2012-13, 2012-14 School Years

Page Updated: 01/11/2014

 

Regular Board Meeting

Gallup-McKinley County Schools

Student Support Center

December 16, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member - ABSENT

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Brian Bernard                                Ron Triplehorn

Johnty Cresto                                 Bart Stanley

Beverly Trujillo                             Erin Farver

Tryshelle Trujillo                           Yasmeen Padilla

Judy Dalgai                                    Grant Rogers

Danny Matkovich                          Pauletta White

Tom White                                     Kristen Bischoff

Tina Trujillo                                   Tammy Somers

Herlinda Mann                               Tim Pikkart

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:00p.m./Mrs. Price absent

 

Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

Tohatchi Mid School

Tammy Somers recognized Tim Pikkart and Danny Matkovich;  the two counselors did an outstanding job when there was crisis at the school site.

 

 November 2013 Rotary Seniors of the Month – moved  to January meeting.

 

Central Office Operations Report

Kim Brown provided a handout on Travel Approval and Reimbursement processes.  Discussion on compliance with Federal and State requirements, current procedures not strictly enforce and progresses and next step plans.

 

Board Policy I-7350 IKF Graduation Requirements

Superintendent Chiapetti provided the first reading of the graduation policy requirement for regular education.    There have not been any updates and the required credits have changed.  The Assessment Demonstration Competencies (ADC) scores and the Artesia Public Schools template were shared with the board.

 

Caring for Community - Oñate Elementary

Kristen Bischoff and two third-grade students invited the Board to the “Caring for Community” community event from Oñate Elementary School;  the event is to improve the land around the school.  It is scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cultural Center downtown.

 

Facilities and Maintenance Report

Ron Triplehorn provided a detailed written report on the maintenance and operations.  The history of GMCS maintenance program, staffing model as recommended by Public School Facility Authority, competitive wages, action plans to correct deficiencies and changing the mentality of “that’s not my job” and we are here to make sure students learn and anyone that is responsible for the building is responsible for maintenance awareness.

 

 Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Joe Menini and three of the board members attended the New Mexico School Board Association conference;  some sessions they attended included stretching the school dollar and the audit process.  Titus Nez attended the Church Rock chapter meeting where a supporting resolution on name change for Church Rock was presented.  Bruce Tempest attended the board of directors meeting and a statewide survey on teaching conditions to licensed staff in the state is being rolled out.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann reported regular IEC meeting was on December is 14, 2013, an orientation for new members will be at Sky City Conference on December 20-21, 2013, lacking representation from three schools, provide more information on credit recovery, and needs assessment.  Other announcements are on January 11, 2014, IEC meeting, January 16, 2014, an Impact Aid Hearing in Window Rock, and the National Johnson O’Malley Conference is on March 24, 2014.  Superintendent Chiapetti requested a report on funds used for sub-committees, travel, lodging, catering, and funds expended thus far that is not being used for cultural-related expenditures at the next board meeting.

 

Announcements / Reminders

December 23-31, 2013 ~ Winter Break (Students)

January 1-3, 2014 ~ Winter Break (Students)

January 6, 2014 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

January 7, 2014 ~ Hearing (9AM)

January 10, 2014 ~ Report Cards

January 20, 2014 ~ No School (MLK Day)

January 21, 2014 ~ GMCS Board Meeting (Tuesday)

 

NEW BUSINESS

Requested Topics by the Board for Future Meetings: Johnson O’Malley Budget

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION-7:30—8:40p.m. to discuss limited personnel issues - superintendent evaluation.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 8:41p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

 

Quote

 

“If all you have in your tool belt is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

---Proverb

 

 

Regular Board Meeting

Gallup McKinley County Schools

Student Support Center

December 2, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Brian  J. Bernard                                   Priscilla Manuelito

Jasmine Henio                                       Dr. Bob Lynn

Dan Fruchey                                          Carmen Moffett

Bart Stanley                                           Herlinda Mann

Leona Paywa                                         Bob Rosebrough

Theresa Galvan                                      Lanette Lee

Johnty Cresto

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:00 p.m./all present

 

Central Office Operations Report

Kim Brown presented the Processes between school sites, personnel department and the payroll department.  Items covered were new employee packet, overpayment to employees who have stopped working, insurance premiums, FMLA, COBRA eligibility, ERA, and the Affordable Healthcare Act [AKA:  Obamacare].

 

Meeting with Navajo Nation Update

Superintendent reported on the meeting held on November 19, 2013 with the Navajo Nation Vice President and Central Consolidate School Board to work on the transportation boundary issue; however the outcome is now a 5-0 vote against the Memorandum of Agreement on the transportation boundary issue.  The New Mexico State Public Education has written a letter stating the two options whether there is a study conducted or the letter of appeal request constitutes a formal appeal.

 

Affordable Health Care Act [Obamacare]

Kim Brown discussed the Affordable Care Act (ACA.  Items discussed are the requirement to offer ACA to full-time employees is by July 2015, a look back period, minimum essential coverage, a not too expensive ACA as determined by the IRS, vision and dental is not part of the ACA and penalties for non-compliance.  Ms. Brown will provide additional updates in the coming months.

 

STEP Grant Update

Joe Menini discussed the STEP Grant meeting held in Santa Fe, NM.  Information (data) is being requested from school districts related to student(s).  The next STEP meeting is December 10, 2013, 10 a.m. in Santa Fe, Room 315 Capitol Building.  It was recommended that Carmen Moffett, Bart Stanly, Frank Chiapetti and a board member attend.  Johnty Cresto will be attending the Public School Capital Outlay Council meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 on the zero matching funds for charter schools.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Titus Nez attended the Church Rock chapter meeting where the school name change was discussed.  Joe Menini attended the Navajo Nation meeting with the Office of Vice President and Central Consolidated and the Government to Government meeting.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann reported the JOM funds were received and attended the Manuelito Chapter meeting to provide information on Saturday Academy and cap/gowns.  The next Indian Education Committee is Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9 a.m.  Priscilla Manuelito, IEC President, reported she attended the Government to Government meeting which was very informative, began work to compile the needs assessment and the 2014 JOM application,

and tentatively scheduled an orientation on December 19-20, 2013 at Sky City and invitation open to the board.

 

Announcements / Reminders

December 6-7, 2013 ~ NMSBA Annual Convention

December 16, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

December 23-31, 2013 ~ Winter Break (Students)

January 1-3, 2014 ~ Winter Break (Students)

January 6, 2014 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

January 10, 2014 ~ Report Cards

January 20, 2014 ~ No School (MLK Day) [Also, Rally/Lobbying  in Santa Fe with Randi Weingarten]

January 21, 2014 ~ GMCS Board Meeting (Tuesday)

 

Yvonne Crooker, former Thoreau Elementary principal has deceased.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Memorandum of Understanding between the GMCS Board of Education and Project K'e,

Term of Agreement is October 1, 2013 - January 1, 2016 - ACTION

Dr. Bob Lynn discussed the K’e Project, the grant is three years old, several personnel changes, and the grant has been rewritten and additional service providers are now with the K’e project.  Some board discussion and was recommended for approval.  A report will be available at the end of the school year.

Mavis Price moved the Approval of Memorandum of Understanding between the GMCS Board of Education and Project K'e, Term of Agreement is October 1, 2013 - January 1, 2016 be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

Approval of Memorandum of Transportation of Boundary Agreement between the GMCS Board of

Education and Central Consolidated School District Board - ACTION

Superintendent Chiapetti discussed the Agreement that affects students in Crystal area that is in San Juan County. Gallup-McKinley County Schools has been transporting students from the area to Navajo schools and recommended approval.  Mavis Price moved the Approval of Memorandum of Transportation of Boundary Agreement between the GMCS Board of Education and Central Consolidated School District Board be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

Requested Topics by the Board for Future Meetings

Superintendent Evaluation (next board meeting)

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:41--- 8:25 pm to discuss limited personnel issues and pending legal litigation.

 

ADJOURNED at 8:26pm

 

PUBLIC COMMENTNone

 

                                                                                   Quote

 

                   Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

                                                

 

 

GMCS Regular Board Meeting

Gallup McKinley County Schools

Student Support Center

November 18, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President - ABSENT

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member – ABSENT

 

GUESTS

Johnty Cresto                                  Bart Stanley

Ron Triplehorn                               Dwight Largie

Brian J. Bernard                             Julie G.

Jolene Begay                                  Michelle Stewart

Deanna Crask-Stone                      Kim Orr

Sandra Esparza                              Loren Omoth

Herlinda Mann                              T. Thomas

James Etcitty                                 Wade Bell

Sharon Singer

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:00 p.m.

 

STUDY CIRCLE

Superintendent's Report

Central Office Operations Report

Marco Abeita discussed the Procurement Policy review committee.  The committee will review and revised as needed, generate recommendation on changes, and ask the Board and Superintendent to approve the changes.  The target date of completion is the first meeting in January 2014.

 

STEP Grant Update - Carmen Moffett attended the meeting, but is not here tonight.  Dr. Bruce Tempest also attended the meeting and reported the next meeting is on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Santa Fe,

NM at 1PM.  The STEP Grant agreement between Public Education Department and the Navajo Nation is to improve student achievement and hire and retain highly qualified teachers.

 

University of Virginia Update

Superintendent Chiapetti discussed the University interviewed administration, principals and the board on readiness,

leadership, talent management, effective instructional infrastructure, non-negotiable, the capacity to pursue turnaround work, differentiated support and accountability, the right people in the right positions and which principals are in trenches.  The next steps were discussed.

 

Head Start Program

Superintendent Chiapetti discussed the meeting, the district offered teacherages and portables.

Sharon Singer, assistant superintendent, appreciates the assistance from the school district, gave a brief history of the

program, the head start students feeds into the school district and teachers with bachelor degrees will be hired.  The

Memorandum of Agreement with the school district is being processed.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Dr. Bruce Tempest spoke of STEP meeting where discussion was on teacher survey and how it will be conducted.

Joe Menini and Dr. Bruce Tempest attended the UVA interview, held to one hour. He also attended the STEP grant meeting, the audit exit meeting and the Board Excellence Awards at Indian Hills Elementary.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann recognized the Indian Education Committee members in attendance tonight, the award letter from the Navajo Nation is up for approval tonight, and the next Indian Education Committee will be Saturday, December 14, 2013 in the board room.

 

Announcements / Reminders

November 19, 2013 – Navajo Nation Meeting, 1PM/WR

November 21-22, 2013 - Gov't to Gov't Meeting -Santa Fe

November 25-29, 2013 ~ Thanksgiving Break (Students)

December 6-7, 2013 ~ NMSBA Annual Convention

December 2, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting

December 16, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting

December 23-31, 2013 ~ Winter Break (Students)

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Resolution from GMCS Board of Education on General Concerns to the Public Education

Department - ACTION

Joe Menini moved the Approval of Resolution from GMCS Board of Education on General Concerns to the Public Education Department be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.  (Three board members present and voting)

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:15—7:50 pm to discuss limited personnel issues and threatened or pending litigation.

 

ADJOURNED at 7:51pm

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

 

                                                                                  Quote

 

                                            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                                                               

 

Regular Board Meeting

Gallup McKinley County Schools

Student Support Center

November 4, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President - Absent

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member - Absent

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Johnty Cresto                                                              Brian J. Bernard

John Craddock                                                            Josh Handelsman

Ethan Johnson                                                            Richard Ferguson

Michelle Stewart                                                        Sammy Orr

Matt Jopek                                                                 Renanine Cambridge

Alwyn Sandoval                                                         Jyren Thompson

Tuff Ramone                                                              Lane Towery

Judy Platero                                                               Herlinda Mann

Priscilla Manuelito                                                     Keona Manuelito

Amanda Morgan                                                        Brina Lee

Israel Gonzales                                                          Bart Stanley

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:00p.m.

 

STUDY CIRCLE

Superintendent's Report

 

Crownpoint High School Group Singers

Crownpoint High School students performed for the board members.  The board commended the four young men.

 

Ramah High, Thoreau High, and Tse Yi Gai High School -NMAA

Superintendent Chiapetti recognized the high schools without receiving a report of a negative incident throughout all three sports seasons.  They were given the Award of Excellence for exemplary sportsmanship for each school.

 

October 2013 Rotary Seniors of the Month

Superintendent Chiapetti recognized the October 2013 Rotary Seniors of the Month as follows: Christielle Bahe-Crownpoint, Danielle Hutchinson, and Isaac Seslar-Gallup, Laura Grace-Ramah, Jerilynn Charley-Thoreau and Lucas Chandler-Tohatchi.

 

Central Office Operations Report

Sammy Orr presented the GMCS Teacher Evaluation Committee’s report on requirements, due dates, elaborate on domain and artifacts.

 

District Reading Elementary Outline

Dr. Ben Barrons discussed the reading at each individual school.  The administrators and teaching staff are open to working and learning the reading program.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Joe Menini asked if Public Education Department had made a decision on the appeal on the Memorandum of Agreement submitted.  Superintendent responded that a letter from the board and additional documents were requested and has been sent to Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education Designee.

 

Titus Nez attended the Indian Education Committee meeting and the Church Rock Chapter planning meeting.

Bruce Tempest announced the McKinley Education Foundation participants, there were six teachers awarded as follows: Emily Kemper-Turpen, Eric Cornish-Rocky View, Judy Kimbrough-Miyamura, Brooke Dashner-Rocky View, Judith Lannan-Onate and Philip Neilson-Kennedy.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann informed the board on the upcoming Indian Education Committee meeting Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the board room.  The membership has increased, however the goal is to have representation from all schools.  The funding for JOM is still in process, activities on going at school sites, and an orientation for new members is being planned for December 6-7, 2013 base on the availability of funds.

Priscilla Manuelito made her travel report she made to the National Johnson O’Malley held in Denver, CO.  She made it known that there are now four Natives representing us at the National Johnson O’Malley organization.

 

Announcements / Reminders

November 7, 2013 ~ Bi-State Charter Meeting -NPHS

November 11, 2013 ~ No School -Veterans Day

November 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

November 21-22, 2013 - Gov't to Gov't Meeting -Santa Fe

November 25-29, 2013 ~ Thanksgiving Break

December 6-7, 2013 ~ NMSBA Annual Convention

November 12, 2013 STEP Grant Meeting –UNM

November 12, 2013 NN Head Start Board –WR

November 12-13, 2013 University of Virginia (B. Tempest/J. Menini)

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Approval to Renew the Computer Equipment and Peripherals RFP - CONSENT

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:04—7:44p.m. to discuss limited personnel issues and threatened or pending

Litigation.

 

ADJOURNED at 7:45 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Israel Gonzales – Cross Country Reservations for State Competition

Priscilla Manuelito – Cross Country

Judy Platero – Transportation

 

Quote

“EDUCATE the students for LIFE; do not TEST them to DEATH!”

---Brian J. Bernard

President, MCFUSE

 

 

 

Regular Board Meeting

Gallup McKinley County Schools

Student Support Services

October 21, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Brian J. Bernard                               Bart Stanley                                   Michelle Stewart

Johnty Cresto                                   Matthew Hughbanks                      Monika Tso

Lewis Benally                                  Douglas Marlowe                          David Garner

Charlie Meyers                                 Cindy Arsenault                            Louis Eskeets

Stacy Lovell                                     Priscilla Manuelito                        Lena Eskeets

John Moreno                                    Mallery Garner                             Alysyn Merrill

Valerie Scott

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  6:00p.m.

 

 

 

Superintendent's Report

 

Resolution on PED Initiative - Discussion

Frank Chiapetti presented the draft resolution written by a board member from Albuquerque School District as a parent to the Public Education Department and the response was sent via email to all teachers in New Mexico outlining a response in the letter.  The presentation made to the superintendent from a previous week is basically from the response letter.  A draft resolution will presented at the next board meeting for action.

 

Johnty Cresto discussed the process on how a school is selected to be built, funding, working with Public School Capital Outlay Council, Design Selection, Bidding Contracts, Construction Administration, and the end result of a finish new school building.

 

University of Virginia Cohort Presentation

Frank Chiapetti discussed that 12 principals entered the Principals Pursuing Excellence program with Priority Schools Bureau Program.  The Las Cruces school district has utilized the program and which is known to be successful and is funding a second team this year.  A cohort of seven schools were selected based on schools in most need, administrators selected, movement of administrators is eminent, a district initiative and leadership ability.  Via telephone conference, the school district passed the first round of interviews.  Periodic updates will be made available.

 

Head Start Partnerships

Frank Chiapetti discussed the meeting with Sharon Singer; Navajo Nation Head Start Assistant Superintendent on working to partner to have Head Start utilized the district’s unused portable buildings to fulfill the waiting list of students ready for preschool.  A proposal is being worked out and will be presented at a future board meeting.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Titus Nez attended the Church Rock chapter meeting and presented issues on transportation.

Joe Menini attended the Bi-State Charter meeting with the superintendent and the next meeting will be November 7, 2013 at Navajo Pine High School at 3:30 p.m., and a community meeting at 6 p.m.  The Government to Government meeting is scheduled for November 21-22, 2013 in Santa Fe, NM.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann announced that the next Indian Education Committee meeting is on Saturday, October 26, 2013 and the funding information will be forthcoming this week.

Priscilla Manuelito discussed the Navajo Nation Johnson O’Malley Conference was a success.  She thanked the students that performed and the guest speakers.  Mavis Price and Kevin Mitchell commended the Indian Education Committee.

 

Announcements / Reminders

October 21, 2013 ~ No School -Professional Development Day

October 22, 2013 ~ No School -Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 4, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

November 7, 2013 ~ Bi-State Charter Meeting -NPHS

November 11, 2013 ~ No School -Veteran's Day

November 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Meeting

November 25-29, 2013 ~ Thanksgiving Break

December 6-7, 2013 ~ NMSBA Annual Convention

 

ADJOURNED at 7:29p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Louis Eskeets – Bus Turn Around Issues

 

Quote

”It is time we demand our state sees our children as humans and not statistics.” 

--Tine Hayes

 

 

Special Joint Meeting

Gallup McKinley County Schools

Naschitti Elementary School Gym

October 22, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member - ABSENT

Titus J. Nez, Member – ABSENT

 

NEWS MEDIA PRESENT:

Bill Donovan, Gallup Independent

 

GUESTS

Hoskie Bryant                                                      Rep Sandra Jeff                                         Juan Morris

Darla Aiken                                                          Leonard Tsosie                                         Leo Largie

Darlene Bitsoi                                                       Lawrence Henry                                       Kendra Henry-Lee

Edison Jones                                                         Raymond Bryan                                        Leonard Tsosie

Genevieve Mariano                                              Lorenzo Lapahie                                        Louise Pioche

Elicia Mariano                                                     Andy Tsosie                                                Lynn Smiley

Vineca Tsosie                                                      Ewa Kvakowsvp                                         Paul Manygoat

Adnrea T.                                                             Olin Kieyoomia                                          Christina Aspaas

Celora Foster                                                        Lorraine Yazzie                                          Laura Bluehorse

Dr. Rena Henry                                                    Sylvia Huns                                                 Phil Kasper

Beverly Louis                                                       Priscilla J.                                                    Delphina Shunkamolah

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:

Frank Chiapetti, Superintendent

Coreen Smith, Community Relations

Joan Nez, Recording Secretary

Jeff Bond, Transportation Director

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  6:37p.m.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Kevin Mitchell moved the agenda be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

Central Consolidated Board was made aware the only item for action is the Memorandum of Agreement regarding Naschitti area students, although a Memorandum of Agreement for Crystal area students is listed, it

will not be discussed nor acted on as it was not advertised.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of a Memorandum of Agreement on Transportation Boundary between Central Consolidated Board of

Education and Gallup McKinley County Board of Education for Students from Naschitti Area - ACTION

Kevin Mitchell moved the Approval of a Memorandum of Agreement on Transportation Boundary between Central

Consolidated Board of Education and Gallup McKinley County Board of Education for Students from Naschitti area

allowing the busses to the Naschitti Store and pick up students be approved as presented. Upon roll call votes as follows: Joe Menini – yes, Kevin Mitchell – yes, Bruce Tempest – yes and motion carried unanimously. (Three board members present and voting)

Central Consolidated School District Board of Education voted as follows on an Amended Resolution to Allow GMCS bus to go to Naschitti to pick up students vote as follows:

Randy Manning motion-yes, Lupita White seconds-yes, Christina Aspaas-no, Matthew Tso-no and Hoskie Benally-absent

(Resolution read into record is attached proposed by CCSD)

(Resolution proposed by GMCS read into record)

The discussion from the Board and Superintendent Chiapetti was the proposed Agreement presented by CCSD is not an agreement, as GMCS is already doing what is listed, it does not discuss feeder routes.  GMCS has in place agreement with other school districts allowing GMCS to pick up their students likewise; they come and pick up our students.  The MOA presented by GMCS is strictly allowing GMCS to pay feeder route to parents for bringing their student(s) to the McKinley/San Juan county line or amend the MOA to reflect allowing the GMCS transportation to run the bus to Naschitti store and pick up students.

The CCSD Board’s stance was that safety was an excuse used and funding was the issue here, further CCSD provides all accommodations for students to attend CCSD.

Representative Sandra Jeff, Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie and chapter officials were in attendance also pleading with CCSD Board to come to an agreement for the sake of the students’ safety, as a mother was killed when she had driven her student to the county line the day after transportation was suspended by GMCS.  If we allow lawmakers to make the decision for us, other districts will take our funding which our school districts will lose.

 

Approval of a Memorandum of Agreement on Transportation Boundary between Central Consolidated Board of

Education and Gallup McKinley County Board of Education for Students from Crystal Area - this item was listed on

CCSD agenda; however GMCS cannot discuss nor take action as it was not legally advertised.

 

ADJOURNED at 9:08p.m.

 
 
Regular Board Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup-McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center Boardroom
October 7, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

NEWS MEDIA:

Bill Donovan, Gallup Independent

 

GUESTS:

Dolly Manson                                                     Kat Henderson

Brian J. Bernard                                                 Bart Stanley

Richard Ferguson                                               Sammy Orr

David Oakes                                                       Loren Omoth

Herlinda Mann                                                   Ron Donkersloot

Andy Deal                                                          Elizabeth Tabisz

Christina Robinson                                             Lynn Huenemann

Priscilla Manuelito                                             Virgil Manuelito Jr.

Shirley Hodge                                                     Jolene Begay

Johnty Cresto                                                      Rachael Rodrique

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  6:00 p.m./all present 

 

Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

Murphy Builders Construction

Johnty Cresto presented a plaque to Rick Murphy of Murphy Construction on behalf of the GMCS Board.  The contractor went above and beyond to clean up the Crownpoint school facility during the recent floods.

 

Transportation Update

Superintendent Chiapetti updated the board on the transportation issue and the bridges in the district.  On transportation, the board was of consensus that the meeting date be October 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. with Central Consolidated Board of Education at Naschitti Elementary.  The bridge issue; waiting for an engineer willing to certify the bridges.  The bridges are so old and no knowing where the materials came from.

 

Policy F-1400 Naming Facilities

Superintendent Chiapetti reviewed the policy received from Donn Williams, through NMSBA that will be presented for action at the next board meeting.

 

Third Grade Retention

Richie Ferguson presented a detailed slide on 3rd grade retention.  At the next meeting with the Legislators, the Board will make a recommendation according to our principals’ endorsement.  Copies of SB 260 are requested by the board to study.  A study session is requested on third grade retention.

 

 

Teacher Evaluation System

Superintendent Chiapetti stated that the teacher evaluation is a highly controversial topic.  Several

resolutions were passed to extend one more year but it failed.  A detailed handout was provided. Again, the Legislators will want to know the Board’s stance on this issue which will be a recommendation from the principals.

 

Overview of Central Office Committees on Operations

Superintendent Chiapetti provided a slide of the organizational chart.  Each group will be presenting at the upcoming board meetings.

 

A - F Grading Update

Superintendent Chiapetti presented on the A-F grading system.

 

Public Comment Policy Update – action item at the next Board meeting.

 

Board Report (meetings, conventions, etc.)

Titus Nez attended the Church Rock Chapter meeting.

Joe Menini and Kevin Mitchell attended the Region I meeting in Aztec.  Discussions included Common Core, NMAA, and a presentation from Farmington and Aztec schools.  CES-Certificate was given to Kim Brown and a Stop Bullying-CD given to Sammy Orr.  The next Region I meeting is April 2, 2014 in Dulce, NM

Bruce Tempest and Joe Menini attended the STEP meeting and Court Hearing on Zuni Impact Aid.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann presented the Indian Education Committee meeting schedule, and the next meeting is on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 9 a.m., in the board room.  Priscilla Manuelito, IEC president discussed the orientation which is being organized for new members, and several schools are still in need of representatives.  The budget approval is in process at the Navajo Nation, and the Navajo Nation Johnson O’Malley Conference is on Oct 15-17, 2013 in Isleta.   The National Johnson O’Malley Conference is scheduled in Denver, CO.

 

Announcements / Reminders

October 10-11, 2013 ~ No School-Fall Break

October 14, 2013 ~ Bi-State Charter Meeting -Gallup

October 15-17, 2013 ~ NN JOM Conference -Isleta

October 21, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

October 21, 2013 ~ No School-Professional Development Day

October 22, 2013 ~ No School-Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 4, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

November 11, 2013 ~ No School-Veterans Day

November 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

November 25-29, 2013 ~ Thanksgiving Break

December 6-7, 2013 ~ NMSBA Annual Convention

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Memorandum of Understanding between the New Mexico Library Foundation

and John F. Kennedy Middle School – ACTION--APPROVED

Gary Schuster, grant writer, discussed the Memorandum of Understanding with New Mexico Library Foundation that will supplement the Library services at Kennedy Mid School, and it is renewed annually.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of Memorandum of Understanding between the New Mexico Library

Foundation and John F. Kennedy Middle School be approved, as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

 

Approval of the Interagency Agreement Between Crownpoint Service Unit and Gallup-

McKinley County School District for Implementation of Peer Helpers Program for 2013-14

and 2014-15 – ACTION--APPROVED

Karen Arviso and Andy Deal, Health Promotions Department, Division of Public Health to officially recognize the Peer Helpers Program.  The program currently serves Crownpoint and Tse Yi Gai who otherwise would not have such activities offered through Peer Helpers.

Titus Nez moved the Approval of the Interagency Agreement between Crownpoint Service Unit and Gallup-McKinley County School District for Implementation of Peer Helpers Program for 2013-14 and 2014-15 be approved, as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

 

Approval of the Aspiring Superintendent Academy Participant David Oakes to Develop a

Policy on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – ACTION--APPROVED

David Oakes discussed the need for a policy; students, teachers, vendors; visitors bring their own devices to the building and want access to the internet.  The school district will have to be highly aware as hackers are out there waiting for things to happen.  Mr. Oakes will provide updates periodically.

Mavis Price moved the Approval of the Aspiring Superintendent Academy Participant David Oakes to Develop a Policy on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  8:32—8:45pm to discuss limited personnel issues and threatened or pending litigation.

 

ADJOURNED at 8:46pm

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Priscilla Manuelito – Thoreau High School graduation contract

Virgil Manuelito Jr. – Appreciates Navajo Language and Culture Classes

 

Ended at 8:51pm

 Quote 
“The Labor Movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”
--Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 
 
Special Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Media Center, Student Support Center
September 30, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member – ABSENT

 

 

GUESTS

Robert Dotson Deanna Crask-Stone

Johnty Cresto

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 1:43 p.m./Mr. Nez absent

 

NEW BUSINESS

Superintendent Evaluation – Discussion (Moved to the end of the agenda)

 

Acceptance of FY13-14 Local Government Road Fund Project – ACTION

Johnty Cresto spoke off accepting the road funds to be used to pave the parking lot at Thoreau High School.  The paving will begin next summer.  The school district will provide the matching fund which is a percentage of the amount received.  It was recommended that Gallup High School is on the priority list for the next year.

Mavis Price moved the Acceptance of FY13-14 Local Government Road Fund Project be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

 

Memorandum of Understanding – ACTION

Superintendent Chiapetti explained that the Central Consolidated Schools Board will hold their meeting on Tuesday, October 01, 2013.   On Tuesday, October 02, 2013 we will find out their position on the Memorandum of Understanding and if it is rejected, the Memorandum of Understanding will be ready for submittal to the Public Education Department. 

Mavis Price moved the Memorandum of Understanding with Central Consolidated School District be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously (Four board members present and voting)

 

Naming the New Church Rock School Naming the New North Side School – Discussion

The recommendation was made to begin the process of naming the new school in Church Rock and on the north side, and begin to conduct community meetings to get local input.  As a school district; a policy will need to be developed and approved.  A request will be made via email to Donn Williams, NMSBA Policy Services for a generic policy for naming facility/buildings.  The information will be available at the next board meeting.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  2:00—3:19 p.m. to discuss limited personnel issues-superintendent evaluation.

Mavis Price exited the meeting at 2:34 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Tempest stated for the record the only discussion was on limited personnel issues-superintendent evaluation in executive session.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 3:20 pm

 

Regular Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Cafeteria, Crownpoint Elementary
September 16, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President - ABSENT

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Elaine Toledo                                   Otis Peshlakai

Lynta Peshlakai                                Vivinita Bennett

Deloria Chapo                                  Sheri Mocro

Linda Schweigman                           Olin Kieyoomia

Matt Jopek                                        E. James

Brian Bernard                                   Jolene Begay

Shawmarie DeGroat                         Johnty Cresto

Irowena Whitehair                            Freda Joe

Jimson Joe

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  6:00 pm/Mr. Mitchell absent

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Joe Menini moved the minutes of the Board of Education Special meeting of August 28, 2013 (11AM) be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

 

Joe Menini moved the minutes of the Board of Education Special meeting of August 28, 2013(1PM) be approved as amended to reflect that Senator George Muñoz asked the school district to run the bus into San Juan County to pick up students based on safety issues and if there are questions or concerns to contact him.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

 

Superintendent's Report

Superintendent Chiapetti reported that the bridges are still impassable and currently working with the county asking for funding.  An update will be made at future meetings.  The bussing issue with Central Consolidated School; the two school districts met on Friday, September 13, 2013 in Window Rock with Navajo Nation Human and Health Services Committee and Representative Jeff.   A Memorandum of Understanding was introduced that reflects the bussing will stop on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in good faith that Central Consolidated School District will work with our school district.   The District 14 chapters, the District 14 Council, the Fort Defiance Agency Council and the Navajo Nation School Board all passed resolutions in favor of Gallup McKinley Schools to bus students from Naschitti.

 

Judge Robert A. Aragon will have a hearing on the Zuni School District Impact Aid Lawsuit, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.   Bob Rosebrough will be present to represent our school district and the Board members are welcomed to attend. 

 

Superintendent Chiapetti acknowledged Rick Murphy Construction for going above and beyond the call assisting Crownpoint Elementary School with flooding issue, utilizing their equipment to clean up the flood areas during the downpour.

 

Public Comment Policy Update

Mavis Price and Titus Nez will get together and work on the public comment project.

 

Titus Nez attended the Division of Diné Education meeting with Superintendent Chiapetti on the bussing issue.

Joe Menini attended the Roosevelt Parent Teacher Orientation; school closure was discussed.  Informed the community that the Newspaper transposed the date of closure for Oñate and Roosevelt and he has requested that corrections be made.

 

Bruce Tempest was on the radio with John McBreen.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

A written report was presented by superintendent Chiapetti on Johnson O’Malley.  The JOM application is being process through the Navajo Nation.  The Navajo Nation Johnson O’Malley Conference is scheduled for October 15-17, 2013 in Isleta.

 

School Site Reports

Deloria Chapo reported on Crownpoint Mid School.   Enrollment is 146, exceeds attendance projection, trend data in reading, math, comparison, parental involvement, EPSS strategies and alignment strategies.

 

Announcements / Reminders

September 17, 2013 ~ Hearing on Zuni Lawsuit

September 24, 2013 ~ Indian Affairs Committee -Nenahnezad Chapter

September 25-26, 2013 ~ Indian Affairs Committee -Fire Rock

September 27, 2013 ~ Indian Affairs Committee –Zuni

September 30, 2013 ~ Special GMCS Board Meeting (1:30PM)

October 2, 2013 ~ Region I Meeting –Aztec

October 7, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

October 10-11, 2013 ~ No School -Fall Break

October 21, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

October 21, 2013 ~ No School -Professional Development Day

October 22, 2013 ~ No School -Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6-7, 2013 ~ NMSBA Annual Convention

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of GMCS Board Policy J-1550 JE Student Absences and Excuses Policy - ACTION

Mavis Price moved the Approval of GMCS Board Policy J-1550 JE Student Absences and Excuses Policy be approved as presented to reflect “After the first 10 excused absences, the parent(s) must provide necessary/justifiable documentation(s) or absences will be unexcused”.

Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

 

Approval of the Agreement between the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department and Gallup McKinley County Schools - ACTION

Mavis Price moved the Approval of the Agreement between the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department and Gallup McKinley County Schools be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

 

Approval of an Appeal Requesting the Public Education Department to Conduct a Study Relating to the Boundary Dispute between Central Consolidated Schools and Gallup McKinley County Schools-ACTION

Mavis Price moved the Memorandum of Understanding with Central Consolidated School District to allow GMCS to pay feeder routes to parents bringing their children to the San Juan County line and if rejected, board has Approved an Appeal Requesting the Public Education Department to Conduct a Study Relating to the Boundary Dispute between Central Consolidated Schools and Gallup McKinley County Schools be approved, with amendments as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

 

Requested Topics by the Board for Future Meetings

Update on transportation (Memorandum of Understanding with Central Consolidated School District)

Johnty Cresto provided a report on the flooding issue in Crownpoint.  The dam identified as potentially breaking was diverted and school resumes as normal tomorrow.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  6:52—6:59p.m to discuss attorney-client privilege pertaining to threatened or pending litigation.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 7:05 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Linda Schweigman – Poor Homecoming: Fine Arts/swimming pool

Vivinita Bennett – Concerns

Olin Kieyoomia – Appreciation from Naschitti/Tohatchi                          

Jimson Joe – Enrollment

Shawmarie DeGroat – Gate Teacher/Electives                                          

Leonard Haskie – Buildings

 

Ended at 7:28 p.m.

 

 

Quote

זײַן וואָרט זאָל זײַן אַ שטעקן, וואָלט מען זיך ניט געטאָרט אָנשפּאַרן.

Zayn vort zol zayn a shtekn, volt men zikh nit getort onshparn.

If his word were a stick, you couldn't lean on it.

--Yiddish Proverb

 
 
Special GMCS Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center
August 28, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member - ABSENT

Titus J. Nez, Member – ABSENT

 

NEWS MEDIA PRESENT: NONE

 

GUESTS

Jay Santillanes                                Matejka Santillanes

Bart Stanley                                    Johnty Cresto

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:

Frank Chiapetti, Superintendent

Joan Nez, Recording Secretary

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  11:27 a.m.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of the 2013-14 GMCS Legislative Priorities – ACTION

After a lengthy discussion on educational issues, the GMCS Board Adopted the following:

 

Capital Outlay:                                                                              Legislation:

1. Informational Technology Funding                                         1. Informational Technology Funding

2. Thoreau Softball Field                                                              2. Teacherages

3. Alarms and Cameras                                                                3. Parent Choice Bussing

4. Roads: Crownpoint Mid/High and Navajo Elem.                  4. Adequacy Standards

 

Kevin Mitchell moved the 2013-14 GMCS Legislative Priorities be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Three board members present and voting)

[NOTE:  We will see what legislators do for Education in an Election Year!!!]

 

ADJOURN at 1:04p.m.

 

Special GMCS Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center
August 28, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member - ABSENT

Titus J. Nez, Member – ABSENT

 

NEWS MEDIA PRESENT:

Bill Donovan, Gallup Independent

 

GUESTS

Jay Santillanes                 Matejka Santillanes

Bart Stanley                     Johnty Cresto

Robert Dodson                 Senator George Munoz

Senator John Pinto           Rep Eliseo Alcon

 

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  1:14 p.m

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Discussion of the GMCS Legislative Needs Priorities with the area legislators.

The discussion with Representative Eliseo Alcon, Senators John Pinto and George Muñoz, Superintendent Frank

Chiapetti, and several staff on items as follows: informational technology funding needs, reoccurring expenditures to

meet the requirements, Thoreau softball field, alarms and cameras, entrance roads to Crownpoint Mid and High and the street that enters Navajo Elementary School, teacherages to convert to state buildings, and the adequacy standards.  It was recommended to revisit the priority list and include the actual student and teachers needs in the classrooms.  The continuation of this meeting to further discuss topics will be in October 2013.

 

ADJOURNED at  3:28p.m. 

 

 

Regular GMCS Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center
September 3, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member - Absent

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

NEWS MEDIA PRESENT:

John McBreen, KYVA

Bill Donovan, Gallup Independent

 

GUESTS

Brian Bernard                                  Bart Stanley

Mary Washburn                              Glen Washburn

Kim Orr                                           Marco Abeita

Carmen Diaz                                   Joseph Diaz

Patricia Martinelli                           Becky Wright

Carol Burnett                                  Jolene Begay

Sandra Esparza                               Percelita Mateo

Helen Ortega                                  Angelito Mateo

Herlinda Mann                               Bambee Sarracino

Denise S.                                        Dora Cano

Flora Olson                                    Deanna Crask

Olin Kieyoomia                             Tamara Thomas

Michelle Galaviz                            Johnty Cresto

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:

Frank Chiapetti, Superintendent

Leonard Haskie, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services

Phyllis Casuse, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Kim Brown, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services - Absent

Coreen Smith, Community Relations

Joan Nez, Recording Secretary

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:00 p.m.

 

Superintendent's Report

 

J-0500 JE Attendance Policy Review

Superintendent reviews the policies J-0500 JE and J-1550 JH on attendance and student absences and excuses.  The current policy needs reviewed and changes made to assure student success, which can be achieved through  daily attendance at the schools.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Joe Menini attended the end of the staff meeting presented by the superintendent here in the board room on Friday, August 30, 2013.  He commended the superintendent for instilling morale.

 

Kevin Mitchell attended the open house at Tohatchi Elementary School and spoke with teachers, parents, and students.

 

Titus Nez attended the open house at Church Rock Elementary and provided comments to the teachers, parents, and students.

 

Dr. Bruce Tempest attended the STEP Grant meeting with participants from the Navajo Nation and the State, he was also at the meeting with McKinley Education Foundation; they will be offering grants to teachers of $300 for projects in the class room, apply online at MckinleyKids.org, the deadline is September 30, 2013.

 

Public Comment Policy Update-deferred to next meeting.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann reported the next Indian Education Committee meeting is on Saturday 28, 2013 in the board room, the Navajo Nation Johnson O’Malley Conference is scheduled for October 15-17, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM and the planning meeting for the conference is Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in Window Rock, AZ.

 

Summer Lunch Report

Carol Burnett reported that a total of 57 sites served 115,921 students for breakfast and lunch.  The sited included district school that taught summer school, city parks, county sites, chapter houses, and bible schools.  A total of 96 employees worked at the sites and 6 kitchen sites were utilized.  Child, Youth, and Families Department will reimburse the district once all claims are filed, the reimbursement will used to purchase supplies and equipment for next summer’s lunch program.

 

Notices and Communication

Announcements / Reminders

September 9, 2013 ~ Early Release

September 16, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting-Crownpoint Elementary

September 24, 2013 ~ Indian Affairs Committee -Nenahnezad Chapter

September 25-26, 2013 ~ Indian Affairs Committee-Fire Rock

September 27, 2013 ~ Indian Affairs Committee-Zuni

October 2, 2013 ~ Region I Meeting -Aztec

October 10-11, 2013 ~ No School -Fall Break

October 21, 2013 ~ No School-Professional Development Day

October 22, 2013 ~ No School-Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6-7, 2013 ~ NMSBA Annual Convention

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Option 4 or Option 5; related to School Attendance Boundaries and the Schedule and Order of

New Construction - ACTION

Johnty Cresto provided a detailed handout on the Feasibility Study for Elementary Schools in Gallup, Scenarios 4 and 5, a 5-7 year implementation on design, bid, build and occupy.  The current model school is Crownpoint Elementary school.  The primary reason is to move the dollars into the classroom.  The board received a calendar of occupancy, statement of financial position, projected enrollment, base control data, transfer matrices for elementary, middle and high, and maps of current assignments.  Scenario #4 proposes to close Roosevelt, Juan de Oñate and Lincoln and try to balance enrollment at remaining 10 schools in Gallup urban area to no more than 450.  Scenario #5 proposes to close Roosevelt and Juan de Oñate Elementary School and balance enrollments at remaining schools to about 400 or existing capacity.

Joe Menini has very close relations to Roosevelt, its beginning, burned building, rebuilding the school and to the current weekly visits with the teachers and students at the school, an emotional connection.

Titus Nez moved the Approval of Option 5; related to School Attendance Boundaries and the Schedule and Order of New Construction- Scenario #5 proposes to close Roosevelt and Juan de Oñate Elementary School and balance enrollments at remaining schools to about 400 or existing capacity be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

 

Topics for future board meetings:

1. Naming a school after a community member

2. Superintendent Evaluation

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:04—7: to discuss personnel issues.  For the record the only discussion was the attorney-client privilege pertaining to threatened or pending litigation and limited personnel issues in executive session.

 

ADJOURNED at 7:41pm

 

PUBLIC COMMENT—None

 

 

 

Quote

“And though you think the world is at your feet, it can rise up and tread on you.”  

Ian McEwan,  Atonement

 
 
Regular Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center Boardroom
August 5, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Dr. Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis Price, Member

Titus Nez, Member (Absent tonight tending to family matters)

 

GUESTS:

Richard Palochak                                Bart Stanley                                  Olin Kieyoomia

Harriet K. Becenti                               Marlene Custer                             Ethel Manuelito

Melissa Lovato                                   Shirley Hodye                               Michelle Stewart

Lisa V. Hubbard                                 Carmen Moffett                            Angie H. Nez

Herlinda Mann                                    Priscilla Hammet                         Angie Damon

Valerie Arviso                                    Kayla Vigil                                   Loren Omoth

Brian Clark                                         Derek Begay                                 Bob Rosebrough

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:00 p.m.

 

STUDY CIRCLE

Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

Frank Chiapetti congratulated Jefferson Elementary and Turpen Elementary Principals for raising their school grade.

 

Creating Voter Convenience Centers – Discussion

Rick Palochak explained the Voting Convenience Centers.  Items of discussion included ADA Compliances, confused voters, turn-out rate, election dates, early voting, proposed locations and security issues.  The proposal is eight (8) municipal voting locations compared to the current twenty (20) voting locations.  The decision is expected in mid-October.  Rick Palochak will present in the near future a memorandum of understanding between McKinley County and the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

 

STEP Grant Update

Carmen Moffett presented the STEP Grant Update.  The contact person for the Navajo Nation is Derek Begay.  The next STEP meeting will be held in the Board Room on Friday, August 23, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m. and the board members are invited to attend.  Items of discussion will be the Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation, Gallup McKinley County Schools, and the Public Education Department, also an orientation on Title II and III programs and the Dine Five Standards.  Awork station will also be provided within Learning Services.  The requested information on the STEP Grant will be made available to the board.

 

Thoreau High School Roofing Update

Kim Brown provided information on Thoreau High School roofing and that same information has been sent to school attorney.  Marco Abeita and she awarded the job to Longhorn Construction.  Further, Johnty Cresto indicated i t might be up to thirty days from the actual notice for the project to begin.  Dr. Bruce Tempest requested information provided by the attorney and what the next steps would be shall it progress further.  The response was that it is a possibility it would go further.  Frank Chiapetti requested that the board read the attorney’s comments on pages 12, 13 and 14.

 

Board Policy Review

Frank Chiapetti requested that the board members review a few sections of the Board Policy at a time in order to bring the policy up-to-date.  Cuddy Law will begin reviewing the school policy and make it  user-friendly.

Board policies listed below is the beginning, thereafter at each board meeting additional policies will be listed.

1. A-0000 District Mission and Belief Statement

2. A-0150 Community Involvement in Education

3. A-0200 Parental Involvement

4. GMCS Transportation Policy (First Reading)

 

Jeff Bond, Transportation Director, gave a report on the basic changes on the GMCS Transportation Policies and Procedures Manual.  Items of discussion included alignment with the State, feeder routes, activity busses, bridges, safety, weight limits, assigned seats, cameras, GPS systems, tracking students, addressing angry parents, and that the busses are where they should be.

Joe Menini asked about animal transportation regulation as can a student take their guinea pig to class with them. Jeff Bond replied, “No”, the only animals that are allowed on school buses are the eye-seeing dogs.

 

 Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Joe Menini reported that the Board attended the Indian Education Committee’s Leadership Luncheon on Friday, August 2, 2013 at the Gallup Inn.  The Education Panel and the overall conference were informative.  He commended Carmen Moffett organizing the conference.

 

Kevin Mitchell also congratulated both Carmen Moffett and Herlinda Mann for doing a great job for our district.

 

Dr. Bruce Tempest and Joe Menini met with the auditors’ entrance meeting and alerted the Board to expect a letter in the mail that they should answer and mail back. 

 

Dr. Bruce Tempest and Mr. Chiapetti met with a group called Native American Voter Alliance, “Keep The Promise”, and they are in the process of setting up a state-wide town hall sessions on education.  No date has been set yet. 

 

Kevin Mitchell invited the Board to attend a District 14 meeting on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Naschitt Chapter House, topics are boundaries and bridges.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann stated that she attended the Navajo Nation Johnson O’Malley Indian Education Committee Orientation on July 31 and August 1, 2013 held in Towoac, CO.  On Monday, August 5, 2013 the new teachers toured Window Rock.  The next Indian Education Committee meeting is August 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the Board Room. Furthermore, Priscilla Manuelito thanked the board members for attending the Leadership conference.

 

Announcements / Reminders

August 6-7, 2013 ~ New Teacher Orientation

August 12, 2013 ~ First Day of School

August 19, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

September 2, 2013 ~ No School (Labor Day)

September 3, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting (Tuesday)

 

Dr. Bruce Tempest added the Indian Affairs Committee will be meeting at Fire Rock on September 25th and 26th and that we should advertise so that the board members can attend the meetings.

 

Frank Chiapetti will be at the Nenanezad Chapter House in Kirtland on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 and at Zuni on Friday, September 27, 2013 attending Indian Affairs Committee meetings.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of the Helen Keller International Memorandum of Understanding – ACTION

Angie Holtsoi-Nez explained the Memorandum of Understanding to the Board. Highlighted the program that began in 2004, website has plenty of information, they work with Louisa Alverez to dispense glasses, she is licensed, currently working with twelve schools, screened 3,400 students and prescribed 874 eye glasses.  Joe Menini requested that each board member be given a copy of her handout at the next board meeting.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of the Helen Keller International Memorandum of Understanding as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:55—8:42 p.m. - The Board will meet in executive session pursuant to NMSA 1978 Section 10-15-1(H)(2) to discuss potential and pending litigation regarding the Old Ramah High School Property.

 

Adjournment at 8:44 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Olin Kieyoomia – Tohatchi Community Schools, School Bus Route, BOE Meetings/Dates/Places

 

Special Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Media Center Conference Room
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bruce Tempest, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Mavis V. Price, Member - ABSENT

Titus J. Nez, Member 

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 1:00 p.m.

Kevin Mitchell entered at 1:22 p.m.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Discussion - GMCS Legislative Needs and Priorities

Matejka Santillanes, the board, staff, and administrators were available for discussion on the district needs and priorities:

Items of transportation, Miyamura digging, Zuni Lawsuit, Impact Aid Lawsuit, Indian Affairs Committee, Adequacy Standards, Public School Facility Authority, Thoreau softball field, Memorial Interstate, unsafe Bridges, four-wheel bus, technology information infrastructure, and Internet Carrier were discussed. The list will be generated and presented to the Board at the August 19, 2013 board meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Regular Board Meeting
The Board of Education
Student Support Services Boardroom
Gallup McKinley County Schools
July 8, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary – via telephone

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:10 p.m.

Election of Officers per Board Policy 11.2.5 / B-0900 121806

Board of Education President Mavis Price called for nominations for the President of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Kevin Mitchell nominated Titus Nez (accepted) for President of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Joe Menini nominated Dr. Bruce Tempest (accepted) for President of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Mavis Price ceased nominations for President of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Votes for Titus Nez: Titus Nez-yes, Bruce Tempest-no, Joe Menini-no, Kevin Mitchell-yes, Mavis Price-no

Votes for Dr. Bruce Tempest: Titus Nez-no, Bruce Tempest-yes, Joe Menini-yes, Kevin Mitchell-no, Mavis Price-yes

Dr. Bruce Tempest elected President of Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education by election.

 

B. Board of Education Vice-President

Dr. Bruce Tempest called for nominations for the Vice-President of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Titus Nez nominated Kevin Mitchell for Vice President of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Mavis Price ceased nominations for President of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Kevin Mitchell elected Vice President of Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education by acclamation.

 

Board of Education Secretary

Dr. Bruce Tempest called for nominations for the Secretary of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Titus Nez nominated Mavis Price (relinquishes) for Secretary of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Kevin Mitchell nominated Joe Menini for Secretary of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education.

Joe Menini elected Secretary of Gallup McKinley County School Board of Education by acclamation.

 

STUDY CIRCLE

Impact Aid Indian Policies and Procedures Update

Carmen Moffett provided an update on Indian Policies and Procedures; this is a requirement for the Impact Aid application.

 

Community Meetings Update

Johnty Cresto provided an update on the community meetings on attendance boundaries.  There were excellent questions, comments and recommendations.  There are additional chapter meetings coming up, on July 14, 2013 at Manuelito at 1:00 p.m. and July 17, 2013 at Rock Springs at 6:00 p.m.  The board recommended sending message out to parents via telephone on the upcoming meetings.

 

Lobbyist Update

Jay and Matejka Santillanes provided an update on the 2013 Legislative Interim Committee.  Items of discussion are LESC 2013 Interim Work Plan, Summary of Public Education-related legislation passed by the 51st legislature, 1st session 2013, fact sheet FY 13, potential final unit value adjustment, federal fund sequestration overview, special education maintenance of effort overview, PED report on Indian Education, Letter from Rep Sandra Jeff regarding the changes in the operations of the Indian Education office, Northwest Bureau located in Gallup, NM, and former Superintendent Arsenault’s letter regarding changes in the location for the NM Indian Education office in Gallup, NM.

Kevin Mitchell commended the lobbyist and recommended to host the upcoming Indian Affairs Committee here in the board room.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Joe Menini attended the Middle College High School board meeting on June 18, 2013; lottery drawing to fill the 25 slots was completed.

Kevin Mitchell attended the Indian Education Committee meeting on the budget. He further questioned the payments for IEC members.  He also stated for the record that “A quote in the Gallup Independent mentions that a qualified a Native American candidate should be a finalist for the superintendent” however the discussion was that it should reflect “qualifications and experience”.  As a small business owner in Gallup, many have approached him in that respect. 

Superintendent reported that those that have submitted tax forms have been paid.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Carmen Moffett reported that the Indian Education Committee meeting, July 13, 2013 at 9AM, on Johnson O’Malley applications’ final negotiations, and elected officers for school year 2013-2014 are: Priscilla Manuelito – president, Valerie Arviso – vice president and Sonlatsa Jim-Martin- secretary.

Priscilla Manuelito thanked Frank Chiapetti and Kevin Mitchell for attending the negotiations.  She also request to include in the enrollment packet an assessment form, a tribal luncheon on August 2, 2013, Gallup Inn at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and recommends close working relationship with the Bilingual Cultural teachers, and funding to the school sites.

Kevin Mitchell commended the Indian Education committee and its newly elected officers.

 

Announcements / Reminders

July 12-13, 2013 ~ NMSBA Leadership Retreat (Cloudcroft, NM) Mavis Price

July 22, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

July 30, 31, August 1, 2013 ~ Administrators Conference (SSC)

August 5, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

August 5-7, 2013 ~ New Teacher Orientation (Tentative)

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of the Superintendent Contract for School Year 2013-2014 - ACTION

Titus Nez discussed that the superintendent contract and salary was not discussed by the whole board, only two board members conducted the negotiations, however the weekly reports are good and he will support the new superintendent.  Mavis Price said that the secretary, her as president, and a personnel staff met with the superintendent to discuss the salary.  The salary was averaged according to other school districts within our state with the same number of students and size.  Kevin Mitchell moved the Approval of the Superintendent Contract for School Year 2013-2014 be tabled, but withdrew his motion and instead motion to go in executive session to discuss the superintendent contract and the reorganization proposal.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:14—8:22 p.m.

For the record, only limited personnel issues on superintendent contract and specific administrative positions were discussed in the executive session.

 

Titus Nez moved the Approval of the Superintendent Contract for School Year 2013-2014, salary of $132,500, 20 days of annual leave with pay, cell phone allowance of $1,000, school vehicle upon request for district business, no teacherage, and no medical or dental coverage.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting: Joe Menini-yes, Kevin Mitchell-yes, Mavis Price-yes, Bruce Tempest-yes, Titus Nez-yes)

 

Approval of the Administration Reorganization Proposal for School Year 2013-2014 - ACTION

Frank Chiapetti discussed the reorganization proposal.  As Phase I, streamlining the proposal is the most efficiency and effectiveness for the school district, not target a specific employee/employees. He also commended business office staff.  For Phase II, Support Services will be studied closely.

Mavis Price moved the agenda be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried four to one. (Five board members present and voting: Mavis Price–yes, Kevin Mitchell–no, Joe Menini–yes, Dr. Bruce Tempest–yes, Titus Nez–yes)

 

Approval of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for School Year 2013-2014 - ACTION

Phyllis Casuse discussed the changes from the previous year’s agreement.  New this year is the two-year calendar and Navajo language teachers’ pay scale.  Frank Chiapetti commended MCFUSE and GMCS Management Team and recommended approval.

Mavis Price moved the Approval of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for School Year 2013-2014 be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting: Mavis Price–yes,

Kevin Mitchell–yes, Joe Menini–yes, Dr. Bruce Tempest–yes, Titus Nez–yes) UNANIMOUS!!!

 

Requested Topics by the Board for Future Meetings:

House Bill 54 – Cyber Bullying Policy – Titus Nez

Public Comment Position on Agenda – Titus Nez

Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission – Titus Nez

Complaint process – Bruce Tempest

Chapter resolutions – Bruce Tempest

Superintendent Time: At most board meeting days, from 4:30-5:30 pm, the superintendent will be available in the board room to discuss concerns, questions and not complaints or personnel issues.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 9:01 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin –comments / recommendations

Priscilla Manuelito –comments / concerns

 

 

Regular Board Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Services Boardroom
June 17, 2013 (Reconvene Meeting)

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary – via telephone

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Brian Bernard                                   ID Cato                                 Michelle S.

Lucy Montoya                                  Sue Cote                               Jay Santillanes

Carmen Moffett                                Louise Benally                     Jolene Begay

Allison Dollar                                   Richard Ferguson                 Fran Thomas

Wandi Brown                                   Michelle Romero                 Olivia Martinez

Jenny Crane                                     Priscilla Manuelito                Sandra Esparza

Matejka Santillanes                         Sonlatsa Jim-Martin              Henry Smith

Gloria Vicente                                 Deann Castleberry                 Lemanuel Loley

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  6:00 p.m.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of the Temporary Inter-Fund Cash Transfer Adjustments-ACTION

Dr. Bruce Tempest moved the Approval of the Temporary Inter-Fund Cash Transfer Adjustments be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

ADJOURNMENT at 6:07 p.m.

 

Special Board Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center Boardroom
June 11, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President – entered at 1:04 pm

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Brian Bernard                       Johnty Cresto

Marco Abeita                       Rob Gintowt

Jvanna Hanks

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  1:00 p.m.

Kevin Mitchell entered at 1:04 pm.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of the School Year 2013-2014 Budget for Gallup McKinley County Schools - ACTION

Kim Brown and Jvanna Hanks presented the 2013-2014 Operating Budget presentation for approval which included the timeline for 2013-2014 Budget preparation and presentation, executive summary, unit value, program cost, membership, revenue analysis and expenditure analysis.  Furthermore, the Budget compliance for New Mexico Public Education Department, Average Salary information and Salary schedules, Uniform Chart of Accounts descriptions and definitions (UCOA), Operating Budget Summary and detail in Operating Budget Management System (OBMS) and description of funds and district monitoring process.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of the School Year 2013-2014 Budget for Gallup McKinley County Schools be approved as presented with an exception to review the athletics for Tse Yi Gai High School.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting as follows: Titus Nez – yes, Bruce Tempest – yes, Joe Menini – yes,

Kevin Mitchell – yes, Mavis Price - yes)

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  2:50--3:30 p.m

 

ADJOURNMENT at 3:31 p.m.

 

Special Board Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Services Center Boardroom
May 28, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  9:05 a.m.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Superintendent Candidates Interviews

9AM ~ David Oakes

10AM ~ Frank Chiapetti

11AM ~ Phil Kasper

Kevin Mitchell exited 1:35 p.m.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  9:09 a.m.—1:57 p.m. for  superintendent candidate interviews.

RECESS

Joe Menini moved the meeting be recessed and to be reconvening on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in the

Fire Place Room, Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd, NW, Albuquerque,

New Mexico 87501 to discuss superintendent candidates interviews.

Meeting recessed Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 1:59 p.m.

 

 Regular GMCS Board Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center
June 3, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Brian Bernard                            Bart Stanley

Angie Nez                                 Cecelia Curley

Raymond Nez                           Kay Polich

Sammy Orr                               Debbie Johnson

Karl Lohmann                          Carol Sarath

Lee Brower                               Valdine Brower

Walter Feldman                        Carmen Moffett

Carol Burnett                            Frank Chiapetti

Jennifer Hall                             David Oakes

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin                 Jeff Bond

Priscilla Manuelito                   Henry Smith

James S.                                   Johnty Cresto

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:00 p.m.

Kevin Mitchell entered at 6:09 p.m.

 

STUDY CIRCLE

Reports

Superintendent's Report

Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

Retiree Recognition

Coreen Smith presented the Retirees in attendance and the Board thanked them for their years of services.  In

attendance were the following: Carol Sarath, Lee Brower, Mae Lou Begay, Gary Vanderver, Dr. Phillip Vanallsburg Jr., and Peter Procopio.

 

2013-2014 Budget Update

Kim Brown gave an update on the budget and requested that a Special Board meeting be scheduled to discuss the budget in detail.  The Board agreed and the date was scheduled for Monday, June 10, 2013 at 1 PM in the board room.  The budget needs to be approved by June 20th and sent to Public Education Department.  Mavis Price requested to have the budget line item numbers with program dollars that can and cannot be carried over.

 

GMCS Wellness Policy 2013-2014

Carmen Moffett presented a report to the Board for review.  Upon review, it will be placed on the agenda for action to make it policy.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Each board member reported on their attendance at the School Law Conference.  The sessions they attended provided valuable information.  During the conference, NMSBA awarded the scholarships to students; he asked what happened to the student from the Gallup McKinley County Schools selected.

 

Announcements / Reminders

June 17, 2013 ~ BOE Meeting (recessed)

July 8, 2013 ~ BOE Meeting

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of the GMCS Educational Technology Plan 2013-2016 - ACTION

Titus Nez moved the Approval of the GMCS Educational Technology Plan 2013-2016 be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

Approval of the Middle College High School 2013/2014 Charter School Budget as prepared and approved

by the Charter School Governing Council - ACTION

Bruce Tempest moved the Approval of the Middle College High School 2013/2014 Charter School Budget as prepared and approved by the Charter School Governing Council be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

Approval of the Resolution to Grant a Waiver for Employee Participation in the Procurement of Services

for J&J Steam Cleaning, Inc. to Conduct Business with the District - ACTION

Joe Menini moved the Approval of the Resolution to Grant a Waiver for Employee Participation in the Procurement of Services for J&J Steam Cleaning, Inc. to Conduct Business with the District be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:15-7:45 p.m.

 

Requested Topics for Future Meetings:

House Bill 54-Cyber Bullying

 

ADJOURNMENT at 7:46 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Kathy Polich – PE/Fine Arts Cuts

Ramona Vining – PE/Fine Arts Cuts

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin – Concerns/Recommendations

Priscilla Manuelito – Comments/IEC Announcements

 

 

 

 

Special Board Meeting (Reconvene)
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Fireplace Room, Hotel Albuquerque
May 30, 2013

A Special meeting of the Board of Education of Gallup McKinley County Schools was held Thursday, May 30, 2013 beginning at 6:30 PM in the Fireplace Room, Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd, NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87501.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President - ABSENT

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Phyllis Casuse

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:

Joan Nez, Recording Secretary

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:34 p.m.

Kevin Mitchell called the Board of Education meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2013, in the

Fireplace Room, Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd, NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Four board members

were present for roll call)

NEW BUSINESS

Discussion to discuss the qualifications and recommendations on the candidates for the superintendent for

the following David Oakes, Frank Chiapetti and Phil Kasper.

Mavis Price entered at 7:20 p.m.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  6:35—8:07 p.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 8:08 p.m.

 

Special Board Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center Boardroom
May 16, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell., Vice President – entered at 1:16 PM

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Danny Jarrett

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 1:05 p.m.

Kevin Mitchell entered at 1:16 pm

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Bruce Tempest moved the agenda be approved, with amendments to include a discussion on Newspaper Article on

Superintendent Search.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

Joe Menini motioned to not go into executive session because at the April 15, 2013 meeting the “Approval of the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education Approving Voluntary Recognition of Educational Assistants to join the Bargaining Unit” was voted on and approved, therefore no further discussion is needed.

 

Attorney Danny Jarrett stated for the purpose PELRB Section 10.7E.17 this

meeting shall be closed: (1) meetings for the discussion of bargaining strategy preliminary to collective bargaining negotiations between the public employer and the exclusive representative of the public employees of the public employer; (2) collective bargaining sessions; and (3) consultations and impasse resolution procedures at which the public employer and the exclusive representative of the appropriate bargaining unit are present.

 

Bruce Tempest discussed that there are two different items to consider: the motion to allow educational assistants to join the Union and the Collective Bargaining Act.  Joe Menini withdrew his motion to not go into executive session.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Work Session – Public Employee Labor Relations Board

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  1:19-2:35 p.m.

Mavis Price stated for the record only Public Employee Labor Relations and Employee Bargaining Strategy were discussed in executive session.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 2:37 p.m.

 

 
Regular Board Meeting
The Board of Education
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Center Boardroom
May 20, 2013

.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Jimson Joe                                       Brian Bernard                                  Lemanuel Loly

Shirley Hodge                                 Rhonda Law                                     Bart Stanley

Kathleen Kurpiel                             Eloisa C.                                          Shania Spencer

Mike L.                                           Alta Tsosie                                       Lyn Huenemann

Carmen Moffett                              Angie Damon                                  Anissa Shaver

Paul Cassidy                                   Loren Omoth                                    Frances Perez

Allison Dollar                                 David Oakes                                    Felicia Sanchez

Joyce T.                                          Freda Joe                                         Kelly Cain

Chee Smith Jr.                               Alison Peacock                                 Keona Manuelito

Herlinda Mann                              Anthony Begay                                 Priscilla Manuelito

Kristy DePauli                              Michelle Steward                               Lane Loley

Mirakhel Windsong                      Matt Jopek                                         Deloria Chapo

Frank Chiapetti                              Katie Joe

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL: 6:04 p.m.

 

STUDY CIRCLE

Superintendent's Report

Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

ADD: School Attendance Boundary – Johnty Cresto

Johnty Cresto discussed the school attendance boundaries.  Basic education versus budget, the budget is declining slowly by 2022.  Several scenarios were developed for schools housing no more than 450 students.  Leonard Haskie provided vital information on the schools future in general, construction, advertising, and in the process of filing application for a new Ramah Elementary School.

 

2013-2014 Budget Update

Kim Brown discussed the operational budget for 2013-14 school year. The budget projections revenue sources based on enrollment, federal and local . The New Mexico general fund SED and Federal Impact Aid is included.  The cash balance is enough to start the next school year.

 

Superintendent's Search Update

Phyllis Casuse provided a summary on the upcoming public forums.  A face-to-face interview is May 28, 2013, 9AM in the board room.  The new superintendent starts July 1, 2013.

 

Staffing Changes Update

Phyllis Casuse discussed staffing, state requirements has been met, adjustments were made, identity of the minimum staff needs were met, extra staff were Educational Assistants, fairness and inequity, elementary librarians, elementary counselors, elementary fine arts, elementary physical education teachers, secondary schools, and reassigning teachers based on licensure.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Kevin Mitchell attended graduation at Navajo Pine High School and Tohatchi.  Joe Menini attended four graduations.  Titus Nez attended graduation at Tse Yi Gai High and Crownpoint High. Dr. Bruce Tempest and Mavis Price also attended graduations.  All went fairly well.

 

Carmen Moffett and Herlinda Mann gave a Pendleton and a plague to Chee Smith Jr., a former Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education member to honor and recognize him for his dedication.  The next Indian Education Committee meeting is June 1, 2013 in the board room.

 

Announcements / Reminders:

May 20, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

May 27, 2013 ~ Memorial Day

May 30-June 1, 2013 ~ NMSBA School Law Conference (Albuquerque, NM)

June 3, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

June 17, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting (recessed)

 

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of the Special Education Policy and Procedures for GMCS as required for the NMPED IDEA-B

Application - ACTION

Mary Reeve reviewed the small changes in the Policy and Procedures as required by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of the Special Education Policy and Procedures for GMCS as required for the NMPED IDEA-B Application be approved, with amendments as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

(Moved to the beginning of the meeting)

 

Approval and Adopt a Notice of Sale of General Obligation School Building and Refunding Bonds, Series

2013 in the amount of $13,350,000 – ACTION

Kim Brown discussed the sale of bonds and refinancing.  Paul Cassidy and Art Melendrez provided a detailed Bond Sale Discussion.

Joe Menini moved the Approval and Adopt a Notice of Sale of General Obligation School Building and Refunding Bonds, Series 2013 in the amount of $13,350,000. be approved, with amendments as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

Approval of an Increase in Teacherage Housing Rent effective September 1, 2013 - ACTION

Kim Brown and Rob Gintowt discussed the increase in teacherage rent, raise for teachers, appraisals, operational funds, compliance with the Internal Revenue Services, and a teacherage committee.  The board discussed prior discussion on conducting meetings and compromise with the renters and who conducted the appraisals, teacherages is an incentive for rural areas, no raises received in five years, and the rural increments is very minimal.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of an Increase in Teacherage Housing Rent at $75.00 excluding Ramah teacherages effective September 1, 2013 be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting as follows: Titus Nez – no, Bruce Tempest – yes, Joe Menini – yes, Kevin Mitchell – no, Mavis price - yes)

 

Approval of the GMCS Board of Education Approving Voluntary Recognition of Educational Assistants to

join the Bargaining Unit - ACTION

The board discussed rescinding action taken at the April 15, 2013 board meeting, Educational Assistants have a choice, information not made available in advance, more than enough cards, secret ballot, lack of funds to conduct the ballot and the advisement of the attorney.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of the GMCS Board of Education Approving Voluntary Recognition of Educational Assistants to join the Bargaining Unit be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)  EXCELLENT!!!

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  8:09—8:53 p.m

Only personnel items were discussed in executive session.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 8:54 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Jimson Joe – Student Learning

Allison Peacock – Band

Vivinita Bennett – Teacher at Crownpoint

Yolanda Devore – Teacher at Crownpoint

Tammie Charlie – Teacher at Crownpoint

Tyler Sighn – none

Shania Spencer/Keona Manuelito – Teacher at Thoreau

Priscilla Manuelito – Superintendent Search/Teacher at Thoreau

Shanna J. – none

Felisha Sanchez – none

 
GMCS Regular Board Meeting
Student Support Services
May 20, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

NEWS MEDIA PRESENT:

Katy Barnitz, Gallup Independent

GUESTS

Jimson Joe                                 Brian Bernard                            Lemanuel Loly

Shirley Hodge                           Rhonda Law                               Bart Stanley

Kathleen Kurpiel                       Eloisa C.                                     Shania Spencer

Mike L.                                     Alta Tsosie                                   Lyn Huenemann

Carmen Moffett                        Angie Damon                              Anissa Shaver

Paul Cassidy                             Loren Omoth                               Frances Perez

Allison Dollar                           David Oakes                                Felicia Sanchez

Joyce T.                                    Freda Joe                                     Kelly Cain

Chee Smith Jr.                         Alison Peacock                            Keona Manuelito

Herlinda Mann                        Anthony Begay                            Priscilla Manuelito

Kristy DePauli                        Michelle Steward                         Lane Loley

Mirakhel Windsong                Matt Jopek                                   Deloria Chapo

Frank Chiapetti                       Katie Joe                                  

Stephanie Ly                          Kathy Chavez

 

CALL TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  6:04pm

 

Attendance Boundary – Johnty Cresto

Johnty Cresto discussed the school attendance boundaries.  Basic education versus budget, the budget is declining slowly by 2022.  Several scenarios were developed for schools housing no more than 450 students. Leonard Haskie provided vital information on the schools future in general, construction, advertising, and in the process of filing application for a new Ramah Elementary School.

 

2013-2014 Budget Update

Kim Brown discussed the operational budget for 2013-14 school year.  The budget projections revenue sources based on enrollment, federal and local.  The New Mexico general fund SED and Federal Impact Aid is included. The cash balance is enough to start the next school year.

 

Superintendent's Search Update

Phyllis Casuse provided a summary on the upcoming public forums.  A face to face interview is May 28, 2013, 9AM in the board room.  The new superintendent starts July 1, 2013.

Staffing Changes Update

Phyllis Casuse discussed staffing, state requirements has been met, adjustments were made, identity of the minimum staff needs were met, extra staff were Educational Assistants, fairness and inequity, elementary librarians, elementary counselors, elementary fine arts, elementary physical education teachers, secondary schools, and reassigning teachers based on licensure.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Kevin Mitchell attended graduation at Navajo Pine High School and Tohatchi.  Joe Menini attended four graduations.  Titus Nez attended graduation at Tse Yi Gai High and Crownpoint High.  Dr. Bruce Tempest and Mavis Price also attended graduations.  All went fairly well.

 

Carmen Moffett and Herlinda Mann gave a Pendleton and a plague to Chee Smith Jr., a former Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education member to honor and recognize him for his dedication.  The next Indian Education Committee meeting is June 1, 2013 in the board room.

 

Announcements / Reminders

May 20, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

May 27, 2013 ~ Memorial Day

May 30-June 1, 2013 ~ NMSBA School Law Conference (Albuquerque, NM)

June 3, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

June 17, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting (recessed)

 

Approval of the Special Education Policy and Procedures for GMCS as required for the NMPED IDEA-B

Application - ACTION

Mary Reeve reviewed the small changes in the Policy and Procedures as required by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of the Special Education Policy and Procedures for GMCS as required for the NMPED IDEA-B Application be approved, with amendments as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

(Moved to the beginning of the meeting)

Approval and Adopt a Notice of Sale of General Obligation School Building and Refunding Bonds, Series

2013 in the amount of $13,350,000 – ACTION

Kim Brown discussed the sale of bonds and refinancing.  Paul Cassidy and Art Melendrez provided a detailed Bond Sale Discussion.

Joe Menini moved the Approval and Adopt a Notice of Sale of General Obligation School Building and Refunding Bonds, Series 2013 in the amount of $13,350,000. be approved, with amendments as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

Approval of an Increase in Teacherage Housing Rent effective September 1, 2013 – ACTION

Kim Brown and Rob Gintowt discussed the increase in teacherage rent, raise for teachers, appraisals, operational funds, compliance with the Internal Revenue Services, and a teacherage committee. The board discussed prior discussion on conducting meetings and compromise with the renters and who conducted the appraisals, teacherages is an incentive for rural areas, no raises received in five years, and the rural increments is very minimal.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of an Increase in Teacherage Housing Rent at $75.00 excluding Ramah teacherages effective September 1, 2013 be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting as follows: Titus Nez – no, Bruce Tempest – yes, Joe Menini – yes, Kevin Mitchell – no, Mavis price - yes)

 

Approval of the GMCS Board of Education Approving Voluntary Recognition of Educational Assistants to

join the Bargaining Unit - ACTION

The boards discussed to rescind action taken at the April 15, 2013 board meeting, Educational Assistants have a choice, information not made available in advance, more than enough cards, secret ballot, lack of funds to conduct the ballot and the advisement of the attorney.

Joe Menini moved the Approval of the GMCS Board of Education Approving Voluntary Recognition of Educational

Assistants to join the Bargaining Unit be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  8:09---8:53pm

 

ADJOURNMENT at 8:54pm

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Jimson Joe – Student Learning

Allison Peacock – Band

Vivinita Bennett – Teacher at Crownpoint

Yolanda Devore – Teacher at Crownpoint

Tammie Charlie – Teacher at Crownpoint

Tyler Sighn – none

Shania Spencer/Keona Manuelito – Teacher at Thoreau

Priscilla Manuelito – Superintendent Search/Teacher at Thoreau

Shanna J. – none

Felisha Sanchez – none

 

 

GMCS Special Board Meeting
Student Support Services
May 16, 2013

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell., Vice President – entered at 1:16 PM

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Danny Jarrett

Brian J. Bernard

Rebecca Maran

 

CALL TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  6:00pm

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Bruce Tempest moved the agenda be approved, with amendments to include a discussion on Newspaper Article on

Superintendent Search.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

Joe Menini motioned to not go into executive session because at the April 15, 2013 meeting the “Approval of the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education Approving Voluntary Recognition of Educational Assistants to join the Bargaining Unit” was voted on and approved, therefore no further discussion is needed.

Attorney Danny Jarrett stated for the purpose PELRB Section 10.7E.17 this meeting shall be closed:

(1) meetings for the discussion of bargaining strategy preliminary to collective bargaining negotiations between the public employer and the exclusive representative of the public employees of the public employer;

(2) collective bargaining sessions; and (3) consultations and impasse resolution procedures at which the public employer and the exclusive representative of the appropriate bargaining unit are present.

Bruce Tempest discussed that there are two different items to consider: the motion to allow educational assistants to join the Union and the Collective Bargaining Act.

Joe Menini withdrew his motion to not go into executive session.

NEW BUSINESS

Work Session – Public Employee Labor Relations Board

EXECUTIVE SESSION-The Board will meet in executive session pursuant to NMSA 1978 § 10-15-1 (H) Public Employee Labor Relations and Employee Bargaining Strategy.

Dr. Bruce Tempest made the motion to go into executive session to discuss Public Employee Labor Relations and Employee Bargaining Strategy at 1:19 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

Dr. Bruce Tempest made the motion to reconvene the meeting from the executive session at 2:35 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting) Mavis Price stated for the record only Public Employee Labor Relations and Employee Bargaining Strategy were discussed in executive session.

ADJOURNMENT at 2:37pm

 

Special Meeting
GMCS Board of Education
Student Support Services
May 6, 2013

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Titus J. Nez., Member

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member – entered at 5:32 PM

 

CALL TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  5:07 p.m.

Kevin Mitchell entered at 5:32 p.m..

 

NEW BUSINESS

New Board Member Orientation

Phyllis Casuse and Max Perez review directly from the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board Policies.  The School Board legal status, board member authority and responsibilities, Board powers and responsibilities, Board communications with staff members, Board communications with the public, Board member confidential communications, Board member ethics, and Evaluation of school board/board self-evaluation. 

You are just one member of the board; the authority is of the board, not as an individual.  A hard copy of the board polices for Titus Nez is recommended.

 

ADJOURNMENT at  5:44 p.m.

 

 

Regular Meeting
GMCS Board of Education
Student Support Services
May 6, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Kevin Mitchell, Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Titus J. Nez, Member

 

GUESTS

Mariah Toledo                              Mary Jean                              Hoover Carrie Lovato

Julie Livingston                            Bennett Francisco Jr.             Carmen Moffett

Brian Bernard                               Priscilla Manuelito                 Jalen Wautsa

Tassie Wautsa                              Tamera Thomas                      Nicola Keptner

Dan Fruchay                                 Herlinda Mann                       L. Omoth

Louise Benally                             Zunneb-bah Martin                 Sharon Charley

Rob Gintowt                                Sonlatsa Jim-Martin                Henry Smith

Teri Fraizer                                   Lynn Huenemann                  Anthony Begay

 

CALL TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  6:00 p.m.

 

There was a moment of silence in honor of the late Harry Hendrickson and George DeVrys, both former educators for Gallup-McKinley County Schools.

 

"Oath of Office" - New Board Member Elected/Re-Elected (Judge Linda Padilla)

Judge Linda Padilla gave the “oath of office.”  Bruce Tempest and Joe Menini were re-elected and Titus J. Nez as a newly elected Board of Education member for Gallup McKinley County Schools. Congratulations and Mazel tov!

 

Election of a Vice-President of GMCS Board of Education

Former Board member Chee Smith Jr., was the vice-president for Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education, he did not seek re-election therefore vacated his position.  Mavis Price appointed Kevin Mitchell to complete the term until the next Board officers elections in July as per Board Policy B-0900 BDA.

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Joe Menini moved the appointment of Kevin Mitchell to be vice-president of GMCS Board of Education until June 2013 be approved as presented.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

Kevin Mitchell is the Vice-President of the Gallup McKinley Board of Education.

 

Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

2013 Paul D. Hanson Awareness Scholarship Recipients

Rob Gintowt gave recognition to Mary Jean Hoover, Coreen Smith, Jessica Villanueva, Albert Sandoval, Kathy Borbon, and Kim Brown for helping with the golf tournament scheduled for May 11, 2013.  He also presented the 2013 Paul D. Hanson Scholarships to: Demetria Clichee - Navajo Pine, Monica Manuelito -Miyamura, Steven Chischilly Jr. - Crownpoint, Jaylean Wautsa - Central High, Alexis Cochran - Gallup, Bennett Francisco - Thoreau, Kiersten Wright - Ramah, Mariah Toledo -Tse Ya Gai and Kimmeronia Bill - Tohatchi.  Congratulations from the Board and Administration.

 

2013 Rotary Seniors of the Year Recipients

Superintendent honored the “2013 Rotary Seniors of the Year” as follows: Tracie Benally - Crownpoint, Roman Teran -Central, Micaela DePauli and Dominic Martinez - Gallup, Colin Thompson – Navajo Pine, Jessica Benally and Kirtus Leyba - Miyamura, Kiersten Wright - Ramah, Shawn Spencer – Thoreau and Kimmorina Bill - Tohatchi. The Board commended the seniors.  All of the teachers were also honored for “Teacher Appreciation Week”.

 

Tohatchi Elementary-National JOM Award

Louise Benally and Priscilla Manuelito presented an award to Louise Capitan, as the National JOM Navajo Language Teacher.  She teaches at Tohatchi Elementary School. Dan Fruchay is the principal at Tohatchi Elementary.

 

Current Budget Update

Kim Brown provided an update on the current operational fund for school year 2012-2013 budget. The June 30th estimated cash balance.  The budget will changed as we have two months left in the fiscal year. The Board had questioned the Title programs reimbursements and the timeline to receive the funds from the state. The response is that we have provided detailed information as requested and work out the issues questioned.

 

Cyber Academy Update

Bart Stanley, Carrie Lovato, Don Sparks, provided an update on Cyber Academy, an enhancement of educational

opportunities, increase equity of course offerings throughout Gallup McKinley County Schools, focus on 21st Century skills and coordinate existing resources.  The committee members are Max Perez, Nicola Keptner, Carrie Lovato, Don Mitchell, Geoffrey Moon, Moni Short, Don Sparks, Bart Stanley and JoBe Thilgen.  The board discussed the classes, teachers, and rural access to internet, alternative education, diverse learning, and assessments, self-directed learning, online courses using Edgenuity, decrease drop-out and transfer rates.

 

Superintendent's Search Update

Phyllis Casuse provided an update.  Thus far the qualifications has been identified, search process has been set up, application created, informational brochure created, data gathered from community members, advertised nationally, closing date was on April 17, 2013 at 5PM, search committee was created by the Board of Education, applications screened, letters sent out to those not qualified, search committee met to screen applicants based on applications, created written questions for applicant response, screening is rated using a rubric, a list of finalists was created for Board of Education, letters will sent out to screened-out applicants, public forums are set- up, extensive reference checks are done on all finalists, a district tour, face-to-face interviews, and the Board decides on new superintendent who will start July 1, 2013.

 

50/50 Raffle Update

Gary Schuster provided an update on the 50/50 raffle.  There is one high school that has applied for the licensure in our school district. The licensure fee is $200. A board policy and a handbook will be created to cover the Bingo and 50/50 raffle. Mavis Price asserted that the school district must follow all policies and procedures and report to the New Mexico Gaming Commission as required.  The Board asked that a letter be sent to Chee Smith Jr. and commend him for bringing attention to the severity of our school district not following the NM Gaming Commission requirements.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Bruce Tempest attended the Rotary Club meeting as the students received scholarships.  The non-rotary recipients were Amy Rosebrough – Miyamura High, the Millennia Media Scholarship and Kayla Depauli – Gallup High School, the HollowayFamily Scholarship. 

Joe Menini attended the Crownpoint Elementary school dedication along with Chee Smith Jr., former board member.  He also attended the audit committee meeting.

Titus Nez attended the Navajo Language Culture for three days.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Herlinda Mann and Priscilla Manuelito gave recognition to the Indian Education Committee members Janice Begay, Joyce Hardy and Marcella Eriacho as they are parents of seniors this year.  A tribal luncheon on May 26, 2013, the board is invited to attend. The next IEC meeting is June 1, 2013 in the boardroom.  A youth conference is in the plans. A request for copies of the graduation and drop-out rates was made.  The STEM meeting is on May 13, 2013 at the Navajo Nation Museum.

 

The Wellness Committee meeting is on May 18, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the boardroom.

 

School Site Reports ~ Written

Indian Hills Elementary

 

Announcements / Reminders

May 6, 2013 ~ New Board Member Orientation (5PM-6PM) / GMCS Board Meeting

May 20, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

June 3, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

June 17, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting (recessed)

 

Graduation

May 15, 2013 (Wednesday)

Middle College High~2PM, Red Rock Park

Miyamura High~7PM, Public School Stadium

 

May 16, 2013 (Thursday)

Navajo Pine High School~6PM, Gymnasium

 

May 17, 2013 (Friday)

Crownpoint High~6PM, Football Stadium

Gallup High~6:30PM, Red Rock Park

Ramah High~6:00PM, Gymnasium

Thoreau High~6:30PM, Football Stadium

Tohatchi High~6:30PM, Football Stadium

 

May 18, 2013 (Saturday)

Gallup Central High~10AM, Miyamura Gymnasium

Tse Yi Gai High~2PM, Gymnasium

 

 

Approving to Authorize Support Services to work on Sub-Leasing .23 acre to CellularOne for

Telecommunications Tower – ACTION

Johnty Cresto appreciates the Board for attending the Crownpoint Elementary dedication and provided a summary of the telecommunication request before the Board for action.

Superintendent Arsenault recommended approval.

Titus Nez moved the Approving to Authorize Support Services to work on Sub-Leasing .23 acre to CellularOne for

Telecommunications Tower be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board

members present and voting)

 

Requested Topics by the Board for Future Meetings

Superintendent Search Questions;  Boundary Lines for all of the schools

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION-8:15—8:46 p.m.

Mavis Price stated for the record only personnel items were discussed in executive session.

 

ADJOURNMENT at  8:47 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Priscilla Manuelito – school secretary/Cyber Academy

Anthony Begay – Congrats to new/re-elected Board/CelluarOne Tower

Lyn Huenemann – Invite/Discourage Board

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin – Board/Bond Elections

 

Quote
 
“My mother always tells me to watch my back….I reply that it is unnecessary because they lie to my face.”
 ---Brian J. Bernard
President, MCFUSE

                                     

                                     

 
 
Special Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
April 15, 2013

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Jay Santillanes             Matejka Santillanes

Lynn Huenenmann      Carmen Moffett

Katy Barnitz

 

CALL TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL

Mavis Price called the Board of Education meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013, in the boardroom of the Student Support Center, 640 Boardman, Gallup, New Mexico. (Three board members were present for roll call)

 

NEW BUSINESS

GMCS Lobbyist Report to the Board of Education

Jay Santillanes and Matejka Santillanes provided a detailed summary of the 2013 Legislative Session.  A total of 1656 bills were introduced, 745 bills passed in the 1st house, 351 bills passed in the 2nd house, 298 bills were sent to the Governor and 228 bills were signed into law.  The two bills directly related to GMCS were the NMED Cleanup; the school district was awarded $50,000 in Capital Outlay funds for the Maintenance Facility Site Assessment that is to be used for the next project.

The second is transportation funding initiated during the meeting with Mr. Antonio Ortiz.  Senator Muñoz had submitted a Public Ed-Special Appropriation request for $549.7 thousand; this was not approved to be included in the budget.

The Board discussed inviting the whistleblower in and talk with him and find out why and who told him to do this. He is not acknowledging the requests to come in and talk.  He is sheltered by the whistleblower clause. Transportation funding needs to be monitored; the enrollment is not declining at Tse Yi Gai High School.  A recommendation was made for additional bus parking on Boardman and to build a walkway from Kennedy Mid School across Boardman.

 

The Board commended Jay Santillanes and Matejka Santillanes for doing a outstanding job on behalf of Gallup McKinley County Schools before, during and after the Legislative session.

 

ADJOURNED at 5:58 p.m. 

 

Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
April 15, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Brian Bernard                              Jessica Maynerich

Lynn Huenemann                          Katy Barnitz

Janice Begay                                 Lane Towery

Kristen Macapagal                       Tamara Thomas

Quenton Tso                                 Derrick Franklin

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin                     Carmen Moffett

Johnty Cresto

 

CALL TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL

Mavis Price called the Board of Education meeting to order at 6:04 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013, in the boardroom of the Student Support Center, 640 Boardman, Gallup, New Mexico. (Five board members were present for roll call)

 

Superintendent's Report

Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

Mavis Price gave recognition to Chee Smith Jr. with a plaque for his outstanding years of service with Gallup McKinley County Schools.  Each individual Board member commended him for his services.  Superintendent Arsenault thanked him for his dedication and caring for all the students in the district.  Chee Smith Jr. served from 2009-2013 representing District 2, he did not seek re-election as he is the current White Horse Lake Chapter president and working with DNA Legal Services.  He thanked the Board, staff, administration and students for giving him the opportunity to work with him.

 

2013/2014 Budget Preparation Update

Kim Brown provided a budget summary which included an increase in the unit value for the next school year.  Her

participation in the community public hearings at Twin Lakes and Bread Springs, the input from the public hearings will be incorporated into the budget process.  The Board recommended for the staff (business) to meet with the legislature managed through the district lobbyist sometime in May 2013.

 

Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

Kevin Mitchell attended a dinner held at the Crystal Chapter house in honor of Navajo Pine High School athletes.

 

Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

Carmen Moffett discussed the Indian Education Committee and Herlinda Mann is attending the National Johnson O’Malley Conference, there will be a IEC Budget meeting on Friday, April 19, 2013.  The next STEP meeting is on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 9AM in Santa Fe, NM.  Ms. Maggie Benally is assigned to work with Gallup McKinley County School district.

 

School Site Reports ~ Written

David Skeet Elementary

Max Perez will email the board a colored graph and an explanation from David Skeet Elementary.

 

Announcements / Reminders

April 16, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Election

April 30, 2013 ~ Navajo Language/Culture Festival –Chief Manuelito Middle School (Elementary County)

May 1, 2013 ~ Navajo Language/Culture Festival -Gallup High (Elementary In-Town)

May 2, 2013 ~ Navajo Language/Culture Festival -Thoreau High (Secondary)

May 6, 2013 ~ New Board Member Orientation (5PM-6PM) / GMCS Board Meeting

May 20, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

June 3, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

 

Graduation Days

May 15, 2013 (Wednesday)

Miyamura High

Middle College High

 

May 16, 2013 (Thursday)

Navajo Pine High School

May 17, 2013 (Friday)

Crownpoint High

Ramah High

Thoreau High

Gallup High

Tohatchi High

 

May 18, 2013 (Saturday)

Gallup Central High

Tse Yi Gai High

 

 

Approval of the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education Approving Voluntary Recognition

of Educational Assistants to join the Bargaining Unit - ACTION

Brian J. Bernard recommends having the educational assistants join the union [MCFUSE], currently they are not eligible.  As they join, dues are paid and they get representation.

Dr. Bruce Tempest moved that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education Approve Voluntary Recognition of Educational Assistants to join the Bargaining Unit.  Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION-6:32---6:50 p.m.

Mavis Price stated for the record that only personnel items were discussed in executive session.

Mavis Price announced the new Crownpoint Elementary School will open Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

 

ADJOURNED at 6:52 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Brian J. Bernard, President of MCFUSE – presentation to the superintendent on behalf of MCFUSE and AFT-NM for “steadfast dedication to ‘harmonious and cooperative’ union/management relations.”

Supt. Arsenault graciously received a plaque with the aforementioned inscription and a colorful Pendleton robe.

AFT-NM President Stephanie Ly was also in attendance.

 

Lynn Huenemann – candidate for school board

Janice Begay – complaint not answered

Tamara Thomas – appreciation and Crownpoint Mid

Vivinita Bennett – budget/grant writer

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin – appreciation/recommendation

 
 
GMCS Regular Board Meeting
Cafeteria, Tohatchi High School
April 1, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Carmen Moffett                                         Pauletta White

Roland & Margie Chee                              Kyle Catron

Pearly Artieda                                           Grace Detsoi  

Nelea Artieda                                            Paulino Artieda

Raecal Catron                                          Brian J. Bernard

Frank Chiapetti                                        Ethel Manuelito

Caros Pacheo                                          Michelle Stewart

Dan Fruchey                                            Ronald Ramos

Tyra Toledo                                             Calvin B.

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin                                 Lynn Huenemann

Quinton Tso                                            Herbie Curley

 

CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  6:00 p.m.

  • Max Pérez in for Supt. Arsenault.
  • Priscilla Manuelito to do JOM/IEC Report 
  • Ms. Mavis Price recuses herself from the meeting.
  • The board questioned the purchase of laptop/computers, custodial supplies, and student waiver requests.  The response was that the laptops/computer were in preparation for upcoming on-line testing; custodial supplies, there is not a shortage; and waivers, the students’ former schools’ records office indicate that they have passed the required exams.

  • Mrs. Mavis Price re-enters the board meeting.

  • Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

    • Navajo Pine Girls Basketball Team

    • Gary Schuster and Pauletta White presented the Navajo Pine Girls Basketball Team as the 2-A State Championship Team.

  • March 2013 Rotary Seniors of the Month

  • Mr. Pérez announced the March 2013 Rotary Seniors of the Month

  • Ronald Ramos, Chemistry Teacher honored students for an outstanding performance at the 2013 New Mexico –West Texas Chemistry Olympiad State Competition held at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces on March 16, 2013.

  • 2013/2014 Budget Preparation Update

    • Kim Brown explained that more information will be available after the Spring Budget workshop.

  • Superintendent Search

    • Phyllis Casuse summarized the superintendent search.  The search has begun, the closing date is April 17, 2013 and thus far she has received (3) applicant requests.  She asked the board to submit the name(s) of the search committee members for their area.  All information is available on the website.

  • Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

    • Carmen Moffett reported that the Wellness Advisory Council has been meeting; they are working on revising the policy and the New Mexico Wellness Guide.  The next meeting is Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6PM.

  • Announcements / Reminders

    • March 18-April 5, 2013 ~ New Mexico Standards Base Assessment April 8-12, 2013

    • Spring Break April 15, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting April 16, 2013

    • Board Election April 30, 2013

    • Navajo Language/Culture Festival -Red Rock Park (Elementary County) May 1, 2013

    • Navajo Language/Culture Festival -Gallup High (Elementary In-Town)

    • May 2, 2013 ~ Navajo Language/Culture Festival -Thoreau High (Secondary) May 6, 2013

    • New Board Member Orientation (5PM-6PM) / GMCS Board Meeting June 3, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

  • Graduation

    • May 15, 2013 (Wednesday)

      • Miyamura High

      • Middle College High

    • May 16, 2013 (Thursday)

      • Navajo Pine High School

    • May 17, 2013 (Friday)

      • Crownpoint High

      • Ramah High

      • Thoreau High

      • Gallup High

      • Tohatchi High

    • May 18, 2013 (Saturday)

      • Gallup Central High

      • Tse Yi Gai High

  • Approval to Waive the High School Graduation Assessment Requirement Based on Passing the Arizona State Exam and Meeting all Graduation Requirements. (CONSENT)

  • Approval to Waive the High School Graduation Assessment Requirement Based on Passing the California State Exam and Meeting all Graduation Requirements. (CONSENT)

  • Approval of the Facility Usage Agreement for Gallup McKinley County Schools – ACTION Johnty Cresto presented the Agreement.  The board discussed insurance, correlation between the city and school district usage, refunds, deposits, “it will be refundable or it will not be refundable” and events involving animals in the buildings.

  • Approval of the Facility Usage Agreement for Gallup McKinley County Schools was approved unanimously.

  • Requested Topics by the Board for Future Meetings

    • a) 50/50 Raffles

    • b) Work Orders (Oñate/Washington)

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION – None

  • ADJOURNMENT at  6:57 p.m.

  • PUBLIC COMMENT

    • Sonlatsa Jim-Martin – concerns/recommendations

  • Ended at 7:02 p.m.

Quote
קײנער זעט ניט זײַן אײגענעם הױקער.
Keyner zet nit zayn eygenem hoyker.
“No one sees the hump on his own back.”
---Yiddish Proverb

 

GMCS Special Board Meeting
Student Support Services
March 26, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

None

 

CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  9:02 a.m.

Joe Menini entered at 9:04 a.m.

Kevin Mitchell entered at 9:07 a.m.

 

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION:    9:04—10:25 a.m.  Executive Session limited to personnel matters;  superintendent search process.

  • NEW BUSINESS

    • Superintendent Search Process

    • Mavis Price stated that the advertisement will begin March 27, 2013 with a closing date of April 17, 2013. A committee will be formulated to assist with the search process.

    • Dr. Bruce Tempest made the motion to Advertise the Position of the Superintendent and Initiate the Search Process be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

  • ADJOURNMENT at 10:27 a.m.

 

 

 

GMCS Special Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
March 14, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President - ABSENT

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary - ABSENT

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Deloria Chapo

 

CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  1:30 pm

 

  • NEW BUSINESS

    • Begin Superintendent Search

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION

    • Dr. Bruce Tempest made the motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel issues at 1:33 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    • Kevin Mitchell made the motion to reconvene the meeting from the executive session at 2:37 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Three board members present and voting) Chee Smith Jr. stated for the record only personnel items-superintendent search was discussed in executive session.

  • ADJOURNED at 2:38 pm

                           

 

GMCS Special Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
March 26, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

None

 

CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  9:02 am Joe Menini entered at 9:04 a.m.

Kevin Mitchell entered at 9:07 a.m.

 

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION

    • Dr. Bruce Tempest made the motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel issues at 9:04 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Three board members present and voting) Chee Smith Jr. made the motion to reconvene the meeting from the executive session at 10:25 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting) Mavis Price stated for the record only personnel items-superintendent search was discussed in executive session.

  • NEW BUSINESS

    • Superintendent Search Process

    • Mavis Price stated that the advertisement will begin March 27, 2013 with a closing date of April 17, 2013. A committee will be formulated to assist with the search process.

  • Dr. Bruce Tempest made the motion to Advertise the Position of the Superintendent and Initiate the Search Process be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

  • ADJOURNED at 10:27 am

 

 

GMCS Regular Board Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
March 18, 2013

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary - ABSENT

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Carmen Moffett                          Jackie Wauneka

Herlinda Mann                            Brian Bernard

Janice Begay                                David Oakes

Bart Stanley                                 Vivinita Bennett

Jeff Bond                                      Lane Towery

Keith Solle                                    Lynn Huenemann

Henry Smith                                 Quinton Tso

Beverly Bowman                          O’Ryan Anderson

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin

 

CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  6:00 pm Max Perez acted in the capacity of the superintendent. Ray Arsenault is absent tonight on personal leave.

 

  • At this time a moment of silence in honor of the late Rindi Johnson of Thoreau, New Mexico. She worked for the school district.

  • Superintendent's Report

    • Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

    • Navajo Pine High Warriors are the 2A State Champions Girls Basketball Team.

  • 2013/2014 Budget Preparation Update

    • Kim Brown provided a detailed handout on the budget preparation process, entailing the estimated 2013-2014 revenue, current estimated expenditures, budget challenges, and concerns to be addressed and the approach. Also the operational expenditures by function pie chart, membership comparison for three years which shows a decline and the current student – teacher ratio.

  • ARC Study Update

    • Johnty Cresto discussed the planning stage for new schools, acreage per square footage, efficiency, public meetings, dedication of Crownpoint Elementary and the Tohatchi and Navajo Pine teacherage nears occupancy.

    • The Board requested copies of school attendance boundaries.

  • Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

    • Herlinda Mann provided a reported on the Navajo Nation Subcontractors’ meeting, the budget has decreased 75% from previous year, Indian Education Committee work session, projected funds, and that the number of Certificate of Indian Blood generates funds.

  • School Site Reports ~ Written

    • Thoreau High School

  • Announcements / Reminders

    • March 18-April 5, 2013 ~ NMSBA Testing

    • April 1, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting (Tohatchi High) April 8-12, 2013

    • Spring Break April 15, 2013

    • GMCS Board Meeting April 16, 2013

    • Board Election April 30, 2013 ~ Navajo Language/Culture Festival

    • Red Rock Park (Elementary County) May 1, 2013

    • Navajo Language/Culture Festival -Gallup High (Elementary In-Town) May 2, 2013

    • Navajo Language/Culture Festival -Thoreau High(Secondary)

    • May 6, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

  • Graduation:

    • May 15, 2013 (Wednesday)

      • Miyamura High

      • Middle College High

    • May 16, 2013 (Thursday)

    • May 17, 2013 (Friday)

      • Navajo Pine High School

      • Crownpoint High

      • Ramah High

      • Thoreau High

      • Gallup High

      • Tohatchi High

    • May 18, 2013 (Saturday)

      • Gallup Central High

      • Tse Yi Gai High

  • NEW BUSINESS

    • Approval to Increase Elementary Student Lunches to $1.85 and Secondary Student Lunches to

    • $1.95 and Milk Increase to $.45 - ACTION Dr. Jacquelyn Wauneka presented the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which requires school district to increase paid meal prices yearly until meal prices are in line with USDA reimbursements for the district.  Adult prices remain at $3.25 and sack lunches are being provided when requested.

    • Chee Smith Jr. moved the Approval to Increase Elementary Student Lunches to $1.85 and Secondary Student Lunches to $1.95 and Milk Increase to $.45 be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

    • Approval to Acknowledge of Audit Report received by the NM Office of the Auditor for Gallup McKinley County Schools for the 2011/2012 Fiscal Year - ACTION Kim Brown presented the acknowledgment of the Audit Report.  The Audit is now public record.

    • Dr. Bruce Tempest moved the Approval to Acknowledge of Audit Report received by the NM Office of the Auditor for Gallup McKinley County Schools for the 2011/2012 Fiscal Year be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

    •  Approval of Adding Jamestown, NM and Ft. Wingate, NM to become part of Church Rock Academy's Attendance Area - ACTION Johnty Cresto discussed the master plan, plan and designing Church Rock Academy, student enrollment increased due to new housing in the area, and the new school will begin fall 2015.  The Board stipulated to have the district work with the three local chapter houses and community throughout the plan/design and up to occupancy process.

    • Kevin Mitchell moved the Approval of Adding Jamestown, NM and Ft. Wingate, NM to become part of Church Rock Academy's Attendance Area be approved, with amendments to work with the local chapter house and community through the process. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Four board members present and voting)

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:15—8:05 pm on limited personnel matters.

  • ADJOURNMENT at 8:06 pm

  • PUBLIC COMMENT

    • Janice Begay –graduation date change

    • Vivinita Bennett – graduation date change, budget cuts Sonlatsa Jim-Martin – commended Kevin Mitchell, recommendations

  • Ended at 8:23 pm

Quote
“Az me hot gelt, iz men klug un shain un men ken gut zingen
If you have money, you are wise and good-looking and can sing well too”
― Yiddish expression 

 

 
 
GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
March 4, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Jose Conrad Navarra                                             Debby Schmaltz

Michael Schmaltz                                                  Brian Bernard

Carmen Moffett                                                     Valerie Scott

Monika Tso                                                           Adrianna Bitsie

Priscilla Manuelito                                                Kerenthia S.

Chelsea Fairbank                                                   Jill Vcenstra

Rita Capitan                                                           Janice Begay

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin                                              Zunneh-bah Martin

Vivinita Bennett                                                    Bobby Martin

Bart Stanley                                                           Georgene Dimas

Marji Campbell                                                      Kettey Schukar

Margie Werito                                                        Karen Arviso

Frank Chiapetti                                                       Andy Deal

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL—6:00pm

  • Recognition

    • Tohatchi //Thoreau// Crownpoint High Business Professional State Competition

    • Winners.  The top place winners will be competing at the National in Florida.

  • Crownpoint High DECA State Competition Winners

    • The top place winners will be competing in the Nationals held in Anaheim, CA.

  • Teri Fraizer- Continuous Improvement

    • Teri Fraizer recognizes Debby Schmaltz, receptionist for completing internal and external goals. Debby is very much appreciated and commended by the Board.

  • Sequestration Update

    • Kim Brown provided a detail written report on the Effects of Sequestration on Gallup McKinley County Schools. Some items of discussion included the types of Impact Aid; Basic Support, Indian Set-Aside, Special Education Set-Aside, and Construction.  The unpaid balanced due for an application year is within three years, the district does not know the amount to be paid, until the payment is actually received.

    • The Board discussed how taxes from Gallup are channeled into operational, how prepared is the district for sequestration, the total payment due to the district is not known.  The Navajo Nation will be also be affected by the cuts.

  • Annual Audit

    • Kim Brown provided the audit report for year ended June 30, 2012.  The findings are Activity Funds-internal Control (Significant Deficiency), Activity Level Internal Controls Finding (Other Matter), Employee vs. Independent Contractor (Noncompliance), Missing I-9s (Noncompliance), Preparation of Financial Statements (Material Weakness) and Untimely Preparation and Submission of ERB reports (Other Matter). The processes and policies to resolve the findings are identified.

    • The Accounting & Consulting Group, LLP are the auditors that conducted the audit following the United States Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.  

    • The 2012 Audit Reporting Package, the Financial Statements and Required Supplementary information with Accompanying Auditors’ reports were provided to the Board and the superintendent.

  • Transportation – Jeff Bond

    • Jeff Bond provided a detailed report to the Board.  The transportation meeting was held on Friday, March 1, 2013 in Santa Fe; Kevin Mitchell was present to support our school district as were our local legislators.  Items of discussion were the transportation cash balance, that 50% cash balance reverts to the Transportation Emergency Fund, allocation per mile, bar difference initial vs. final for 2012-2013, bus driver salary, trainings of drivers, maintenance and operation of school buses, fuel cost, amount of 2.5 million has been return to the State, and the projected shortfall of $200,000 this school year.

    • The board discussed the funds should have been used for bus drivers, write to the state to revert funds back to the district, and it is doubtful that we will not get any more funding from the state, an update on transportation at the May meeting.  An apology is warranted to the legislators representing Gallup. The Board commended Jeff Bond.

  • Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

    • Chee Smith Jr. and other board members attended the NMSBA Board Institute in Santa Fe, February 22-23, 2013. The workshops were all exceptional and informational.

    • Kevin Mitchell attended the Board Institute and a press conference with Patty Lundstrom on Environmental Protection.  He also commended Matejka Ray Consulting for a job well done for Gallup McKinley County School district.

  • Announcements / Reminders

    • March 4, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting (No School-Professional Development)

    • March 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting

    • March 18-29, 2013 ~ NMSBA Testing

    • April 1, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting (Tohatchi High)

    • April 16, 2013 ~ Board Election

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:52  to 8:16 p.m.

  • ADJOURN at  8:17p.m.

  • PUBLIC COMMENT

    • Sonlatsa Jim-Martin – Financial Concerns

    • Vivinita Bennett – DECA Program

    • Priscilla Manuelito – JOM /IEC Report

    • Janice Begay – Miyamura Graduation

  •  Ended at 8:34p.m.

 

Quote
“Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.  “
--Yiddish Proverb
 
 
Board of Education Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Services
February 18, 2013
 
Call to Order:  6:00pm 
  • Max Pérez acted in the capacity of the superintendent; Ray Arsenault is in Santa Fe for the legislative session. Dr. Bruce Tempest will attend via telephone.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member – via telephonic

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Brian J. Bernard                              Herlinda Mann

Angela Buhl                                    Bart Stanley

Ruby Haley                                     Rebecca Payton

 Natali Myers                                  Frank Chiapetti

Dixie Brackman

 

  • Superintendent's Report

    • Max Perez discussed the power outage today at Tohatchi High/Mid/Elementary and Twin Lakes Elementary.  The power was restored by noon with minimal issues.  All parent/teacher conferences went as scheduled.

    • Kevin Mitchell recommended a mini training for situations in case of power outages,  much like safety training.

    • Chee Smith Jr. asked who powers the schools mentioned; the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority services the area.

    • Max Perez invited the Board to a 2-day workshop “Driven by Data” and “Leveraging Leadership” on March 11 – 12, 2013 sponsored by the Public Education Department.

  • Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

    • Kevin Mitchell attended the Coyote Canyon chapter meeting.  Herlinda Mann presented an Indian Education Committee report.

    • Bruce Tempest met with New Mexico Environmental Protection Agency in Santa Fe with Representatives Patty Lundstrom and Elseo Alcon, Kim Brown, Johnty Cresto, Leonard Haskie and Ray Arsenault.  The topics of discussion on additional digging on-site, funding, potential toxic material present before the schools acquire the land and work with the legislature on these issues.

  • Indian Education Committee / JOM Report

    • Herlinda Mann discussed the Indian Education Committee meeting held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, the upcoming Youth Leadership Conference, Friday, February 22, 2013 at Red Rock Park Auditorium; the Johnson O’Malley program collected Certificate of Indian Blood and a Needs Assessment survey will be conducted, the board asked the information collected be shared with the board.

  • School Site Reports ~ Written

    • Tohatchi Mid

  • Announcements / Reminders

    • February 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting / No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

    • February 22-23, 2013 ~ NMSBA Board Institute

    • February 27, 2013 ~ File Declarations of Candidacy (District 2, 4, 5)

    • March 4, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting (No School-Professional Development)

    • March 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting

    • March 18-29, 2013 ~ NMSBA Testing

    • April 1, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting (Tohatchi High)

    • April 16, 2013 ~ Board Election

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION 

    • Mavis Price made the motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel issues at 6:26 pm. Upon roll call

    • Kevin Mitchell made the motion to reconvene the meeting from the executive session at 7:02 pm.

    • Personnel item discussed:  the evaluation of the superintendent.

    • Action to be taken on Superintendent Employment Contract - ACTION

    • Joe Menini moved the Action to be taken on Superintendent Employment Contract be approved to accept the resignation of Raymond R. Arsenault effective June 30, 2013 received February 18, 2013 at 5:05 p.m. in writing. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

    • (Five board members present and voting as follows: Kevin Mitchell – yes, Bruce Tempest – yes, Chee Smith Jr. – yes, Joe Menini – yes, Mavis Price - yes)

  • ADJOURNMENT at 7:04 pm.

  • PUBLIC COMMENT

    • Ruby Haley - transportation

    • Natali Myers - Miyamura graduation

 

Quotes
“A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars.”--Yiddish Proverb
“He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.” --French Proverb (14th century)

 

Gallup McKinley County Schools

Regular Board Meeting

Student Support Center Boardroom

February 4, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Jose Navarra                                                                Brian Bernard

Bart Stanley                                                                 Allison Polich

Angie Holtsoi-Nez                                                      Timothy Bond

Vivinita Bennett                                                          Carmen Moffett

Priscilla Manuelito                                                      Mark Gibbons

Mana Oncoz                                                                Janie Lee Hall

Mykale Harlon                                                             Shania Morris

Delenna Long                                                              Wayde Morgan

Shirleen Martin                                                            Ruby Haley

Rebecca Payton                                                           Kristy DePauli

Deloria Chapo                                                             Sonlatsa Martin

Lane L                                                                         Bobby Martin

Anthony Begay                                                            Katie Joe

Ti Thomas                                                                    Laura Young

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  6:00pm/all present

Max Perez presided as the superintendent in the absence of Ray Arsenault.

 

Superintendent's Report

Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

Ramah High School

Max Perez gave recognition to Ramah; they have a high graduation rate of 84% in the district.  The whole purpose is to graduate students.  The graduation rate is imported from the state department and Gallup McKinley County School has 73% without the alternative high school.

 

January Senior of the Month

January 2013Rotary Seniors of the Month were Crownpoint High – Breanna Thompson, Navajo Pine High – Demetria Clichee, Thoreau High – Bennett Francisco and Tohatchi High – Shantelle Tso.

 

Food Services

Carmen Moffett recognized Food Services; they have met the federal guidelines and have been reimbursed accordingly.  Food Services are commended as they proudly serve healthy food to students.

 

Conrad Navarra, Crownpoint High DECA provided a summary of their trips and competition.   Students in attendance were able to give their experiences.  Further, trips listed are planned in advance to get the best cost and prepare for competitions.

 

Building Use Agreement Update

Johnty Cresto provided an update; the writing of the agreement is being compiled and will be presented at the next meeting. 

 

ARC Study Update

Johnty Cresto discussed the ARC study that will address attendance boundaries, working with Indian Education Committee, the communities, businesses and finding the time to schedule a meeting.

 

Budget Update

Kim Brown provided a detailed handout on the current years’ budget.

 

Crownpoint Elementary Update

Johnty Cresto discussed that the Crownpoint Elementary school update.   The furniture has been ordered and is being delivered, interior work is completed, water and gas connected on to the site.  All is progressing well.

Issues with the New Mexico Environmental Protection Agency, the school district is working and finding ways to comply without having the district’s funding involved and with compromise on issues.  A meeting is set for Friday, February 8th in Santa Fe, NM.

The teacherages, the gas and electricity is waiting on inspection on NTUA.  At Twin Lakes Elementary, the main waterline broke; the part is on the way and should be fixed late this afternoon.  The building is open for voting tomorrow.

 

School Site Reports ~ Written

Crownpoint Middle School

 

Notices and Communication

Announcements / Reminders

February 5, 2013 ~ BOND Election

February 7, 2013 ~ "Gallup Day" Santa Fe Legislature

February 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting / No School (Parent/Teacher Conference)

February 22-23, 2013 ~ NMSBA Board Institute

March 4, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting

 

Approval to hold a Special Election on April 16, 2013 to elect Board Members, replacing the Regular School

Election Called for on February 5, 2013 by previous Resolution and Proclamation. - ACTION

Dr. Bruce Tempest moved the Approval to hold a Special Election on April 16, 2013 to elect Board Members, replacing the Regular School Election Called for on February 5, 2013 by previous Resolution and Proclamation be approved, with amendments as presented.   Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  7:15 p.m. to 7:38 p.m.

Personnel items were discussed in executive session.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  7:38 p.m.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Priscilla Manuelito – IEC/JOM                                           Anthony Begay – Appreciation / Information

Nia Bennett – Parent                                                            Benjamin Bitsilly - Housing

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin – Concerns

 

Ended at 8:00pm

 

 

Quote

“ A wise man hears one word and understands two. “

Yiddish Proverb

 
 
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Board Meeting
Student Support Services
January 22, 2013
 
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President - ABSENT
Joe Menini, Secretary - ABSENT
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS
Brian Bernard                               Jolene Begay
Bart Stanley                                 Carmen Moffett
Calvin Vicento                               Shirlene Cheromiah
Adrian Cheromiah                         Irene Hoskie
Frank Chiapetti                             Mr. & Mrs. Larry Smiley

 

  • Mavis Price started the meeting without a quorum, she asked for reports only.
  • Hearing Authority-Teri Frazier recognized Ken Williams and Georgia Merrill for Continuous Improvement. Ken Williams discussed the process, creating the charts, forms, share point, internal/external data, comparison data, and a working policy. He started working with Georgia Merrill and both have an excellent working relationship and with all stakeholders.
    • The board commended both recipients.
  • Kevin Mitchell entered at 6:10 p.m. we now have a quorum.
  • CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL Mavis Price called the Board of Education meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.
  • Superintendent's Report
    •  Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)
  • 2013 County Spelling Bee Winners
    • Max Perez announced the winners of McKinley County Spelling Bee.  Oliver Estela, Chief Manuelito student was the winner, Micah Cornelio, Jefferson Elementary student was second and the alternate is Austin Wilson, Rehoboth Christian student.  The first and second place winners will participate in New Mexico Spelling Bee on March 23, 2013, at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Truancy / Teen Court Follow-up Report
    • Bart Stanley and Carmen Moffett provided an update on the Compulsory School Attendance Policy, meeting with District Attorney; changes in letter delivery and principals were given communication and a flow chart on compulsory school attendance.   Gallup High, Miyamura and Kennedy are part of teen court referrals in McKinley County. Crownpoint Mid/High, Navajo Pine Mid/High and Tse Yi Gai all utilize the Crownpoint teen court. Although, recipients have to be native students, the policy allows non-native to get services.
    • The truancy data was presented showing exemplary, proficient and best practices.  The data on students who received services through teen court will be made available in the future.
  • 40-day Student Count for 5 Years
    • Bart Stanley discussed the 5-years of the 40th day comparisons by elementary, mid, high school, in-town, and out-of-town schools.  A higher percentage of low enrollments in high school might be because of enrollment restrictions.
  • K'e Project Report
    • Carmen Moffet provided an update on K’e Project that was board approved last school year to provide services to our students housed  in Thoreau area.  The director of Adventures Group has withdrawn his proposal and the Navajo Nation did not release the funding. Dr. Larry Curley is invited to attend a board meeting to provide a report in March.
  • STEP Grant
    • Max Perez discussed the STEP grant, a 3-year grant is an agreement between Navajo Nation and Public Education Department.  Groups are created in the Policy, (Federal, State and Tribal), collection and analysis, professional development establishment, alignment federal, state, tribal priorities, and sustainability. Wendy Greyeyes is the sole person coordinating the grant; communication should be directed to her attention.
  • School Safety
    • Ray Arsenault provided information that Arne Duncan’s office has made known these federal funding is available for school safety and security cameras.  Our district is applying for funding.
  • Leonard Haskie gave an update on Navajo Pine teacherages, the homes are ready for inspections and the exact date of occupancy will be made available.  The burial site has been taken care, no body was found. The Crownpoint Elementary school building, the sky lights will be installed by Friday, waiting on furnishings to be delivered, water and gas line connection and the occupancy date by February 2013.   For Church Rock Academy school building, the ground breaking will be sometime next week.
  • Graduation Date
    • Mavis Price requested either Ramah or Thoreau High graduation date be moved to May 18, 2013 (Saturday), so she can attend both ceremonies. Kevin Mitchell requested if Tohatchi or Navajo Pine High graduation date be moved to Thursday, May16th so he can attend both ceremonies.   The board also requested the Middle College High School graduation date so they could attend.   Kim Brown mentioned that if the schools have already placed graduation orders, changes will not happen; she will work with the superintendent on the requests.
  • School Site Reports ~ Written
    • Rocky View Elementary
    • Church Rock Elementary 
  • Announcements / Reminders
    • February 4, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting
    • February 7, 2013 ~ "Gallup Day" Santa Fe Legislature
    • February 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting/ No School (Parent/Teacher Conference)
    • February 22-23, 2013 ~ NMSBA Board Institute
    • February 5, 2013 ~ Bond Election
  • Meeting adjourned Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 7:55 p.m.  
  • PUBLIC COMMENT—None
Quote
“Zayn vort zol zayn a shtekn, volt men zikh nit getort onshparn.” 
“If his word were a stick, you couldn’t lean on it.”
---Yiddish Proverb
 
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Board Meeting
Student Support Services
January 28, 2013

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President
Joe Menini, Secretary
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member
  • CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  1:00 p.m
  • NEW BUSINESS
    • Finalize Superintendent Evaluation
    • Mavis Price asked that the Board go into executive session to discuss the final evaluation for the superintendent.
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION:   1:03 p.m. 1/28, 2013.
  • Joe Menini and Kevin Mitchell entered at 1:04 p.m.
  • Mavis Price stated for the record only personnel--the superintendent evaluation--was discussed in executive session and the public will be informed of the board’s decision on the superintendent evaluation at the March 4, 2013 board meeting.
  • Adjourned at 3:21 p.m. 
Quote
“In a sheynem epl gefint men a mol a vorem.”
“In a beautiful apple you sometimes find a worm.”
---Yiddish Proverb
 

Gallup McKinley County Schools
Board Meeting
Student Support Services
January 22, 2013

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President - ABSENT
Joe Menini, Secretary - ABSENT
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member

GUESTS
Brian Bernard                              Jolene Begay
Bart Stanley                                Carmen Moffett
Calvin Vicento                              Shirlene Cheromiah
Adrian Cheromiah                        Irene Hoskie
Frank Chiapetti                            Mr. & Mrs. Larry Smiley

Mavis Price started the meeting without a quorum, she asked for reports only.

Hearing Authority-Teri Frazier recognized Ken Williams and Georgia Merrill for Continuous Improvement. Ken Williams discussed the process, creating the charts, forms, share point, internal/external data, comparison data, and a working policy. He started working with Georgia Merrill and both have an excellent working relationship and with all stakeholders.
The board commended both recipients.

Kevin Mitchell entered at 6:10 p.m. we now have a quorum.

CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL
Mavis Price called the Board of Education meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.


Superintendent's Report
Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

2013 County Spelling Bee Winners
Max Perez announced the winners of McKinley County Spelling Bee.  Oliver Estela, Chief Manuelito student was the winner, Micah Cornelio, Jefferson Elementary student was second and the alternate is Austin Wilson, Rehoboth Christian student.  The first and second place winners will participate in New Mexico Spelling Bee on March 23, 2013, at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, NM.

Truancy / Teen Court Follow-up Report
Bart Stanley and Carmen Moffett provided an update on the Compulsory School Attendance Policy, meeting with District Attorney; changes in letter delivery and principals were given communication and a flow chart on compulsory school attendance.  Gallup High, Miyamura and Kennedy are part of teen court referrals in McKinley County. Crownpoint Mid/High, Navajo Pine Mid/High and Tse Yi Gai all utilize the Crownpoint teen court. Although, recipients have to be native students, the policy allows non-native to get services.
The truancy data was presented showing exemplary, proficient and best practices.  The data on students who received services through teen court will be made available in the future.

40-day Student Count for 5 Years
Bart Stanley discussed the 5-years of the 40th day comparisons by elementary, mid, high school, in-town, and out-of-town schools.  A higher percentage of low enrollments in high school might be because of enrollment restrictions.

K'e Project Report
Carmen Moffet provided an update on K’e Project that was board approved last school year to provide services to our students housed  in Thoreau area.  The director of Adventures Group has withdrawn his proposal and the Navajo Nation
did not release the funding. Dr. Larry Curley is invited to attend a board meeting to provide a report in March.

STEP Grant
Max Perez discussed the STEP grant, a 3-year grant is an agreement between Navajo Nation and Public Education Department.  Groups are created in the Policy, (Federal, State and Tribal), collection and analysis, professional development establishment, alignment federal, state, tribal priorities, and sustainability. Wendy Greyeyes is the sole person coordinating the grant; communication should be directed to her attention.

School Safety
Ray Arsenault provided information that Arne Duncan’s office has made known these federal funding is available for school safety and security cameras.  Our district is applying for funding.

Leonard Haskie gave an update on Navajo Pine teacherages, the homes are ready for inspections and the exact date of occupancy will be made available.  The burial site has been taken care, no body was found. The Crownpoint Elementary school building, the sky lights will be installed by Friday, waiting on furnishings to be delivered, water and gas line connection and the occupancy date by February 2013.  For Church Rock Academy school building, the ground breaking will be sometime next week.

Graduation Date
Mavis Price requested either Ramah or Thoreau High graduation date be moved to May 18, 2013 (Saturday), so she can attend both ceremonies. Kevin Mitchell requested if Tohatchi or Navajo Pine High graduation date be moved to Thursday, May16th so he can attend both ceremonies.  The board also requested the Middle College High School graduation date so they could attend.  Kim Brown mentioned that if the schools have already placed graduation orders, changes will not happen; she will work with the superintendent on the requests.

School Site Reports ~ Written
Rocky View Elementary
Church Rock Elementary

Announcements / Reminders
February 4, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting
February 7, 2013 ~ "Gallup Day" Santa Fe Legislature
February 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting/ No School (Parent/Teacher Conference)
February 22-23, 2013 ~ NMSBA Board Institute
February 5, 2013 ~ Bond Election (add)

Meeting adjourned Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 7:55 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT—None

Quote
“Zayn vort zol zayn a shtekn, volt men zikh nit getort onshparn.” 
 “If his word were a stick, you couldn’t lean on it.”
---Yiddish Proverb

 
 
 
GMCS Board Meeting
Boardroom, Student Support Services
January 7, 2013
 
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President
Joe Menini, Secretary
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member
 
GUESTS
Anthony Begay                      Lynn Huenemann
Henry Smith                          Sonlatsa Jim-Martin
Shundeen Martin
  • CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  6:00pm
  • December 2012 Rotary Club Seniors were recognized.
  • Ken Williams provided a detailed quarterly report on discipline.
  • Truancy Follow-up and 40-day Student Count Reports at next meeting.
  • Johnty Cresto provided a detailed first reading of the Facility Use Agreement.
  • Leonard Haskie and Jeff Bond provided handouts on transportation. The discussion included the 40th day data, parts expenditures, and 2012 transportation fuel transaction.
  • “Gallup Day” – El Dorado Hotel, Santa Fe, NM Ray Arsenault invited the Board to attend the event on February 7, 2013.
  • Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions) Kevin Mitchell attended the Board Scholar award at Navajo Mid on December 18, 2012 and attended Tohatchi Chapter meeting on December 19, 2012 and gave a report.
  • Chee Smith Jr. attended an Impact Aid training held at White Horse Lake Chapter on December 20, 2012. He commended Carmen Moffett and her staff for presenting valuable information.
  • Dr. Bruce Tempest commended Onate administrator and staff for a well written report.
  • School Site Reports ~ Written
    • Juan de Onate Elementary
  • Announcements / Reminders
    • January 10, 2013 ~ Special Meeting w/ Legislators (11AM)
    •  January 21, 2013 ~ MLK Day - No School
    • January 22, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting February 4, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting
    • February 18, 2013 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting
    • February 22-23, 2013 ~ NMSBA Board Institute
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION- None
  • Board  Adjourned at 7:05pm
  • PUBLIC COMMENT-None

 

Quote
“A fool falls on his back and bruises his nose.”
“A shlamazel falt oifen ruken un tseklapt zich dem noz.”
---Yiddish Proverb
                                                                        
             
GMCS Special Board Meeting
Boardroom, Student Support Services
January 10, 2013
 
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President - ABSENT
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President - ABSENT
Joe Menini, Secretary
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS
Martin Romain                             Matejka Santillanes
Jay Santillanes                            Sandra Jeff
Eliseo Alcon                                George Muñoz
Carlos Arragon                            Mark Kron
Benny Shendo Jr.                        Patty Lundstrom
John Pinto                                   Johnty Cresto
Jeff Bond
  • CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL:  11:00 am
  • Finalize GMCS Legislative Priorities
  • Employee Pay Raises
    • Ray Arsenault recommends employee pay raise across the board for state employees. The employees have not received pay raises in the past 4 years. The delegation requested a specific position on the pay increase in regards to job titles and will it include teachers on 3-tier schedules.
  • Sequestration of federal Funds
    • Ray Arsenault and the delegation discuss the possible sequestration of federal funds for the next school year will deeply affect our school district as currently we are not financially healthy.
  • School District Funding and Unit Value Leonard Haskie and Jeff Bond reviewed and discussed the transportation by mileage, costs of GPS, Special Education versus “to and from” reimbursements and a cap on charter school bussing – reimbursement versus actual costs. 
  • Bussing of students to Arizona from Navajo Pine New Mexico Ray Arsenault and the delegation discussed the loss of funding as students from Navajo Pine High area is being transported to attend Window Rock High School, which is from New Mexico into Arizona. Matejka Santillanes has a report on Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Student Transfer Issues, through the Legislative Education Study Committee which will be made available to the delegation and the board.
  • Impact Aid
    • Ray Arsenault and Martin Romain discussed the status of the Federal Impact Aid law suit and the Zuni law suit. The recommendation is to set up a study group to review the 1970 Act and the Yield Act and other issues presented.
  • Plan public relations campaign radio and press (no discussion)
  • Security Systems for School Sites
    • Ray Arsenault and the school district supports installation of security systems at all school sites for safety reasons. The delegation proclaimed that “security at the school sites” will be a big part of the legislative session this year.
  • Adequacy Standard Guidelines – Square Footage Leonard Haskie is one of the primary authors of the of the PSCOC standards on square footage per pupil for school buildings, however, a new per pupil formula has been used in school constructions without proper approvals which is less than what is specifically outlined in the policy.
  • Board Adjourned at 12:53

          

Quote
“Animals have long tongues but can’t speak;  men have short tongues and shouldn’t speak.”
"A behaimeh hot a langen tsung un ken nisht redden: der mentsh hot a kurtseh un tor nisht redden.”
---Yiddish Proverb
 
 
Minutes of Special Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Services
December 11, 2012
 

A Special meeting of the Board of Education of Gallup McKinley County Schools was held December 11, 2012, beginning at 1:30 PM in the Board Room of the Student Support Center, 640 Boardman, Gallup, NM 87301.
 

 BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
 Mavis V. Price, President
 Chee Smith Jr., Vice President
 Joe Menini, Secretary
 Bruce Tempest, Member
 Kevin Mitchell, Member
 
 
 GUESTS
 Calvin Lee Jr.                    Alfred Benally Jr.
 Lauren Bernally-Long        Matthew Tso
 
 CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  1:30 p.m.
 
 Superintendent Evaluation
 Mavis Price asked that the board go into executive session to discuss the superintendent evaluation.
 
 EXECUTIVE SESSION:  1:32 p.m.--4:00 p.m.
 
 Kim Brown discussed and provided a detailed report on the status of the current budget for Gallup McKinley County School district. There was discussion on school district solution team, staffing, use of  legal services, teacherage rent increase, budget savings, function level, teacher/student ratio, building usage policy, and present an action item to allow rent increase for rural school tenants at the next board meeting.
 
 Bruce Tempest exit at 4:20 p.m.
 
 ADJOURNMENT:  4:23 p.m.


 

Quote
“False witnesses are despicable to their hirers.”

---Sanh. 29a; D. 538

 

 

Minutes of Special Meeting

Gallup McKinley County Schools

Student Support Services

December 11, 2012

 

A Special meeting of the Board of Education of Gallup McKinley County Schools was held December 11, 2012, beginning at 1:30 PM in the Board Room of the Student Support Center, 640 Boardman, Gallup, NM 87301.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mavis V. Price, President

Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

Joe Menini, Secretary

Bruce Tempest, Member

Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

GUESTS

Calvin Lee Jr.                    Alfred Benally Jr.

Lauren Bernally-Long       Matthew Tso

 

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  1:30 p.m.

 

Superintendent Evaluation

Mavis Price asked that the board go into executive session to discuss the superintendent evaluation.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  1:32 p.m.--4:00 p.m.

 

Kim Brown discussed and provided a detailed report on the status of the current budget for Gallup McKinley County School district. There was discussion on school district solution team, staffing, use of  legal services, teacherage rent increase, budget savings, function level, teacher/student ratio, building usage policy, and present an action item to allow rent increase for rural school tenants at the next board meeting.

 

Bruce Tempest exit at 4:20 p.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  4:23 p.m.

 

Quote

“False witnesses are despicable to their hirers.”---Sanh. 29a; D. 538

 

Minutes of Regular Meeting
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Student Support Services
December 3, 2012

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President
Joe Menini, Secretary
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member

NEWS MEDIA PRESENT:
Katy Barnitz, Gallup Independent

GUESTS
Chris Spade                              Walter Feldman
Brian Bernard                            John Craddock
Josh Handlesman                       Marilyn N.
Anthony Begay                          Bart Stanley


CALL TO ORDER/ROLL:  6:00 p.m.

Tse’ Yi’ Gai High School Girls Volleyball/Cross Country Team
John Craddock and Josh Handelsman presented Cameron Candelario, Stuart Haines, and Marilyn Werito as the 1A District Championship Team.  Other members  included Demar Whitehorse; Keanu Largo, Malcolm Joe, and Garrett Martin as state runner-up 1A Cross Country team.

Board members attended the New Mexico School Board Association Conference held in Albuquerque, NM.
Two influential speakers this year were C. Ed Massey, President of National School Boards Association and Dr. Zach Clemons.

Additionally, the Board members attended local Calendar Committee and Audit Exit meeting.

Chee Smith Jr. did not attend the conference;  however, he attended a meeting with Navajo Nation Small Business personnel.  The Navajo Nation Oil and Gas will reopen Pueblo Pintado Store by the end of December 2012.

Kim Brown and the board discussed the Indian Education Committee members  being in non-compliance with the Internal Revenue Service.  A determination will come from the legal tax attorney.  A meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in Window Rock, AZ to discuss the IRS issue.
Phyllis Casuse said that all “non-contract compensation” applicants require a back ground check, as the committee members will be.

School Site Reports ~ Written
Tohatchi High School


Announcements / Reminders
December 17, 2012 ~ GMCS Board  Meeting
December 18, 2012 ~ Declaration of Board Candidacy
December 24-31, 2012 ~ Winter Break - No School
January 1-4, 2013 ~ Winter Break
January 7, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting
January 21, 2013 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
January 22, 2013 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

Wally Feldman discussed the renewal of the Middle College High School Charter which is required every 5 years by the New Mexico Public Education Department.  Superintendent recommended approval.
Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  6:55--7:12 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT:  7:12pm

PUBLIC COMMENT
Anthony Begay – Comments on transportation,  collaboration,  and thanked the Board.

Ended at 7:19pm

 Quote
 “He who sows discord will reap regret."

---Ibn Gabirol, no. 616

 
 
GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Center
November 19, 2012—6:00 PM

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President
Joe Menini, Secretary
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member  

 

  • Superintendent's Report

    • Max Perez, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services wished everyone a wonderful restful safe holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving Day.

  • Recognition (Student, Staff, Other)

    • Dr. Tempest informed the board members and the audience that the Rotary Senior of the Month recipients will be placed on the website. He named the October 2012 and November 2012 Rotary Seniors of the Month. The list was made available to the media.

    • Dr. Tempest reported the McKinley Education Foundation awarded five schools; the grants were given to Debbie Arthur -Red Rock Elementary School, Karla Nye and Laura Parades - Juan de Onate Elementary School, Patricia Largo – Chief Manuelito Middle School, Sheila Kruis - Stagecoach Elementary School and Eric Cornish - Rocky View Elementary School.

  • Tohatchi High School Heating

    • Johnty Cresto gave an update on the heating problem at Tohatchi High School. The parts have been ordered and will be repaired once it is received. The boiler at Lincoln Elementary is beginning to show signs of aging.

  • Announcements / Reminders

    • November 19-23, 2012 ~ Thanksgiving Break - No School

    • November 30-December 1, 2012 ~ NMSBA Annual Convention

    • December 3, 2012 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

    • December 17, 2012 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

    • December 18, 2012 - Declaration of Board Candidacy

    • December 24-31, 2012 ~ Winter Break - No School

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION--6:26--6:55 p.m

  • Adjourned at 6:56p.m.

  • PUBLIC COMMENT (None)

Quote
“So many are only concerned for themselves and have their own agenda; they want to be the tail wagging the dog.”
---Brian J. Bernard

 

 

GMCS Board Special Meeting
Student Support Center
November 15, 2012--1:00 PM
 
  • The board and legislators in attendance discussed Sequestration of Federal Funds, School District Funding and Unit Value, Transportation by Mileage / Costs of GPS, Special Education versus “to and from” – reimbursements,

  • Cap on Charter School bussing – reimbursement versus actual costs, bussing of students to Arizona from Navajo Pine New Mexico, Impact Aid, Law Suit Sufficiency of Funding – Impact Aid, Update on Zuni Law Suit – Impact Aid.

  • Martine Romine further discussed in detailed the Zuni lawsuit and the state funding formula.

  • Patty Lundstrom will recognize Jefferson Elementary on the floor during “Gallup Day”, February 7, 2012. She also mentions to write letters to recommend Benny Shendo - Senator Elect to be part of the Education Committee.

  • Matejka Ray will organize another Legislator/GMCS Board of Education meeting. It will be tentatively scheduled for January 9 or 10, 2012 prior to the start of the legislative session.

  • ADJOURNED at 3:35p.m.

 Quote
 “He who comes for the inheritance is often made to pay for the funeral”
 ---Yiddish Proverb

 

GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
November 5, 2012
 
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President
Joe Menini, Secretary
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

  • Mavis Price called the Board of Education meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2012.

  • Mavis Price added under superintendents’ report, recognition, USDA Inspection report on Receiving and Delivery, and update on Athletic Equipment for Navajo Pine High School.

  • Kevin Mitchell entered at 6:05 p.m.

  • National Johnson O'Malley Award

    • Carmen Moffett recognized Ramah High School for being selected in October 2012 by the National Johnson O’Malley Association for implementing cultural activities conducive to student learning for the students, the school, and the community.

    •  National Johnson O'Malley Board Member - Priscilla Manuelito Carmen Moffett recognized Ms. Priscilla Manuelito, president, Indian Education Committee; she was recently elected to serve as the as New Mexico’s District 2 representative to the National Johnson O’Malley Association. Gallup-McKinley County Schools is proud and she will serve our state well at the national level.

  • Glidden Paints Winner - Jefferson Elementary School Kim Orr announced that Jefferson Elementary won the National Glidden Paint competition held nationwide. Jefferson Elementary will receive 200 gallons paint, the painters, and Tohatchi Area of Opportunity Services, Inc. (TAOS) will donate $25,000 for prep job on the school building.

    • [NOTE: Principal Orr thanked all who helped and got the word/vote out---including AFT MCFUSE!]

  • Mavis Price – New Mexico Children Trust Fund Ray Arsenault read a letter from the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department gratefully thanking Mavis Price for her long dedicated services to the children of New Mexico as a fellow board member of the New Mexico Children’s Trust Fund.

  • USDA inspection at R&D

    • Ray Arsenault apprises the board that Receiving and Delivery was inspected, the staff were commended for an excellent job in cleaning and maintaining the warehouse from the last inspection a year ago.

  • Athletic Equipment for NPHS

    • Gary Schuster obtained $300 for equipment at Navajo Pine High School and continually working with other schools to donate unused equipment.

  • Truancy Update

    • Carmen Moffett and Max Perez presented on truancy and habitual students. They are working with the schools, collecting data, tracking system, referrals and working with the district attorney’s office.

  • Teacherage Report

    • Rob Gintowt presented the proposed rent increase and provided a detailed report. The letter from IRS was read. The name and number of the IRS representative will be made available for the board. Legal advisement will be sought.

    • Johnty Cresto and Leonard Haskie reported on Crownpoint, Tohatchi and Navajo Pine High. The techerages are receiving electricity and gas installation, a final inspection is upcoming, a punch list, and cleaning up the buildings. The Crownpoint Elementary school is progressing as expected with opening date mid December 2012.

  • Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions) Mavis Price welcomed JR Thompson, former school board member and Sandra Jeff, state representative.

    • Mavis Price reported the board attended a training provided by Dr. Hugh Prather via Skype on Strategic Planning.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • November 11, 2012---IEC Meeting, 2PM

    • November 12, 2012--- No School, Veterans Day 

    • November 15, 2012--- Meeting w/Legislators -1PM 

    • November 19, 2012--- GMCS Board Meeting 

    • November 19-23, 2012---Thanksgiving Break - No School 

    • November 30--December 1, 2012---NMSBA Annual Convention 

    • December 3, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting 

    • December 17, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting  December 24--31, 2012---Winter Break, No School

  • Redistricting Plan 2013 Presented by Research and Polling, Michael Sharp, vice president of Research and Polling Inc. presented the redistricting plans that included a plan E-1 which was introduced after he met with Leonard Gorman, Office of Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission.

    • Joe Menini moved the Approval of Plan B for the Gallup McKinley County Schools Redistricting Plan 2013 presented by Research and Polling, Inc. be approved as presented. (Five board members present and voting: Kevin Mitchell-no, Bruce Tempest-yes, Joe Menini-yes, Chee Smith Jr.-no, Mavis Price-yes)

    • Approve the Resolution and Proclamation of a regular election of Board Members for District 2, District 4 and District 5 and General Obligation School Building Bonds - ACTION Kim Brown, Art Melendres (Modrall Sperling Law Firm) and Paul Cassidy (RBC Capital Markets, LLC) presented the processes of the resolution and proclamation of the upcoming school bond and school board elections. Terms expires for District 2, District 4, and District 5 on March 1, 2013.

    • Joe Menini moved to Approve the Resolution and Proclamation of a regular election of Board Members for District 2, District 4 and District 5 and General Obligation School Building Bonds be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION:   7:47 p.m. to  8:10 p.m.

    • Only personnel items were discussed in executive session.

  • ADJOURNMENT: 8:11 p.m.

  • PUBLIC COMMENT

    • Jessica Verwys – Teacherage Housing

    • Nia Bennett-Begay – DECA/Teacher Housing

    • Matt Lanz – Teacherage Housing 

    • Sonlatsa Jim-Martin – Redistricting Plan

    • Sandra Jeff – Teacherage Housing/Redistricting Plan

Quote
“Anytime a person goes into a delicatessen and orders a pastrami on white bread, somewhere a Jew dies.”
---Milton Berle  

 

Special GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
October 30, 2012
 
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mavis V. Price, President
Chee Smith Jr., Vice President
Joe Menini, Secretary
Bruce Tempest, Member
Kevin Mitchell, Member

 

  • Mavis Price called the Board of Education meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

  • NMSBA Strategic Planning Support for School Boards Dr. Hugh Prather via Skype presented the New Mexico School Boards Strategic Planning Support for School Boards. Topics of discussion were the strategic plan, tactically plan, who is involved for a board to plan, the planning cycle, plan to plan, validate mission and vision, review mandates, environmental scan strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats-SWOT, conduct an environmental scan, identify the district’s strategic issues, identify SMART objectives to address the issues, and stay involved as the plan is implemented. With technical difficulties, discussion between the board and Dr. Prather was minimal.

  • Kevin Mitchell exited at 2:00 p.m.

  • Meeting adjourned Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 3:00 p.m.

 
GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
October 15, 2012.
  • Board Member Present

    • Mavis V. Price, President

    • Chee Smith Jr., Vice President

    • Joe Menini, Secretary

    • Bruce Tempest, Member

    • Kevin Mitchell, Member – entered 6:08p.m.

  • Call to Order – Pledge of Allegiance = Roll Call

    • Mavis Price called the Board of Education meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012, in the boardroom of the Student Support Center, 640 Boardman, Gallup, New Mexico. (Four board members were present for roll call) Board of Education Minutes October 15, 2012

  • Approval of Consent Agenda Items

    • Following some clarification a motion was made.

    • Dr. Bruce Tempest moved the consent agenda items be approved as presented.

    • Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

    • Financial Section - CONSENT

    • Bills-Operational, Federal Projects, Food Services, Other -CONSENT

    • Reports

    • Superintendent's Report

      • Truancy/Attendance Update

      • Bart Stanley discussed the truancy report noting that October 10, 2012 was the 40th day. A comparison was made for the Columbus Day, October 8, 2012 school attendance. Carmen Moffett will be present at the next meeting to present on truancy and the number of referrals made thus far.

  • Board Report (Meetings, Conventions, Conferences, Training Sessions)

    • Joe Menini, Bruce Tempest, and Chee Smith Jr. attended the Region I meeting. A very informative meeting, Joe Guillen, Executive Director of the New Mexico School Boards Association presented information on the upcoming annual conferences, school board elections, and the common core standards. Kevin Mitchell met with Leonard Gorman, Navajo Nation Voting Rights Act on redistricting.

  • Announcements / Reminders

    1. October 22, 2012 ~ No School - Professional Development Day

    2. October 23, 2012 ~ No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

    3. October 22, 2012 ~ IEC Meeting - Chief Manuelito Mid (6PM)

    4. October 30, 2012 ~ Special Meeting-Strategic Planning (1PM)

    5. November 5, 2012 ~GMCS Board Meeting

    6. November 12, 2012 ~ No School - Veterans Day

    7. November 15, 2012 ~ Meeting w/Legislators -1PM

    8. November 19, 2012 ~ GMCS Board Meeting

    9. November 19-23, 2012 ~ Thanksgiving Break - No School

  • New Business

    • Report on, consideration of, and action on bids, proposals and use of existing contracts: CONSENT

    • 1. Electric Motor (Re-Bid) of September 18, 2012

    • 2. 2-Way Radio Maintenance of September 18, 2012

    • 3. Appliance Bid of September 19, 2012

  • Approval of Student Activity Travel: CONSENT

  • Approval of Out-of-State Travel: CONSENT Board Policy D-3150 (10.8.1-10.8.8) - Travel Approved by Superintendent

    • Arturo Gonzalez, Alec Moore, Crownpoint High, Seattle, WA, November 15-19, 2012 to attend 92nd NCSS Annual Conference. (SIG)

    • Josephine Carlos, Conrad Navarra, Crownpoint High, Seattle, WA, November 15-18, 2012 to attend Western Region Leadership Conference. (SIG)

    • Judy Kimbrough, Miyamura, Denver, CO, November 13-19, 2012 to attend National Association Gifted Children Convention. (EDC)

    • Betsy Soltero, Thoreau Elementary, St. Louis, MI, November 14-17, 2012 to attend National Music Education Conference. (Discretionary)

    • Gale Caponi, Crownpoint High, Phoenix, AZ, October 17-19, 2012 to attend Head Start Mental Health Symposium. (Curriculum Instruction)

  • Approval of Board of Education Travel: CONSENT

    • Board Members (5), SSC, Albuquerque, NM, November 30-December 1, 2012 to attend NMSBA Annual Convention (Operational)

  • Approval of Superintendent Travel: CONSENT

    • Superintendent, SSC, Albuquerque, NM, November 30-December 1, 2012 to attend NMSBA Annual Convention. (Operational)

  • Approval of the Use of District Facilities by School-Community Related Organizations - CONSENT

  • Approval of the Acceptance of a Donation of Hand Tools from Tractor Supply Company, Gallup, NM -CONSENT

  • PULLED Approval of the Memorandum of Agreement between University of New Mexico College of Nursing and Gallup McKinley County Schools – CONSENT ACTION

  • Esther Tafoya provided detailed information on the Memorandum of Agreement. There is no cost to the school district.  Dr. Bruce Tempest moved the Approval of the Memorandum of Agreement between University of New Mexico College of  Nursing and Gallup McKinley County Schools be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.  (Five board members present and voting)

  • Approval of the Redistricting Plan 2013 Presented by Research and Polling, Inc. for Gallup McKinley County Schools – ACTION TABLED

    • Michael Sharp, vice-president of Research and Polling, Inc. presented a community based redistricting plan. The comparisons between the Navajo Nation’s plan and Research and Polling, Inc. were presented. The Plan E was introduced and will be made available for the Board to consider.

    • Leonard Gorman, executive director of Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission presented an Option A, Option B, and Option C. The Human Rights Commission recommends Option B for Gallup McKinley County Schools.

    • Jonathan Hale, council delegate and Health, Education, and Human Services committee member recommended to table the action item and to meet with the committee on educational issues.

    • Mavis Price asked that Michael Sharp and Leonard Gorman worked together and devised a plan for our school district.  Kevin Mitchell supports the consolidation of the two presenters and develops a series of plans to vote on.

    • Chee Smith Jr. recommends meeting with the Health, Education, and Human Services committee and to involve the chapters. 

    • Joe Menini recommended a special meeting to meet with Health, Education, and Human Services committee. The current plans do not address the school boundaries appropriately.

    • Dr. Bruce Tempest recommended voting tonight on a redistricting plan presented by Research and Polling, Inc., and taking a redistricting plan presented by Leonard Gorman’s Office, and the Health, Education and Human Services committee and making the final vote between the two plans.

    • Kevin Mitchell moved the Approval of the Redistricting Plan 2013 Presented by Research and Polling, Inc. for Gallup McKinley County Schools be tabled as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried. (Five board members present and voting as follows: Kevin Mitchell-yes, Bruce Tempest-no, Joe Menini-no, Chee Smith Jr.-yes, Mavis Price-yes).

    • Approval to Retain an Independent Firm to Perform Study of Funded Projects in GMCS – ACTION

  • Johnty Cresto presented on retaining an independent firm to do a feasibility study on funded projects in school district.  Chee Smith Jr. moved the Approval to Retain an Independent Firm to Perform Study of Funded Projects in GMCS be approved as presented. Upon roll call vote, motion carried unanimously. (Five board members present and voting)

  • EXECUTIVE – no executive session

  • PUBLIC COMMENT

    • Colin Tompson – NPHS Concerns

    • Laura Milligan – Teacherage

    • Gloria Begay – Redistricting

    • Sonlatsa [Sunshine] Jim-Martin – Redistricting

    • Bobby Martin – Redistricting

  • Ended at 8:45pm

Quotes
“Labor cannot stand still. It must not retreat. It must go on, or go under.” 
“The most important word in the language of the working class is solidarity.”

               

 
 
GMCS  Board  Meeting
Student Support Services
Monday,  October  01,  2012
 
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/Mrs. Price arrives 6:08pm

 

  • Johnty Cresto presented the Educational Specifications Capital Outlay Report.

    • Johnty Cresto presented the Teacherage Update: construction, gas, electricity, and paving.

    • Board discussed process of raising rent in teacherages.

  • Michael Sharp, VP of Research and Polling, Inc. spoke on re-districting and four plans presented. [NOTE:  As yet, District has not heard from Navajo Nation.]

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • October 03, 2012--- Region I Meeting, Bloomfield

    • October 15, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting

    • October 22, 2012---No School; Professional Development Day

    • October 23, 2012---No School; Parent/Teacher Conferences

    • October 29, 2012---IEC Meeting, Chief Manuelito Mid

    • November 05, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting

    • November 12, 2012---No School; Veterans Day

  • No Executive Session

  • Adjourned at 6:59pm

  • Public Comment

    • Sonlatsa Jim-Martin

  1. Recognition of the passing of a former educator

  2. Her “representing” Tohatchi High for Common Core

  3. Educational Specifications

  4. Navajo Nation Human Rights did presentation for the “coalition” and is "waiting to present to Board and Superintendent."    

 

Quote 
“If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar.  If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.” 
---Abraham Lincoln

 

 

GMCS  Board  Meeting
Student Support Services
Monday,  September  17,  2012
 
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/Mr. Mitchell absent

 

  • Chee Smith reported that the JOM Funds delay is due to a review by the Department of Justice.  $651,309.51 has been okayed---no reduction.

  • Executive Session:  6:20---7:30pm

  • Adjournment at 7:30pm

  • Public Comment

    • Edwin Begay

Quote 
“Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups.  They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits.  Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.”
---John F. Kennedy

 

 

GMCS  Board  Meeting
Ramah  High  School
Tuesday,  September  04,  2012
 
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/all present

 

  • Supt. Arsenault introduced Rex Morris, a new Principal at Ramah High School and thanked him for hosting the meeting.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • September 10, 2012---Early Release Monday

    • September 17, 2012---IEC Meeting, Thoreau Mid, 1pm

    • September 17, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting

    • October 01, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting

    • October 03, 2012---Region I Meeting, Bloomfield

    • October 15, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting

  • Navajo Nation representatives Sherrick Roanhorse and Leonard Gorman spoke on tribal consultation, Voter’s Rights Act, and re-districting.

  • Board discussed vandalism and if reward was offered.

  • Board requested copy of the MOU between the Navajo Nation and PED and the MOU between GMCS and the Navajo Nation.

  • Kim Brown presented on budget shortfall for this year and next.

  • Max Pérez presented on the Community Solutions Committee meetings.

  • GMCS Board approved Resolution Regarding Board Member Participation in Procurement of Services.

  • Motion was defeated Regarding Study on Feasibility of Consolidating Schools.

  • Executive Session:   7:45---8:23pm

  • No Public Comment

Quote 
“After all, there is but one race---humanity.”
---George Moore, The Bending of the Bough 

 

 
 
GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
Monday, August 20, 2012
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/Mrs. Price, Mr. Mitchell absent
  • Moment of Silence was held for GMCS employee and former President of MCFUSE Tom Payton. [A good man who was much loved and is sorely missed.]

  • Thoreau High School and Tse Yi Gai High School were recognized for receiving awards for Excellence in Sportsmanship from NMAA.

  • Bart Stanley presented on truancy.

    • Overall District Truancy:  20.21%

    • Elementary Schools:  14.79%

    • Middle Schools:  18.33%

    • High Schools:  39.84%

  • Mr. Michael Sharp presented the Redistricting Report.

  • Mr. Johnty Cresto presented the Warehouse Inspection Report:  floor painted, new refrigerator, roof not leaking, new door on freezer #2, diamond-plated flooring, no rodents/vermin.

  • Mr. Haskie reported on Land Lease Status.

  • Dr. Tempest asked about MOU between Navajo Nation and GMCS/PED.

  • Herlinda Mann presented IEC/JOM Report.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • September 3, 2012---No School, Labor Day

    • September 4, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting, Ramah High School

    • September 17, 2012---IEC Meeting, Thoreau Mid, 1 PM

    • September 17, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting

    • October 3, 2012---Region I Meeting, Bloomfield

  • Consent Agenda Items

    • F.  Proposed Memorandum of Understanding between Coalition for Healthy and Resilient Youth and Gallup-McKinley Schools.

    • G.  Resolution to Accept Matching Fund for Pavement Project on East Side of Crownpoint Mid School.

    • H.  Resolution for TFA who is applying for U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (grant).

    • I.  Resolution Designating Employees to Conduct Business on Behalf of District—Signing Checks J.  Resolution Designating Employees to Conduct Business on Behalf of District---Legally Binding to the District

  • Executive Session:  7:40—7:55pm

  • Adjourned at 7:55pm.

  • Public Comment

    • Ben Bitsilly—truancy policy; students have personal issues and cannot attend regularly; wants raises

    • Junior Class Reps---Goals:  attendance rate, variety of electives, raise standards, thank TFA teachers, requests $$$ from Board to build parade float.

    • Joyce Hardy---wants funds for school repairs [vandalism].

    • Sonlatsa Jim-Martin---enrollment; wants Board to help advertise that school is open.  Stated that Board needs to consult with the Navajo Nation on redistricting.

    • Derek Franklin---wants copies of land leases.

    • Ruby Haley---truancy policy, substance abuse policy, wants raises for bus drivers, ineffective CBA

      • [NOTE:  Haley is a PART-TIME employee and not entitled to same benefits as full-time employees.  Substitute teachers have no benefits either!]

      • [NOTE:  Wages are a matter of Negotiations.  District is currently undergoing fiscal difficulties.

    • Several also asked for input to their comments.  The last line of the Public Comment in the Agenda states:  “The BOE shall not make any comments, endorse, sanction, or act upon any comments made during the Public Comment section of the board meeting.”]

  • Ended at 8:20pm.

Quote
“Stupidity’s the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.”
--William Gaddis
 
 
GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
Monday, August 6, 2012
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/all present
  • Carmen Moffet was recognized as NMCSA Bilingual Administrator of 2012.

    • [Congrats & Mazel Tov!]

  • Recap of 2011-12 Legal Expenses

    • Dr. Tempest requests additional 5-year summary of legal expenses.

  • Supt. Arsenault discussed 2012-13 fiscal year sequestration at federal level.  He advised those in attendance to call their senators and representatives.

  • Dr. Tempest asked for an update on District offering a reward for vandalism at Tohatchi Elementary.  He further recommended county meetings deal with funding cuts in place of public comments.

  • GMCS Board approved Inter-Fund Cash Transfers.

  • Executive Session:  6:52—7:25pm

  • Adjourned at 7:25pm

  • Public Comment

    • Ben Bitsilly

    • Liberty Davis

    • Derek Franklin

    • Sonlatsa Jim-Martin

  • Ended at 7:36pm

Quote
“Men are never so good or so bad as their opinions.”
--James Mackintosh
 
 
GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
Monday, July 23, 2012
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/all present
  • Carmen Moffett spoke on Indian Policies and Procedures.

  • Kim Brown discussed Impact Aid and explained how the NM Finance Authority’s fraudulent financial reporting will not affect District bonds, as per Paul Cassidy.

  • Supt. Arsenault to attend Superintendents Conference this week.

  • Superintendent also spoke on grading system.

  • Kim Brown will do follow-up as to whether rewards can be offered to apprehend suspects for fire at Tohatchi Elementary School.

  • Herlinda Mann reported on IEC/JOM.  The National Indian Education Association Conference is Octgober 18-21, 2012 in Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Skandera/PED letter of July 11th was read for the record.

  • Board President Mavis Price requested that all Board amenities [mileage] be curtailed until District Budget is balanced.

  • GMCS Board approved Temporary Inter-Fund Cash Transfer Adjustments.

  • Executive Session:  7:03—7:23pm for limited personnel matters and pending legal issues.

  • Adjourned at 7:24pm.

  • Public Comment

    • Ben Bitsilly

    • Rita Capitan

    • Anthony Begay

    • Sonlatsa Jim-Martin

  • Ended at 7:47pm.

Quote
“The best of seers is he who guesses well.”
--Euripides

 

GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
Monday, July 9, 2012
[Reconvened Recessed Meeting]
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/all present

 

  • Max Perez in for Supt. Arsenault

  • Moment of Silence was held for John Bryant and Ramos James.

  • GMCS Board approved Temporary Inter-Fund Cash Transfer Adjustments.

  • GMCS Board approved Permanent Cash transfers.

  • Adjourned at 6:23pm

 

GMCS Board Meeting
Student Support Services
Monday, July 9, 2012
Call to Order/Roll:  6:24pm/all present
  • Max Perez in for Supt. Arsenault

  • Election of GMCS Board Officers

    • President: Mavis Price

    • Vice President: Chee Smith

    • Secretary: Joe Menini

    • [Congrats & Mazel Tov!]

  • Mr. Perez highlighted NMSBA results.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • June 4-July 27, 2012---Summer Lunch Program

    • July 13-14, 2012---Leaders Retreat, Taos

    • July 23-24, 2012---IEC Orientation

    • July 23, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting

    • August 6, 2012---GMCS Board Meeting

    • August 7-8, 2012---New Teacher Orientation

    •  August 13, 2012---First Day of School

    • July 30-August 3, 2012---Administrators Conference

  • Executive Session:  6:57—7:47pm for limited personnel issues.

  • Adjourned at 7:48pm.

  • Public Comment

    • Derek Franklin-public record requests

    • Linda Schweigwiden-Fine Arts Center and pool needed in Crownpoint

  • Ended at 7:55pm

Quote
“Spring makes everything young again, save man.”—Jean Paul Richter 

 

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