In an effort to increase attendance at all DHS athletic events the Douglas School Board of Education agreed at its second June meeting last week to suspend student admission fees and allow all students, regardless of what school they attend, free access to all athletic events for the next school year.
Mike Ortega and Dr. Ed Gomez spearheaded this effort hoping to increase fan support at all DUSD events.
The adult fees of $4 will remain the same and the free admission does not cover state or regional playoff games.
In other action at the meeting the board approved the hiring of Stephanie Phillips who will serve as the new Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Douglas High School.
Phillips comes to Douglas from Queen Creek.
“I’ve been a teacher in the Gilbert School District the last 10 years and this will be my 20th year in education,” she said.
Phillips knows DUSD Superintendent Sheila Rogers but adds she has never worked with her directly.
“When I saw there was an opportunity to work with her I jumped at the chance,” she said. “I’ve worked hard to get my principals certificate and move into administration and the challenge of being athletic director and assistant principal is one that I am looking forward to.”
In other action at the June 19 meeting the board granted early kindergarten admission for three students who will not be five years old on or before the Sept. 1, 2012 deadline as required by school board policy J-0600.
The board also approved the request for proposal for audit services which is a five year contract with a purchasing threshold limit of $50,000.
The board also renewed mutli-term contracts for fiscal year 2012/13 for Herff Jones, Taylor Publishing and Memory Book for yearbook and related services; Rincon Rehab Fitness and Wellness, Casey Parr, PT for Physical Therapy Services; Backdrop Photography and Bell Photography for school photography services and Triumph Learning dba Options Publishing for supplementary curriculum services.
The board also approved the proposed District Annual Expenditure budget for fiscal year 2012/13.
The total aggregate budget for this year is $33,288,134.
The board postponed the work study session that was scheduled and agreed to have it at one of the July meetings.
Donations from Johnson Historical Museum (Slaughter Ranch), Tom Hanigan, Douglas Company Arizona Rangers; Vicky Merritt, John W. Mangum, Henry and Jocelyn Beumler, Benon’s Engine Machine, Kerry and Kelly Kimbro and Warner and Wendy Glenn were all accepted with a “thanks” from the DUSD board.
The board approved the hiring of the DHS coaching staff for the 2012/13 school year as well as teachers Brenna Garvey, Brenda Moreno, Denise McGrew, Florence Ramacho, Darren Pliler, Roseanne Kofron, Maria Rea, Cindy Cage, Yolanda Caruso as a summer school nurse and Chaelyn Fredrickson as a secondary curriculum coordinator.
Ana Becerra, Alvina Noperi, Fatima Tapia, Sarah Pedrego, Maria Ramirez, Arturo Morales and Tony De La Torre were all hired as classified staff.
The board also approved the resignation of Noelle Robles as the DHS principal secretary effective June 12, 2012.
The board also approved an out of state travel request for Beverly Enriquez, Ana Samaniego and Andrea Overman to attend the 2012 National Council for Community and Education Partnership annual conference which will be held in Washington, D.C. July 22-25.
The next board meeting will take place Monday, July 9 at 5 p.m.