Board Meeting Highlights - January 2014
The San Juan School Board met on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at Monument Valley High School in Monument Valley, UT. The meeting began at 3:00 p.m. and adjourned around 8:30 p.m. The following is an outline of the major points of the meeting:
School Reports: Reports were given by principals Lisa Young of Tse’bii’nidzisgai Elementary, and Sylvia McMillan of Monument Valley High. Both schools have recently undergone some significant changes. Both Ms. Young and Dr. McMillan have worked with their respective staffs to set goals, establish plans, and set priorities to achieve success. They are making progress, and both shared their schools’ achievements with the Board.
IEC Committee Report: The Indian Education Committee reported to the Board. The committee outlined their function, and the goals they are currently working to meet. The IEC has brought insight to the Board regarding Indian Policies and Procedures that is much appreciated, and their opinions and input are greatly valued.
Impact Aid and Indian Policies and Procedures: The district presented its Impact Aid application at this meeting, along with its Indian Policies and Procedures, and requested feedback. Many members of the community attended the meeting and offered comments. The comments are recorded in printed form on the district website (minutes from the meeting), and an audio recording of comments is also attached to the meeting agenda on the website. Information can be found here.
Superintendent Contract Renewal: The Board reviewed Superintendent Doug Wright’s request for a two-year renewal of his contract. State law and district policy provide for a two-year contract for district Superintendents. After discussion with Superintendent Wright regarding the progress which has been made and the work still to do, the Board voted unanimously to renew his contract for two years, to begin July 1, 2014.
Auditor Report: Greg Marsing from the accounting firm of Smuin, Rich and Marsing, presented the district’s audit from fiscal year 2013. The audit was completed in August 2013, and as Mr. Marsing reported, the district was found to be in excellent financial standing. The district currently has no debt, and has been very well-managed financially.
Wellness Policy: As part of the National School Lunch Program, the state requires that the district have and review a student wellness policy each year. Some changes were made to the current policy, eliminating some steps for principals and simplifying the compliance process. The Board reviewed the policy and passed it on a first and final reading.
Purchase of property in Blanding: In November, 2013, the Board was approached about the possible purchase of the home belonging to Gordon and Mary Palmer, which is on the South East corner adjacent to the Blanding Elementary School site. The Board voted to purchase the property for $179,000, for possible future school construction and/or parking space.
Student and Staff Recognition: Schools submitted staff and student accomplishments which were presented to the Board. Some of these included:
-Blanding Elementary is focusing on preparing for college with a “College Day”, in which students will be presented with gifts that were donated from colleges and universities all across the country.
-Bluff Elementary hosted a Navajo Taco fundraiser in conjunction with the Bluff Balloon festival on January 17th. Staff organized and served the dinner, and students provided entertainment for guests.
-A group of students from Monument Valley High are planning a trip to Washington D.C. to learn about government in action and the nation’s history. That trip will take place in April or March of 2014.
-The Academic All-State lists were released, and several students from San Juan School District were recognized.
The list of accomplishments can be accessed on the district website, and is attached to the Board meeting agenda.