For several years the Douglas Unified School District has been streaming their school board meetings over the YouTube network.
That changed recently when YouTube announced it was pulling the plug on all schools using its network and canceling all educational accounts. Because of that change the DUSD’s regular school board meeting that was held Tuesday, Aug. 6 was not broadcast over the internet.
DUSD Superintendent Ana Samaniego told the board the cancellation was a result of some districts misusing YouTube, but that DUSD was not one of those districts.
“Mr. (Marco) Durazo will be filing an appeal,” she said. “It will take a few weeks. So, until we get this resolved, our board meetings are not going to be streamed live.”
In other action at the meeting, the board hired Yecenia Quijada as an ESS teacher at Faras; Flordeliz Olvido as an elementary teacher at Joe Carlson; Michell Gastelum as an art teacher at Paul Huber Middle School; Karla Wallace as a Spanish teacher; Linda Cramer as an ESS teacher and Maricel Antonio, a P.E. teacher, all at DHS. Abner Cortez was hired as both a social studies teacher at DHS as well as the Bulldogs new basketball coach.
“All of our vacancies have been filled,” DUSD Assistant Superintendent Fernando Nunez told the board. “We are still waiting for some of our new teachers to arrive from the Philippines.”
Nubia Elias was hired to be the new Parent Liaison at DHS. Alonso Tapia was hired to be an assistant volleyball coach and Estefan Mora as an assistant boy’s basketball coach for the Bulldogs.
The board approved addendums to 12 different coaching contracts for the upcoming school year after additional information was requested from the administration following the July 2 meeting.
Donna Savill and Bosco Selchow, head coaches for swimming and golf, will each be paid a salary of $4,305 for the season; Andrea Barallardos, head coach of the DHS Spiritline, will be paid a salary of $3,500 per season; Clint Hill will be paid $3,642 as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs basketball team; Gilbert Rojas, $4,305 as head coach of the baseball team; Lorena Tapia, $3,500 as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs softball team and Savill will be paid $4,084 as head coach of the boys track team.
Also approved at the meeting was a five-page Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Douglas and the DUSD for the new School Resource Officer (SRO).
The SRO is Maria Cuevas, who has been with the DPD seven-years as a full-time officer and two additional as a reserve. The IGA details what her purpose on campus will be, her jurisdiction, supervision and duties, finances, etc. According to the IGA, the DUSD is responsible for 50 percent of the SRO’s base salary with Employee Related Expenses (ERE) at a rate of 50 percent. The salary (with ERE) is subject to change at established increments with the City’s salary schedule. The DPD will assume responsibility for any overtime compensation.
Officer Cuevas will be on campus Monday through Friday during school hours.
After meeting in executive session, the board agreed to release Abigail Griffin from her contract without any liquidated damages and she is rehirable. The board also agreed to reimburse Superintendent Samaniego $1,684 for four unused vacation days as per her contract.
Donations in the amount of $1,000 each from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Assist Team were graciously accepted by the board to the following organizations: Paul Huber Middle School girls’ basketball; Paul Huber Middle School boys’ basketball; Paul Huber Middle School folklorico club, the Paul Huber Middle School yearbook club and DHS Physics. A donation in the amount of $1,221.25 was made to Sarah Marley School from the Douglas Prison Complex Eggers Unit.
There will be no school on Monday, Sept. 2 and the next regular school board meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 3.