Governing Board Brief - March 29, 2022

The Governing Board met for a scheduled Governing Board Business Meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.  The meeting began with an Executive Session at 5:30 pm to discuss the potential appointment of Jodi Smith as the Principal of Greenfield Junior High School. 


The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm.


The meeting began with Superintendent’s Recognitions which included:

  • Highland High Football 6A State Champions
  • Mesquite High Basketball 4A State Champions
  • Mesquite High Speech and Debate - Student Hunter Fenn finished first in Big Question Debate (qualifying him for nationals) first in Prose and runner up in Impromptu
  • Gilbert High Speech and Debate - State champion junior Gabriel Neff, who won first in Original Spoken Word Poetry
  • Judy Engels, Highland Park Elementary - School of Social Work 2022 Professional Achievement Award


The Superintendent’s Report followed, highlighting:

  • State standardized testing is this month. Thank you to all of our students, teachers, support staff, principals, and administrators for all of their work on this.  Students, please get lots of rest, eat well and we know you will give it your all.
  • This Thursday is our Employee of the Year event, honoring our Support Staff, Administrators, and Teachers.  The event begins at 5 pm and will be held at the Doubletree hotel.  Thank you to the Gilbert Education Foundation and all our generous local business leaders who support this event.
  • April 4- 6 will be the Elementary Art Show - Join us at Norwoods between 5:30 - 8:30 pm to view artwork created by our elementary students.  Thank you to all of our art teachers for their hard work to make this event happen and in the classroom every day.
  • The next GEF Business Breakfast will be on April Monday 11th at 7 am.


Requests to speak to the Governing Board followed.  There were 13 requests to speak.


The Monthly Budget Report - FY 2022 followed, presented by Assistant Superintendent Ms. Bonnie J. Betz.


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

8.02 Approval of Minutes for Regular Board Meeting on February 15, 2022, and Brief Board Business Meeting on March 1, 2022

8.03 Certified, Support Staff, and Substitute Personnel

8.04 2022-2023 Employee Contract Language

8.05 2022-2023 Employee Contract Renewals

8.06 Renovate/Upgrade Restrooms at Carol Rae Elementary, Boulder Creek Elementary, and Greenfield Elementary

8.07 Replace/Upgrade Flooring at Gilbert High School

8.08 Replace/Upgrade Flooring at Mesquite High School

8.09 Replace/Upgrade Gymnasium Floors at Gilbert Classical Academy and Gilbert High School

8.10 Replace/Upgrade Roofing System at South Valley Junior High

8.11 Replace/Upgrade Tennis Courts at Gilbert High School and Highland High School

8.12 Request for Proposal (RFP) 22-11-26 Basic Life/AD&D, Dependent Life, Voluntary Life Insurance

8.13 Request for Proposal 22-14-26 Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

8.14 Request for Proposal 22-12-26 Short Term Disability Insurance (STDI)

8.15 Request for Proposal (RFP) 22-13-26 Vision Insurance

8.16 Request for Proposal 22-19-26 Suspension Service and Parts

8.17 Sole Source Vendor - Moody's Quick Freight, Inc.

8.18 Parent Support Organizations FY 2022

8.19 Gifts and Donations FY 2022

8.20 Overnight or Out of State Travel

8.21 Staff Travel

8.22 Ratification of Prior Month Financial Vouchers - FY 2022


The Action Item Agenda followed.  The following were approved with 5-0 votes:

9.01 Appointment of Jodi Smith as the Principal of Greenfield Junior High School for the 2022-2023 School Year

9.02 Entity Profile Change with Arizona Department of Education & School Facilities Board - Gilbert High School

9.03 Compensation Increase for Certified Employees - Non-Admin.

9.04 ​Compensation Increase for Professional Staff

9.05 ​Compensation Increase for Exempt Support Employees

9.06 ​Compensation Increase for Administrators

9.07 ​Compensation Increase for Hourly Support and At-Will Employees

9.08 ​ One-Time Retention/Recruitment Stipend

9.09 Policy Development: First Read of Policy DIE - Audits/Financial Monitoring

9.10 Policy Development: First Read of Policy DJ - Purchasing (Purchasing Ethics Policy)

9.11 Policy Development: First Read of Policy EEAEA - Bus Driver Requirements, Training, and Responsibilities


The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.