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Editorial: Financial outcomes of consolidation an exercise in speculation

We don’t get to vote on school district consolidation Tuesday, but that has not diminished the debate about the merits of merging the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union districts into one.

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Editorial: Cottonwood at key crossroads in search for new city manager

For the city, Cottonwood is at a philosophical crossroads as it moves forward in the search for a city manager to succeed Doug Bartosh.

Editorial: Football playoff seeding system needs another look

The league champion Mingus Marauders open their state title quest on the road against a team they’ve previously defeated and that finished third place in their league.

Editorial: Prescott-area schools out perform Verde Valley in state grading system

“Appeal” is the rallying cry among Verde Valley educators in the aftermath of the letter grades assigned their schools by the Arizona Department of Education. Throughout the Verde Valley, local schools on average received “C” grades from the Department of Education this year.

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Editorial: Wisdom of taking ‘baby steps’ obvious in fire district merger

We’ve been hearing for years about the economy of scales benefits, or lack of, in merging our local school districts into a single unified operation.

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Commentary: ‘Business’ of running Yavapai College sadly lacking; current model of governance ineffective

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when the Verde Valley campus of Yavapai College was a busy, bustling campus. Two of my children attended; one while attending Mingus Union High School and the other after graduation from Mingus.

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Editorial: Rarity of bond issues in Clarkdale speaks volumes about need of Prop. 445

It’s only healthy that there is back-and-forth sentiment and debate on the merits of Clarkdale’s Proposition 445, the $6 million general obligation bond designed to fund a much-needed street repair and maintenance program for the town.

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Editorial: Subjective nature of school grades makes final result suspect

Indeed, many schools throughout the state successfully petitioned ADE for a re-assessment of their grade last year. Case in point: Mingus Union High School successfully petitioned last year to have its “C” grade improved to a “B.”

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Editorial: We’ve had enough consolidation meetings; voters need to put this issue to bed

Upper Verde school district consolidation is much like a 24-hour television marathon of The Twilight Zone.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek should proceed with caution on consolidation talks with Mingus Union

Perhaps as early as this week, the members of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board will be asked to play nice with Mingus Union over development of a “reasoned, purposeful plan” for a merger of the two school districts.