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San Luis receives largest "safety committee" award

For the second year in a row, San Luis High School earned the title “Safest School in Yuma Union High School District.”

During Wednesday evening’s YUHSD Governing Board meeting, Chief Financial Officer Dianne Cordery handed out checks from Board-approved insurance proceeds to the safety committee for each of the six schools in the District. The campuses fulfilled several requirements for the 2016-17 school year.

Each school is required to have a safety committee that meets quarterly and conducts inspections twice per school year. During those meetings and inspections, each committee is looking for building and equipment hazards and safety concerns such as damage to crosswalks and signage. They also monitor injuries on their campus throughout the school year.

SLHS was awarded the highest allotment of $7,700 for incurring the fewest safety hazards and injuries on their campus for the 2016-17 school year. The committees will allow their respective students and faculty to vote on how to utilize the money for campus improvement.

“Our decisions are based and grounded in student safety and student achievement and we are knocking it out of the park,” San Luis Principal Tamara Ray said. “We have a safe campus and are highly successful.”

While having the largest enrollment of any school in the District, San Luis has maintained a 91-percent graduation rate and kept their average class size down to 32 students.

Other safety committee awards included: Gila Ridge High School ($5,400), Vista Alternative High School ($5,300), Kofa High School ($4,500), Yuma High School ($4,400), and Cibola High School ($4,300). Checks were presented to a representative from each campus’ administrative team by Cordery and Governing Board President Phillip Townsend.

San Luis High School Principal Tamara Ray and Yuma Union High School District Governing Board President Phillip Townsend show SLHS’ $7,700 check for incurring the fewest safety hazards and injuries on their campus for the 2016-17 school year. The committees will allow their respective students and faculty to vote on how to utilize the money for campus improvement. (Photo credit: Eric Patten, YUHSD) San Luis High School Principal Tamara Ray and Yuma Union High School District Governing Board President Phillip Townsend show SLHS’ $7,700 check for incurring the fewest safety hazards and injuries on their campus for the 2016-17 school year. The committees will allow their respective students and faculty to vote on how to utilize the money for campus improvement. (Photo credit: Eric Patten, YUHSD)

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org