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ELOY — The Eloy Elementary School District is looking to team up with Northern Arizona University and its Senior Corps volunteer program to help students.

The program offered by NAU gives adults 55 and older the opportunity to serve their community by helping schools with high-needs students.

According to NAU, Senior Corps partners with nonprofit community organizations to meet an array of needs, and some programs will offer a stipend to qualifying lower-income adults as well as compensation for mileage and training.

District Superintendent Ruby James brought the discussion to the Governing Board during Tuesday’s meeting and the item will be up for approval at next month’s meeting.

“We have five volunteers ready to go at this time and we’re going to take those volunteers and based on their preferences they will be housed throughout the district,” James said.

James added that those wishing to volunteer should reach out to the district’s parent-liaison, who will get them in contact with NAU.

During the meeting, the board also heard about a safety conference that was attended by various district representatives.

Eloy Intermediate School Principal Crystal Reyes highlighted some of the key takeaways from the conference, which focused beyond an active shooter situation.

“It focused on fire drills,” Reyes said. “One of the big takeaways was that we shouldn’t evacuate immediately on fire drills. Their big thing was no school students have ever died of a fire, so because active shooters are using that now as a tool to bait them out into the hallway, having like a two-minute delay where an announcement will come on and say this is an actual fire drill let’s evacuate the building.”

Other topics discussed at the safety conference included securing access points to the buildings and keeping track of staff and other school visitors who come and go from the schools.

The district board approved the teachers' Proposition 301 funding plan, the school calendar for the upcoming school year and out-of-state travel for five district employees.

The five employees will travel to Laughlin, Nevada, for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

“We haven’t been in the last three years,” James said. “We just had an audit and there were a lot of things that have changed so we need to attend it.”

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Maria Vasquez is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. She can be reached at mvasquez@pinalcentral.com.

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