Joint service before Mingus, C-OC Thursday

Will discuss shared services and administration

COTTONWOOD - The governing boards of Mingus Union High School and Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary districts will begin discussions Thursday night on joint facilities management, a joint district office and a shared administration, including superintendent.

The boards will meet in the Mingus Union cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.

Several attempts over the years at unification or consolidation between the two districts have all failed.

The idea of shared services between the districts, however, caught some traction in November.

The subject was an agenda item during the C-OC board meeting Nov. 8. It was posted as, "Discussion and possible action regarding interest in meeting with MUHS Governing Board to discuss personnel matters including the possibility of shared administrative services."

A letter from MUHS Board President James Ledbetter dated Oct. 25 to the C-OC District stated that C-OC Board President Randy Garrison and MUHS board member Mike Mulcaire had spoken about holding an executive session between the two boards to discuss personnel matters and the possibility of contracting with a single superintendent.

The C-OC board voted unanimously to enter such a discussion, and a letter dated Nov. 9 was sent to Ledbetter stating that the C-OC board would participate in a joint meeting.

The idea of putting shared services between the districts up for discussion initially came from Mulcaire. His interest seemed to come from a White Paper presented to the MUHS board by MUHS Superintendent Tim Foist.

In that paper, Foist covered several topics concerning the future of the MUHS District, including shared services with C-OC. Specifically mentioned in Foist's paper was a recommendation that the MUHS board make the MUHS superintendent's position part-time.

Subsequently, The MUHS board, during its Nov. 10 meeting, approved a part-time contract for Foist beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013.

The boards will meet at Mingus Union at 1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood.

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