The first reading of the policy was discussed and passed. Bullying behavior effects children of all ages. This important issue continues to increasingly effect the number of suicides, school shootings and other acts of violence linked to bullying. This has served as an alarm bell to many adults; something has to change. The Superior School Board is hopeful that the bullying policy now incorporated will help protect our children.
There were many other items discussed and approved by the Superior School Board such as the Policy GCJ, professional staff probationary and continuing status; Policy GCK, professional staff assignments and transfers; and Policy GCO, evaluation of professional staff members. Other items approved include: Proposition 301, classroom site fund; the long term substitute wage; intergovernmental agreement with Central Arizona College for dual credit; extra curricular addendum contracts and the salary for the High School Principal William Duarte.
Summer school 2013 was openly discussed but nothing was passed. The Superior School Board also discussed stipends versus addendum to contracts again, no action was taken.
The Superior School Board decided not to go into executive session at this time. They have many items to discuss in executive session, including but not limited to personnel issues such as curriculum programs, the junior/senior assistant principal, and the special services supervisor. Other personnel positions to be discussed include the administrative assistant, business manager and the junior high athletic director/assistant senior high athletic director. These items will be discussed by the board soon.
The Superior Unified School District Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Oct. 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Elementary Auditorium. Some of the items to be discussed are the Harding School property and playground safety/security. There will be a workshop for the board on Sept. 25, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both meetings.