Briana Barba (center) was named Rotary Student of the Month. Photo by Adam Wolfe

In its last meeting of 2015, the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board recognized Maricopa High School’s December Rotary Student of the Month and approved the district’s personnel schedule.

MHS junior Briana Barba was honored by Alma Farrell and the Maricopa Rotary Club for her academic performance. By being named the Rotary Club’s December Student of the Month, she will have the opportunity to win a scholarship at the end of the year as well.

“We honor these students for their achievement in school,” Alma Farrell said. “At the end of the year, we will give a scholarship away and it will be based on your interpretation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.”

The board also heard an “Ignite Presentation” from MHS Principal Renita Meyers. Her path to becoming an administrator wasn’t expected, but after realizing her childhood dream of swimming with orcas wasn’t what she wanted, she discovered her passion for teaching.

“When I began teaching, I fully intended on spending every year of my career in the classroom,” Meyers said. “Then, like some, I got to a point where I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. With the help of incredible teachers and incredible mentors throughout my career, I was able to find my niche.”

School-Board-12-16The board also approved the most recent personnel schedule and the minutes from their shorthanded meeting on Dec. 2.

The MUSD Governing Board will reconvene Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m.