Cottonwood-Oak Creek district seeks approval of incentive-based 301 pay plan

COTTONWOOD – Since November 2000 when Arizona’s voters passed Proposition 301, additional revenue has been funneled into classrooms.

At Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, much of the 0.6 percent sales tax revenue is “included into teachers’ salaries,” says COCSD Assistant Superintendent Steve King.

Though educators statewide work hard for their money, “there’s some choice regarding the goals,” King said.

With the help of the district-wide committee of teachers known as the 301 Committee, Cottonwood-Oak Creek has devised a plan to distribute the extra money to teachers as a result of Capturing Kids Hearts, a motivational program that engages students through both their social and their emotional intelligence.

In October, the COCSD governing board adopted the motivational program district-wide. At Tuesday’s meeting, the COCSD governing board could approve the district’s 301 Teacher Performance Pay Plan that is directly connected to how individual teachers capture the hearts of their young pupils.

“It becomes a goal of the teachers, a part of their pay,” said David Snyder, director of Business Services for Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District. “Upon the completion of the goals, they’ll earn a portion of the 301 funds.”

Teachers able to successfully complete five of the six goals will earn a portion of the 301 revenue. Said Assistant Superintendent King, connecting Capturing Kids Hearts to additional revenue helps “embed it further into our culture, of what we do.”

Created by The Flippen Group, the idea behind Capturing Kids Hearts is that “If you have a child’s heart, you have a child’s mind.”

Snyder, the district’s director of Business Services, will also update the board on the Capital Bond projects planned for summer 2017, which include upgrading the parking lots at Oak Creek School, Dr. Daniel Bright School and Mountain View Preparatory School.

As well as repaving the parking lots, each would be reconfigured to include separate pickup lanes from the bus lanes. Snyder said that the project’s timeline is between the end of the current school year and the start of the next school year.

“For example, the lot at Dr. Daniel Bright, it’s going to be a complete change,” Snyder said.

The summer 2017 project would also include drainage work in the interiors of select campuses, said Snyder, who also projected the project’s cost to be about $2.2 million.

The COCSD governing board could also approve the following:

-Review a proposed Intergovernmental Agreement for lobbyist services on behalf of both COCSD and Beaver Creek School District. The IGA would “eliminate any conflict of interest” in joint representation, said Tricia Winters, executive assistant to Superintendent Barb U’Ren.

-Clinical Practicum Intergovernmental Agreement between COCSD and Northern Arizona University whereas the university would provide psychology students “to do some practicum with our students,” Snyder said.

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the district office board room, located at 1 N. Willard St. in Cottonwood. A copy of the agenda is available at the district website,


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