The Douglas School Board agreed to bring back an after school extra-curricular/enrichment program at its Sept. 3 regular monthly board meeting.

This program will be funded through the Title IV Well Rounded Education and Safe & Healthy Education Program and the Title I Academic Enrichment Program. It will run 78 days, three days a week (Monday through Wednesday), from 3:45-4:45 p.m., following after school tutoring, beginning Sept. 23 and ending April 30.

This program replaces the 21st Century program the district lost when contractual deadlines were missed.

DUSD Superintendent Ana Samaniego reported this new after school program offers enhancement to the district’s curriculum initiatives through an extended day opportunity for K-8 students to participate in a quality afterschool program that provides a safe and healthy environment where there are opportunities to reinforce learning and promote a safe and healthy lifestyle though the district’s educational programs.

The mission of the program will be, “To provide a safe, healthy and engaging learning environment that includes a variety of enrichment opportunities for our students to grow academically and socially.”

In other action at the meeting, the board graciously accepted a $2,500 donation from Walmart that was received through a grant Samaniego applied for, a $500 donation from the Arizona Community Foundation to the RBMS band classroom, and a $500 donation for school supplies from Zanes Law in Tucson.

The board received an update from Superintendent Samaniego regarding a policy dealing with Staff Conflict of Interest (Volunteers). The new policy allows the superintendent to make the final determination and recommendation on any volunteer conflict of interest situation where a potential or actual conflict may exist as described in the district’s current policy “Staff Conflict of Interest.” As such, the superintendent will implement an internal structure or protocol to ensure compliance with the district’s policy and statues.

Six substitute and 30 emergency substitute teachers were hired at the meeting along with Ruth Acedo who will be a teacher at Stevenson Elementary and Anthony Arvayo who was hired as an assistant football coach for the Bulldogs.

At the start of the meeting, the board recognized its August Students of the Month and Students on a Roll. Those students honored were: from Clawson, Alessandra Cornejo Saucedo and Alanny Soto; Faras, Luna Joceline Leon Montano and Wednesday Midnight Escajeda; Joe Carlson, Ezekiel Ceballos Montano and Destiny Ogletree; Sarah Marley, Katyanna Galaviz and Christin Olvera; Stevenson, Thalia Villaescusa and Daniel Coronado; Paul Huber Middle School, Hailey Barco and Julian Ortiz; Ray Borane Middle School, Mia Guzman and Anette Fragoso Moreno, and Douglas High School, Deidra Victor, Alfredo Romero, Gerardo Zubiate and Stephanie Hernandez.

Student enrollment figures at the end of August had 4,160 enrolled in the district, down 87 from the same period last year; 1,526 students were enrolled at Douglas High School.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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