Higley USD presents COVID-19 dashboard to governing board

Higley USD governing board
The Higley USD governing board, from left: Scott Glover, Kristina Reese, Amy Kaylor, Greg Wojtovich and Jill Wilson prepare to meet Oct. 21. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Higley USD governing board, from left: Scott Glover, Kristina Reese, Amy Kaylor, Greg Wojtovich and Jill Wilson prepare to meet Oct. 21. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Higley USD has put a dashboard on its website that breaks down confirmed active cases of COVID-19 on each campus in the district and the number of resolved cases.

Associate Superintendent Dawn Foley, who presented the dashboard to governing board members at the board’s Oct. 21 meeting, said the dashboard is updated by 10 a.m. daily.

The dashboard showed the district having six cases Oct. 21—single cases at the Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center, Chaparral and San Tan Elementary schools, Williams Field High School and two cases at Higley Traditional Academy.

Additionally, the district has 18 resolved cases, including 16 from Higley High School, Sossaman Middle School and Cortina Elementary School.

Other business

  • Interim Chief Financial Officer Jeff Gadd made the state-required annual presentation on maintenance and operations override funds and voter-approved capital improvement bonds. The M&O expenses were $11.68 million while the bonds still have a balance of $9.94 million for more capital projects.

  • The board approved the payment of $375 to each education professional employee in the district in 2017-18 and still employed in the district in the 2019-20 school year. The results-based money comes from the state based on how the district performed on the AZ Merit test during the 2017-18 school year. The group of professional employees includes psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and career and technical education liaisons to the East Valley Institute of Technology.

  • The board ratified the memorandum of understanding between the district and the Higley Education Association, the teachers’ union.

  • The board approved the expenditure of $128,500 to hire two nurses from Hacienda (Los Ninos) to serve as one-on-one nurses for two special education students. One nurse will be assigned to attend school at the Foundation for Blind Children, and the other will be at Power Ranch Elementary School.

  • The board approved a first read on changes to the district’s optional student travel policy. The changes are to clarify the approval process and expense reimbursements.

By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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