Pinon Unified School District #4
Pinon Unified School District is a remote public school district located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. PUSD #4 encompasses 2000 square miles with bus routes operating 2,123 miles per day with approximately 1800 miles of dirt roads. The district was under a corrective action plan with the Auditor General of the State of Arizona, the elementary school was entering NCLB Restructing Year 1 and has an Arizona Department of Education installed Principal and six ATLAS/Mentor teachers, the middle school is frozen in corrective action as a result of making AYP, and the high school is entering Corrective Action having failed to respond to any initiatives of NCLB. The district overspent its budget by $400,000 the previous year, the business department is a failure, the Governing Board is split and failing to move the district forward.
Successfully provided leadership to the Governing Board in the development and implementation of a quality school district. The educational program is heavily infused with technology supporting instructional strategies using GLAD, Guided Language Acquisition and Development. My job as Superintendent was to stabilize the district’s operations, remove the district from corrective action with the Auditor General, develop and implement a school based budget, build a strong state and federal grants program, bring order and structure to daily activities, organize the Governing Board into an effective governance team, and lead the schools to make AYP. The business office reorganized to meet the requirements of the USFR, Arizona’s accounting standards, the budget has been adopted and meets the needs of students, the Auditor General has audited the district and recommended to the Arizona State Department of Education a clean audit. Pinon Unified has received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International 2010 - 2013.