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By Lisa Bailey

School Board - 2/15/18

Aztec Muni. School Board Meeting


February 23, 2018

The Thursday, February 15th School Board Meeting began at 6:00 p.m. Due to multiple visitors and presentations the board chose to delay the executive session. There were six presentations, many of which were very moving. There was recognition given to two Chartwells Employees, that work in the schools. One recognized a child choking in the cafeteria and performed the Heimlich Maneuver. Another oversaw 12 staff and a student during the December 7th Aztec High School shooting and, “was a rock”.

Student Isiah Mendietta was recognized as the Chief of Police Student of the Year. Isiah was nominated by principal Dr. Hall. Dr. Hall stated that Isiah fits the criteria of not only being an outstanding student, but is a leader in JROTC, helps organize parking at high school games, and is on the Aztec Volunteer Fire Department. Dr. Hall commended Isiah on two different occasions when he intervened during an altercation between two students on campus, and the day of the shooting when he was watching out for other’s safety.

Koogler Middle School was represented by thirteen students who took place in the Science Olympiads. Teacher Rhonda Gillespie expressed great pride for the student’s growing interest in this competition that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Teacher Neily Snook was recognized for becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. Ms. Snook gave a presentation outlining the criteria and benefits of the certification. She is the second Aztec School District teacher to earn it.

There were two reports regarding school sponsored activities that students participated in. Park Avenue and Durango Nature Studies collaborate to allow students the opportunity to learn about “Surviving & Thriving” through education, preparation and then using their knowledge and skills during an outdoor field trip to Haviland Lake. Teacher Jennifer Moore represented the students and teachers who wanted to thank the board for allowing them to have this experience. Two Aztec High students represented five participants in the Educators Rising Conference, Alexis Acrey and Rebecca Long. They shared how the conference challenged them and their enthusiasm as future educators.

Koogler Middle School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) made a fundraiser request and several schools made travel requests as they anticipate field trips and Koogler’s participation in a Math Counts competition.

There were several reports given and action items included approving the graduation dates for the 2018/2019 school year, visiting grant applications, training opportunities, and salary and contract reviews.

The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 8, 2018.


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