COCSD board may meet with MUHS

When the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board meets at 5 p.m. April 9, it will discuss a suggested date for a joint meeting with the Mingus Union High School Governing Board.

The two districts' school boards have had delays in setting a date for a joint meeting to continue discussions on shared services, including shared administrative positions such as superintendent. In recent weeks, MUHS has been involved in a search for a new superintendent to replace Tim Foist who retires at the end of the current school year. That search and the activities and meetings involved with it have made it difficult for the MUHS board to meet on dates that had been suggested by the COCSD board and administration.

March 20, COCSD Board President Jason Finger sent a letter to the Mingus board and its president, James Ledbetter, inviting them to a joint meeting either April 2 or April 4.

Those dates didn't work because Mingus had a schedule set for various steps in its process to hire a new superintendent.

April 2 is the date that Mingus will announce the finalists in the search. From then until April 17, the MUHS board and administration will be busy with candidate interviews and a community forum for the selection process.

During the community forum, at 6 p.m. April 11 in the MUHS cafeteria, the finalist candidates will be positioned so community members may meet them. Comment cards will be available for community members to complete.

The COCSD board is still committed to pursuing shared services discussions with the MUHS board.

In a March 20 letter to Ledbetter, finger said the COCSD board is committed to building relationships with MUHS for the students and their families to support them during their K-12 experience.

"Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board wishes to participate in a meeting with MUHS Governing Board to discuss the Warner Feasibility Study and how shared services may be further addressed by both of our governing boards and administration," Finger's letter stated.

He pointed out that since the completion of the Warner Study, COCSD and MUHS each have two new board members.

The COCSD board will meet in the District Office Board Room at 1 N. Willard St. in Cottonwood.

-Philip Wright

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