Letter: Wise decision by Cottonwood; dubious judgment at Mingus Union


A great big kudos to Police Chief Gesell, Doug Bartosh, Rudy Rodriquez, and the City Council for digging deep and restoring the two vacated police positions. And, very exciting that two, experienced, qualified officers have applied for those positions.

There is no more important obligation of City government than to provide police and fire protection services to its citizens.

Cottonwood is doing a great job in providing safety to us all.

Also, kudos to Jerry Brown on his excellent commentary on the school district consolidation. It is long past time for these two districts to consolidate. A raspberry to Mingus Union for stalling the process.

My wife, Barbara(Sexton), helped lead a student drive to consolidate the Cottonwood and Clarkdale High Schools into Mingus Union in 1958, and was in the first graduating class in 1959. And, here we are 59 years later still trying to consolidate the elementary schools and Mingus into a much more efficient operation, and one providing our kids an integrated, corridinated, and better education.

Keep up the good work Jerry, Andy, and committee.

Bob Williams



Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comment submissions may not exceed a 200 word limit, and in order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.

centurion75 8 months, 1 week ago

The implication that MUHS is somehow admin-heavy is pure fiction. Quite the opposite, in fact. They run lean and mean. The real question is why COCSD pays their teachers so much less than MUHS when the per-child state allocation is the same. Hmm.


GaiGuy 8 months, 1 week ago

MUHS does run lean and mean, but so does COCSD. In fact, there is a difference in per child allocation as MUHS has a weighted high school funding which is more than the elementary district. Also, COCSD can't pay the same wages as they have 5 campuses vs 1 to spread admin costs which include principals, secretaries, custodians, librarians, etc. COCSD has less left over to work with than a 1 campus district has. And don't bring up 1 campus Clarkdale which gets additional funding per student from the State for small schools, and also from the Indian tribe and can afford, as a result, to pay more.


centurion75 8 months ago

Right, because with declining enrollment, the correct decision is to close a school. But nobody has the backbone to do it. Sedona/Oak Creek is still open isn't it? OK so let's waste money on that sparsely populated school, then let's visit those sins on MUHS and drag those teacher salaries down also.


GaiGuy 8 months ago

Ok Centurion75, so now you are showing your true colors as being from the "good ol' boys" school of thought. Rather that counter any of the points I have made, you change directions and go on to drag in "Sedona/Oak Creek" which is an entirely different district. It is not "Us" vs "Them" with MUHS and COCSD. These are all the SAME STUDENTS who deserve the best possible educational experience that a unified district would better provide. It's not about dragging anyone down, but raising the bar even higher on what the educators of this community can provide the these students.