Monday the Williams Unified School District was again at the interview table trying to find a candidate to fill the position of principal at the high school.
“We’re back in an interview process,” said Jac Heiss, superintendent of Williams Schools, after the candidate the school had selected backed out to take another position. “We have three applicants we’d like to re-interview.”
Heiss spoke during a special meeting of the school’s governing board May 31. Filling the principal position was tabled at the meeting, but it is one of the agenda items for the June 14 regular meeting.
In an effort to give teachers and staff a small boost to offset the lack of a salary increase, the Williams Education Association (WEA) started looking at changing the Professional/Support Staff Leave policy.
“The WEA wanted to look for an additional benefit to the staff for classified and certified employees,” said Ann Wells, WEA spokesperson. “It (the policy) doesn’t really change anything.”
Under the new policy “all the leave is classified as leave.”
“All the days go into a bank of leave time,” Wells said. “If it’s not medical leave the request (for leave) has to be submitted the day before and be approved by the superintendent and a sub has to be available.”
Wells said currently staff has 10 days of leave per year, which includes three days of personal leave with up to six additional days.
“I don’t know many teachers who use all six days,” she said.
To help prevent large numbers of staff leaving the day before or after scheduled holidays, the new policy states two days of leave will be counted for every day used during these periods.
Also during the meeting, the extra duty contract schedule was revised and is now based on a percent of the persons salary.
“We’ve probably changed the salary schedule two or three times over the last several years,” Wells said. “We have a lot of people doing more than one thing. Most are teachers too. It’s a lot of extra time but they want to work with kids — you do these things out of a love for it.”
The percents range from 2 percent for spelling bee, art club, gifted coordinator and family science night coordinator to 14.5 percent for the high school head varsity football coach, with nine years in the position.
“The top scale is 14.5 percent,” Wells, said. “It’s in line with our current salary schedule.”
Only a few employees will face a salary decline, but those staff members are going to be grandfathered in at their current salary, Wells said. The school board approved the first reading of the policy unanimously.
During the meeting the board also approved:
• A 99 year lease of land at Seventh and Oak streets to Coconino Community College to build a distance learning center. (See related article on page 4A.)
• The resignation of first grade teacher Tana Rush.
• The classified contracts for 2000-01.
• Extending the classified contracts to probationary/time sheet personnel for Steve Matthews and Robert Lillie, both bus driver/maintenance personnel.
• The hiring of Aaron Aldrich as the third-grade teacher and Meghan Theriaulf as the sixth- grade teacher.
• Family medical leave for Jannette Bressler, second-grade teacher.
• The lease agreement for the Progressive Preschool site to Mary Lockhart for $1.
• Renewing liability insurance with Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, Inc.
• Williams High School summer basketball activity in the Sedona Red Rock summer league.
• Solicitation of bids for addressing urgent building needs, such as repairing the roof and flooring at the elementary/middle school, adding more lights at the high school and work on the gas line and plumbing.
• A “Call of Election” for the Nov. 7 election for three, four-year school board terms.