Crane board gets lat­est up­date on dis­as­ter plan­ning

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY AMY CRAW­FORD SUN STAFF WRITER

Par­ents whose chil­dren at­tend Crane schools gave the district high marks in its an­nual par­ent sur­veys, board mem­bers heard Tues­day evening at their monthly meet­ing.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Do­er­ing noted in her re­port that par­ents scored the district in the 95th per­centile or higher in the ar­eas of school cul­ture/cli­mate; in­struc­tion; school safety, dis­ci­pline and cit­i­zen­ship; school lead­er­ship/ad­min­is­tra­tion; and home school com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The district had a to­tal of 2,218 sur­veys re­turned, said Lupe Lewis, di­rec­tor of Hu­man Re­sources for the district.

Do­er­ing also re­ported that us­age of the district’s Par­en­tVue pro­gram, which al­lows par­ents to re­view stu­dent in­for­ma­tion (in­clud­ing grades and ab­sences), has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally since 2015, when only 35 per­cent used the tool. For 2017, par­ent us­age has in­creased to 73 per­cent.

“Al­though this num­ber has more than dou­bled over the past two years, we know we can still do bet­ter,” her re­port stated, “and we will con­tinue to fo­cus on means to as­sist par­ents’ with Par­en­tVue.”

Chief of Fi­nance and Op­er­a­tions Dale Pon­der up­dated the board on the district’s emer­gency re­sponse plans. Pon­der noted that the district is mov­ing to­ward hav­ing an on­line com­po­nent that is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to any em­ployee.

While pa­per plans kept in the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice are up­dated an­nu­ally, he noted, some­times sit­u­a­tions arise in which ac­cess is ur­gent. The new plan would be avail­able by phone or com­puter as well as pa­per files. The district is sched­ul­ing an em­ployee train­ing as well as a mock-drill at a Crane school next week.

De­tails about the drill will be re­leased af­ter a few more ad­just­ments are made, Pon­der said af­ter the meet­ing, but the district wanted the com­mu­nity to be aware that there is no ac­tual emer­gency.

The pur­pose of the drill, Pon­der noted dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion, is to test the tech­nol­ogy against the plan. The district’s last drill was in 2009 at Crane Mid­dle School. In other news: • The board voted to di­rect Do­er­ing to sup­port four of the pro­posed changes to the by-laws of the Ari­zona School Boards As­so­ci­a­tion and to op­pose three of them.

• Board mem­ber Jim Colby com­mented that he would like to see more in­for­ma­tion given to par­ents about the Ari­zona school tax cred­its, not­ing that they are of­ten mis­un­der­stood by the gen­eral pub­lic.

• Board mem­ber Sarah Clar­idge ab­stained from vot­ing on ap­prov­ing an overnight trip for stu­dents at Pue­blo El­e­men­tary School.

• The board ac­cepted gifts to from the pub­lic (with grat­i­tude) in the amount of $35,810.98.

• As part of the con­sent agenda, the board ap­proved pay­outs to staff for re­sults based fund­ing, with the first pay­out be­ing in De­cem­ber.

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