2009-2010 School Year

Page Updated: 07/24/2010

GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, July 19, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/all present 
  • GMCS Board Officer Election Results:

    President Dr. Bruce Tempest
    Vice-President Mr. Joe Menini
    Secretary Mr. Chee Smith
    • [NOTE:  Vice President position was by acclamation; other positions were by 3-2 vote.] Congratulations and Mazel Tov to GMCS Board Officers!

  • GMCS Administrative Conference will be held at the Howard Johnson Inn in Gallup from Wednesday, July 27 to Friday, July 30, 2010.

    • [NOTE:  This will save District funds and promote Gallup economy.] Agenda includes Strategic Plan and Goals and Aligning Assessments.

  • Supt. Arsenault advised that the AYP Data Report is usually received during the first week of August and was unsure of outcomes/results.

    • Mrs. Descheny and Mrs. Jackson had concerns that the Superintendent was already making excuses for possible AYP failure.

  • Pauletta White is the new Director of Support Services.

  • Mrs. Jackson AGAIN voiced concern of how students are referred to in Bilingual Programs.  Mr. Menini added that the Program should not be a “dumping ground” for students.

  • Board has been awaiting a report for some time.  Mrs. Jackson questioned the administration’s respect for the Superintendent and Board and noted the absence of Department Heads at Board Meetings.  Mrs. Jackson stated that it shows a “lackadaisical attitude towards kids.”

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • July 27-30, 2010-GMCS Administrative Conference, Howard Johnson Inn, Gallup

    • August 2, 2010-GMCS Board Meeting, Church Rock Academy

    • August 11-12, 2010-New Teacher Orientation, Gallup High School

    • August 16, 2010-GMCS Board Meeting August 18, 2010---1st Day of School; Welcome Back!

  • Board discussed locations of GMCS Board Meetings.  Superintendent will draft a schedule to include county school sites and newly constructed/renovated high schools.

  • Executive Session:  6:45-7:08 pm to discuss Collective Bargaining Strategy.

  • Mrs. Jackson recommended that Supt. Arsenault and Mr. Perez put together a Resolution for Curriculum Audit.

  • Adjourned at 7:09 pm

  • Public Comment

    • Kristina Gonzales—voiced concern that her daughter was singled-out for scrutiny and declared ineligible for the Miyamura High School Dance Team by Principals in retaliation for 09-10SY grievance.

    • Karen Esquivel—Introduction only, Presbyterian Health Center at Gallup High School

  • Disbanded at 7:18 pm

“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.”
--James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
[Reconvened from Recess of June 21, 2010 Meeting]
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/all Board members present;
Theresa Mariano in for Supt. Arsenault 
  • Board questioned Kim Brown on Temporary Inter-Fund Cash Transfers

    • (Consent) and Permanent Cash Transfers (Action Item).

    • Temporary Transfers are required to demonstrate to PED that District has funds in grant accounts.  Funds are later transferred and reimbursed by PED.

    • Permanent Cash Transfers are from rent paid on teacherages and pay the interest on the teacherage bonds.

  • Adjourned at 6:18 pm

  • Call to Order/Roll:  6:19 pm/Board still present

  • Theresa Mariano presented Update on District’s Administrative Positions/Vacancies.

  • Announcements/Reminders:

    • July 9-10, 2010---NMSBA Leaders’ Retreat; Taos, NM

    • July 19, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting

    • August 2, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting, Church Rock Academy

  • Board discussed Dates and Locations for SY 2010-11 Meetings.

    • Mrs. Descheny and Mrs. Jackson want more meetings at rural school sites to be more accessible to parents and community members in the county.

  • Executive Session:  6:38---7:06 pm for Personnel Issues and Collective Bargaining.

  • Adjourned at 7:07 pm

  • Public Forum

    • Robert Carrick---Navajo teacherages

      • Received written report by Johnty Cresto on teacherages from Mrs. Jackson.  Cresto states in Report that approximately $10,000.00 have been spent on repairs over the past two years.

    • Joyce Hardy

      • Voiced appreciation for Mrs. Descheny and Mrs. Jackson for their support of students.  Hardy added that “we all need to work together” and that she “value[s] the teachers at Navajo Pine” and does not want them to transfer.  She urged Board Members and District to look into NPHS.

“Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.”
 ---Georges Braque, Pensees sur l’art 
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, June 21, 2010
[Last Board Meeting of SY 09-10]
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mrs. Descheny, Mrs. Jackson absent 
  • Kim Brown and Mr. Samford presented on the NMPED Program Budget Telephone Review.  Attending the Review were Pamela Volker (Budget Analyst), Tammy Hall, Mary Reeve, Kim Brown, Supt. Arsenault, and the Comptroller.

    • Statutes:

      • HB321—timely audit or loss of State Equalization Funds

      • HB227—development of Audit and Finance Committees

      • HB232---required Standardized Student Reporting Days

      • SB87----180 days for SY 2011/12

    • District Strategy for Budget:

      1. Keep Buildings Open

      2. Keep People

      3. Keep Programs

  • ASC for Navajo Elementary was accompanied by 5th Grade who thanked Board for trip to Washington, DC and Philadelphia and presented what they had learned.

  • Board received Written Report on Navajo Teacherages.  The Board members in attendance declined Oral Comment/Report even though offered by Supt.

    • Arsenault who advised that Johnty Cresto was present and ready to present.

  • Announcements/Reminders:

    • July 6, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • July 9-10, 2010--NMSBA Leaders’ Retreat; Taos, NM

    • July 19, 2010--GMCS Board Meeting

    • August 2, 2010--GMCS Board Meeting, Church Rock Academy

  • 6:55—7:22 pm--Executive Session for Limited Personnel Issues and Collective Bargaining Strategies.

  • 7:23 pm—GMCS Board Recess until July 6, 2010.

  • Public Forum

    • Dr. Tempest states that there are five (5) Hardys on the Forum List and that they must choose one (1) speaker. [NOTE: Not all Hardys are related.]

    • Tempest added that speech about Navajo Pine Principal is a personnel issue and would not be allowed; that the Board would “cut off” speaker if the Principal was mentioned.

    • Dr. Tempest declared Joyce Hardy “out of order” after she stated, “the High School does not want the Principal back.”

      • [Question  How can a Public Forum speaker be declared “out of order” when the Board has recessed and is not in session?]

  • 7:27 pm

“Prejudices are the props of civilization.”
-Andre Gide, The Counterfeiters 
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, June 7, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/all present 
  • Moment of Silence was held for former IEC member Kathleen Francisco.

  • Diane DiPaolo presented Counselors and Students for Recognition for Making a Difference.

  • Tyrone Barlow presented Certification for Supervisors and Directors from the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

  • Board discussed this weekend’s NMSBA Law Conference.

  • Forty retirees were presented to and acknowledged by GMCS Board.  Retirees received plaques/clocks.

  • Louise Benally and Carmen Moffett gave presentation on Bilingual Education.  Mrs. Jackson had several specific questions on Program Description, Sequencing, Testing, and ELL students in the elective Navajo Language and Culture classes.

  • IEC/JOM Report was given by Herlinda Mann.  JOM Conference is to be held in Albuquerque in September.

  • Advisory School Committee from Tohatchi High gave presentation.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • June 21, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • July 6, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • July 9-10, 2010—NMSBA Leaders’ Retreat; Taos, NM

  • GMCS Board approved GMCS Education Technology Plan for 2010-2013.

  • GMCS Board approved 2010-11 Operating Budget 1.4% decline in enrollment General Fund/Unit reduction: 2.1%, $80.21 Rural Isolation funding, $1,829,116 reduction, appeal was denied No class size increases No RIF required Reductions to allocations to departments and school sites.

  • GMCS has applied for Supplemental Funding from PED in amount of $1,829,000.

  • GMCS Board discussed and approved items G, H, and I for Leaves of Absence Without Pay.

  • Board discussed Future Topics List.  Mrs. Jackson stated her concern that the Topics never reach the Agenda.

  • Executive Session:  8:18—8:46pm for Limited Personnel Issues and Collective Bargaining Strategies.

    • (NOTE:  Supt. Arsenault did not return to Boardroom after Executive Session.)

    • Mrs. Jackson stated that in light of no MOU, contracts, school calendar, etc; she would like to recall the previous vote on the Superintendent’s contract at the next meeting.

  • Board adjourned at 8:48pm

  • Open Forum

    • Paul Denetclaw—Suicide Prevention

      • (NOTE:  Mrs. Descheny interrupted Mr. Denetclaw and stated that the GMCS Superintendent really should be in attendance to hear the concerns of the community.)

    • Renee Hardy—brought photos of the teacherages at Navajo for the Board.

      • One Board member was heard to literally gasp upon viewing the photos.

      • (NOTE:  Supt. Arsenault had previously stated that he had been informed that the teacherages had been repaired.) Joyce Hardy—GMCS Superintendent Tammy Hardy—Navajo Pine Robert Carrick—Navajo teacherages, Hostile Working Environments at several GMCS school sites

"I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours."
--Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, May 17, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/all present 
  • GMCS Board and audience enjoyed a performance by the Rocky View Navajo Language and Culture classes.

  • Student/Staff Recognition

    • Christine Adams presented LindaMood-Bell Re-Certifications.

    • Kristine Pierson presented Supplemental Educational Services for Recognition.

    • Marjorie Dodge was presented and acknowledged as a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.  Congratulations and Mazel Tov!

  • Max Perez gave Update on the SIG, discussing the five applications submitted.  The Crownpoint application was approved.

  • Tyrone Barlow discussed boundary agreements and presented Update for House Memorial 75.

  • Mr. Samford presented Budget Update.

    • Preliminary date:  May 19th

    • PED Deadline for Program Budget Review:  June 4th

  • Advisory School Council Reports by:

    • David Skeet

    • Tohatchi Mid

    • Church Rock Academy, absent

    • Turpen Elementary, absent due to school tragedy

  • Written Reports:

    • Lobbyist Update

    • Audit and Finance Committee Update

    • IBM Dynamic Infrastructure Executive Summit Report 2010 National Leadership Conference on Student Nutrition

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • June 4-5, 2010—NMSBA Law Conference by Cuddy and McCarthy, Attorneys at Law

    • June 7, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • June 21, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • July 9-10, 2010—NMSBA Leaders’ Retreat; Taos, NM

  • GMCS Board approved Middle College High School Charter School Budget for SY2010-11.

  • GMCS Board TABLED Terms and Conditions of the Superintendent’s Employment Contract.  (NOTE: Mrs. Jackson stated that the Superintendent should not receive his contract until Employees receive a contract.

    • Vote: 4—1 (Dr. Tempest against)

  • Mr. Haskie discussed Crownpoint Education Specifications.

  • Executive Session:  7:44—8:23pm for Limited Personnel Issues, Collective Bargaining Strategies, and “threatened lawsuit.”

  • Adjourned at 8:24pm

  • Public Comments

    • Ben Bitsilly—Navajo Pine Principal

    • Joyce Hardy—Navajo Pine Principal

    • Renee Hardy—Navajo Pine Principal

    • Laberta Tovar—GHS

    • K. Richard—Navajo Pine Principal

    • Paula Williams—Stagecoach

    • Martha Ellison—GHS Uniform Policy

    • Andres Tovar—GHS

  •  Meeting dismissed at 9:22pm

“You can do anything in this world if you’re prepared to take the consequences.”
-W. Somerset Maugham, The Circle
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, May 3, 2010
Call to Order/Roll: 6:00 p.m. /all present 
  • Emergency Action Item added to Agenda:

    • GMCS Board approved Issuance and Sale of Bonds by June 30, 2010.

  • Student/Staff Recognition:

    • Paul D. Hanson Memorial Scholarship Awards were presented to seven (7) students who will each receive $1000.

  • Mr. Samford presented the Budget Update.

    • 3.72% reduction in revenue

    • Supt. Arsenault called Secretary Garcia about Restoration of Rural Isolation Funds.

  • Mr. Chee Smith reported on New Mexico State Board Association meeting of April 21, 2010.

  • George Bickert reported on National Council of Teachers of Math.

  • IEC/JOM Report presented by Herlinda Mann.

  • Advisory School Councils of Navajo Mid and Roosevelt Elementary made presentations.

    • Turpen was not prepared.

  • Ms Carmen Moffett presented on Dropout Prevention Conference and US Department of Education School Leadership Conference.

  • Mr. Max Perez was not present to present the SIG Update.  Ms Mariano told Board that Mr. Perez was on Leave. (NOTE: Mr. Perez stated on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 that he had not been on Leave.)

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • May 13, 2010—House Memorial Task Force GMCS

    • May 14, 2010—PED Technical Budget Review

    • May 15, 2010—Paul Hanson Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

    • May 17, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

  • GMCS Board approved Adoption of Resolution of Issuance and Sale of GO Bonds and to Adopt and Improve a Bond Purchase Agreement between NM Finance Authority and the GMCS District.

  • GMCS Board approved Crownpoint Elementary School’s Educational Specifications.

  • GMCS Board approved Application for Rural Utility System Distant Learning Telemedicine Grant.

  • Mr. Bart Stanley reported that GMCS received laptops for Elementary from Building Block Grant.

  • Board retired to Executive Session for Personnel Issue and Collective Bargaining Strategies at 8:06 p.m.

  • Board returned at 8:54 p.m.

  • Board adjournd at 8:56 p.m.

  • Public Forum

    • Mr. Bob Carrick voiced concerns on NPHS teacherages.

    • Joyce Hardy and Renee Hardy voiced concerns on NPHS.

    • Mr. Bitsilly, President of Parent Advisory Committee of Navajo Mid, advocated for change.

“I never give them hell.  I just tell the truth, and they think it is hell.”
---Harry S. Truman, quoted in Look 


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, April 19, 2010
Call to Order/Roll: 6:00 p.m./all present 
  • Student/Staff Recognition

    • Darlene Yoachom was recognized for being featured in Sunbelt Magazine.

    • Mr. Haskie presented her with framed photos from the magazine.

    • Steve Heil of Onate Elementary School was recognized as a Golden Apple recipient.

    • Quality of Education recognized Boyd Lewis and Katie Rivas of Ramah Elementary and Kennedy Mid, respectively.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • May 3, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • May 13, 2010—House Memorial Task Force, GMCS

    • May 14, 2010—PED Technical Budget Review

    • May 15, 2010—Paul Hanson Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

    • May 17, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

  •  2010 Graduation Dates

    • May 14, 2010—Crownpoint High

    • May 19, 2010—Gallup Central, Navajo Pine

    • May 21, 2010—Gallup High, Ramah High, Thoreau High, and Tohatchi High

    • May 22, 2010—Tse Yi Gai

  • Mr. Perez presented the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Update.

    • Mrs. Jackson asked how the participating schools were selected, what input there was from parents and community, and if the District met with the union.

    • Perez stated that school selection was not based on the lowest performing; but rather on consultation with PED and Principals.

    • (NOTE:  “Consultation with PED” probably means the PED Consultant and NOT a PED Official.

    • Perez also mentioned the March 11, 2010 community meeting as “input.”  The Plan had been presented earlier that same day to the Board.  Later—6:00 p.m.—the Plan was presented at the community meeting….not to get input from, but to inform the community.)

  • Mr. Samford presented the Budget Update.

    • Based on the decrease of Crownpoint High enrollment by 22 students, District is to lose the Rural Isolation Funds in the amount of $1,829,116.

    • District will write Secretary Garcia and ask to be held harmless.

  • Joe Menini questioned the fairness of the last day of school for teachers.

    • Last School Day for Students:  May 27

    • Last School Day for Teachers: June 8

  • When asked by the Board about Contracts, MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard replied that Contracts are to be given no later than ten (10) days before the start of the School Year as per the School Personnel Act. Theresa Mariano replied that Bernard was “mistaken.” Bernard stated that he had the Act in his car. Mariano replied that Bernard had “misread” it. Bernard retrieved the Act from his car, marked the passage, and passed it to the Board members.

    • During Bernard’s absence, Mariano told Board that there is an MOU for the 2010-11 School Calendar. (NOTE:  Blatant falsehood!)

  • GMCS Board voted against District’s Central Office Reorganization Plan.

    • Board members stated that District is top-heavy and improvement should be at student level.

  • GMCS Board approved 2010-11 Capital Improvements Act (2 mil) Projects.

  • GMCS Board approved 2009-10 Capital Outlay (20%) Projects.

  • Board retired to Executive Session at 7:50 p.m. to discuss Collective Bargaining Strategies.

  • Board back at 8:43 p.m.

  • Board adjourns at 8:44 p.m.

  • Public Forum

    • Renee Hardy and Joyce Hardy cited their continuing concerns with Navajo Pine High School and its Principal.

    • Crystal and Red Lake Chapters have both approved Resolutions requesting GMCS to investigate.

    • MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard suggested that—in light of lateness of District’s SIG input request to union—that District may not want to wait as long with the approaching Round 2 Application of Race to the Top.

      • Bernard further stated that MCFUSE had NOT signed any MOU for the 2010-11 School Calendar, adding “one negotiation at a time.”

“I always try to look ahead…when I’m not looking over my shoulder.”
--Brian J. Bernard
President, MCFUSE
GMCS Board Meeting
Tohatchi Elementary
Monday, April 5, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 p.m./Mrs. Descheny absent 
  • Student/Staff Recognition: Quality in Education Awards were postponed until the next Board Meeting.

  • Sarah Luginbuhl presented on Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

  • Mr. Max Perez presented Update on the School Improvement Grant (SIG).

    • Mr. Perez stated that the District had followed all PED instructions per PED Consultant.  Based on a phone conversation with Dr. Sheila Hyde of PED, however, the District has made some changes.

    • -number of schools reduced from 7 to 4

    • -all schools will follow Transformational Model -no Turnaround schools -Stagecoach will not apply for SIG -original Grant amount of $1.5 million is uncertain -approval to be known in early May -SIG not to include Performance Pay, but rather Incentive Pay -District was asked to not include Lindamood Bell -Five participating schools are Navajo Elementary, Navajo Pine High,  Crownpoint Elementary, Crownpoint High, and Tohatchi Mid

    • Mrs. Jackson asked what criteria had been used to select schools and models. She also asked if the District had met with the union on SIG.

    • Perez did not answer citing negotiations Ground Rules.  No Meeting Dates are currently scheduled.

    • (NOTE:  Not mentioned was the conference call between MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard, AFT-NM President Christine Trujillo, and PED’s Dr. Sheila Hyde on Thursday, April 1, 2010).

  • Mr. Samford presented the Budget Update.

    • District received initial unit value for 2010-11:  $3,712.45.  This is a decrease of $80.20 or 2.1%.

    • Retirement Benefits for District up .75%.

    • (NOTE:  MCFUSE understands that Mr. Samford is retiring this year.  MCFUSE has had a long relationship with him, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.)

  • Employee Benefit rates for Medical and Dental coverage will increase by 6.4% beginning October 1, 2010.  District and Employee premiums will increase by 6.4%.

    • Property and Liability Insurance coverage premiums will decrease by 4.0%.

  • Enrollment for 120-day count and 80-day count were certified at 11,852 and 11,812, respectively.  Combined averages for funding for 2010-11 are under review for  finalization.

  • Burglaries at Turpen discussed.

    • -There were approximately 7 burglaries

    • -$1000 reward from Crime Stoppers

    • -authorities have name of a suspect

    • -believed to be group of 9 to 18-year-olds -Security system to be put in place.

  • District states that it is “fast-tracking” initial plan for Teacher Housing at Navajo.  Goal is to have new housing in Fall of 2010.

    • (NOTE:  Teachers at Navajo have been promised housing for EIGHT YEARS. District told Board and MCFUSE repeatedly that housing was being taken cared of for the last TWO YEARS. “Fast-tracking” apparently has alternate definitions.)

  • Demolition/asbestos abatement contracted to occur within 30 days.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • April 8-9, 2010---2010 Educational Leadership Conference: Partnering for Policy Change

    • April 19, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting

    • May 3, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting

    • May 14, 2010---PED Technical Budget Review

    • May 15, 2010---Paul Hanson Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

    • May 17, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting

  • 2010 Graduation Dates

    • May 14th---Crownpoint High

    • May 19th---Gallup Central, Navajo Pine

    • May 21st---Gallup High, Ramah High, Thoreau High, Tohatchi High

    • May 22nd---Tse Yi Gai

  • Ms Carmen Moffett presented on the New Mexico Hispanic Education Act (HB150).  HB150 created Hispanic Education Office and Hispanic Advisory Council.

    • District’s highest percentages of Hispanics are at Washington Elementary, JFK Mid, and Gallup High School.

  • Herlinda Mann presented on JOM.

    • JOM Grants:  $615,101 for 9,152 students

  • Board approved Blanket General Obligation Notice of Bond Sale Resolution and NMFA Resolution Approving Submission of NMFA Financing and the NMFA Application.

  • Board approved Formation and Appointment of Board Members to a “School Board Finance Committee” and “School Board Audit Committee.”

  • Board tabled Learning Services Reorganization Plan.

  • Board approved Agreement and Resolution with UNM-G and GMCS Dual Enrollment.

  • Executive Session:  7:13 p.m. to 7:51 p.m.

  • Board approved Extension of Superintendent’s Contract: 3 to 1 vote.

  • Board adjourned at 7:54 p.m.

  • Public Forum

    • Joyce Hardy and Renee Hardy spoke on Navajo Pine.

      •   Denial of donations to metal class for materials

      •   Prom to be held in Window Rock

      •   No input on SIG

    • Betsy Windisch made an impassioned statement against District’s handling of SIG and plea to get parents and staff involved with SIG.

    • School employee questioned whether the district was following the Wellness Policy.

“People mistake their limitations for high standards.”
---Rudolph P. Byrd


Central Office
Monday, March 15, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mr. Menini, Mrs. Jackson absent 
  • Item 8H tabled.

    • Approval of the School Improvement Grant Proposals for seven (7) schools in association with NMPED’s U.S. Department of Education was TABLED.

  • Lobbyist/District Report

    • Governor has to sign budget passed in 2nd Session by March 24th.

    • Cuts of 1.2% to Public Education.

    • Supt. Arsenault sent letter to legislators thanking them for their hard work.

    • HB 264 sets aside $5000 for Indian Law Institute for legislators.

    • District down 1.4% in enrollment.  Unit value due to decrease also.

    • There will be a mid-year cut of $1.7 million when taking into account the General Fund cut which was offset by the stimulus.

    • Next year will see larger cuts due to declining enrollment and reduced unit values.

  • Teacher Housing

    • 17-19 teacher housing units at Tohatchi; 34-38 units at Navajo and ready for 2010-2011 SY.

  • 6:40-7:18 pm—Board in Executive Session.

  • Board adjourns at 7:18 pm.

  • Open Forum

    • MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard made a statement to the Board stressing collaboration between teachers, administration, and parents with student outcomes in the forefront.  He added that the District cannot keep doing the same things and expecting different results. Bernard also stated that each SIG model has potential risks/unintended consequences and asked to be placed on the Board’s next Agenda for a presentation.  He distributed a 3-page letter to the Board and Media.

“Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.”
---Samuel Johnson, The Rambler 


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, March 1, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mrs. Descheny absent 
  • School Improvement Grant

    • Federally mandated thru PED or state takes over, per superintendent.

    • Will be voted on at March 15th  Board Meeting, per Max Perez.

    • March 11, 2 pm--Board work session [SIG presentations].

    • [SIG Public Forum at 6 pm]

    • March 17--application due at PED.

    • March 23--schools present to panel in ABQ.

    • April 8, approval notification.

    • End of April, plans in place.

    • Dr. June Reed, PED consultant, attending all local GMCS meetings.

  • Transportation

    • Tyrone Barlow briefed new GPS system being tested on district's busses since January. System tracks locations, speeds, idle time. So far idling time biggest problem. Barlow wants to buy the system if budget allows.

    • Could also be put on all other fleet vehicles.

  • Budget Update

    • 09/10 unit value lowered by PED, but federal stimulus money raised to help offset this.

    • Likely reduction this current year: 1.8% ($1,728,000).

    • Central Office staff reviewing budget for unexpended funds to cut.

    • Student numbers down on last count, from last year's 11,971 to 11,812 this year.

    • Mrs. Jackson wants to know how each of our local legislators voted--next Board Meeting

  • Recruiting

    • Not going to as many places because some closed for this year. 

  • State Auditor

    • Budget office doing a "tremendous job." Much continuous improvement noted. 

  • Requested topics for future meetings

    • Joe Menini wants an update on the 2010/2011 calendar, some districts have already done theirs Genevieve Jackson wants more info on internal controls within budget policies, plus an update on Navajo Pine housing.

  • Board adjourned at 7:20 pm.


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Dr. Tempest, Mrs. Jackson absent 
  • Staff Recognition

    • Board commended Terry Boos of Rocky View for Quality in Education recognition.

  • Supt. Arsenault gave Legislative Update.  He attended meetings on budget, schools, education, and the lawsuit against the State of New Mexico.

  • Mr. Menini reported on the NMSBA Board Institute.

  • Mrs. Descheny reported on her meeting with Governor Richardson.

  • Mr. Perez presented on seven schools for School Improvement Grant and three for the Race to the Top Grant.  Plans are due at PED on March 15, 2010 and selected schools will present their plans to the State on March 23, 2010.

    • State approves on April 5, 2010.

    • Award letters go to school districts by April 15, 2010.

  • The Employee Bargaining Update was PULLED.

  • Bart Stanley presented the 2010-2011 E-Rate Proposal.  Board recommended going forth with proposal.

  • Indian Education Committee/JOM Report

    • Tohatchi Elementary student, Danyle Johnson sang the song that won her First Place at the Rock Point Navajo Song and Dance Festival.

    • Tohatchi Elementary received the most points and brought seven trophies home!

    • Herlinda Mann provided CIB and Title VII handouts.  Funds are generated for District by having Certificate of Indian Blood documentation on file.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • March 1, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting

    • March 11, 2010---Task Force 75 Meeting, Pine Hill

    • March 15, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting

    • March 15-19, 2010---Spring Break

    • April 5, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting, Tohatchi Elementary

    • April 19, 2010---GMCS Board Meeting

  • Board tabled SPED Policy on IEP Participation.

  • Requested Future Topics

    • District Energy and Security Initiative

    • Tohatchi High School AYP (2nd Quarter)

  • Board adjourned at 7:24 pm.

“Money couldn’t buy friends but you got a better class of enemy.” 
---Spike Milligan, Puckoon


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, February 1, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mr. Samford subbing for Supt. Arsenault 
  • Legislative Update was presented by Mr. Chee Smith and Mrs. Annie Descheny.

    • Mrs. Descheny stated that, with less than 1% budget cut, teacher salaries should not be in jeopardy.

  • RQC presented Quality in Education Awards to Kelly Miller and Lauren Tinkoff.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • February 2, 2010—Bond Election

    • February 11, 2010—“Gallup Day” at Legislature

    • February 12-13, 2010—NMSBA Board Institute, Santa Fe

    • February 15, 2010—Presidents Day Holiday

    • February 16, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • March 1, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • March 15, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • March 15-19, 2010—Spring Break for Students

  • Sam Pemberton presented the Advisory Council on Arts Education Mid-Year Report.

  • Mr. Linford stated that Race to the Top (RttT) will mean extra time in subjects, longer school days, etc.

  • Tammy Hall presented the Pre-School Mid-Year Report.

  • The Gallup High School AYP Report was presented by Mr. Butkovich, Mr. Chavez, Mrs. Cron, Mr. Frostad, and Ms Holder. (Note:  Go team!)

  • Mr. Tyrone Barlow presented the Transportation Boundary Agreement and House Memorial 75 Updates.

  • District Energy and Security Initiatives were presented by Mr. Haskie, Johnty Cresto, and a representative from IBM.

    • Potential savings:  $500,000.00 each year.

    • The initial cost is offset by PSCOC and Impact Aid Stimulus Grant.

  • Board received written report on Highly Qualified Teachers from Theresa Mariano.

  • Board approved Adoption of Policy Regarding Complaints Against Superintendent as presented.

  • Special Education Policy on IEP Participation was reviewed by Board.

  • February 25-27 are tentative dates for Board Work Session on Superintendent Evaluation.

  • Executive Session for Personnel Issue:  8:37-9:10 pm

  • Board adjourned at 9:10 pm.

“Politics—where they pat you on the back so they’ll know where to stick the knife.”
--Hershfield, Now I’ll Tell One, 1938, p. 84. 
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mrs. Descheny, Mrs. Jackson absent 
  • Consent Items 6E and 8G were pulled from the Consent Agenda for clarification.  6E was on billing.

    • Item 8G was the Approval of McKinley County Schools Serving as Fiscal Agent for a Health Department Grant to Facilitate a Community Health Council in Navajo, New Mexico.

    • A non-profit organization with a 501C3 Number has to be the recipient of the grant.

    • The submission of the grant would be for Red Lake Health Council and three GMCS schools in Navajo.

    • The four-year, $100,000/per year grant is to improve community health status in Navajo.

    • Consent Agenda Items were approved as presented.

  • Supt. Arsenault reported on the fire last Thursday in the 40-year-old Central Office (the “Pink Palace”).  State Insurance Authority will assess the value of classroom figures around $300,000.

    • As the building will not be repaired and has outlived its usefulness, GMCS will receive between $100,000--$200,000.

    • The District also had problems notifying students automatically as the panel for telephones and some computer links were housed in the building. McKawa Construction has been moved to another facility.

  • Supt. Arsenault reported that New Mexico PED—Priority Schools Bureau is participating in a Federal School Improvement Grant that “will require significant school reform.”

    • PED recently notified GMCS that ten GMCS schools had been identified and are required to participate in the initiative that is aligned with the No Child Left Behind mandates.

    • PED used a formula based on AYP to select Church Rock Academy, Crownpoint Elementary, Crownpoint High, David Skeet Elementary, Navajo Elementary, Navajo Pine High, Thoreau High, Tohatchi Middle School, Tohatchi High, and Stagecoach Elementary.

  • Shannon Steffes and Virginia Henley of RQC presented Katie Barnett Rivas for recognition by the Board as a Demonstration Teacher.

  • Herlinda Mann presented the IEC/JOM Report.

    • IEC met on January 14th to discuss the Navajo Youth Leadership Conference to be held on February 10, 2010.  Mann distributed agendas/programs to the Board.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • January 20, 2010—Employee Hearing

    • January 25, 2010—Board Excellence, GHS Auditorium

    • February 1, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • February 2, 2010—Bond Election

    • February 12-13, 2010—NMSBA Board Institute, Santa Fe

    • February 15, 2010—Presidents Day Holiday

    • February 16, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

  • Policy Regarding Complaints Against Superintendent was tabled.

    • Discussion was held concerning Future Changes or Modifications to Current Communication Policy.

    • Dr. Tempest would like to develop a Communication Plan to include:

    • summary of Coreen Smith’s duties

    • relations with News Media

    • comment on communications with Legislators --electronic communications --GMCS website --feedback to community

  • Mr. Menini mentioned having a Personnel Guide—as in the past—listing all teachers, what they teach, extension numbers, etc.

    • Ms Mariano stated that they need to be cautious to meet privacy requirements.

    • (NOTE: Although MCFUSE officials were absent due to Parent/Teacher Conferences, reliable sources report that the Director of Technology, Mr. Bart Stanley, stated that if the District had a Personnel Guide, the union could get a hold of it.)

  • Executive Session from 7:08-8:27 pm to discuss Employee Bargaining Strategy.

  • Public Comment

    • Robert Dotson—Attendance at Gallup High; telephone call.

  • Board adjourned at 8:30 pm

“Take care to hear more than to speak.”
--M. Ibn Ezra, Shirat Yisrael, (12C) 1924, p. 132.


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, January 4, 2010
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mrs. Jackson absent 
  • AYP Reports/NMSBA Data:

    • Tohatchi High

    • Ramah High

    • Ramah Elementary

    • Stagecoach Elementary

  • Lindamood-Bell (LMB) Needs Assessment Mid-Year Report was presented by Alpha O’Neal.

    • 6th year of partnership with GMCS

    • added 5 partial-model elementary schools: David Skeet, Jefferson, Lincoln,  Red Rock, and Roosevelt -LMB consultants at 15 schools -enhanced focus on SPED, comprehension and vocabulary

    • 1 independent site:  Gallup High School

  • Mr. Samford reported on General Obligation Bonds (4-year Bond Program, $20 million) and 2-Mill Election.

  • Announcements/Reminders:

    • January 18, 2010—Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    • January 19, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • January 20, 2010—Employee Hearing

    • January 25, 2010—Board Excellence Awards, Gallup High Auditorium

    • February 1, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • February 12-13, 2010—NMSBA Board Institute, Santa Fe

  • Board approved GMCS Legislative Issues.

    • No cuts!

    • GMCS is 15% underfunded

  • Board went into Executive Session at 8:08 pm and returned at 8:24 pm. Session discussion was concerning 2009-10 School Calendar.

    • Board approved 2009-10 School Calendar as mutually negotiated with MCFUSE.

  • Requested Future Board Topics:

    • Communication Policy

    • Superintendent Complaint Policy

    • Pre-School Department Report

    • Gallup High AYP Report—February 1, 2010

    • Bussing Agreements

    • District Report Card

    • Update on House Memorial 75

  • Board adjourned at 8:27 pm.

“New Mexico needs Revenue Enhancements not cuts to Education Budget!”
—Brian J. Bernard, President MCFUSE 
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, December 21, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mr. Menini tardy
  • AYP Reports/NMSBA Data:

    • Washington Elementary

    • Central High School

    • Gallup High School will re-present in January as Assistant Principal was caught with data in 13-hour traffic delay as headlined in Gallup Independent.

    • Next AYP Reports/NMSBA Data will be presented by Tohatchi High, Ramah High, and Ramah Elementary.

  • Announcements/Reminders:

    • December 24-25, 2009—Central Office closed

    • December 31, 2009-January 1, 2010—Central Office closed

    • January 4, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • January 18, 2010—Holiday

    • January 19, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • January 25, 2010—Board Excellence Awards, Gallup High Auditorium

    • February 1, 2010—GMCS Board Meeting

    • February 12-13, 2010—NMSBA Board Institute, Santa Fe

  • Approval of Agreement between NMPED and GMCS for Services Provided by Teach For America was cut from Consent Agenda.

  • Mr. Tyrone Barlow reported on December 14th meeting of House Memorial 75.

  • Meetings are scheduled through August 2010.

  • Mrs. Descheny, Supt. Arsenault, and a member of the Navajo Board of Education are to attend next meeting on January 7, 2010.

  • Barlow also reported on Transportation and Temporary Boundary Agreements.

  • Requested Future Board Topics: GMCS Legislative Platform & Pre-School Report

  • Board went into Executive Session at 7:32 pm to discuss Employee Bargaining Strategy and Purchase, Acquisition or Disposal of Real Property.

“The homely woman hates the mirror.”
--Immanuel, Mahberot, c. 1300, ch 5.
“A little truth overcomes much falsehood, as a little light dispels much darkness.”
--Bahya, Hobot HaLebabot, 1040, 5.5.
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, December 7, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/all present.
Mrs. Descheny & Mrs. Jackson via telephone Conference.
  • McKinley Education Foundation recognized ten educators who were each presented with a check for $200.
  • AYP Report/NMSBA Data were presented by Indian Hills, Chief Manuelito, Rocky View, Twin Lakes, and Roosevelt.
  • NMSBA Conference was held in Albuquerque on December 4-5, 2009.  January Legislative Session was discussed as well as Financial Oversight.
  • IEC/JOM Report was presented by Herlinda Mann. Glass Award/Display Plaque was received at JOM Conference in Phoenix.
  • Financial Workshop is to be held on December 10, 2009 at 10:00 am.
  • Announcements/Reminders
    • December 21, 2009-GMCS Board Meeting
    • January 4, 2010-GMCS Board Meeting
    • January 19, 2010-GMCS Board Meeting
  • Executive Session held from 7:40-8:08 pm to discuss Employee Bargaining Strategy.
  • Adjournment at 8:08 pm.
  • Public Comment
    • Parent/GMCS employee, Alicia Bitah, spoke on problems of her child when he lost his lunch card.
    • A GMCS employee and a Chapter member spoke on upcoming MESA trip and bureaucracy of GMCS.
    • Two students spoke on scheduling of athletics without a finalized School Calendar.
“Give aid to all, expect it from none.”
--B. Auerbach, Briefwechsel mit Jakob, ii.95.   
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, November 16, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 p.m./Mrs. Jackson absent 
  • Moment of Silence was held for Jacqueline Clark and Theresa Williams.

  • Supt. Arsenault gave Legislative Update.

  • AYP Report/NMSBA Data was presented by and for the following schools:

    • Navajo Elementary, Tohatchi Mid, Thoreau Mid, Gallup Mid, and Turpen Elementary.

  • IEC/JOM Report was given by Carmen Moffett.  Included was a video presentation of the 2nd Annual Navajo Language and Culture Festival at Red Rock Park.

  • Announcements/Reminders:

    • November 23-27, 2009—Thanksgiving Break

    • December 4-5, 2009—NMSBA Annual Conference, Alb.

    • December 7, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting

    • December 21, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting

    • December 22-31, 2009—Winter Break

  • Director of Technology, Bart Stanley, presented the Attendance and Truancy Follow-up.

  • Mr. Ellis gave the ASC Committee Report for Tohatchi Mid.

  • Board approved Roger Martinez for the House Memorial 75 Task Force.  Mr.Tyrone Barlow was previously approved.

  • Board approved Memorandum of Agreement with the Southwest Institute for Families and Children ($5.6 million).

    • Supt. Arsenault credited Board Member Genevieve Jackson and the Office of Senator Bingaman for making this possible.

  • Board approved Resolution and Proclamation for Special School District General Obligation Bond and 2 Mill Levy Election.

    • Election will be from 7:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. on February 2, 2010.

  • Accountability Workshop with Mr. Samford is scheduled for Thursday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m.

  • Executive Session held to discuss Personnel Issues and CollectivebBargaining: 7:50-8:24 p.m.

  • Adjournment at 8:25 p.m.

“What Society does to its Teachers, it does to its Children;  and ultimately to itself.”
--Brian J. Bernard, President MCFUSE 
“Teachers teach not because of pay, work hours, benefits, etc.;  but in spite of these, it is this vulnerability on which Management has come to depend.”
--Brian J. Bernard, President MCFUSE 
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, October 19, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Supt. Arsenault absent 
  • Ms Moffett answered questions from Board on Consent Item 8F: GMCS Indian Policies and Procedures for Impact Aid.  Board approved Item 8F.

  • Student/Staff Recognition

    • Max Perez expressed “pride and appreciation” for work of RQC.  Video was shown on Systems with scenes from elementary schools and definitions of terms such as PDSA, Smart Goals, etc.  Plaques were presented.

  • McKinley County Education Foundation will again award grants to teachers. See mckinleykids.org

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • November 11, 2009—Veterans’ Day Holiday No School

    •  November 23-27, 2009—Thanksgiving Break

    • December 4-5, 2009—NMSBA Annual Conference

    • December 24-31, 2009—Winter Break

  • AYP Report/NMSBA Data presented by Navajo Pine High, David Skeet, Lincoln, Onate, and Red Rock.

    • Board stated that schools [NPHS] have to be more friendly to parents and children.

    • Mrs. Jackson stated that “for too long we’ve been under BIA mentality.

    • When discussing attendance; “178 students—that’s 10 students per teacher.”

  • Board also mentioned, pointedly, to Dr. Wauneka and Mr. Samford the deplorable teacher housing conditions at Navajo described in a letter to the Board.

  • Board was critical of a program used at David Skeet .

    • Board applauded the parent involvement and focus of Principal Rachel Rodriguez and Juan de Onate Elementary.

  • A presentation to the Board was made by Mr. Nez on Red Water Pond Road and possible radiation hazard to students, families, schools, etc.

    • Discussion was held concerning Comprehensive Health Study and extending bus route.

  • Board discussed Region I Meeting on October 6th with Bloomfield on Boundary Issues.

    • Currently, five (5) MOU’s need to be reviewed with other Districts.

  • School Calendar Update was presented to Board by Mr. Samford.

  • Herlinda Mann presented JOM/IEC Report.

    • JOM Conference will be held in Phoenix in November.

    • Navajo Language and Culture Festival at Red Rock was a great success.

  • Board approved Two GMCS Representatives to 2009 Legislative House Memorial

    • 75 Task Force.  Task Force is studying whether Ramah should be part of Cibola County Schools.

  • Board approved Adoption of General Obligation Refunding Bond Resolution for Series 2009B in amount of $2,520,000.

  • Board approved to Accept a Bid of $2,520,000 General Obligation Bonds  to Refund Outstanding General Obligation School Building Bonds Series 2000. [Restructures District’s debt.]

  • Executive Session:  8:43—9:09 pm.

  • Reconvened at 9:10 pm.

  • Public Forum

    • Classified employee/parent requested Elementary Coaches be “grandfathered in” to coach.

  • Adjourned at 9:19 pm.

“Pearls round the neck, stones upon the heart.”
--Proverb (Yiddish) 
 GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, November 2, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/all present 
  • AYP Report/NMSBA Data presented by Navajo Middle School and Jefferson Elementary. Yurpen Principal reportedly ill.

  • Superintendent Arsenault and Mr. Samford presented Legislative Update.

  • Max Perez, Larry Linford, Rebecca Starr, and Mary Reeve presented Stimulus Fund Analysis.

  • Board discussed Bulk Mailing Information.  GMCS does not currently use Bulk Mailing.  GMCS processes 56,000 pieces of mail.

    • Board Member Mr. Menini provided information to Mr. Samford on Bulk Mailing which can save monies for the District.

  • Colonel Dunbar and the Gallup High School ROTC made a presentation to the Board on the ROTC Program and activities.

  • Herlinda Mann reported on JOM/IEC.

    • Mrs. Jackson was critical of sending same members several times to Las Vegas.  She stated that Parent Involvement is mandated by the Federal Government; suggesting that money go to this.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • November 11, 2009—Veteran’s Day Holiday, no school

    • November 16, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting

    • November 23-27—Thanksgiving Break

    • December 4-5, 2009—NMSBA Annual Conference

    • December 7, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting December 21, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting

    • December 24-31, 2009—Winter Break

  • Board approved Endorsement of Application for PED Grant to Install a 100 Kilowatt Photovoltaic System at a school based on requirements from PED.

    • Discussion was held concerning location of unit.

  • Board postponed Appointment of Two (2) GMCS Members to House Memorial 75 Task Force.

  • Future Requested Topics

    • Task Force Memorial

    • Legislative Report

    • Report from Ms. Mariano

    • Navajo Community Problems—dual response requested from both Assistant Superintendents School Budget accountability

  • Executive Session:  8:19—9:07 pm to deal with Personnel Issue and Collective Bargaining

  • Adjourned at 9:08pm

“The longest distance is to the pocket.”
--Proverb (Yiddish)
GMCS Board Meeting
Thoreau Elementary
Monday, October 5, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/all present 
  • AYP/NMSBA Data Reports were presented by Principals/staff of Thoreau Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; Tse Yi Gai High; and Crownpoint Elementary and Middle Schools.

  • Valerie Vigil presented the IEC/JOM Committee Report

    • Next meeting will be on October 13, 2009 at the Casamero Lake Chapter House.

  • Board member Joe Menini presented concerns on the Ken Halloway Auditorium:

    • lighting in the atrium, hallway, and outside; falling sound boards.

    • Chee Smith requested report by Superintendent at next Board Meeting.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • October 6, 2009—Elementary Navajo Language Festival, Red Rock Park

    • October 7, 2009—Region I Meeting, Aztec, NM October 8, 2009—Secondary Navajo Language Festival, Red Rock Park

    • October 13, 2009—IEC Meeting, Casamero Lake Chapter House

    • October 19, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting

    • December 4-5, 2009—NMSBA Annual Conference

  • Board approved 2009-10 Agreement for Services Between Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes and GMCS District.

  • Requested Topics:

    • Gallup High Jr. ROTC Training at Moab, Utah ASC Committees

  • No Executive Session was held.

  • Adjourned at 6:58 pm.

  • Public Forum

    • Thedius Tah presented his case for being allowed to coach.  Tah is a pre-school assistant at Juan de Onate.

    • A concerned parent with a student at Thoreau Elementary voiced displeasure with the handling of an incident at that school.  The parent requested information on the incident as well as proper procedures.

“He that does not add to his store of knowledge decreases it.”—Rabbi Hillel
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, September 21, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mrs. Jackson absent. 
  • Christine Adams, Project Director of Lindamood Bell, presented LMB Certification to five candidates.

  • Principals presented NMSBA School Site Data from Chee Dodge, Church Rock, Tohatchi, Crownpoint High, Kennedy Mid, and Miyamura High.

  • Supt. Arsenault introduced Dr. Karen Burnstein of Phoenix who announced a $5.6 million grant for Early Reading First; Early Language Literacy Program.  The grant is from October 1 to September 30, 2013 and includes materials, curriculum, professional development, cultural engagement, etc.

  • Theresa Mariano reported on status of Negotiations with MCFUSE.

  • Bart Stanley presented Truancy/Dropout Report.

  • Leonard Haskie reported on Tse Yi Gai roads.

  • Written Reports included:

    • ELL Report

    • TESOL Report

    • Teacher Housing Report by Rob Gintowt

  • Announcements/Reminders:

    • October 5, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting, Thoreau Elementary

    • October 6, 2009—Navajo Language Festival (Elementary), Red Rock Park

    • October 7, 2009—Region I Meeting; Aztec, NM

    • October 8, 2009—Navajo Language Festival (Secondary), Red Rock Park

    • December 4-5, 2009—NMSBA Annual Conference

  • Senator Munoz was on the agenda and had comments for the Board.

    • Firstly, he thanked educators.

    • He did have criticism for Supt. Arsenault in regards to difficulty in getting on agenda and getting information from the District.  He stated he needed the information in order to be able to support the District in forthcoming talks of Education cuts.

    • When advising of impending Budget Cuts for Education, Munoz stated that a letter had been sent out which “asks schools to participate in budget cuts.” [Interesting….a sign-up for the Guillotine Program?] Senator Munoz passed the microphone to Kevin Mitchell of Tohatchi who reiterated problems with athletics personnel at Tohatchi High School which had been previously presented at the Board Meeting in Navajo, NM.

    • Utilizing the Character Counts banners in the Boardroom, Mitchell took the opportunity to call the character of Supt. Arsenault into question.

    • Mrs. Descheny questioned the appropriateness of venue, stating that the comments should have been made in a private setting/Executive Meeting.

  • Student/Staff Recognition:

    • Tse Yi Gai received the NMAA Award of Excellence.

    • Dr. Sweeny received award for Gallup Alternative to Expulsion Program.

  • September 26, 2009; 8:00 am—A Special GMCS Board Meeting will be held to deal with Personnel Issues.

  • Board approved Graduation Waiver Request for Chenelle Skeet.

    • Mrs. Descheny abstained.

  • The Elementary Arts Council presented  report which included the lack of opportunities for Drama and Choir at the High School Level.

  • Public Forum

    • Board was informed that children were walking across radioactive ground to get to the school bus stop.  Location in question is Hwy 556 and Redwater Road where there was, reportedly, a uranium mine.

  • Adjourned at approximately 8:40pm.

“The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made."
--Daniel Schorr
GMCS Board Meeting
Navajo Pine High School
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/Mrs. Descheny absent 
  • Max Perez was named Acting Superintendent for Learning Services.

  • AYP Report

    • NMSBA Data was presented by Max Perez, Tammy Hall, JoBe Thilgen, Mary Reeve, and Carmen Moffett.

  • TESOL Stipend has been increased from $1000 to $1500.

  • Bart Stanley will report on Truancy/Drop Outs at next Board Meeting.

    • Habitually Truant Students are at 45.29%.

  • Ms Wauneka reported on School Uniform Policy at Navajo Elementary, Mid, and High.

  • IEC Report was given by Herlinda Mann.

    • Committee has received $615,000

    • Committee is to have booth at fairgrounds.

    • Many policies are on-line, CD’s are available for interested parties.

    • JOM Conference to be held in Phoenix, AZ.

    • Gallup High will receive award for Hogan Project.

    • Teachers:  Let IEC know about your funding needs/trips.

    • Red Rock Convention Center

      • October 6, 2009---Elementary Schools

      • October 8, 2009---Secondary Schools

      • Navajo Singing, Dancing, etc. from 9:00 a.m.--1:30 p.m.

  • Mr. Haskie reported on Miyamura High School roofing and PSCOC.

  • GMCS Board approved Financial Advisory Agreement with RBC Capital Markets.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • September 21, 2009---GMCS Board Meeting

    • October 5, 2009---GMCS Board Meeting

    • Thoreau Elementary October 7, 2009---Region I Meeting

    •  Aztec, NM December 4-5, 2009---NMSBA Annual Conference

  • Executive Session, 7:08--8:05pm, on limited personnel matters.

  • Public Comment

    • Parent stated that son had been jumped and beaten up for wearing purple which is a color of the Navajo Elementary School Uniform.  Wants purple removed as a uniform color.

    • Parent commented on Navajo Pine Principal.  Principal allegedly does not return calls.  Although in favor of uniforms, Parent did not see survey.

    • Also commented on deplorable conditions of Navajo Teacher Housing.  Spoke of teachers commuting from Gallup, living in tents, etc.  “We shouldn’t allow [our] Teachers to live like that.”

    • Parents, students, and community members of Tohatchi voiced concerns on change of policy which does not allow for classified staff to coach and on current Ads’/Coachs’ alleged performance/behavior.

    • GMCS Board was invited to meet with Tohatchi community.

  • Adjourned at 8:35pm.

“He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.”
---Joseph Heller


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, August 17, 2009 
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/Mrs. Jackson absent, Mrs. Descheny tardy 
  • Tammy Hall presented the Linda-Mood Bell Update.

    • Last year's LMB Contract was $900,000.

    • This year LMB is servicing Red Rock, Roosevelt, David Skeet, Indian Hills, and Lincoln for a Contract of a little more than $1 million.

  • Mr. Gintowt and Johnty Cristo gave the Tohatchi Teacher Housing Progress Report on upgrades due to the recent arson.

    • Gintowt is to meet with teacherage residents on Neighborhood Watch.

  • Diane DiPaolo reported on written Mentoring (High School 101) Report for Max Perez.

  • Johnty Cresto gave N-46 BIA Road Update for Mr. Haskie.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • September 8, 2009, GMCS Board Meeting, NPHS

    • September 21, 2009, GMCS Board Meeting, Central Office

    • October 7, 2009, Region I Meeting, Aztec, NM

    • December 4-5, 2009,NMSBA Annual Conference

  • GMCS Board approved General Obligation Refunding Bond Sale Resolution for Series 2009B in approximate amount of $2,520,000.

  • Retired to Executive Session at 6:46 pm.

Every craftsman and artist takes pride in his work.
--Eleazar b. Azariah. Abot de R. Nathan, B, ch 21.
GMCS Board Meeting
Tse Yi Gai High School
Monday, August 3, 2009 
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/all present 
  • A Moment of Silence was held to honor the late Lynne Dennison, GMCS Supervisor of Nursing.

  • Area Chapter Officials were introduced to the GMCS Board.

  • On the recommendation of attorney Danny Jarrett, the GMCS Board approved to rescind previously approved 2009-10 School District Calendar, putting it back on the table to complete negotiations.

    • Quoting from Jarrett, Dr. Tempest stated that “we were under the impression that the Union was in agreement with implementing the calendar.”

    • (NOTE: GMCS Board Minutes from June 1, 2009 have MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard stating to the Board that the Calendar had not been agreed upon.  The Gallup Independent reported that the Union had walked out and that Supt. Arsenault had been advised that the Calendar was a “Managerial Right.”)

  • Mr. Haskie discussed Public School Capital Outlay Awards.

  • Supt. Arsenault highlighted three elementary schools making AYP.

  • Herlinda Mann and Fernie Yazzie presented the IEC/JOM Report.

  • Executive Session from 7:03 to 7:57pm to discuss personnel issues in regards to Central Office staff and the purchase, acquisition, or disposal of real property.

  • Adjourned at 8:15pm.

Honesty is the precondition for genuine scientific and scholarly work.
--Baeck, Judaism and Science, 1949, p.5. 

2008-09 School Year

GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, July 20, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/all present 
  • Mrs. Descheny moves to postpone Supt. Contract to next Meeting.  Motion failed, 2—3.

  • Tohatchi Teacherages

    • On July 14, 2009, a new Teacherage unit was destroyed by fire.  The fire was reported at 4:57 a.m..  The Navajo Nation Police arrested two adolescents for arson.

    • District is now planning to make area more safe:

      • One exit/entrance to be closed

      • Change lights

      • Build fence/gate

      • Distribute contact information

      • Security

      • Motion lights

    • Community Watch

      • Tenant meeting

      • District planning to hire “landlord area tech”

    • [NOTE:  Former Board President, Mrs. Genevieve Jackson, had this same conversation about these same concerns with Supt. Arsenault ONE YEAR AGO!]

  • IEC Report of July 14th Meeting by Mr. Johnson.

    • Scheduling of 2009-10 Meetings finalized.

    • July 30-31—IEC Orientation at Sky City Casino

  •  6:20pm—Board goes into Executive Session to discuss terms for Superintendent Contract.

    • Board returned at 6:42 pm.

  • Topics for Future Discussion

    • Elementary Arts Council

    • Navajo Teacherages

    • Update on ARRA Funds

  •  Adjournment at 6:44 pm.

“Describe a tune to the deaf and a rainbow to the blind.”  
 --Yiddish Proverb 
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, July 6, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:   6:00pm/Mrs. Descheny absent 
  • Meeting was reconvened and adjourned [at 6:18pm] from June 15, 2009.

  • GMCS Board Officer Election results:

    • Dr. Tempest                President

    • Mr. Chee Smith           Vice President

    • Mr. Joe Menini           Secretary

  • Fifth Annual Job Fair:

    • 139 applicants

    • 30 of 35 sites represented

    • 540 interviews conducted

    • 47 teachers recruited

    • 35 vacancies remain

  • L.F.C. (Legislative Finance Committee) will meet in Gallup this week.

  • NMPED and Zuni Hearing to take place in GMCS Boardroom.

  • Mr. Bart Stanley, Director of Technology, introduced himself to the Board; as did Mr. Tyrone Barlow, Director of Special Services. Stanley replaces David Oakes, and Barlow replaces Ben Chavez.

  • IEC Report

    • July 30-31, 2009—IEC Orientation, Sky City JOM Conference to be held November 3-5, 2009 in Phoenix IEC, GMCS, and Navajo Nation finalized/accepted negotiations

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • July 14, 2009—IEC Meeting, Tse Yi Gai High School

    • July 17-18, 2009—NMSBA Leaders Retreat, Cloudcroft, NM

    • July 20, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting July 29-31, 2009—Administrators Conference, Albuquerque

    • August 3, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting, Tse Yi Gai High Board approved GMCS District Electronic Device Policy.

  • Board went into Executive Session at 7:00 pm for Superintendent Employment Contract Negotiations.

  • Executive Session ends at 7:32 pm.

  • Action Item/Supt. Contract Negotiation Postponed.

  • Adjourned at 7:35 pm.

"There is no room for G-d in him who is full of himself.”
--Baal Shem. Q MRH, 371. 
GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, May 4, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/all present 
  • Representative from Decker, Parish, and Sabatini presented an update on Miyamura High School construction.

    • --classrooms to be consolidated

    • --gymnasium to be saved

    • --new façade

    • --Fine Arts and auxiliary gym saved

    • Main construction of facility, or Phase I, to be completed Fall 2010.

    • Phase II will then proceed.

    • Total cost will be $26.5 million.

  • Dr. Tempest provided the H1N1, or Swine Flu, update.

    • Supt. Arsenault stated that a local school had been checked and that the environment was not responsible for employee illnesses.  He further stated that he had written confirmation from the employee’s doctor.

  • Joe Menini and Chee Smith attended the Region I Meeting in Bloomfield.

    • The Meeting included issues such as Hazing, Bullying, and Harassment; House Bills; NMSBA.

    • Next Meeting to be in Aztec in the Fall.

  • Mrs. Descheny reported on the Government to Government Meeting in Albuquerque.  Many concerns were raised about  the $1 million Indian Education funding being decreased.

  • Danny Jarret, attorney from Jackson and Louis, introduced himself to the Board.  [NOTE: Jarret is to be the administration’s consultant in negotiations with MCFUSE.  It was previously stated that he and Management Associates were the only interested parties to respond.]

  • Paul Worthington and Alpha O’Neal gave Lindamood-Bell presentation.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • May 13, 2009—Continuous Improvement Quality Fair, Community Service Center May 15, 2009—Graduations, Ramah and Crownpoint (7:00 pm)

    • May 20, 2009—Graduations, Central (5:30pm) and Navajo Pine (6:00 pm) May 22, 2009—Graduations, Gallup High (6:30 pm), Tohatchi (6:00 pm), and Thoreau (6:30 pm) May 23, 2009—Graduation, Tse Yi Gai (2:00 pm) June 5-6, 2009—NMSBA Annual Law Conference

  • Mr. Chee presented the IEC/JOM Report.

  • The Advisory School Council Report was presented by Gallup High School Principal Mike Butkovich, Assist. Principal Teri Cron, and IST Lisa Leeper.

    • The Report was very well received by the Board.  Board President Genevieve Jackson stated that it was the first time that she had heard a Principal say that all students can learn. Excellent Presentation!

  • Miyamura High School Advisory School Council was represented by a student that focused on deficiencies/inequalities compared to Gallup High.

  • Student/Staff Recognition

    • LMB Re-certification candidates were presented.

    • 2009 Paul D. Hanson Scholarship winners were introduced.

  • Board tabled Approval of Contract Between GMCS and Indian Health Services to Continue Operation of Two School-Based Health Clinics.

  • Board Approved Support Letter for Myra Pierce to Conduct Survey Regarding Art Learning and Ethnographic Background in Art Education and Young Dine Students in GMCS.  Pierce is a Master’s Student at UNM who is working on her thesis.

  • Mr. Samford presented 2009-10 Budget Preparation Report.

  • GMCS Board retired to Executive Session at 8:40 pm.

“A goldener shlisl efent ale tirn.”
--Yiddish Proverb


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, June 1, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00 pm/all present 
  • Board recognized nearly 40 GMCS Retirees who each received the District’s thanks and a clock plaque.

  • Supt. Arsenault gave an update on the H1N1, or Swine Flu.

  • David Oakes presented the Truancy Report.

  • Board Members discussed advantages to Principals and Teachers visiting student homes.

  • Board agreed to meet on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 10:00 am for Personnel issue.

  • Mr. Samford presented Budget Preparation Update.

  • PED wants GMCS Budget by June 20, 2009.

  • Sam Pemberton gave Elementary Arts Year-end Report.

  • The 2009 Gallup-McKinley County Schools Retirees Program and the McKinley County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Workstation Supervisor were recognized by Board.

  • Announcements/Reminders

    • June 3, 2009—Last Day for Teachers

    • June 5-6, 2009—NMSBA Law Conference

    • June 10, 2009—GMCS Annual Educator Fair, JFK Mid June 17-18, 2009—Leaders Retreat, Cloudcroft, NM

  • Board approved Contract between GMCS and Indian Health Services for Operation of Two School-Based Health Clinics.

  • GMCS Board approved the 2009-10 School Calendar after listening to a presentation by the Calendar Committee.  The Calendar Committee stated that it took District Surveys and Union Input into consideration.

    • The Committee added that individual school sites would decide their own hours.

    • Mrs. Annie Descheny was the only Board Member voting against acceptance of the Calendar, and Board President Genevieve Jackson stated that she felt the Board was being forced into it.

    • MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard stated “for the record” that the union had not signed off on, or tentatively agreed upon, the School Calendar.

    • After the Board voted to accept the 2009-10 School Calendar, union officials walked out of the Board Meeting.

    • NOTE:  For more information, go to www.gallupindependent.com/2009/06June/060209unionwalksout.html

“Es nisht di khale far a-moytse.”
--Yiddish Proverb
GMCS Special Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, April 27, 2009
Call to Order/Roll: 2:00 pm/Mrs. Descheny, Dr. Tempest absent.
  • Board approved to Contract with a Management Consultant to Advise Administration with Negotiations.
    • Supt. Arsenault recommended the firm of Jackson and Louis due to past history with the other firm of Management Associates.
    • [NOTE: 1. Finalists were selected by Executive Leadership Team; 2. Some Consultants "did not respond;" and 3. a former member of the former Gallup Local Labor Relations Board is an attorney at Jackson and Louis.]
  • Supt. Arsenault advised that the District is closely monitoring reports on Swine Flu.
  • The next Board Meeting is Monday, May 4, 2009. Priorities for Learning Services with ARRA monies will be discussed.
  • Board adjourned at 2:21 pm.
"Der vos hot lib tsu nemen, hot nit lib tsu gebn."---Yiddish Proverb
GMCS Board Meeting
Twin Lakes Elementary School
Monday, April 6, 2009
Call to Order/Roll: 6:00pm/all present.
  • Supt. Arsenault reported on the Legislative Session and under-funding of Education.
  • On 2 April, the New Mexico Superintendents Association voted unanimously to pursue a study on funding.
  • Supt. Arsenault also discussed Impact Aid and the Stimulus Package.
  • Mrs. Esther Macias stated that she would not be presenting the "School Calendar for SY 2009-2010 as Recommended by the Calendar Sub-Committee"
    • [NOTE: As posted on the GMCS Board Agenda.] because the "union had made it an issue."
    • Macias, however, did go on to present the number of surveys received, the hours spent tabulating the results, the number of volunteers, etc. to produce the Calendar.
    • MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard later clarified that it was not the "union"/MCFUSE that made the Calendar an issue; but that the Calendar is a Mandatory Scope of Bargaining in the Public Employee Bargaining Act (PEBA). MCFUSE merely advised the Board so Gallup-McKinley County Schools would not be in violation of State Law.
  • Announcements/Reminders
    • April 17, 2009---Government to Government Meeting, Isleta
    • April 20, 2009---NAFIS
    • Meeting April 23, 2009---Ground Breaking @ Miyamura High, 10:00 a.m.
    • April 29, 2009---Region I Meeting, Bloomfield
    • May 5, 2009---Elementary Native Lang./Culture Festival, Red Rock Park
    • May 7, 2009---Secondary Native Lang./Culture Festival, Red Rock Park
    • May 13, 2009---Continuous Improvement/Quality Fair, Comm. Svc. Ctr.
    • May 18, 2009---NAFIS Meeting
    • June 5-6, 2009---NMSBA Annual Law Conference
  • Carmen Moffett and Staff presented on the Navajo Language and Culture Program.
  • Mr. Samford presented on the 2009-10 Budget Preparation and Stimulus Package.
  • Mr. Leonard Tsosie and David Ricco presented on Tse Yi Gai Boundary Issues.
  • Board approved Educational Specifications for Thoreau Middle School Renovation/Addition and to Proceed with the Project Application and the Design Work.
  • Board deferred vote on Contract between GMCS and Indian Health Services to Continue Operation of Two School Based Health Clinics.
  • Board adjourned at 8:33 pm.
  • Public Comment: Sherri Johnson reported that her child had allegedly been "assaulted, harassed, and intimidated" by a Coach at Crownpoint.
"A shlekhter sholem iz beser vi a gutter krig."---Yiddish Proverb


GMCS Board Meeting
Navajo Middle School
Monday, March 2, 2009
Call to Order/Roll: 6:00pm/Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Descheny absent  
  • Newly-elected Board members Mr. Joe Menini, Mr. Chee Smith, and Dr. Bruce Tempest were sworn in by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge Grant.  Mazel tov!

  • Supt. Arsenault commented on the Legislative Session and budgetary concerns for education and GMCS.

  • Regional Quality Center Update was given by Max Pérez and the RQC Coordinator.

  • Mr. John Samford presented the Budget Update for 2008-09 and 2009-10, reiterating concerns expressed by Supt. Arsenault.

  • Gallup High ASC Report was postponed to facilitate attendance by members.

  • Indian Education Committee/JOM Report was presented by Miss Myrtle of Navajo Mid.  Included in her report was the JOM Conference at the Ute Mountain Casino in Colorado on February 23-24, 2009. 

    • JOM funds have steadily decreased from $5.3 million in the 1980’s to the current level of $3 million.

  •  Written Reports

    • 2008-09 Grants Received

    • NMSBA Board Institute

    • PDSA for Professional Staff Board Goal

    • PDSA for TESOL Endorsement

  •  Board recognized Ms Blackgoat of Roosevelt Elementary School for being selected as the 2008 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.

  •  Announcements/Reminders

    • April 6, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting, Twin Lakes Elementary

    • April 29, 2009—Region I Meeting, Bloomfield

    • June 5-6, 2009—NMSBA Annual Law Conference

  •  Board approved Purchasing Agreement for State and Local Public Bodies to Purchase and Receive Natural Gas at a Cost-Effective Price.

  •  Board approved Formation and Appointment of Board members to a “Finance Committee” of the Board of Education (Mr. Menini & Dr. Tempest).

  •  Board approved Audit Report Received by the Office of the State Auditor for GMCS for FY 07-08.

  •  Report Only

    • Limited discussion (on Nepotism) held on Notification of Presentation of Board Member Conflict of Interest Statement.

    • This may later require District Policy change.

  •  Requested Future Board Topics

    • Tse Yi Gai High School-Transportation and Road Conditions

  •  Adjournment at 7:23pm.

“My limited experience with judges in Santa Fe has shown that they are less about points of law and justice and truth; and more about personal agendas, politics, anti-unionism and anti-semitism.”
 --Brian J. Bernard, President MCFUSE 
Seen on a Bumper Sticker:“Don’t Steal: the Government Hates Competition.”


GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, February 2, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/Mrs. Descheny absent


  • Superintendent’s Report

    • Student now eligible after moving from Crownpoint to  Thoreau  Bidding on Miyamura down $10,000 Call received from Ben Lujan;  Asking for changes to NCLB  No reduction to JOM monies  Impact Aid via Legislature.

  • David Oakes gave GMCS Truancy Report.

    • Schools currently do Attendance Contracts, Social Services Reports, Parent Conferences, Telephone Contacts, Student Support Team Referrals, and Liaison Referrals.

    • It would cost Gallup High School $1,525.86 monthly for postage to mail student letters.

    • Board directed Supt. Arsenault to form committee to look at District Attendance Policy.

  • Mary Reeves presented the Special Education Report.

    • As of December 2007, GMCS has been in compliance and out of  Corrective Action.

    • Board relayed concerns heard from constituents and requested additional data from Reeves.

  • JoBe Thilgen presented remaining portion of High School Service Learning Update.

  • JOM/Indian Education Committee Report

    • There is a $348,000 carry over.  Principals need to use ALL of their JOM funds.

  • Written Reports Not Presented:

    • Number of Teachers Licensed

    • Employees Paid Off Teachers Salary Schedule

    • Core Classes Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers by Theresa Mariano

    • National Johnson O’Malley Association Conference,by Georgia Merrill

  • Board President Genevieve Jackson spoke eloquently as she presented plaques to Mr. Joe De La O and Mr. J. R. Thompson on behalf of the GMCS Board.  De La O and Thompson did not seek re-election.

    • (MCFUSE thanks Mr. De La O and Mr. Thompson for their selfless dedication and service to the District.) Mr. De La O spoke briefly and thanked the Board.  Mr. Thompson reminisced about his involvement in making Tse Yi Gai High School a reality.

    • Mr. Thompson also thanked MCFUSE for supporting him and many issues dear to him.  He added that he would like to see the harmonious relationship between the District and MCFUSE continue.

  • Student/Staff Recognition:

    • Board recognized Mr. Maldonado, custodian at Turpen

    • Elementary Principal Bart Stanley presented Tohatchi Mid students to the Board.

      • Adriana Bitsi, Kirk Tom, and Wilhelmina Begay were winners in the Linda-Mood Bell Calendar Contest.  There were hundreds of entries from around the country, and 3 of 12 months (plus the cover) are from these Tohatchi Mid students.

      • Stanley also presented their framed artwork to the Board.

  • Announcements/Reminders:

    • February 13-14, 2009—Board Institute

    • Santa Fe March 2, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting

    • Navajo Mid April 6, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting, Twin Lakes Elem.

    • April 29, 2009—Region I Meeting, Bloomfield

    • June 5-6, 2009—NMSBA Annual Law Conference

  • Board approved the Public Regulation Commission Agreement.

    • GMCS is only District in State considered its own jurisdiction.  Agreement has to do with Pipeline Safety Regulation and District’s compliance with rules and regulations.

  • Board approved GMCS 2008-2009 Board Goals:

    • Academic Achievement

    • Special Education

    • Professional Staff

    • Funding

    • Communication

    • Future topics include Attendance Policy, SPED, and Bullying.

  • Executive Session met from 7:52—8:05pm to discuss Bargaining and one personnel item

  • Adjourned at 8:06pm

“Honor your mother at heart, in speech, and by action.”
--Elijah b. Raphael, Tzavaah, 18C, AHE, 305


Special GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
January 20, 2009
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/all present


  • Special Meeting is to deal with GMCS Superintendent Evaluation. 

  • Executive Session: 6:04—7:03pm 

  • GMCS Board President Genevieve Jackson stated that the Executive Session was “purely for Superintendent Evaluation.” 

  • Adjourned at 7:06pm

GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, January 12, 2009
Call to Order/Roll: 6:00pm/all present 
  • Supt. Arsenault reported on possible outcomes of the Legislative Session.

  • Sam Pemberton presented the 2008-09 Report for the Elementary Arts Parent and Community Advisory Council.

  • Principal Danny Smith gave Chief Manuelito Update.

    • Student enrollment is 650.

    • Have had a lot of community support.

    • Receiving New School Development Grant of $100,000 to be used for library, science lab, etc.

  • Jobe Thilgen gave 2008-09 District Accountability Report and High School Service Learning Report.

    • Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Jackson questioned the achievement gap between Hispanic/Native American students and non-Hispanic/Native American students.

  • Student/Staff Recognition:

    • McKinley Education Foundation Grant recipients were recognized.

    • Jefferson Elementary Custodian Staff was recognized.

    • Wenning Family was recognized.

  • Announcements:

    • February 2, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting

    • February 13-14, 2009—Board Institute, Santa Fe

    • March 2, 2009—GMCS Board Meeting

  • Board approved GMCS—Navajo Technical College Dual Enrollment Operating Agreement.

  • Board approved GMCS Resolution Recommending Research Study on “Recruiting and Retaining Highly Qualified Native American Teachers in NM Reservation Schools” for Ph. D. Dissertation of Peggy Hotchkiss.

  • Executive Session:  7:30—8:12pm

  • Call to Order:  8:13pm

  • Adjourned at 8:14pm

GMCS Board Meeting
Central Office
Monday, December 1, 2008
Call to Order/Roll: 6:00p.m./all present 
  • Superintendent’s Report:

    • Vandalism occurred at Rocky View yesterday, November 30, in which 25 windows were broken and two laptops stolen.

    • State Superintendents Association will ask for 1c increase in Gross Receipts Tax.

  • Dr. Monaghan presented the Attendance/Truancy Report.

    • As of 40th Day, 1,410 students had 5 absences or more.  234 students had 10 absences or more.  356 students were referred for Discipline related to Truancy.

    • Monaghan stated that work was needed on consistent way to take attendance.

    •  He added that, if teachers do not take attendance, computers default and mark all students present. (NOTE: Does this mean that District attendance is actually worse?) Supt. Arsenault will ask Principals at the December 10 Principals Meeting to ensure teachers take attendance.

    • Board wants input on why students do not attend.

  • IEC/JOM Report was presented on the JOM Conference in Tulsa, OK.  Breakout Sessions included Healthy Lifestyles, Arts & Crafts, and Integration of Language and Culture in Curriculum.  Nine IEC Members attended.

  • Gallup High ASC will report at next Meeting.

  • GHS Teacher and VB Coach Carrie Ames was recognized as District 1 5A Coach of the Year. Mazel Tov!

  • Announcements/Reminders:

    • December 5-6, 2008—NMSBA Annual Conference

    • December 22-31, 2008—Winter Break

    • January 1-2, 2009—Winter Break

  • Board voted against the Open Meetings Resolution to Reflect Two Board of Education Meetings Monthly.  Vote was 3-2.

  • Dr. Tempest announced the Ten Recipients of the 2008-09 Foundation Grants from the McKinley Education Foundation.

  • Approval of GMCS and Navajo Technical College Dual Enrollment Operating Agreement was postponed to next Meeting.  NTC Rep was not in attendance.

  • Board approved Policy Change Regarding Student Final Grades.

  • Board approved Sale of $6 million in General Obligation Bonds from the February 2006 Election ($17 million debt).  This is the final sale.

  • Board approved Resolution Regarding New Mexico Public Schools’ Funding.

    • (NOTE: This is as per Legislative Platform adopted by Partners which include Superintendents Assoc., State PTO, NEA & AFT, etc.)

  • 7:06—7:44pm—Executive Session was held concerning the State School Funding Formula.

  • Reconvened at 7:46pm.

  • Adjourned at 7:47pm.

District Administration and Staff need to work together towards logical implementation of Federal and State Guidelines/Mandates. Excessive meetings and paperwork increase teacher absence in classrooms, lack of classroom focus, and district expenditures on substitutes; not to mention exasperating the problem of passing AYP and being a disservice to students.
--Brian J. Bernard
President MCFUSE 
GMCS Board Meeting
David Skeet Elementary
Monday, October 6, 2008
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/Mrs. Descheny absent 
  • Utility Charges on Teacherage Tenants

    • Supt. Arsenault discussed rising utility costs and charges to teacherages.

    • He stated that Central Office has been restructured and that teacherages have been moved from Business Services to M & O.

    • He added that utility meters are being repaired.  Mr. Samford reiterated that billing/meters are being fixed.

    • MCFUSE President Brian Bernard clarified that billing was not the central issue, but rather that rent and utility payments were taken from employee paychecks without authorization while District refused to repair/maintain teacherages.

    • Repairs include holes in walls/floors, broken stairs, and mice urine/droppings in heaters and vents.

  • Proposed legislation by Supt. Arsenault and Rep. Patty Lundstrom to add Economic Education to Curriculum:  financial planning, budgeting, interest rates, tax form preparation, etc.

  • Newly elected IEC Vice President Charles Chee presented JOM Report.

  • Dr. Tempest gave brief background on McKinley Education Foundation.  This tax exempt organization gives grants to classroom teachers.

  • GMCS Board Election Resolution Information County Election Bureau has jurisdiction Tuesday, December 16, 2008—last day to sign up for candidacy February 2009—Regular School Board Election

  • Dr. Monaghan will encourage schools to spend Instructional Materials monies.

  • Board approved 2-year Busing Agreement Extension with Ramah Navajo School Board.

  • After several months of one Board Meeting per month, the GMCS Board voted to add a second Board Meeting.

    • When asked by Board if he was not able to anticipate issues, Mr. Samford stated that new grants needed attention to serve students in a timely manner.

    • (NOTE: We will keep an eye peeled for all of these new grants that necessitate an extra meeting!) The Proposal was that the Second Board Meeting would have TWO Board Members present physically with THREE on the phone via Conference Call.

    • (NOTE:  This could potentially divide the Board along City/County and RACIAL Lines!)

  • Board will meet in Albuquerque with Cuddy Law at 8:00am on November 1 to discuss Board Goals and listen to Dr. Monaghan and Assist. Supt. Mariano on AYP and Fair Labor Standards, respectively.

  • GMCS Board moved to table approval to Contract with Robert Brown Consulting, Inc. as District Management Consultant.  Vote was 3—1 (Tempest opposed).

    • (NOTE:  Mr. Brown is an attorney and shares history with Management Associates which was dismissed by the Board.  If not in the classroom, District would be better served using the monies to repair substandard/obsolete/”surplus” teacherages.) Board President, Mrs. Genevieve Jackson, reminded everyone that the District and MCFUSE were to work together harmoniously; and that it appeared that MCFUSE had not been informed of this particular agenda item.

  • Supt. Arsenault introduced Education Commission member, Mavis Price.

    • (NOTE: Mrs. Price is a former GMCS Board member who served under former GMCS Superintendent Karen S. White.)

  • Adjourned at 7:08pm.

“The game’s afoot, Watson.”—Sherlock Holmes


GMCS Board Meeting
Church Rock Elementary
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 
Call to Order/Roll:  6:00pm/Mr. Thompson and Mr. De La O absent 
  • Supe’s Report

    • GMCS to receive $1.5 million Priority School Grant from PED.  Mrs. Descheny questioned how these School Improvement Funds would be spent.

    • (NOTE: more IST’s?)

  • Supt. Arsenault stated that the District is looking at a liquid propane bus which is available in Moriarty.  District is also pricing positraction busses.

  • Superintendent will meet with Linda Lovejoy at January Legislative Session about new Funding Formula.

  • Supt. Arsenault stated that Governor Richardson will visit Gallup High to see new Navajo Language and Culture Textbook.

  • Dr. Monaghan reported on Enrollment

    • 12,007 students enrolled

    • 12,160 projected

    • 150 behind projection

    • last year’s enrollment—12,320

  • Staff vacancies

    • 11 teachers

    • 1 counselor

  • Teach For America (TFA) presentation by Executive Director TFA is in five New Mexico Districts 80 teachers with 5000 students half (40) teach in GMCS District Executive Director stated that North Carolina data shows that TFA “outpaced” regular teachers.

  • Diane DiPaolo presented on Teen Courts; wants change in District Policy.

  • Dr. Monaghan reported on AYP.  Board asked to see CBM’s from all 35 schools.

  • Isadore Begay and Thompson Johnson reported on IEC/JOM Meeting of August 18.  Next Meeting to be at Tobe Turpen  on September 15 at 2:00pm.

  • Staff Recognition

    • Lee Roy was winner of NM State School Bus Safety Competition.

  • Spring Break was changed due to NMPED Testing Window: February 23-27 and April 27-May 1st, 2009.

  • Announcements

    • October 6, 2008—GMCS Board Meeting, David Skeet Elementary

    • October 6-10, 2008—Fall Break

    • November 3, 2008—GMCS Board Meeting

  • GMCS Board approved Policy Services Advisories as developed by NMSBA.

    • Policy includes for 2009-10 graduates: 1 credit from AP, Honors, Dual Credit, or Distance Learning.

  • Supt. Arsenault stated that District is working with UNM-G and CTI to increase vocational training.

  • Executive Session:  7:25—8:10pm

  • Public Forum included Ramah parents wanting children transferred to another classroom and Ramah teachers complaining about teacherages.

  • Adjourned at 8:17pm.

 “Who sows envy reaps regret.”
--Immanuel, Mahberot, c.1300, ch 9.


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