Governing Board Brief - February 26, 2019

The Governing Board met for their monthly Board Business Meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 5:30pm.

The first item on the agenda was a call for Executive Session pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.01(A)(1) to discuss the potential appointment of Mr. Jason Failla as the Principal of Highland Park Elementary for the 2019-2020 School Year.

The regular board meeting was then called to order. Superintendent Recognitions followed approval of the agenda.

Superintendent Mr. McCord recognized the following staff and students at the meeting:

Bridget Goodner and GPS Board

Bridget Goodner, agricultural educator at Gilbert High School, is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Ideas Unlimited Award.

Oratorical Contest Winners 2019

2019 District Oratorical Contest winners - Junior high division, Owen Reich (GCA), 3rd-6th grade division, Raina Braun (Finley Farms), K-2 division, first place Brynlee Jeppesen, (Boulder Creek), all who shared their powerful presentations.


This was followed by the Superintendent’s Report:

Congratulations goes out to Mackenzie Goldman from Highland High School and Savannah Marshall from Desert Ridge High School who were selected as 2019 Gilbert Sister Cities Ambassadors this month.

Pioneer Elementary GOLD PRODUCTIONS will hold their first ever production on Thursday, February 28th at 2pm and 6pm. This new performing arts club has over 50 students in grades 3-6. The students have all been practicing as a group and they each have specific roles and responsibilities.

Congratulations to our high schools that had the opportunity to compete in postseason play. Highlights include:

  • Campo Verde: 5A Girls Soccer Champions, 5A Boy Soccer Runner Up, 5A Wrestling Heavyweight Champion - Trevor Kauer
  • Gilbert High: 5A Boys Basketball Champion, 5A Girls Basketball Runner Ups
  • Desert Ridge: Girls Wrestling State Runner Up - Grace Wietschak
  • Mesquite High: 4A Girls Basketball Semi Finalists, Wrestling State Runner Up - Lewis Everett

The following reports followed:

7.01 School Social Work Week

7.02 Monthly Budget Report, presented by Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Bonnie Betz.


The Consent Agenda was approved with a 5-0 vote.

8.02 Approval of Minutes for Regular Board Meeting on January 23, 2019 and Brief Board Business Meeting on February 12, 2019

8.03 Certified Personnel

8.04 Support Staff Personnel

8.05 Substitute Personnel

8.06 Notification of Award of RFP 19-32-06-24 Pharmacy Benefit Management

8.07 Notification of Award of RFP 19-31-06-24 Network for Self Funded PPO Medical & Dental Programs

8.08 Award RFP# 19-48-02-24 Recycling Surplus Electronic Equipment & Scrap Metal

8.09 Renewal of RFP #18-28-07-23 Identity Management Systems for fiscal year 2018-2019.

8.10 Approval of Overnight and/or Out-of-State Travel

8.11 Approval of Out of State Travel for Staff

8.12 Acceptance of Donations

8.13 Ratification of Prior Month Financial Vouchers


The following Action Item vote was tabled until the next Governing Board meeting:

9.03 Adoption of 2018-2019 Revised Budget 

The subsequent Action Items were approved with a 5-0 vote:

9.01 Approval of the Appointment of Jason Failla as the Principal of Highland Park Elementary for the 2019-2020 School Year

9.02 Approval of Resolution for Safety and Mental Health

9.04 Approve the purchase of Buses and Equipment from RWC Group utilizing Mohave Contract 18F-RWC-0904.

9.05 Approval of Minutes for February 14, 2019 Board Meeting

9.06 Policy Development: First Read of Policy GCO - Evaluation of Professional Staff Members

9.07 Policy Development: First Read of Policy JKD - Student Suspension

9.08 Policy Development: Second Read and Adoption of Policy BCB - Board Member Conflict of Interest

9.09 Policy Development: Second Read and Adoption of Policy DG - Banking Services

9.10 Policy Development: Second Read and Adoption of Policy DK - Payment Procedures