$900K grant approval on YUHSD agenda

By Sarah Womer @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 6:08 pm

The approval of a $900,000 grant will be on the agenda of a Yuma Union High School District meeting Wednesday.

Awarded by the Helios Education Foundation, the grant will go toward the district’s Ready Now Yuma initiative to fund a third-party evaluation and to continue to develop community engagement efforts.

The governing board will also be deciding whether to to adopt a 2014-2015 performance-based compensation plan for teachers.

The meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a public hearing about the performance pay plan and an opportunity for public comment. Immediately following the hearing, the board will move into its regularly scheduled meeting where the plan will be up for approval.

Additionally, the board will also be considering possible action to approve a process to select governing board members for a Yuma JTED (Joint Technical Education District). Board President Phil Townsend previously noted that it may be prudent to begin looking at preparing applications for those interested in being on the board in the event that the initiative passes in November.

The district would have only a “short timetable” to fill the board positions as the group would begin meeting as early as January to begin the process of hiring staff and recruiting students. The JTED governing board would consist of two members appointed by YUHSD, two members appointed by Antelope Union High School District, and one member appointed by the Yuma County schools superintendent.

In other meeting news, the board will hear an update on the GEAR UP program for current freshmen students at San Luis High School. With the goal of preparing students to succeed in post-secondary education, the campus implemented the program after it received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Both Yuma High School and Cibola High School had GEAR UP services for the Class of 2006 and the Class of 2012, respectively. The GEAR UP acronym stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

Lastly, student council members from San Luis, Yuma and Kofa high schools will report on past, current and upcoming events on their campuses. Kofa High School’s SkillsUSA program will also be highlighted during the meeting.

The meeting will be held in the YUHSD governing board room, 3150 S. Avenue A.

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