Originally Published: January 9, 2019 10:09 p.m.
For the second time in her nine years serving on the Prescott Unified Governing Board, veteran member Tina Seeley was unanimously voted in Tuesday night as the next board president.
Each January, the five-member panel selects a different member to serve as board president.
Seeley is a one-time PUSD teacher and administrator who now owns her own real estate company. She has two daughters; her youngest Sydney, is a Prescott High School senior who is this year serving as the board’s Student Council representative. For the past year, member John Mackin was board president with Seeley serving as vice-president.
Seeley’s vice-president for the next year will be Scott Hicks, who was also elected unanimously.
Mackin was given a certificate of appreciation for his work during a year of the statewide #RedForEd movement demanding better salaries and working conditions for teachers and other instructional staff. He said he appreciated the opportunity to serve the community in the role. He has stated he has particularly appreciated working with administrative team on policies, programs and financial priorities intended to benefit more than 3,500 children.
The board also welcomed the two newly elected members, Deb Dillon and Connie Donovan, who replaced veteran educator Maureen Erickson and city Mayor Greg Mengarelli. Erickson and Mengarelli did not seek re-election.
In other business, the board unanimously approved a new memorandum of agreement between the United Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and Prescott High School.
This nationally acclaimed program now serves some 107 freshman to seniors, a bit of a low from the normal average about 120 students each year. Retired Air Force Lt. William DeKemper said he expects to see the numbers climb as more students at the middle school are introduced to the advantages of enrollment in the program that is less about whether someone wants to join the military than about leadership, character development and discipline that is suited to any and all endeavors.
Mackin and Seeley both have children in the program, and assure that their sons and daughters have gained much from their participation. PHS’ JROTC program is so well-respected that Sydney Seeley was able to use its recommendation as part of her application process to the United States Army Military Academy at West Point, New York, and at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The only thing new in the agreement is that the Air Force is no longer required to supply information technology. But DeKemper said that actually is not big deal, as the high school has for the past decade supplied the bulk of the program’s information technology support.
The board also approved a new memorandum of understanding for the Head Start program.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 5. The administration will also be working with members on selecting a date for an all-day board retreat to begin the budget deliberation and priority-setting for next year.