Business as usual by the Superior School District

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The Superior School Board had many items to discuss. The 27 seniors were approved for graduation and the preparations for graduation are underway. Many students are securing scholarships which make the school district proud.

Student will be traveling out of state to San Antonio, TX for the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competition on July 4-11, 2014. This item was discussed and approved. Five students and their parents have committed to their attendance and participation in the conference. This is a fantastic leadership conference for these young adults to attend.

There was a presentation regarding the district-wide Security Equipment Grant from Logicalis of Tempe, Ariz. and the photo-voltaic array for the JF Kennedy campus from Sun Renu of Scottsdale, Ariz. These two projects can improve security and reduce energy costs. The cost of both programs requires no expenditure of the district funds except those provided specifically for this use. The plan is to install digital cameras and inter-lock doors at the jr./sr. high campus as well as video monitoring equipment. Cameras and video monitoring equipment will be installed at the JF Kennedy campus as well. The photo-voltaic array will provide 80 percent or more of the necessary electricity for the entire campus. This will allow the district to use electric utility payment money for other uses.

The Superior School District has help programs for kindergarten through sixth grade students based on appropriate behaviors with others, including a thorough discussion of what is and what is not bullying. Janina Watkins, Pinal County Attorney’s Juvenile Office presented information and answered student questions and parents were invited. There is an all day training scheduled for July 24, 2014, this is designed for all students K-12 and an evening for parents. Mr. O’Donnell recently held 43 parent conferences regarding student behavior.

There have been a few students who are utilizing the district counselor for discussions. The JFK conference room is set aside for counseling services when needed. O’Donnell said, “We have created and distributed information flyers for students and their families which outline information of available counseling services.”

There is a new procedure of calling parents when students are involved in situations which require the calling of law enforcement officers. This has been used three times since the incident on April 7. O’Donnell also said, “We are working with the attorney and the Superior Chief of Police to draft a protocol for use by staff when dealing with situations of these types.”

Summer school was approved to be held during the month of June. The funds to pay for the summer school will come from Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) federal funds. At JFK the scheduled days will be June 27 through July 26, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon. At the jr./sr. high the activities will be a credit-recovery format with students working on the PLATO software from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

There will be an ASBA Board Member Training on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is scheduled for June 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. everyone is encouraged to attend.

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