School districts explore shared services Monday

C-OC schedules special meeting

COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board will meet in special session Monday immediately following a joint study session with Mingus Union High School District. The joint study session is for local districts to receive a report on the feasibility of sharing administrative services, including a shared superintendent.

One item on the special meeting agenda is for discussion and possible action on moving forward to convene a meeting with MUHS regarding possible shared administrative services.

The vote by the current C-OC Board could preempt the new board that will be seated, with two new members, after the first of the year. Jason Little and JoAnne Cook will both be on the board in January.

If C-OC and MUHS were to search for a shared superintendent, it would be Cook and Little who would be involved with the board in making that transition.

Randy Garrison, current C-OC Board President and Eric Wyles will both be leaving the board at the end of December.

Also on the special meeting agenda for Monday is an item to nominate two C-OC Board members to serve on the MUHS Superintendent Search Committee.

MUHS has asked Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter to swear in its new board members Monday night following the joint study session. By doing so, they will not have to wait until the board's first meeting of the year to be sworn in.

The joint study session is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on the Clarkdale Campus of Yavapai College at 601 Black Hills Dr. The C-OC and MUHS board meetings are scheduled to follow the study session at the same location.

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