Douglas Unified School Superintendent Sheila Rogers received her annual evaluation at the DUSD board meeting Dec.6.
Fifth Grade students from Joe Carlson Elementary entertained the DUSD board at its Dec. 6 meeting with several Christmas Carols. Bruce Whetten/Douglas Dispatch
Roger’s evaluation took place in executive session which lasted about 30 minutes.
When the executive session concluded and the regular meeting reopened Board President Mario Ramos said this was a no action item but did say the board was very satisfied with Ms. Rogers’ performance and will be looking to discuss her new contract in the near future.
Superintendent Rogers has been with the district since July 26, 2010. Her contract expires June 30, 2012.
This was her second evaluation by the board which must be done by Dec. 18.
In other action that night the meeting began with the board and its audience being treated to four different Christmas Carols which were sung by the Fifth Grade students from Joe Carlson Elementary.
In the business portion of the meeting the board had to go back and ratify some action it took at the Nov. 22 meeting which was held at 7 A.M. that day and included the resignation of then business manager Denise Evans.
Prior to that taking place retired school teacher Mike Nava made a statement to the board during its call to the public calling the boards actions at that meeting embarrassing.
Nava questioned several things regarding the meeting and what action the board was about to take when it went to ratify its actions.
Board member Susan Kramer made a motion to accept the ratifications as made; fellow board member Patricia Lopez seconded the motion and it passed 4-0. Mike Ortega was absent from this meeting and was therefore unable to vote.
The board then heard a 30 minute report from DHS Principal Ralph Schneider on what DHS is doing with its Comprehensive Improvement Plan. Following his report Mrs. Lucy Rosario talked about Consuelo Kickbush’s visit to Douglas and what impact it had on the students who listened to her that morning and the adults that night.
In other action the board agreed to have Superintendent Rogers look into the possibility of accepting the American Red Cross Real Estate Management Department’s donation of its Southern Arizona Chapter property located at 1445 and the adjacent lot located at 1149 both on 15th Street to the DUSD.
The board also approved out of state travel and registration fees in the amount of $4,962.00 for Beverly Enriquez and Denise Cox to attend the 2012 National Title 1 Conference in Seattle, Washington Jan. 21-24, 2012.
There was also another budget revision made to the 2011/2012 District Annual Expenditure Budget. Sonia Barcelo of the DUSD Business Dept. said following the last revision she received another letter from the Arizona Dept. of Education notifying her of a reduction in the soft capital allocation in the amount of $883,991 leaving the district with a balance of $774,966 in that area. Barcelo said the soft capital money is used for textbooks, furniture, instructional aides.
“Anything that touches a child,” she said.
There was an executive session held to discuss discipline of a former student and an executive session held for Maria Asuncion Garcia-Ford, a certified teacher from Clawson, who was seeking release from contract.
Following the executive session the board agreed to release Garcia-Ford from her contract with $1,500 in liquidated damages.
During the consent portion of the meeting the board agreed to accept a donation of warm-up outfits and travel bags to the freshmen and junior varsity soccer teams from Border Mart. The approximate value of the donation is $2,901.00.
A donation of $300 from Sheila Chase to purchase t-shirts for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) was also approved as was a donation of $300 from Consuelo Kickbush for the DHS mentors.
The board also approved the hiring of Shannon O’Keefe as a middle school teacher at Huber, Wesley Ford as the music/band teacher at Ray Borane Middle School, Bobby Long as a DHS Campus Monitor, Stella Garcia as an instructional aide, Marisela Hernandez as a secretary at Ray Borane Middle School, Annel Villa as an instructional aide at Faras and Kim Esquer and Daniel Ellsworth as assistant track coaches at DHS.
Ron Shelton, Briana Owen and Carlos M. Chavez were also hired as substitute teachers.
Victoria and Lilia Lara and James Bien were approved as volunteers and Caryn Ice, Lorena Tapia, Carlos A. Chavez and Carlos M. Chavez were approved as Supplemental Education Service Tutors.
The board also approved the resignation of Bridget Mangum.
At the end of the meeting it was announced there would be no Dec. 20 meeting and since the Jan. 3 scheduled meeting fell during Christmas Break that meeting would be pushed back to Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
There will be no school from Dec. 26, 2011 to Jan. 6, 2012 and the central administration and warehouse/receiving buildings will be closed from Dec. 26, 2011 to Jan. 2, 2012.