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PUSD to discuss facility lease, gifted education, hiring an athletic trainer

At its 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting in the District Office boardroom at 146 S. Granite Street, the Prescott Unified School District governing board will consider approving a lease with Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy for the lease of the Dexter Family Resource Center; a new scope and sequence for the education of gifted students; and funding an athletic trainer position.

The board will have a 5 p.m. executive session to discuss the lease before the regular meeting.

NELA, which previously leased just the front building on the Dexter campus, would like to rent the entire property at 551 First Street for two years, according to Dave Smucker, PUSD superintendent.

The proposed rent would be $120,000 per year for the property and furnishings, and NELA would pay its own utilities in addition to the rent, Smucker said.

According to a document modified by Louise Clark, district gifted education specialist, to be presented to the Arizona Department of Education, the new scope and sequence for education of gifted students will include 45- to 60-minute weekly pullout classes for kindergartners that include math, science, discovery and topical writing activities, and 45- to 60-minute weekly pullout classes for first- and second-graders covering those items as well as current events and literature. Third- through fifth-graders would have two hours of weekly pullout classes plus district-wide grade-level seminars at the completion of a thematic unit. Sixth- through eighth-graders would have one to two hours each day in accelerated math and language arts classes, and high school students would have one to four hours per day through honors classes, Advanced Placement classes, and concurrent enrollment in college courses, Clark wrote.

Goals for Fall 2013 include training staff in differentiated instruction, implementing differentiated curriculum in all K-12 classroom instruction, looking into creating cluster classrooms at each grade level for gifted learners at the elementary schools, and tracking middle school and high school students using an educational learning profile, according to the report.

Prescott High School has supported an athletic trainer position by contract with area physical therapists for the past few years, but the trainers would leave either during the school year or at the end of that year, stating that the requested work was not in line with the amount of pay, said Joe Howard, assistant superintendent for PUSD.

This year, no one responded to the same proposal, Howard said.

The district recommends approving a full-time athletic trainer/instructor position at Prescott High School, which will be paid based on the current certified teacher salary schedule with additional 10 percent stipends to be paid for each of the three athletic seasons to cover added hours, days and travel, Howard said.

Using athletic auxiliary funds previously dedicated to athletic trainer services would fund this position, and would not require the use of any new maintenance and operation money, Howard said.

In other business, the board will also consider approving:

• Emergency procurement of $4,900 to pay two companies for their work cleaning up and repairing damage after water leaked into the Fine Arts Building at Prescott High School from a rainstorm on July 22.

• A list of students approved for early entrance to kindergarten.

• An equipment license agreement between PUSD and Yavapai County Educational Technology Consortium.

• Renewing an agreement with the Yavapai Symphony Association.

• The appointment of Dr. Kristen Rex, superintendent of the Seligman Unified School District, and Dr. Lloyd Gillum, a retired hearing officer from Phoenix, as hearing officers for student long-term suspension hearings for 2012-13.