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Mon, Oct. 14

Kingman Unified to consider wage hike for food service workers

After a two-month span where issues surrounding the opening of Lee Williams High and the restructuring of Mount Tipton School were resolved, Kingman Unified's School Board faces a relatively mundane agenda for today's meeting.

Nevertheless, a couple of items still stand out.

Paula Loomis, KUSD's food services director, is requesting a wage increase for the district's food service employees. Loomis declined to comment on the details of the request before double-checking that she was OK to do so with her superiors.

Loomis is also requesting that her summer feeding program, "Food that's in when school is out," be approved for the next two summers.

In other business, the board will look to approve the continued use of six specific businesses for district bus and truck service. It will also nominate an Arizona School Boards Association delegate and alternate for the ASBA Delegate Assembly June 30 in Scottsdale.

The board also plans to discuss proposals, which are due Monday, for the ASBA 2012 political agenda. Also, approval of LED Industries as the sole provider for retrofit of all parking light fixtures throughout the district is expected.

On the education front, the board will discuss the approval of changing high school graduation requirements when it comes to physical education and health. Currently, students need at least one credit of PE and a half-credit of health to graduate. The district would like to change the requirement to one credit of PE and health combined for graduation. Students who use the marching band or a type of athletic to earn their PE credit will still need to complete a half-credit of health.

Also, the district wants to make it easier for students taking career and technical education courses to graduate by helping them attain academic credits in surprising places. For instance, the board will discuss making it so students who take woodworking Nos. 1, 2 and 3 can earn one math credit.

Lastly, the board will look to accept a group of donations, including $2,770 coming from 36 different donors and going toward Kingman High's 2012 prom.

The board meets at 5 p.m. today at the KUSD office, 3033 MacDonald Ave.

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