A variety of topics were on the agenda for Yuma Union High School District’s October Governing Board meeting Wednesday night. Here’s a look at some of the items addressed by the board. 

AWC president comments on “Yuma Promise” program

Arizona Western College (AWC) President Daniel Corr presented one of the campus’s most recently developed programs.

Unveiled at a press conference last month, the Yuma Promise program is in place to help the district’s graduating class of 2020 achieve their post-secondary dreams.

Students who want to earn an associate’s degree at AWC and transfer to a state university partner – the Yuma campuses of Arizona State University, Northern Arizona Univeristy and the University of Arizona – can do so and receive more than a diploma.

By filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFS) online and Yuma Promise sign-up form (both accessible at azwesten.edu/promise) and attending AWC full-time for up to five semesters, students qualify for a full refund of their out-of-pocket tuition from AWC.

AWC’s purpose behind this is to boost the success rate of baccalaureate attainment amongst YUHSD graduates.

Jankowski recognized as athletic director of the year

San Luis High School Assistant Principal Rob Jankowski was recognized at Wednesday’s meeting for being named the 2018-2019 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) 6A Conference Athletic Director of the Year.

Jankowski received the award on Sept. 9 at the annual Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association conference. Preceding his transition from athletics to academics, he spent five years representing Yuma in the AIA 6A Conference.

During his time as athletic director, Jankowski catalyzed growth in the number of students participating in extracurricular activities and started an athletic council for student athletes at San Luis High School.

Proclamation of National School Lunch and Bus Safety weeks

Approved motions by the governing board established the acknowledgement of Oct. 14-18 as National School Lunch Week and Oct. 21-25 as School Bus Safety Week in the district.

Director of Transportation Ron Schepers and Nutrition Director Grace Pruit were recognized by the board for their dedication and contribution to the district.

Safe School Grant submitted

Highlighted in the Superintendent Report, Yuma Union High School District was among 896 applicants from 264 schools and charter schools throughout the state for the School Safety Grant.

According to Superintendent Gina Thompson, the district also requested six social worker positions, allowing one to be placed at each high school campus.

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