By Nina Crowder
The Superior School Board had a great deal of items to discuss this August. As school has begun and with a new superintendent, there were changes discussed and several action items approved. Superintendent Patrick O’Donnell was pleased to tell the board and public that Superior School is improving in AIMS percentages, which gives the school a higher rating.
O’Donnell also addressed the board to inform them that there is no contract in place for the Harding School and that will be addressed at another meeting. When the property eventually does sell, the cell tower and revenue it brings goes with the property.
The governing board approved the qualified evaluators for the 2013-2014 school year as William Duarte and Patrick O’Donnell. Additional qualified evaluators may be presented at a later date. The approval of job descriptions for the superintendent and principal were approved with one change that the superintendent develops procedures for approval of travel requests. The first reading of the policy GDD, support staff vacations and holidays were approved with a second reading to be provided by Superintendent O’Donnell in September’s meeting.
An amendment or rider to April Ybarra’s contract was approved for $1,000 to facilitate and complete the student teacher course connection programming and updates as required by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The process was initially set up last year, the ADE has continued to modify their process and require additional input from the school districts. Three people received stipends last year to set it up, however the district feels all the necessary work can be accomplished with one person, which accomplishes a cost saving measure for the district. The recommendation was made and approved to increase Melissa Perez, the food service manager’s pay for increased responsibilities and per a previous agreement signed by the former superintendent. The GCCA Policy, professional/support staff sick leave was discussed and agreed to pay Ruchi Joshi for her accumulated unused sick leave of 59 days, this will be paid during the 2014-2015 school year.
The approval of student activity fees for 2013-2014 school year were made along with a waiver of fees being approved due to the economic conditions in the community, with the exception of the Plato Recovery Class cost of $25 per person. The supplemental pay schedule for non-athletic organizations stipend amounts were discussed and approved by the governing board.
The list of substitute teachers was approved as presented. There is always an opportunity to add to the list of qualified substitute teachers. The discussion and approval of the following personnel recommendations for 2013-2014 were made: HS science/social studies – James Greg Haro; JH head girls volleyball coach and emergency substitute – Senyssa Beard; junior high school principal – William Duarte and HS Plato supervision – Nacelle Reynolds.
The Superior Unified School District’s next regularly scheduled board meeting is Sept. 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Elementary Auditorium, some of the items to be discussed are: a no bullying act, summer school, security and the Harding School property. There will be a special ASBA training meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at 1 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend meetings.