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Ajo Copper News, July 13, 2022, Page 6 · Primary Health Care · Preventative Health Care · Lab & X-Ray Services · Dental Services · Visiting Specialists - Cardiology (monthly) - Ophthalmology (quarterly) - Ultrasound (monthly) - Physical Therapy (M-Th) · Pharmacy · Behavioral Health · Minor Procedures · Nutrition Services · WIC · Healthy Steps · Eligibility · Community Outreach (520)387-5651 | 410 N. Malacate St. | www.desertsenta.org HEALTH CARE - Your Center for Healing and Wellness - Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm Telehealth Visits Available! Happy 17th Birthday Angelique 7-11 You are not a little girl anymore but you’ll always be our little girl! Proud of the wonderful young lady you have grown into! Love you Mija! Dad, Mom, Lucian, Gia, , Mila, and all your family & friends HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nellie Jo David Freckles and Bolt are 3-month-old kittens. They are very playful and friendly, according to Pima Animal Care Center staff. For more information about adopting homeless pets, call 520- 387-7502. PACC is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Wednesday evening from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. It is located on Well Road with an entrance at the back of the sheriff’s department building. The Ajo Store meets 2022 goal, seeks volunteers The Ajo Store, a non-profit thrift store located in the Ajo Plaza, reached its fiscal end-of- year goal of $30,000 from July 2021 to July 2022. “We set an ambitious goal of $30,000 last year and we are so thrilled we made it,” said Pat Fisher, founder of The Ajo Store. “Other than our operating costs, every dollar spent at our store goes back to the communities of Ajo, Why, and Lukeville.” Organizations that have re- ceived monetary and physical donations from The Ajo Store in- clude the Ajo/Gibson Volunteer Fire Department, Ajo Historical Society, Bonzai Studio for its Summer Fun Camp, Shelters for Hope, Why Seniors Club, and oth- ers. “We’re setting our 2022-2023 fiscal year goal to $40,000 so we can further support our communi- ty and the work of many important organizations and clubs around town,” Fisher said. Deborah Mullins, manager of The Ajo Store, pointed out that all the staff is volunteers. “We have a lot of fun here,” she said. “We like to make sure that our volunteers and customers have a good time while they’re here.” The Ajo Store is always look- ing for new volunteers to sort and price donations, keep the store clean and organized, and engage with customers. Mullins added, “We’re hoping to have more vol- unteers in the next year to support our $40,000 goal.” The Ajo Store is located at 40 West Plaza Street and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Guthrie wants more discussion before hiring athletic directors A boost from DES will help fund Ajo Pre-K In 2021, Pre-K director & teacher Rona Cotay applied for grant funding from the Arizona Department of Economic Security to help the school district fund the Pre-K program which is not funded by the state like other grade levels. The grant was awarded. In 2022, Cotay again applied for the grant. Not only was it granted again, but the funding amount was doubled. Cotay made a proposal to the school board to use a portion of the grant for some personnel expen- ditures including additional train- ing, benefits, and pay-increase for Pre-K staff, things that DES recom- mended. Those expenses require board approval. “Ms Cotay deserves a lot of credit on this,” said school superin- tendent Dr. Roman Soltero who col- laborated on the grant request with Cotay, district secretary Angelina Valenzuela, and former Ajo super- intendent Dr. Robert Dooley. “She really was thinking outside of the box and was really keeping us in- formed of what was going on.” The board discussed Cotay’s proposal at a Monday board meet- ing. They are expected to vote on its approval this week. During an Ajo school board discussion on Monday of whether to approve extra pay positions in the coming year, positions such as the two Athletic Director slots, board member Lonnie Guthrie made an impassioned request that additional discussions be had and added qualifications be required for school administrators that su- pervise coaches. He said admin- istrative decisions made by ADs that deeply affect sports programs are not always done with the ben- efit of the team in mind. Coaches, said Guthrie, better know the needs of the teams they coach, and need more say over sports programs, with less control by administration. He highlighted the high level of responsibility of running a sports program and the profound influence it has on stu- dents. Guthrie has served as an AUSD coach in the past. He said he and other coaches have been locked out of sports decisions, negatively impacting student athletes. As a result of Guthrie’s desire for further discussion, the approv- al of some extra pay positions, like ADs, could be tabled this week, when they had been scheduled for approval, until his concerns are addressed, concerns he said are shared by other coaches. File Folders