GPS holds second regular Board meeting of the school year
GPS Governing Board Brief - September 26, 2017
Highland High School Biology Teacher, Jamie Blum, was recognized for having received the 2017 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for the State of Arizona.

(Gilbert, AZ) -- Gilbert Public Schools held its regular Governing Board meeting on Tuesday night. The meeting began with two Superintendent’s Recognition Awards. Gilbert Elementary School was recognized for receiving the Lighthouse Status as a Leader In Me Lighthouse School and Highland High School Biology Teacher, Jamie Blum, was recognized for having received the 2017 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for the State of Arizona. Awards were followed by the two reports on the agenda. The first was covered by the District’s Interim Superintendent, Dr. Suzanne Zentner, and Mr. Aaron Polkoski, Vice President at Segal Consulting, on the newly proposed employee well-being program. The report reviewed work that began with a stratified group of employees last summer, and confirmed that the 2017-18 school year will serve as the 'qualifying year'. That opportunity results in receiving a healthcare premium reduction or additional HSA contribution for those who are enrolled in the district healthcare plan and reach accumulate ten (10) points from a variety of activities presented. The premium reduction or additional HSA contribution would be applied in the next school year. The report also sought approval for Walker Tracker, a customized, mobile app used to track several wellness related measures and will be made available to all GPS employees. The second report was the presentation of 2016-2017 Annual Financial Report Gilbert's Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Jeff Gadd. This was the Business Services Department’s second summary of operations for the school year, ending August 31. Mr. Gadd provided an explanation of budget controlled funds and cash controlled funds, including a detailed breakdown for each. The Board also unanimously approved the second read of Policy JFABC - Admission of Transfer Students. The policy aims to better accommodate students who return to GPS or move into the district. As part of the Board’s monthly report, Board President Mrs. Sheila Rogers, and fellow Board members, thanked Dr. Zentner for serving as an Interim Superintendent since June. “Over the last four months, we had the privilege of having Dr. Zentner be our Interim Superintendent,” said Mrs. Rogers. “She graciously stepped up. She has taken our district to a place where I want to say, thank you." The Board then called for an Executive Session to meet with the Board's attorney to discuss and hear legal advice regarding the new Superintendent employment contract, contract negotiations, and other related matters. On September 19, following a community forum, the Board offered the position of District Superintendent to Mr. Shane McCord.
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