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Donation stops pink slip threat

Receiving a check for $280,000 are Steve Condict, Superintendent PSUSD, and Business Manager Vickie Logan from Hualapai Tribal Co-chair Sherry Counts.  Courtesy

Receiving a check for $280,000 are Steve Condict, Superintendent PSUSD, and Business Manager Vickie Logan from Hualapai Tribal Co-chair Sherry Counts. Courtesy

A $280,000 donation Thursday from the Hualapai Tribal Council means five teacher assistants with the Peach Springs Unified School District are now assured of employment for the remainder of this fiscal year. Superintendent Steve Condict accepted the donation Thursday.

"Had we not gotten this money, I would have been forced to pink slip some people next Monday," Condict said.

The district has a budget of about $2.1 million that operates Music Mountain Junior/Senior High School and Peach Springs Elementary School. That money also covers maintenance, supplies and salaries to 31 full-time employees.

Finances are closely watched since the district went into receivership Aug. 27. Veriti Consultants of Phoenix is the receiver and has at least one representative visit the district weekly.

"I approached the tribe, apprised them of our situation, indicated what consequences we faced due to our finances and they fit me into a tribal meeting to speak three weeks ago," Condict said.

Condict hopes the district budget can be balanced in one year. Veriti personnel is looking at every avenue to assist, he said.

"We're looking for money from any source right now," he said. "Once we get out of this crunch, we'll figure out a budget we can live within and build in safeguards."

Condict said in September the district has 203 students and a teaching staff of 12.